New Volkswagen 2019 Volkswagen Atlas vs. 2019 Toyota Highlander for Sale in West Warwick, RI
2019 Atlas vs. 2019 Highlander
The Volkswagen Atlas debuted for the 2018 model year as the largest Volkswagen vehicle sold in America to date. Now in its sophomore year, the Atlas is competing with vehicles such as the Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, and Toyota Highlander. Here, we’ll compare this formidable crossover’s basic stats, including its standard specs and available features, with the Highlander’s.
While the Atlas is still very fresh, being in just its second year of existence, the Highlander has been around since 2001 and its current generation began in 2014. That means it hasn’t been redesigned in a significant amount of time, and overall it doesn’t feel as new as the Atlas. As far as passenger capacity, the Atlas seats six or seven, while the Highlander seats seven or eight, but the VW’s fold-down rear seat splits 60/40 and the Highlander’s splits 50/50.
Another big difference is that the Atlas has a larger and more powerful base engine – a turbo-charged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 235 hp (and 258 lb-ft of torque) versus the Highlander’s 2.7-liter four-cylinder that makes 185 hp (and 184 lb-ft of torque). VW’s CUV also gets better fuel economy, as it’s rated by the EPA for 22 mpg city/26 mpg highway while the Toyota only gets 20 city/24 highway.
Each of these crossovers also offers a six-cylinder engine. The Atlas’s V6 is a 3.6-liter that makes 276 hp, compared to the Highlander’s 3.5-liter making 295 hp. The VW beats out the Toyota in torque, though, making an additional 3 lb-ft.
Although the base MSRP on the Atlas is almost $500 less, the list of standard features that its lowest trim has that the Highlander does not come with in its base model includes auto climate control, Android Auto, and LED headlights. For active safety equipment, both come with a backup camera and pre-collision warning system, but only the Atlas includes rear cross-traffic alert in its base model. Moving up to their top-level trims, the Atlas outdoes the Highlander by including a rear USB port, 20-inch wheels, and a four-way power adjustable front passenger seat versus the Highlander’s two-way power adjustable front passenger seat.
The warranties on the Atlas are all more impressive. Foremost, the Volkswagen People First Warranty delivers 72 months/72,000 miles of whole-vehicle coverage and is fully transferable to a new owner; Toyota only offers 36-month/36,000-mile coverage. On the powertrain warranty, the Atlas outdoes the Highlander with an additional year or 12,000 miles, whichever comes first. For anti-corrosion, the VW is covered for 84 months or 100,000 miles, compared to the 60 months that Toyota covers (regardless of mileage). Roadside assistance coverage lasts for 36 months or 36,000 miles on the Atlas versus 24 months on the Highlander.