Compare 2018 Volkswagen Atlas vs 2018 Ford Explorer

2018 Volkswagen Atlas
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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
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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
Pricing
Invoice Price
$29,490
$31,015
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$30,750
$32,140
Monthly Payment Estimate
$513 / month
$536 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.5
6.7
TCC’s Bottom Line
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. The 2018 Ford Explorer has pulled off a graceful transition from clumsy off-roader to genteel family wagon.
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Fuel Economy
City
22 mpg 17 mpg
Highway
26 mpg 24 mpg
Interior Dimensions
Front Shoulder Room (in)
61.5 61.5
Third Leg Room (in)
33.7 32
Second Head Room (in)
40.4 40.6
Third Hip Room (in)
45.1 40.7
Second Shoulder Room (in)
60.8 61
Front Leg Room (in)
41.5 42.9
Third Head Room (in)
38.3 37.8
Front Hip Room (in)
58.2 57.3
Passenger Capacity
7 7
Third Shoulder Room (in)
54.9 50.8
Second Leg Room (in)
37.6 39.5
Front Head Room (in)
41.3 41.4
Second Hip Room (in)
58 56.8
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- 151.7
Exterior Dimensions
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
78.3 78.9
Track Width, Front (in)
67.2 67
Length, Overall (in)
198.3 198.3
Height, Overall (in)
70 70
Track Width, Rear (in)
67.8 67
Wheelbase (in)
117.3 112.8
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- 7.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
55.5 43.8
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
96.8 80.7
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
20.6 21
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.2 12.8
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.2 12.8
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System (Second Line)
4-Wheel -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.6 18.6
Aux Fuel Tank Location
Midship -
Fuel Tank Location
Midship -
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.1 39.2
Tires
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
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 2000
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)
NA 2000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 200
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 200
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 2000
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 X 8 18 X 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 X 8 18 X 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Engine
Displacement
2.0 L/121 3.5 L/213
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
235 @ 4500 290 @ 6500
Engine Type
Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4 Regular Unleaded V-6
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Sequential MPI
Engine Oil Cooler
None -
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
258 @ 1600 255 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
NA 998-1
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
24 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
26 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
22 17
Transmission
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Trans PTO Access
No -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.95 1.84
Trans Type
8 6
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.21 1.00
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.81 -
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.99 2.88
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
3.14 2.87
Trans Order Code
NA 44J
Transfer Case Power Take Off
No -
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.43 1.41
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.74
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.67 -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
5.59 4.48
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
- 3.39
Summary
Body Style
Sport Utility Sport Utility
Vehicle Name
Volkswagen Atlas Ford Explorer
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Axle Type - Rear
Independent -
Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear
3.60 -
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Axle Type - Front
Independent -
Axle Ratio (:1) - Front
3.60 -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
- Strut
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
- Multi-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.3 8.8
Vehicle
EPA Classification
- Standard Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
- 4443
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- 540
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- 175
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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