2020 Volkswagen Atlas

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2020 Volkswagen Atlas Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: February 13, 2020
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Stepping out of its cocoon, Volkswagen has finally adhered to the American mentality with the all-new Atlas. Unlike typical VWs, the Atlas sports a massive footprint, three spacious rows and is exclusive to the US market only. VW claims that this SUV has been designed keeping in mind the needs of Americans, and indeed it is. Offering stupendous ride quality and practicality, the only drawback is the lack of power under the hood.

The Atlas comes in seven trims starting from just under $32,000 and ranges under $50,000. It is powered by either a 2.0L inline four-cylinder or a 3.6L V6 engine. Also, the Atlas welcomes excitingly new technology. 

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Pros

Nice Interior Space

Value for money

Good braking and ride quality

Massive cargo space

Easy access to third row seats

Cons

Less luxurious interior material

Poor fuel efficiency

Satisfactory acceleration

Exterior styling could have been improved

What's New?

Available 20-inch/21-inch Wheels

Panoramic Sunroof

Easy-open liftgate and Park distance control

Two years of scheduled maintenance included at no charge


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$31545

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

7

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

121 cu.in.

horsepower

235 hp @ 4500 rpm

torque

258 lbs.-ft. @ 1600 rpm

transmission

8 speed automatic

chassis

frame type

MQB

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

67.2/67.8

dimensions

wheelbase

117.3 in.

length

198.3 in.

width

78.3 in.

height

70 in.

curb weight

4222 lbs.

ground clearance

8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

153.7 cu ft.

cargo volume

96.8 cu ft.

towing capacity

2000 lbs.

payload capacity

1213 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.5 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

20/23/27 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

7 yr. /100000 mi.


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Exterior
Interior

Ratings

Features

8.0

Engine And Performance

6.5

Interior

8.0

Safety

8.0

7.7

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Volkswagen Atlas S

S

power
276hp @ 6200 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
20 combined

$31,545 - $34,745


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
S 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 8A) Starting at $31,545 MSRP (22/24/26) 235hp @ 4500 rpm, 2 L, I-4, regular unleaded
8-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual front wheel drive 7
S 4dr 4MOTION SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $34,745 MSRP (17/20/23) 276hp @ 6200 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual TBD TBD

 2020 Volkswagen Atlas SE

SE

power
276hp @ 6200 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
21 combined

$34,695 - $37,895


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2.0T SE 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 8A) Starting at $34,695 MSRP (22/24/26) 235hp @ 4500 rpm, 2 L, I-4, regular unleaded
8-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual front wheel drive TBD
SE 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $36,095 MSRP (17/21/24) 276hp @ 6200 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual front wheel drive TBD
SE 4dr 4MOTION AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $37,895 MSRP (17/20/23) 276hp @ 6200 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual TBD TBD

 2020 Volkswagen Atlas SEL

SEL

power
276hp @ 6200 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
21 combined

$40,795 - $44,395


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2.0T SEL 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 8A) Starting at $40,795 MSRP (22/24/26) 235hp @ 4500 rpm, 2 L, I-4, regular unleaded
8-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual front wheel drive TBD
SEL 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $42,595 MSRP (17/21/24) 276hp @ 6200 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual front wheel drive TBD
SEL 4dr 4MOTION SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $44,395 MSRP (17/20/23) 276hp @ 6200 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual TBD TBD

 2020 Volkswagen Atlas SEL R-Line

SEL R-Line

power
276hp @ 6200 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
21 combined

$44,295 - $46,095


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SEL R-Line 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $44,295 MSRP (17/21/24) 276hp @ 6200 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual front wheel drive TBD
SEL R-Line 4dr 4MOTION SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $46,095 MSRP (17/20/23) 276hp @ 6200 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual TBD TBD

 2020 Volkswagen Atlas SEL Premium

SEL Premium

power
276hp @ 6200 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
20 combined

$49,195


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SEL Premium 4dr 4MOTION SUV AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $49,195 MSRP (17/20/23) 276hp @ 6200 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
8-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual TBD TBD

Expert Review

7.7

Overall Rating


The mid-size SUV segment is dominated by American and Japanese products with a conspicuous absence of a German product. That’s changed with the introduction of Volkswagen Atlas – the first German mid-size SUV for the masses with a starting price of $30,750. It’s available with an efficient 2.0L TSI engine but most Atlas comes with a larger 3.6L V6. However, the V6 feels gutless among some competitors.

The 2020 VW Atlas is not a new car altogether. The age can be felt on the outside. The advanced driver assistance tools on-hand, next-generation technology and reliability features insulate it. While its base 2.0L four-cylinder engine feels underpowered for fully loaded Atlas, the optional 3.6L V6 engine is quite competitive.

2020 Volkswagen Atlas front view
2020 Volkswagen Atlas front view
2020 Volkswagen Atlas rear view
2020 Volkswagen Atlas rear view

8.0/10
Features

 

6.5/10
Engine and Performance

 
 

8.0/10
Interior

 
 

8.0/10
Safety

 
 
 

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Features

8.0/10

The 2020 VW Atlas like a rainbow offers seven-trim levels. In the spectrum of choices, the base model is placed with a standard 235 hp 2.0L four-cylinder engine driving the front wheels, starting at $31,545. While most Atlas can be configured with a 276 hp 3.6L V6 engine either in front-wheel or all-wheel drive. The base atlas is pocket-friendly for a family utility, the premium versions costing upward $45,000 are generously luxurious.

Trims

S

SE

SE w/Tech

SE w/Tech R-line

SEL

SEL R-Line

SEL Premium

MSRP (2.0L 4-cyl FWD)

$31545

$34695

$37045

-

$40795

-

-

MSRP (3.6L V6 FWD)

-

$36095

$38445

$40645

$42595

$44295

-

MSRP (3.6L V6 AWD)

$34745

$37895

$40245

$42445

$44395

$46095

$49195

Key Features

LED Headlights and DRLs

Add/Upgrades from S

Add/Upgrades from SE

Add/Upgrades from SE w/Tech

Add/Upgrades from SE w/Tech R-Line

Add/Upgrades from SEL

Add/Upgrades from SEL R-Line

 

Heated side-mirrors

Heated washer nozzles

Remote Start

Power Liftgate with Easy Open

Panoramic Sunroof

stainless steel pedal caps

Overhead view camera

 

18-inch alloy wheel

Keyless access

20-inch wheel

Park Distance control

Media Control

Discover Media

21-inch Wheel

 

Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking

Blindspot monitor

Active blind spot monitor

     

Parking steering Assist

 

Cruise control

Leather/Piano Black Steering Wheel

Power Liftgate

       
 

Heated Rear Seats

Heated Front Seats

         
 

FM/AM radio

Sirius XM radio

         

With lots of safety features and amenities, this spacious SUV is a family-friendly car. For someone looking for the most comfort stimulated by modern technology, SEL with optional packages ranging to $50,000 is the pandora's box.

What do we recommend?

The best choice to pick here would be the mid-level SE, which adds useful convenience features like keyless access on all five doors, push-button start and a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel apart from standard active safety features.

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Engine and Performance

6.5/10

Volkswagen Atlas comes with two engine options. The smaller 235 hp turbocharged 2.0L Inline-4 develops almost as much torque as the larger V6 – 258 lb-ft. However, even the more powerful 3.6L V6 with 276 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque can struggle at times pushing this over 4000 pounds VW SUV.

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Engine
2020 VW Atlas entry-level model comes with a 2.0-litre turbo-4 engine

Regardless of the engine, a silky smooth 8-speed automatic is the only available transmission. While the base 2.0L I4 is only available with FWD, the 3.6L V6 can be equipped with Volkswagen 4Motion All-Wheel Drive system. The VW Atlas AWD offers excellent traction even in slippery situations and is a worthwhile upgrade for handling inclement weather conditions. 

Models

VW Atlas

Honda Pilot

Chevrolet Traverse

Toyota highlander

MSRP

$31545

$33550

$34,900

$32775

Engine

2.0L 4-cyl

3.5L V6

3.6L V6

3.5L V6/Hybrid

Transmission

8-Speed Automatic

6-Speed Automatic

9-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

Power

235 hp

280 hp

310 hp

295 hp

Torque

258 lb-ft

262 lb-ft

266 lb-ft

263 lb-ft

When we analyse power output, Chevy Traverse grants 310 hp followed by Ford's 288 hp output. On paper, VW Atlas has 276 hp yield but when we acknowledge drivability the Atlas can be a little slow when the going gets a bit rough. Though Atlas is not a joy to drive as its opponents, it still is a much-appreciated treat from the German carmaker.

Acceleration

The Atlas equipped with the 2.0L TSI does 0-60 in 7.2 seconds. Surprisingly, the Atlas V6 is slower to 60 taking 7.9 seconds despite having 41 hp more power and 8 lb-ft more torque. However, Atlas V6 also weighs 500 pounds more. This explains the ambiguity in acceleration.

2020 volkswagen atlas acceleration
2020 Volkswagen Atlas Acceleration

The modern 8-speed automatic transmission united with V6 acts evenly and sends the power to the ground which might not conquer you a drag race but can lug 5,000 pounds worth of trailer. But with all-wheel arrangement, the same is lacking. The Atas on full load strives on an upward trajectory and dumps gas like a river. 

Models

VW Atlas

Honda Pilot

Chevrolet Traverse

Toyota highlander

0-60 MPH

7.2

6.3

7.1

8.9

Quarter mile

14.9*

14.4

15.5

N/A

Engine

2.0L

3.5L

3.6L

3.5L

Emission

(Tons/yr. of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

9.3

8.0

8.4

7.6

Still, even the fastest Atlas is noticeably slower than some competitors. The Honda Pilot does 0-60 over a second faster in 6.3 seconds thanks to its higher power output and lighter curb weight. The Chevy Traverse is also significantly faster taking 7.1 seconds for the same run. Only the Toyota Highlander is slower – significantly slower, taking 8.9 seconds to do 0-60 mph.

Braking Performance

The Atlas comes with 13.2-inch brake rotors up front and 12.2-inch brake rotors at the rear wheels. These can haul the Atlas from 60 mph in 115 feet. That’s best in the segment. Apart from raw numbers, the Atlas brake pedal also delivers best in class pedal response.

2020 Volkswagen Atlas wheel
Braking system on the Atlas is composed of vented front discs and solid rear discs

 

Model

VW Atlas

Honda Pilot

Chevrolet Traverse

Toyota highlander

Brake Front(in)

13.2

12.6

12.6

N/A

Brake Rear(in)

12.2

13

12.4

N/A

Curb weight(lbs.)

4500

4097

4362

4134

60-0 MPH (ft.)

115

119

197(70-0)

N/A

In readiness for the worst scenario, VW is bundling features like an automatic post-collision braking system that reduce the chances of additional damage applying brakes automatically without pushing the brake pedals. The unique ABS programming for different drive-modes available in VW atlas adjusts the braking effect on a shift of a knob.

Ride and Handling

The Atlas rides with excellent compliance and all but the harsh bumps are smoothened out effortlessly. This combined with excellent noise insulation (second only to the whisper-quiet Chevy Traverse) and famed German high-speed stability to make this VW SUV a true long-distance liner. This does not imply the Atlas can’t handle corners.

The driver-selectable Sport Mode sharpens up the steering, throttle, and transmission transforming this German SUV into a machine capable of handling corners well. The Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system act alongside, eludes wheel slipping and allows the constant and steady drive. Also, its steering complies with the coveted course and keeps the vehicle in a straight line. The atlas has on-point handling and never feels tactless.

Towing Capacity

Including a factory-installed trailer hitch (SEL and SEL Premium) the V-6 engine can pull a maximum around 5000 lbs of braked trailer, while all other models demand dealer or port-installed hitch which then allow a maximum towing capacity of 2000 lbs. Also, the standard engine feels underpowered to pull the loaded Atlas further reducing the towing capacity. 

Model

VW Atlas

Honda Pilot

Chevrolet Traverse

Toyota highlander

Capacity (lbs.)

2000

5000

1500

2000

Drive Train

FWD

FWD

AWD

AWD

As stated above, it is not a powerful drive but if equipped correctly may satisfy. The S trim with 2.0L form will not go great for someone prioritizing the pulling capacity.

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Fuel Economy

With the base 2.0L TSI engine, the Atlas delivers 22 mpg in city and 36 mpg on the highway for a combined rating of 24 mpg. While that’s better than the competition, the competition uses significantly more powerful V6 engines. The Atlas V6 is significantly thirstier delivering 17 mpg in city and 23 mpg on the highway.

Model

VW Atlas

Honda Pilot

Chevrolet Traverse

Toyota highlander

MPG (city)

22

19

18

21

MPG (highway)

36

27

27

27

MPG (combined)

19

22

23

23

The Atlas fall back from its opponents in this category. The likes of Honda Pilot and Chevrolet Traverse command better mpg ratings with higher hauling capacity. 

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Interior

8.0/10

The Atlas interior has a typical Volkswagen look and feel with clean elegant lines and intuitively arranged controls. However, what’s more, impressive is the space. While the front and secondary room are up with the segment best, the third row beats all of them outright. Third-row access is easy and once seated, even 6-feet adults will find decent headroom and legroom.

2020 Volkswagen Atlas interior
2020 Volkswagen Atlas offers roomy interiors and comfortable ride

Its utility interiors and laid on the line interior switches make it the best option for a family with its highly-anticipated competitors. Your spine will acknowledge the Atlas. Each and every amenity is within the reach of the driver and he doesn't have to take his eyes off the road for the most part. The fit and finish of the materials are true to its German genes and feel robust to touch

Model

VW Atlas

Honda Pilot

Chevrolet Traverse

Toyota highlander

Passenger capacity

7

8

8

8

Passenger Volume (ft. cube)

153.7

152.9

153.3

N/A

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

41.3/61.5/41.5

40.1/62.0/40.9

41.3/62.1/41

41/59/44.2

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

40.4/60.8/37.6

40.2/62.0/38.4

40/62.2/38.4

40/60/38.4

Third (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

38.3/54.9/33.7

38.9/57.6/31.9

38.2/57.5/33.5

N/A

The VW atlas bartered its ample space and abundant of storage cubbyholes to stash small items with expensive styling, degrading its acreage among style mavens. Also, the leatherette seating cover is standard except in base trim which comes in tough-feeling cloth deserving prospect for drivers unconcerned by spillovers. You can also opt for Captain's Chair package which comes with second-row captain's chairs and third-row easy access.

Interior Features

The most notable offerings include

  • Keyless access w/push-button start (KESSY)
  • 3-zone Climatronic climate control
  • Ambient lighting
  • Leather-wrapped multifunction, heated steering wheel
  • Leather seating surfaces
  • Heated rear seats
  • Overhead view camera
  • Ventilated, 10-way power driver's and 8-way passenger seat w/ memory

 Infotainment System

The base Atlas S gets 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and six-speaker audio system. Splurging to the Atlas SE gets you larger 8.0 -inch touchscreen infotainment system and two additional speakers apart from three USB ports and Sirius XM satellite radio. The Volkswagen Digital Cockpit is available exclusively in Atlas SEL premium.

2020 Volkswagen atlas infotainment display
2020 Volkswagen Atlas Infotainment Display

On up-gradation to the SE or SEL models, three extra USB ports in the console, SiriusXM radio and two extra speakers to magnify the volume are added. This interface is instinctive and as responsive as a decent smartphone. 

  • AM/FM Stereo HD Radio
  • Car-Net 2.0 telematic system
  • Satellite Radio Service
  • USB Connection
  • 12-speaker Fender Premium Audio System
  • App-Connect
  • Voice Control and Media Control
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot
  • Navigation System

Cargo Capacity

Aloof from the majestic passenger volume, the Atlas also dazzles with its spacious boot. Behind the third row, the Atlas offers 20.6 cubic feet of cargo space. That’s up with the segment best Chevy traverse. Folding third-row liberates 55.5 cubic feet of space, again better than all others except Chevy Traverse.

2020 Volkswagen Atlas cargo space
2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cargo Space

Finally, with all seats folded, Atlas offers an impressive 96.8 cubic feet of luggage capacity. 

Model

VW Atlas

Honda Pilot

Chevrolet Traverse

Toyota highlander

Behind 3rd Row (ft. Cube)

20.6

18.5

23

16.1

With 3nd row folded (ft. Cube)

55.5

55.9

57.8

40.6

With All Seats folded (ft. Cube)

96.8

109

98.2

73.3

Overall, the cargo and passenger space is adequate for an urban family, a cabin full of passengers, or you moving furniture with a friend. It is not going to fail you by making your daily tasks a whole lot  indulgent.

2020 Volkswagen Atlas front seat
2020 Volkswagen Atlas front seat
2020 Volkswagen Atlas interior
2020 Volkswagen Atlas interior
2020 Volkswagen Atlas seat
2020 Volkswagen Atlas seats
2020 Volkswagen Atlas rear seat
2020 Volkswagen Atlas rear seat
2020 Volkswagen Atlas steering
2020 Volkswagen Atlas steering

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Exterior

The Atlas is styled like a typical Volkswagen product with clean lines and an understated demeanour. It relies on proportions to exude a confident stance. However, this Volkswagen SUV also has plenty of muscular details befitting its size. Speaking of size, it spans 198.3 inches in length and 78.3 inches in width. At 69.7-inch it’s just as tall as any other SUV here.

2020 Volkswagen Atlas side view
2020 Volkswagen Atlas Exterior Design

The Atlas isn't the largest SUV in its category. This suggests parking the Atlas in crowded places won't be much of a concern. Passing through congested areas will be more relaxed as well when you take into record, the other opponents.

Model

VW Atlas

Honda Pilot

Chevrolet Traverse

Toyota Highlander

Curb Weight(lbs.)

4500

4217

4362

N/A

Length(in)

198.3

196.5

204.3

195

Width(in)

78.3

78.6

78.6

N/A

Height(in)

70

70.6

70.7

N/A

Ground clearance(in)

8

7.3

N/A

N/A

Wheelbase(in)

117.3

111

120.9

N/A

Track width(in) F/R

67.2/67.8

66.3/66.3

67.3/67

N/A

The mid-size three-row SUV has been the german’s best effort at landing a US-centric crossover. Its long 117.3-inch wheelbase assists in soft piloting through an abyss. The German automakers will have to rise up its effort to make it look sporty, energetic and appealing in order to keep up the selling aginst the bold styling toppers from the Honda, Chevrolet, and Toyota.

Exterior Features

Here are the most notable features on offer :

  • LED Headlights with LED DRLs and taillight
  • Heated washer nozzles
  • Power-adjustable, heated side mirrors
  • Power-folding side mirrors with puddle lights
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • 21-inch aluminum-alloy wheels
2020 Volkswagen Atlas
2020 Volkswagen Atlas
2020 Volkswagen Atlas
2020 Volkswagen Atlas
2020 Volkswagen Atlas fron view
2020 Volkswagen Atlas fornt view
2020 Volkswagen Atlas headlight
2020 Volkswagen Atlas headlight
2020 Volkswagen Atlas emblem
2020 Volkswagen Atlas emblem

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Safety

8.0/10

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration approved the 2020 VW Atlas a five-star rating. Key safety features include Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Monitoring (Front Assist). Higher trims come with the option for advanced driver-assistance technology features not offered much in its arch-rivals.

Some important key features include :

  • Dual front & side airbags, front & rear curtain airbags
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • Intelligent Crash Response System
  • High Beam Control
  • Rear Traffic Alert
  • Adaptive Cruise Control 
  • Active Blind Spot Monitor 
  • Parking Steering Assistant
  • Park Distance Control
  • Automatic Post-Collision Braking System

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Competition

VW Atlas vs Honda Pilot

Honda Pilot is one of the most well rounded midsize SUV with well-equipped, roomy seats and high-quality elements. An effective and powerful engine pulls the pilot quickly along the road. On top of that, the Pilot arrives with Honda’s status for reliability and has great resale value too. However, the Atlas comes with a better third row and it’s almost as good in other areas.

2020 Honda Pilot
2020 Honda Pilot

Where VW atlas has enhanced comfort, ample space and quality ride, the honda pilot’s 3.5L V6 engine powering 280 hp and 262 lb-ft torque raises the adrenaline much better. It is a trade-off between great styling and better performance of honda pilot against slightly bigger cargo capacity and quality in VW Atlas.

VW Atlas vs Chevrolet Traverse

Chevrolet Traverse combines charismatic styling with plenty of passenger space and cargo capacity. The seats are supportive and higher trims cover them in soft materials. This is accompanied by a plush ride and composed highway manners. Also, the traverse is one of the quietest in the class. That said, the Atlas is almost in many ways and better in some – like handling.

 

2020 Chevrolet traverse
2020 Chevrolet Traverse

The Chevrolet Traverse is neck to neck with VW Atlas in terms of cargo room and towing capacity. Still, the standard 3.6L V6 engine of Chevrolet Traverse generating 310 hp is best in its class, though it comes at MSRP of $35,000 estimated.

VW Atlas vs Toyota Highlander

Toyota Highlander rams an upscale interior, a robust V6 engine and loads of advanced active safety features as standard. It’s also available with an efficient four-cylinder motor. However, while the Highlander can seat 8, its third row is significantly tighter than the third row in Atlas.

2020 Toyota Highlander
2020 Toyota Highlander

The Toyota highlander founders in terms of internal cargo volume with reference to its opponents. However, Toyota has endured improving the performance capability of its highlanders with one of the best in class fuel economy.

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Final Verdict

After a long time, Volkswagen has a product that’s competitive in the segment. It’s immensely spacious inside with a third row that’s easily among the best in the segment. On top of that, the cabin is impressively quiet even at high speeds and rides of supple suspension.

That the Atlas can also excite you through curvy roads is just icing on the cake. There are shortcomings though mainly in the powertrain department. The V6 does not pack enough punch and is not particularly efficient either. Also, the base 2.0L TSI engine is unavailable with AWD. Still, the Volkswagen Atlas offers a genuinely appealing package and is an easy recommendation if want a family-friendly SUV.