2020 Volkswagen Atlas vs. Its Competition

2020 Volkswagen Atlas
Andrew Ganz Andrew Ganz Senior Editor

With the arrival of redesigned three-row crossover SUVs from Ford and Toyota, the VW Atlas is starting to look dated.

The new Ford Explorer has a new chassis and wide range of underhood options, while the Toyota Highlander boasts compact car-like fuel economy in hybrid guise.

Both are worth spots at the top of your buying list.

The Subaru Ascent and Honda Pilot offer fewer choices but both generally hit the sweet spot in terms of utility, value, and safety.

The spacious Chevrolet Traverse has proper SUV looks, but we wish its maker would widen active safety tech availability.

2020 Volkswagen Atlas2020 Volkswagen Atlas
Get Your Price
2020 Chevrolet Traverse AWD 4-door High Country Angular Front Exterior View2020 Chevrolet Traverse
Get Your Price
2020 Ford Explorer Limited  -  First Drive  -  Portland OR, June 20192020 Ford ExplorerGet Your Price2020 Honda Pilot2020 Honda Pilot
Get Your Price
2020 Subaru Ascent2020 Subaru Ascent
Get Your Price
2020 Toyota Highlander2020 Toyota Highlander
Get Your Price
Quick Specs
5.7
Space comes before pace with the roomy 2020 Volkswagen Atlas.
6.8
The 2020 Ford Explorer rediscovers its capable, outdoorsy side without becoming trucklike in any other respect.
6.5
The 2020 Honda Pilot is a three-row family crossover at the top of its class.
7.0
The 2020 Subaru Ascent is nearly as rational a family hauler as a minivan.
The 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid’s impressive fuel economy may win us over.
MSRP From     
N/A$29,800$36,675N/A$31,995N/A
Gas Mileage     
17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Engine     
N/AGas V6Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4N/AIntercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded H-4N/A
EPA Class     
N/ASport Utility VehiclesStandard Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDN/ASmall Sport Utility Vehicles 4WDN/A
Style Name     
N/AFWD 4-Door LXLT FWDN/A2.4T 8-PassengerN/A
Drivetrain     
N/AFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveN/AAll Wheel DriveN/A
Passenger Capacity     
N/A86N/A8N/A
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
N/ASport UtilitySport UtilityN/ASport UtilityN/A
Transmission     
N/AAutomaticAutomatic w/ODN/ACVT w/ODN/A
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2020 Volkswagen Atlas vs. 2020 Chevrolet Traverse2020 Volkswagen Atlas vs. 2020 Ford Explorer2020 Volkswagen Atlas vs. 2020 Honda Pilot2020 Volkswagen Atlas vs. 2020 Subaru Ascent2020 Volkswagen Atlas vs. 2020 Toyota Highlander