Compare 2021 Toyota Highlander vs 2020 Volkswagen Atlas

2021 Toyota Highlander
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Hybrid LE AWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Highlander Hybrid LE AWD 35 35 $36,773 $40,110
Highlander Hybrid LE FWD 36 35 $35,306 $38,510
Highlander Hybrid Limited AWD 35 34 $43,286 $47,215
Highlander Hybrid Limited FWD 36 35 $41,499 $45,265
Highlander Hybrid Platinum AWD 35 34 $46,221 $50,415
Highlander Hybrid Platinum FWD 36 35 $44,434 $48,465
Highlander Hybrid XLE AWD 35 34 $39,340 $42,910
Highlander Hybrid XLE FWD 36 35 $37,874 $41,310
Highlander L AWD 20 27 $33,334 $36,510
Highlander L FWD 21 29 $31,873 $34,910
Highlander LE AWD 20 27 $35,343 $38,710
Highlander LE FWD 21 29 $33,882 $37,110
Highlander Limited AWD 20 27 $41,828 $45,815
Highlander Limited FWD 21 29 $40,048 $43,865
Highlander Platinum AWD 20 27 $44,750 $49,015
Highlander Platinum FWD 21 29 $42,970 $47,065
Highlander XLE AWD 20 27 $37,899 $41,510
Highlander XLE FWD 21 29 $36,438 $39,910
Highlander XSE AWD 20 27 $39,675 $43,455
Highlander XSE FWD 21 29 $37,895 $41,505
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2.0T S FWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Atlas 2.0T S FWD 20 24 $30,251 $31,545
Atlas 2.0T SE FWD 20 24 $33,272 $34,695
Atlas 2.0T SE w/Technology FWD 20 24 $35,526 $37,045
Atlas 2.0T SEL FWD 20 24 $39,122 $40,795
Atlas 3.6L V6 S 4MOTION 16 22 $33,320 $34,745
Atlas 3.6L V6 SE 4MOTION 16 22 $36,341 $37,895
Atlas 3.6L V6 SE FWD 17 23 $34,615 $36,095
Atlas 3.6L V6 SE w/Technology 4MOTION 16 22 $38,595 $40,245
Atlas 3.6L V6 SE w/Technology FWD 17 23 $36,870 $38,445
Atlas 3.6L V6 SE w/Technology R-Line 4MOTION 16 22 $40,706 $42,445
Atlas 3.6L V6 SE w/Technology R-Line FWD 17 23 $38,979 $40,645
Atlas 3.6L V6 SEL 4MOTION 16 22 $42,575 $44,395
Atlas 3.6L V6 SEL FWD 17 23 $40,849 $42,595
Atlas 3.6L V6 SEL Premium 4MOTION 16 22 $47,178 $49,195
Atlas 3.6L V6 SEL R-Line 4MOTION 16 22 $44,205 $46,095
Atlas 3.6L V6 SEL R-Line FWD 17 23 $42,478 $44,295
Atlas Cross Sport 2.0T S 4MOTION 18 23 $31,116 $32,445
Atlas Cross Sport 2.0T S FWD 21 24 $29,292 $30,545
Atlas Cross Sport 2.0T SE 4MOTION 18 23 $34,376 $35,845
Atlas Cross Sport 2.0T SE FWD 21 24 $32,553 $33,945
Atlas Cross Sport 2.0T SE w/Technology 4MOTION 18 23 $36,294 $37,845
Atlas Cross Sport 2.0T SE w/Technology FWD 21 24 $34,471 $35,945
Atlas Cross Sport 2.0T SE w/Technology R-Line 4MOTION 18 23 $37,637 $39,245
Atlas Cross Sport 2.0T SE w/Technology R-Line FWD 21 24 $35,814 $37,345
Atlas Cross Sport 2.0T SEL 4MOTION 18 23 $39,747 $41,445
Atlas Cross Sport 2.0T SEL FWD 21 24 $37,923 $39,545
Atlas Cross Sport 2.0T SEL Premium 4MOTION 18 23 $44,396 $46,295
Atlas Cross Sport 2.0T SEL Premium R-Line 4MOTION 18 23 $46,028 $47,995
Atlas Cross Sport 2.0T SEL R-Line 4MOTION 18 23 $41,376 $43,145
Atlas Cross Sport 2.0T SEL R-Line FWD 21 24 $39,555 $41,245
Atlas Cross Sport 3.6L V6 SE w/Technology 4MOTION 16 22 $37,637 $39,245
Atlas Cross Sport 3.6L V6 SE w/Technology FWD 17 23 $35,814 $37,345
Atlas Cross Sport 3.6L V6 SE w/Technology R-Line 4MOTION 16 22 $38,979 $40,645
Atlas Cross Sport 3.6L V6 SE w/Technology R-Line FWD 17 23 $37,156 $38,745
Atlas Cross Sport 3.6L V6 SEL 4MOTION 16 22 $41,473 $43,245
Atlas Cross Sport 3.6L V6 SEL FWD 17 23 $39,650 $41,345
Atlas Cross Sport 3.6L V6 SEL Premium 4MOTION 16 22 $46,123 $48,095
Atlas Cross Sport 3.6L V6 SEL Premium R-Line 4MOTION 16 22 $47,754 $49,795
Atlas Cross Sport 3.6L V6 SEL R-Line 4MOTION 16 22 $43,102 $44,945
Atlas Cross Sport 3.6L V6 SEL R-Line FWD 17 23 $41,281 $43,045
Pricing
Invoice Price
$36,773
$30,251
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$40,110
$31,545
Monthly Payment Estimate
$669 / month
$526 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.2
5.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2021 Toyota Highlander learned new tricks to keep us entertained on the road, when we’re not asleep in the back anyway. Space comes before pace with the roomy 2020 Volkswagen Atlas.
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Fuel Economy
City
35 mpg 20 mpg
Highway
35 mpg 24 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Standard SUV 4WD Small SUV 2WD
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Volume (ft³)
141.3 153.7
Third Hip Room (in)
45.6 45.1
Second Shoulder Room (in)
58.7 60.8
Front Leg Room (in)
42 41.5
Third Head Room (in)
36.1 38.3
Front Hip Room (in)
57.2 58.2
Passenger Capacity
8 7
Third Shoulder Room (in)
55 54.9
Second Leg Room (in)
41 37.6
Front Head Room (in)
41.2 41.3
Second Hip Room (in)
57 58
Front Shoulder Room (in)
59 61.5
Third Leg Room (in)
27.7 33.7
Second Head Room (in)
39.4 40.4
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
65.3 67.2
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8 -
Length, Overall (in)
194.9 198.3
Height, Overall (in)
68.1 70
Track Width, Rear (in)
65.4 67.8
Wheelbase (in)
112.2 117.3
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
76 78.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
16 20.6
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
48.4 55.5
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
84.3 96.8
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.3 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)
13.3 13.2
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
17.1 18.6
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.4 38.1
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P235/65VR18 P245/60HR18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P235/65VR18 P245/60HR18
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3500 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3500 NA
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)
3500 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
350 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
350 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4465 4222
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 X 8 18 X 8
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 X 8 18 X 8
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
175 @ 4400 258 @ 1600
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.5 L/152 2.0 L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
243 @ 6000 235 @ 4500
Engine Type
Gas/Electric I-4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Port/Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
35 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
35 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
35 20
Transmission
Trans Type
1 8
Drivetrain
All Wheel Front Wheel Drive
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Trans Order Code
NA NZ
Trans Description Cont.
CVT w/OD Automatic w/OD
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
- 3.60
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
- 1.95
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 1.21
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.67
Reverse Ratio (:1)
- 3.99
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
- 3.14
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 1.43
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.81
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 1.00
First Gear Ratio (:1)
- 5.59
Summary
Vehicle Name
Toyota Highlander Volkswagen Atlas
Body Style
Sport Utility Sport Utility
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
5.1 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 Toyota Highlander
  • 2021 Highlander is in stock
  • Lease: From $359/mo.
  • Finance: 1.9% + cash
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2020 Volkswagen Atlas
  • 2021 Atlas Cross Sport is here; 2020s still available
  • Rebates: Unadvertised discounts available
  • Financing: From 0% APR for 60 months
  • Leases: From $349 per month for 39 months

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