2019 Volkswagen Atlas vs. Its Competition

2019 Volkswagen Atlas
Andrew Ganz Andrew Ganz Senior Editor

Cross-shopping three-row crossover SUVs may take some time.

Better bring some crayons and a coloring book for the kids.

We like the Chevy Traverse’s SUV-like styling but crossover-like driving dynamics, but active safety tech is costly.

The Honda Pilot is a perennial favorite, just skip the easily confused 9-speed automatic option.

This year’s newcomer is the Subaru Ascent, an Outback on ‘roids that’s priced well and has great interior space.

The Nissan Pathfinder shows its age, but its interior is flexible and it’s often discounted.

And don’t forget about minivans.

The Chrysler Pacifica, especially in hybrid form, uses its interior better than any crossover SUV.

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Quick Specs
The 2019 VW Atlas prioritizes space above pace, which makes it a must-see for families.
The 2019 Chevrolet Traverse is bigger and more butch, but still every bit as good for a bunch.
The 2019 Chrysler Pacifica is a safe pick for families with versatile seating, a spacious cargo area, and relatively good fuel economy.
Subtle upgrades make the 2019 Honda Pilot a must-see for three-row crossover shoppers.
The 2019 Nissan Pathfinder has value and interior flexibility as its assets, but this crossover SUV is ripe for a redesign.
The 2019 Subaru Ascent isn’t another quirky hatchback-wagon-crossover thing—it’s a mainstream hit and Subaru will be better for it.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Gas V6Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded H-4
EPA Class     
Small SUV 2WDSport Utility VehiclesMinivans 2WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDStandard SUV 4WD
Style Name     
2.0T S FWDFWD 4-Door L w/1L0L FWDLX 2WDFWD S2.4T 8-Passenger
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Sport UtilitySport UtilityPassenger VanSport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Automatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODCVT w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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