Volkswagen Atlas vs. the Competition in St. Charles, IL

Volkswagen Atlas
Ford Explorer
Honda Pilot
Toyota Highlander
Specs*
MPG (city/hwy) 22/26 17/24 19/27 21/27
Engine 2.0L Turbo 4-cylinder 3.5L Ti-VCT V6 3.5L V6 2.7L 4-Cylinder Double Overhead Cam (DOHC) 16-Valve
Horsepower 235 290 280 185
Torque 258 lb-ft 255 lb-ft 262 lb-ft 184 lb-ft
Cargo Volume 96.8 cu ft 81.7 cu ft 82.1 cu ft 83.7 cu ft
Passenger Volume 153.7 cu ft 151.5 cu ft 152.9 cu ft 144.9 cu ft
Seating Capacity 7 7 8 8
Starting MSRP $30,500 $31,990 $30,900 $31,030

The Volkswagen Atlas is a midsize SUV that exceeds the competition in a few key areas, and stacks up well in the rest. When it comes to raw cargo volume, the Volkswagen Atlas has over ten more cubic feet than the Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, and Toyota Highlander. Although the Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander each have eight seats, the seven seats of the Volkswagen Atlas are notoriously roomy. A.k.a. the two folks in the back won’t be crammed in the least.

The base models of the Ford Explorer and Honda Pilot each come with a V6 engine, whereas the base model of the Volkswagen Atlas has a 2.0-liter Turbo 4-cylinder engine. Despite this, the torque of the Volkswagen Atlas is still on par with those two, and its overall engine power exceeds that of the Toyota Highlander. Power and grit enthusiasts can still opt for the 3.6L V6 engine that the Volkswagen Atlas lineup offers.

The Volkswagen Atlas makes a clear break from the Toyota Highlander and Honda Pilot in the style department with its muscular look, creased lines, and powerful persona. Not to mention, the Volkswagen Atlas won Cars.com’s best three-row SUV of the year due to its value, practicality, and performance. To check out the Volkswagen Atlas, browse our inventory online. When you’re ready, come see us for a test drive. We’re located on East Main Street near the intersection of Smith Road in St. Charles, IL.

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