2019 Volkswagen Atlas vs Competition


If you are looking for a family-sized SUV with enough space, entertainment, and safety features (plus 18 cup holders!) to keep the whole family comfortable and safe, then you are in luck. The Volkswagen Atlas returns for its sophomore year as one of the most impressive midsized SUVs in its class. This second model year brings two additional trim levels and a whole suite of new available technology. The Atlas faces competition such as the Honda Passport, Toyota Highlander, Hyundai Santa Fe, Mazda CX-9, and Subaru Ascent.


Pricing and Warranty Coverage

The 2019 Atlas has a starting MSRP of $30,895, which is lower than the majority of the class. In comparison, the most expensive vehicle in the class (CX-9) is roughly $1500 more than the entry-model Atlas. The Atlas also features America’s best bumper-to-bumper limited warranty — this “People First” warranty covers 6 years/72,000 miles, while competitors only offer 3-year/36,000-mile or 5-year/60,000-mile limited warranties. With its moderate purchase price and generous bumper-to-bumper warranty, the Atlas proves to be one of the best values in the industry.

Performance and Fuel Economy

The base-model Atlas comes with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 235 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. None of the competitors offer a turbocharged engine on their base-model vehicles. All other Atlas trims are equipped with a more powerful 3.6-liter naturally aspirated V6 engine that delivers 276 horsepower and 266 lb.-ft. of torque. All trims except for the SEL Premium come standard with front-wheel drive but offer available 4MOTION all-wheel drive with active control, allowing you to switch between four all-wheel drive modes with the turn of a dial. The transmission is an 8-speed automatic with Tiptronic, which allows you to manually shift and take full control of your driving experience. The Atlas also achieves an EPA-estimated 20 mpg city and 26 mpg highway, making it more fuel efficient than the Passport and Highlander.

Passenger Comfort and Amenities

With a generous number of standard features and an outstanding amount of passenger and cargo space, the Atlas proves to be one of the most versatile vehicles in the class. In fact, when it debuted the Atlas won awards for “Best 3-Row SUV of 2018” by Edmunds and MotorWeek Driver’s Choice for “Best Large Utility of 2018.” The Atlas features a massive 96.8 cubic feet of cargo space with the second and third rows folded down, making it one of the most spacious entrants in the class. It also has some of the most second- and third-row legroom in the class, which makes traveling for the whole family much more comfortable. When it comes to technology, this midsized SUV has everything you would expect from a 2019 vehicle and more. Volkswagen’s exclusive Car-Net App-Connect allows you to have access to all of your favorite apps, so that the entire family can be entertained and informed on the road. You can also upgrade to the 480-watt Fender Premium Audio System for the ultimate sound.