Move over, Honda, there’s a new full-size SUV heading the competition. Volkswagen has finally entered the segment with the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas, and the model is proving to be a contender for those who need a model with comfortable seating and impressive capability. Comparing the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas to the 2017 Honda Pilot, you’ll see that the models are similar in some ways, with the Atlas offering some features and benefits that Honda does not.
When it comes to pricing, neither model will break the bank, though you could save a bit of pocket change if you opt for VW Atlas. Not so much, that it becomes a game changer, but enough to fill the gas tank a time or two. Which you might not have to do as often if you select the turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that serves as a base option for the model.
|2018 VW Atlas||vs||2017 Honda Pilot|
|153.7 cu. ft.||Passenger Volume||152.9 cu. ft.|
|2.0-liter 4-cylinder; 235hp/258 lb-ft OR
3.6-liter V6; 276hp; 266 lb-ft
|Engine Options||3.5-liter V6; 280hp, 262 lb-ft|
|Available (V6 only)||All-Wheel Drive||Available AWD|
Competitive pricing is one bonus for the 2018 VW Atlas, but what we love most about it is its versatility. While many manufacturer’s decide to offer just one engine option, Volkswagen gives consumers the choice of an efficient turbo four, or a robust V6. All-wheel drive is another optional feature available on both models for those most concerned with on- or off-road stability.
Roomier, more affordable and with two engine options, it’s clear that the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas is a versatile option for today’s modern family. The full-size SUV can seat up to seven passengers comfortably, and the third row is comfortable for even adults to sit in. Seats also fold and shift forward in one smooth motion, so it’s easy for rear passengers to get in and out.
Standard features for the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas include stainless steel roof rails, a rearview camera, LED headlights, rear privacy glass and a 6.5-inch infotainment system with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink compatibility. Find out more about available features when you stop by Elgin Volkswagen for a test drive.