The Volkswagen Atlas is a midsize SUV with room for seven. Developed and built for the North American market, this three-row vehicle offers generous interior space, ample storage compartments and up to 5,000 pounds of towing capacity.
Volkswagen Atlas Overview
The Volkswagen Atlas debuted for the 2018 model year. Upon its launch, all models were powered by a V6 engine, with a standard turbocharged four-cylinder engine that followed later. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available.
The Atlas SUV offers a familiar face affixed to a powerful body. LED headlamps with available LED accent lights flank the horizontal grille. All models feature strong shoulders, a high beltline, distinct wheel arches and aluminum-alloy wheels. In the rear, you'll find a liftgate spoiler, large rear lights with unique LED accents and a pair of exhaust port finishers.
Cloth-covered seats are standard, and you can upgrade your Atlas with leatherette or genuine leather upholstery. All seats are well bolstered and supportive. The third row offers sufficient room for two adults, and the standard 60/40-split second-row bench seat may be replaced with available captain's chairs. With the captain's chairs in place, seating capacity is reduced to six.
The interior features soft-touch materials with easy-to-read gauges and displays. From an open area at the base of the center stack to a deep bin located beneath the front-row center armrest, the cabin provides lots of storage nooks for your belongings.
All front-wheel-drive models have a standard 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 235 horsepower, and a 3.6-liter turbocharged V6 engine with 276 horsepower is available, Both engines come with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The V6, when equipped with the available tow package, carries a 5,000-pound tow rating.
The Atlas’ standard equipment includes full power accessories, a tilt-and-telescoping steering column, dual-zone climate control and a rearview camera. The lineup of optional equipment includes a premium audio system, navigation and advanced driver assistance features.
The Atlas competes with three-row crossovers like the Honda Pilot, Dodge Durango, Nissan Pathfinder, Ford Explorer and Toyota Highlander. Relative to these models, the Atlas is notable for its assertive style and strong feature content.