Touareg offers composed on-road performance and a surprising amount of off-road power. Motor Trend says, "Volkswagen deserves applause for delivering an SUV that can just as easily climb a slippery rocky slope as it can make record time to and from the outlet malls, looking good inside and out while doing it." The Touareg is named after a nomadic tribe that has travelled the Sahara Desert by camel for two thousand years. Edmunds suggests that "such harsh terrain demands strong physical and emotional constitution, and knowing that, it shouldn't surprise you that a sport-utility vehicle has adopted the name of this people." Edmunds calls the Volkswagen Touareg "better furnished than a 4Runner and more versatile," adding that "this SUV should find its way into a great many suburban garages."