2021 Volkswagen Atlas Vs. 2021 Hyundai Palisade

2021 Volkswagen Atlas and 2021 Hyundai Palisade, separated by a diagonal line and a "VS" logo

With a spacious interior, an array of user-friendly features, and composed handling, it’s no mystery why the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas is such a popular machine. Seating inside is roomy and expansive, and the cargo area is vast. The touchscreen up front is user-friendly, and many safety features come standard. In addition to the aforementioned handling, the ride itself is dignified.

The Hyundai Palisade also has a slew of dedicated fans, and the 2021 incarnation of this model carries forward many of the strengths that earned these acolytes. How does this machine compare to the 2021 Atlas? Find out below!

2021 Volkswagen Atlas


2021 Hyundai Palisade

$30,545 Starting MSRP $33,665
Up to 21 city / 24 highway Fuel Economy Up to 19 city / 26 highway
7 Max Seating Capacity 8
98.8 cubic feet Maximum Cargo Volume 86.4 cubic feet
20.6 cubic feet Cargo Volume (behind rear seats) 18 cubic feet
55.5 cubic feet Cargo Volume (rear seats folded) 45.8 cubic feet

Midsize SUV Comparison and Breakdown

The 2021 Volkswagen Atlas excels as the choice for those who value a hefty load of interior space for both humans and cargo. All three rows of seats are comfortable for adults, which is honestly a rarity in the midsize SUV class. The cargo hold is also one of the largest in the segment. Such strengths are visible with the superior figures held by the 2021 Atlas in the table above.

The 2021 Hyundai Palisade brings a lot of value to the table. It boasts an array of excellent features, and the dash layout is pleasantly intuitive. Weaknesses of this model include intrusive wind noise when driving on the highway and styling that is, quite frankly not everyone’s bag. The door pockets are also disappointingly tight. If these downsides are the sort of thing that irk you, it’s best to stray away from the 2021 Palisade.

What’s new on the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas and 2021 Hyundai Palisade?

For 2021, the VW Atlas receives refreshed exterior styling on its three-row version that bring it more in line with the look of the smaller Atlas Cross Sport. All-wheel drive is also newly available with the four-cylinder engine.

Hyundai, for its part, grants a new top-spec Calligraphy trim to the Palisade for 2021. Features among other trims have been reshuffled, with some favorites now standardized.

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