2021 Volkswagen Atlas vs. Its Competition

2021 Volkswagen Atlas
Aaron Cole Aaron Cole Managing Editor

The Atlas and Atlas Cross Sport cover broad swaths of crossover shoppers by offering two- and three-row mid-size versions.

Nearly every automaker has one.

The Pilot is a popular three-row that’s long in the tooth; it’s competent and spacious, but aged.

The same goes for the Traverse, although base versions are very cheap.

The Grand Cherokee is a two-row crossover but offers V-8 power for frequent towers.

The Subaru Ascent blends a frisky turbo-4 with all-wheel drive in every model, but its interior isn’t as big.

The Ford Explorer is new and big but also has a big price tag.

2021 Volkswagen Atlas2021 Volkswagen Atlas
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2020 Chevrolet Traverse2020 Chevrolet Traverse
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2020 Honda Pilot2020 Honda Pilot
2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee
2020 Subaru Ascent2020 Subaru Ascent
Quick Specs
The 2021 VW Atlas is a competent family hauler that assimilates into the daily routine without fuss.
The 2020 Chevy Traverse is a three-row family mainstay with plentiful interior space.
The 2020 Ford Explorer rediscovers its capable, outdoorsy side without becoming trucklike in any other respect.
The 2020 Honda Pilot is a three-row family crossover at the top of its class.
The 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee impresses with style and performance, but lags behind in safety and fuel economy.
The 2020 Subaru Ascent is nearly as rational a family hauler as a minivan.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy11 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Gas V6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded H-4
EPA Class     
Small SUV 2WDSport Utility VehiclesStandard SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDStandard SUV 2WDStandard Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD
Style Name     
2.0T S FWDFWD 4-Door LBase RWDLX 2WDAltitude 4x28-Passenger
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll Wheel
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Sport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Automatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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