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.

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2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee
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2021 Subaru Ascent2021 Subaru Ascent
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Quick Specs
5.8
The 2021 VW Atlas is a competent family hauler that assimilates into the daily routine without fuss.
5.7
The 2021 Chevrolet Traverse is a big family mover with an update on the way next year.
7.0
The 2021 Ford Explorer is recognizable, but new. It should be on every family SUV shopper’s list.
6.3
The 2021 Honda Pilot does a solid impression of a minivan, minus the cultural baggage.
6.7
The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L performs on road and off, has lots of space, and competes with luxury brands in its top models.
6.7
The 2021 Subaru Ascent scales the mountain of family needs for a three-row crossover.
MSRP From     
$31,545$29,800$32,925$32,550$33,885$32,295
Gas Mileage     
16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy11 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Engine     
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 SUV 4WD
Style Name     
2.0T S FWDFWD 4-Door LBase RWDLX 2WDLaredo X 4x28-Passenger
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
587858
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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