2022 Volkswagen Atlas vs. Its Competition

2022 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

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 a two- and three-door large crossover, and the Atlas and Cross Sport aim squarely at rivals like the Honda Pilot.

It remains a popular three-row that’s competent and spacious, but it’s now dated.

The Grand Cherokee is a two- or three-row crossover SUV with real off-road talent and a coming plug-in hybrid edition, as well as 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.

Of all the three-row Atlas competitors, we like the Palisade and Telluride the best, for their superb style, scads of equipment, and strong safety performance.

2022 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport2022 Volkswagen Atlas
#13 in Large SUVs
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2022 Honda Pilot2022 Honda Pilot
#10 in Large SUVs
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2022 Hyundai Palisade2022 Hyundai PalisadeGet Your Price2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee2022 Jeep Grand CherokeeGet Your Price2022 Kia Telluride2022 Kia TellurideGet Your Price2022 Subaru Ascent Onyx Edition2022 Subaru AscentGet Your Price
Quick Specs
6.2
The 2022 VW Atlas competes as a thoroughly competent family wagon, but doesn’t stand out in any particular way.
6.5
The 2022 Honda Pilot is one of the oldest three-row crossover designs out there, but it has aged well overall.
7.3
The 2022 Hyundai Palisade melds family-wagon utility with luxury-SUV fittings to vault to the top of our three-row SUV ratings.
7.2
The 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee’s iconic appeal evolves with more efficient engine options.
7.5
The 2022 Kia Telluride still tops our family-SUV shopping list with its handsome looks, great space, plentiful features, and long warranty.
6.7
The 2022 Subaru Ascent sets up a great basecamp for any active family, even sedentary types will approve of its safety and value.
MSRP From     
$33,900$37,580$33,350$34,900$33,090$32,295
Gas Mileage     
18 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded H-4
EPA Class     
Small SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDStandard SUV 2WDStandard SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDStandard SUV 4WD
Style Name     
2.0T SE FWDSport 2WDSE FWDAltitude 4x2LX FWD8-Passenger
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
588688
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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