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The Volkswagen Atlas three-row midsize SUV has a cavernous interior, good handling, and user-friendly technologies. And with many standard features, the Atlas offers great value compared to many of its SUV competitors. Find out what we know so far about the release date, price, specs, and features for the new 2023 VW Atlas. 

When will the 2023 VW Atlas be available?

Front angle view of Tourmaline Blue Metallic 2023 Volkswagen Atlas midsize SUV, highlighting its release date and price
2023 VW Atlas | Volkswagen

For the release date, according to Volkswagen, the new 2023 VW Atlas will be available at dealer showrooms starting in late Summer 2022. Trims offered for the 2023 Atlas include SE, SE w/ Technology, SEL, SEL R-Line Black, and SEL Premium R-Line.

According to J.D. Power, the 2023 Atlas receives only minor changes for the new model year. Of these, the most notable update is a 10.25-inch Volkswagen Digital Cockpit Pro to the SE trim with Technology.

The VW Atlas is built at Volkswagen’s plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

How much does the 2023 VW Atlas cost?

The starting price of the 2023 VW Atlas midsize SUV ranges from $34,600 MSRP for the SE trim up to $51,790 MSRP for the V6 SEL Premium R-Line trim. Also, a $1,295 destination fee is attached to every order.

Additionally, the 2023 Atlas costs slightly more than the 2022 Atlas, which has a starting base price of $33,475 MSRP.

2023 Atlas specs: Engine options, gas mileage, and towing

Rear angle view of black Front angle view of black 2023 VW Atlas midsize SUV, highlighting its release date and price
2023 VW Atlas | Volkswagen

The new 2023 Volkswagen Atlas offers two engine options. Its turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine generates 235 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, while the 3.6-liter V-6 produces 276 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque. Both of the engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Atlas shoppers can add the V-6 engine option to any trim except the base level. Volkswagen offers front-wheel drive or a traction-enhancing all-wheel drive option for each Atlas model.

On the efficiency front, the Atlas gets an estimated gas mileage of up to 21 city/25 highway mpg. Also, when properly equipped, the Atlas can tow up to 5,000 pounds. This towing figure is for the V-6 engine, though. With the four-cylinder engine, the Atlas has a towing capacity of 2,000 pounds.

2023 Atlas: Seating capacity, passenger space, and cargo capacity

Dashboard and front seats in 2023 Volkswagen Atlas midsize SUV, highlighting its release date and price
2023 VW Atlas | Volkswagen

The 2023 VW Atlas can seat up to seven passengers, with a total passenger volume of 154 cu-ft. Also, the midsize SUV has a rear cargo capacity of 20.6 cu-ft and a maximum cargo capacity of 96.8 cu-ft. 

What are the midsize SUV competitors of the Volkswagen Atlas?

The midsize SUV competitors of the Volkswagen Atlas include the Toyota Highlander, Toyota 4Runner, Honda Pilot, Subaru Ascent, Ford Explorer, Mazda CX-9, Hyundai Palisade, Jeep Grand Cherokee, and Chevy Traverse.

Also, for warranty coverage, the 2023 Atlas has a 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty and a 4-year/50,000-mile powertrain warranty. Additionally, it offers a free maintenance plan, with two years or 20,000 miles of coverage.

This article was updated on 7/25/2022.


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