Volkswagen Atlas vs. Honda Pilot for Sale in West Warwick, RI


The 2021 Volkswagen Atlas and the 2021 Honda Pilot are two of the most sought-after three-row utility vehicles on the market. They’re similar in quite a few ways, from their pricing to their horsepower to their spaciousness and comfort. The two are fairly neck-and-neck in terms of supplying what today’s large-crossover buyer is looking for, but there are, of course, some differences. Read on for a closer look at the match-up.

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Starting Price, Warranty, and Maintenance

Pricing may be more of a concern for some car shoppers than others, but many people start their search with a budget in mind. With a base MSRP of $31,555, the ’21 Atlas has an edge over the ’21 Pilot’s $32,550 starting price. The pricing difference carries over to their respective trim levels, with the Atlas SEL Premium trim coming in at $47,225 compared to the Pilot Elite’s $48,720. Better still, the Atlas is covered by a 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, considerably more than the Pilot’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty .

Comfort and Convenience

Both the Atlas and the Pilot have three rows of seating. While the Pilot can seat up to eight passengers and the Atlas tops out at seven, the latter is slightly larger: it offers 33.7 inches of third-row legroom, beating the Pilot’s 31.9 inches. The Atlas also has more overall passenger volume (154 cubic feet. vs. the Pilot’s 152.9 cu. ft.) and a greater amount of cargo space: 20.6 cu. ft. with all seats in use, and 96.8 cu. ft. with the second and third rows folded flat. The ’21 Pilot with the rear seats occupied has 16.5 cu. ft. of cargo space, which increases to 83.9 cu. ft. with the rear seats folded down.

What’s more, the base-level S trim of the 2021 Atlas comes with convenient amenities like rain-sensing windshield wipers, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and an infotainment system with a 6.5-inch touchscreen and standard smartphone integration (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto). Among its available upgrades are a high-end 12-speaker Fender sound system and a customizable 10-inch digital gauge cluster (the VW Digital Cockpit). The base 2021 Pilot’s feature setup is rather minimalist in comparison. It doesn’t have rain-sensing wipers or an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and its standard infotainment system is inferior: its display is a mere 5 inches and isn’t touchscreen capable, and smartphone integration is not included. Honda also doesn’t offer a customizable digital gauge cluster or a 12-speaker sound system.

Safety, Performance and Towing

These two models keep pace in their segment with ample driver-assist features that can increase overall safety on the road. Unlike the ’21 Pilot, though, the ’21 Atlas has a standard Automatic Post-Collision Braking System that slows the car down after a collision to reduce the chance of further impact. Also, the Atlas gets an Intelligent Crash Response System that, in the event of a collision, will automatically turn off the fuel pump, unlock the doors, and activate the hazard lights.

While the 2021 Honda Pilot’s 3.6-liter V6 makes 280 hp – which is 4 hp more than the 3.6-liter V6 available in the Atlas – it’s the only engine Honda offers. The Atlas comes standard with a slightly more efficient 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 235 hp. Many people like to have a choice, meaning they’ll favor the Atlas. Both models are made in either front-wheel or all-wheel drive and have a maximum towing capacity of 5,000 pounds.

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