Compare 2021 Ford Explorer vs 2021 Volkswagen Atlas

2021 Ford Explorer
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Base 4WD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Explorer Base 4WD 20 27 $33,878 $34,925
Explorer Base RWD 21 28 $31,938 $32,925
Explorer King Ranch 4WD 18 24 $52,416 $54,600
Explorer King Ranch RWD 18 24 $50,496 $52,600
Explorer Limited 4WD 20 27 $45,365 $47,255
Explorer Limited RWD 21 28 $43,445 $45,255
Explorer Platinum 4WD 23 26 $51,202 $53,335
Explorer Platinum RWD 18 24 $50,621 $52,730
Explorer ST 4WD 18 24 $47,040 $49,000
Explorer Timberline 4WD 19 23 $44,174 $46,015
Explorer XLT 4WD 20 27 $35,592 $37,075
Explorer XLT RWD 21 28 $33,672 $35,075
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2.0T S 4MOTION
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Atlas 2.0T S 4MOTION 20 24 $32,075 $33,445
Atlas 2.0T S FWD 21 24 $30,251 $31,545
Atlas 2.0T SE 4MOTION 20 24 $35,287 $36,795
Atlas 2.0T SE FWD 21 24 $33,464 $34,895
Atlas 2.0T SE w/Technology 4MOTION 20 24 $37,204 $38,795
Atlas 2.0T SE w/Technology FWD 21 24 $35,382 $36,895
Atlas 2.0T SEL 4MOTION 20 24 $40,656 $42,395
Atlas 2.0T SEL Premium 4MOTION 20 24 $45,260 $47,195
Atlas 2021.5 2.0T S 4MOTION 20 24 $32,084 $33,455
Atlas 2021.5 2.0T S FWD 21 24 $30,260 $31,555
Atlas 2021.5 2.0T SE 4MOTION 20 24 $35,296 $36,805
Atlas 2021.5 2.0T SE FWD 21 24 $33,474 $34,905
Atlas 2021.5 2.0T SE w/Technology 4MOTION 20 24 $37,253 $38,845
Atlas 2021.5 2.0T SE w/Technology FWD 21 24 $35,431 $36,945
Atlas 2021.5 2.0T SEL 4MOTION 20 24 $40,685 $42,425
Atlas 2021.5 2.0T SEL Premium 4MOTION 20 24 $45,289 $47,225
Atlas 2021.5 3.6L V6 SE w/Technology 4MOTION 16 22 $38,595 $40,245
Atlas 2021.5 3.6L V6 SE w/Technology FWD 17 23 $36,773 $38,345
Atlas 2021.5 3.6L V6 SE w/Technology R-Line 4MOTION 16 22 $39,938 $41,645
Atlas 2021.5 3.6L V6 SE w/Technology R-Line FWD 17 23 $38,116 $39,745
Atlas 2021.5 3.6L V6 SEL 4MOTION 16 22 $42,412 $44,225
Atlas 2021.5 3.6L V6 SEL FWD 17 23 $40,591 $42,325
Atlas 2021.5 3.6L V6 SEL Premium 4MOTION 16 22 $47,014 $49,025
Atlas 2021.5 3.6L V6 SEL Premium R-Line 4MOTION 16 22 $48,646 $50,725
Atlas 2021.5 3.6L V6 SEL R-Line 4MOTION 16 22 $44,042 $45,925
Atlas 2021.5 3.6L V6 SEL R-Line FWD 17 23 $42,220 $44,025
Atlas 3.6L V6 SE w/Technology 4MOTION 16 22 $38,548 $40,195
Atlas 3.6L V6 SE w/Technology FWD 17 23 $36,724 $38,295
Atlas 3.6L V6 SE w/Technology R-Line 4MOTION 16 22 $39,890 $41,595
Atlas 3.6L V6 SE w/Technology R-Line FWD 17 23 $38,068 $39,695
Atlas 3.6L V6 SEL 4MOTION 16 22 $42,384 $44,195
Atlas 3.6L V6 SEL FWD 17 23 $40,560 $42,295
Atlas 3.6L V6 SEL Premium 4MOTION 16 22 $46,987 $48,995
Atlas 3.6L V6 SEL Premium R-Line 4MOTION 16 22 $48,617 $50,695
Atlas 3.6L V6 SEL R-Line 4MOTION 16 22 $44,012 $45,895
Atlas 3.6L V6 SEL R-Line FWD 17 23 $42,191 $43,995
Atlas Cross Sport 2.0T S 4MOTION 20 24 $31,411 $32,755
Atlas Cross Sport 2.0T S FWD 21 24 $29,590 $30,855
Atlas Cross Sport 2.0T SE 4MOTION 20 24 $34,625 $36,105
Atlas Cross Sport 2.0T SE FWD 21 24 $32,802 $34,205
Atlas Cross Sport 2.0T SE w/Technology 4MOTION 20 24 $36,581 $38,145
Atlas Cross Sport 2.0T SE w/Technology FWD 21 24 $34,759 $36,245
Atlas Cross Sport 2.0T SEL 4MOTION 20 24 $40,015 $41,725
Atlas Cross Sport 2.0T SEL Premium 4MOTION 20 24 $44,618 $46,525
Atlas Cross Sport 3.6L V6 SE w/Technology 4MOTION 17 23 $38,451 $40,095
Atlas Cross Sport 3.6L V6 SE w/Technology FWD 18 23 $36,102 $37,645
Atlas Cross Sport 3.6L V6 SE w/Technology R-Line 4MOTION 17 23 $39,793 $41,495
Atlas Cross Sport 3.6L V6 SE w/Technology R-Line FWD 18 23 $37,444 $39,045
Atlas Cross Sport 3.6L V6 SEL 4MOTION 17 23 $41,741 $43,525
Atlas Cross Sport 3.6L V6 SEL FWD 18 23 $39,918 $41,625
Atlas Cross Sport 3.6L V6 SEL Premium 4MOTION 17 23 $46,345 $48,325
Atlas Cross Sport 3.6L V6 SEL Premium R-Line 4MOTION 17 23 $47,973 $50,025
Atlas Cross Sport 3.6L V6 SEL R-Line 4MOTION 17 23 $43,371 $45,225
Atlas Cross Sport 3.6L V6 SEL R-Line FWD 18 23 $41,550 $43,325
Pricing
Invoice Price
$33,878
$32,075
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$34,925
$33,445
Monthly Payment Estimate
$582 / month
$557 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.0
5.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2021 Ford Explorer is recognizable, but new. It should be on every family SUV shopper’s list. The 2021 VW Atlas is a competent family hauler that assimilates into the daily routine without fuss.
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Fuel Economy
City
20 mpg 20 mpg
Highway
27 mpg 24 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Standard SUV 4WD Standard SUV 4WD
Interior Dimensions
Third Leg Room (in)
32.2 33.7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
152.7 153.7
Second Head Room (in)
40.5 40.4
Third Hip Room (in)
40.9 45.1
Second Shoulder Room (in)
61.9 60.8
Front Leg Room (in)
43 41.5
Third Head Room (in)
38.9 38.3
Passenger Capacity
7 7
Front Hip Room (in)
59.2 58.2
Third Shoulder Room (in)
54.6 54.9
Second Leg Room (in)
39 37.6
Front Head Room (in)
40.7 41.3
Second Hip Room (in)
59.1 58
Front Shoulder Room (in)
61.8 61.5
Exterior Dimensions
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
78.9 78.3
Track Width, Front (in)
66.9 67.2
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.2 -
Length, Overall (in)
198.8 198.3
Liftover Height (in)
32.8 -
Height, Overall (in)
70.2 70
Track Width, Rear (in)
66.9 67.8
Wheelbase (in)
119.1 117.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
32.8 -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
83.9 -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
87.8 96.8
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
20.8 -
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
18.2 20.6
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
48.1 -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
49.8 -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
47.9 55.5
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
59 -
Brakes
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.6 12.2
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.6 13.2
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
17.9 18.6
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
- 38.1
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P255/65HR18 P245/60HR18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P255/65HR18 P245/60HR18
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5000 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5300 NA
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)
5300 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
500 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
530 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4345 4440
Wheels
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
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 X 7.5 18 X 8
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
310 @ 3500 258 @ 1600
Engine Order Code
99H NA
Displacement
2.3 L/140 2.0 L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
300 @ 5500 235 @ 4500
Engine Type
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
23 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
27 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
20 20
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.58 3.60
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
2.15 1.95
Trans Type
10 8
Drivetrain
Four Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.52 1.21
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
4.88 3.99
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.85 0.67
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
3.00 3.14
Trans Order Code
44T NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.77 1.43
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.27 1.00
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.81
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.71 5.59
Summary
Vehicle Name
Ford Explorer Volkswagen Atlas
Body Style
Sport Utility 4MOTION
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.7 8.1
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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2021 Ford Explorer
  • 2021 Explorer selection adequate
  • Lease: From $299/mo
  • Rebates: $1,000 off for all buyers
  • Finance: From 0% APR
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2021 Volkswagen Atlas
  • 2021 Atlas & 2021.5 update available; 2022s coming soon
  • Lease: From $389 per month for 39 months
  • Rebate: Special offers for military, first responders and grads
  • Finance: From 0% APR for 36 months
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