Compare 2018 Ford Explorer vs 2018 Volkswagen Atlas

2018 Ford Explorer
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FWD Base
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD Base 17 24 $31,015 $32,140
FWD XLT 17 24 $32,637 $34,175
4WD Base 16 22 $33,090 $34,290
4WD XLT 16 22 $34,690 $36,325
FWD Limited 19 27 $40,196 $42,090
4WD Limited 18 25 $42,249 $44,240
4WD Sport 16 22 $43,883 $45,950
4WD Platinum 16 22 $51,512 $53,940
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FWD 2.0T S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 2.0T S 22 26 $29,490 $30,750
FWD 3.6L V6 S 18 25 $30,833 $32,150
FWD 3.6L V6 Launch Edition 18 25 $32,367 $33,750
FWD 2.0T SE 22 26 $32,453 $33,840
4MOTION 3.6L V6 S 17 23 $32,559 $33,950
FWD 3.6L V6 SE 18 25 $33,795 $35,240
4MOTION 3.6L V6 Launch Edition 17 23 $34,093 $35,550
FWD 2.0T SE w/Technology 22 26 $34,467 $35,940
4MOTION 3.6L V6 SE 17 23 $35,520 $37,040
FWD 3.6L V6 SE w/Technology 18 25 $35,809 $37,340
4MOTION 3.6L V6 SE w/Technology 17 23 $37,535 $39,140
FWD 2.0T SEL 22 26 $37,793 $39,410
FWD 3.6L V6 SEL 18 25 $39,453 $41,140
4MOTION 3.6L V6 SEL 17 23 $41,180 $42,940
4MOTION 3.6L V6 SEL Premium 17 23 $46,742 $48,740
Pricing
Invoice Price
$31,015
$29,490
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$32,140
$30,750
Monthly Payment Estimate
$536 / month
$513 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.7
6.5
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2018 Ford Explorer has pulled off a graceful transition from clumsy off-roader to genteel family wagon. The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas does little wrong, but it's light on personality and a little low-rent inside—and it guzzles fuel. It's worth a look, but mostly rivals do more for less.
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Fuel Economy
City
17 mpg 22 mpg
Highway
24 mpg 26 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Standard Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD -
Interior Dimensions
Third Shoulder Room (in)
50.8 54.9
Second Leg Room (in)
39.5 37.6
Front Head Room (in)
41.4 41.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
151.7 -
Second Hip Room (in)
56.8 58
Front Shoulder Room (in)
61.5 61.5
Third Leg Room (in)
32 33.7
Second Head Room (in)
40.6 40.4
Third Hip Room (in)
40.7 45.1
Passenger Capacity
7 7
Second Shoulder Room (in)
61 60.8
Front Leg Room (in)
42.9 41.5
Third Head Room (in)
37.8 38.3
Front Hip Room (in)
57.3 58.2
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
67 67.8
Wheelbase (in)
112.8 117.3
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
78.9 78.3
Track Width, Front (in)
67 67.2
Min Ground Clearance (in)
7.8 -
Length, Overall (in)
198.3 198.3
Height, Overall (in)
70 70
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
80.7 96.8
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
21 20.6
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
43.8 55.5
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.8 13.2
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.8 12.2
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Brake ABS System (Second Line)
- 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.6 18.6
Fuel Tank Location
- Midship
Aux Fuel Tank Location
- Midship
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
39.2 38.1
Tires
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P245/60HR18 P245/60HR18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P245/60HR18 P245/60HR18
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 NA
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)
2000 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4443 -
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 X 7.5 18 X 8
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 X 7.5 18 X 8
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
175 -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
540 -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
255 @ 4000 258 @ 1600
Engine Order Code
998-1 NA
Displacement
3.5 L/213 2.0 L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
290 @ 6500 235 @ 4500
Engine Type
Regular Unleaded V-6 Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Sequential MPI Gasoline Direct Injection
Engine Oil Cooler
- None
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
17 22
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
20 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
24 26
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.74 1.00
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.48 5.59
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.39 -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.84 1.95
Trans Type
6 8
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.21
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.88 3.99
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.87 3.14
Trans Order Code
44J NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41 1.43
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Transfer Case Power Take Off
- No
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.67
Trans PTO Access
- No
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.81
Summary
Vehicle Name
Ford Explorer Volkswagen Atlas
Body Style
Sport Utility Sport Utility
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link -
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut -
Axle Type - Front
- Independent
Axle Ratio (:1) - Front
- 3.60
Axle Type - Rear
- Independent
Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear
- 3.60
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.8 7.3
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating
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