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The Volkswagen Atlas is a three-row SUV model. The roomy SUV makes for a great family SUV, but its cabin isn’t as refined as other models. What is the VW Atlas comparable to?

What does the Volkswagen Atlas compare to?

The Volkswagen Atlas competes against three-row SUV models like the Honda Pilot and Chevy Tahoe. The three-row midsize SUV segment is currently dominated by the Hyundai Palisade and Kia Telluride. Both South Korean three-row SUVs are considered to be far superior to the Atlas.

Car and Driver ranks the Volkswagen Atlas as the 11th-best new three-row midsize SUV model. The Atla’s greatest rivals are the Subaru Ascent and Dodge Durango on C&D’s list of best three-row midsize SUVs.

Is the Atlas or Tiguan bigger?

A gray 2022 Volkswagen three-row midsize SUV is driving on the road.
The 2022 Volkswagen Atlas | Volkswagen

The Volkswagen Atlas is larger than the Volkswagen Tiguan. It is longer by almost 13 inches. The Atlas is wider by about six inches. It’s taller by almost four inches.

The VW Tiguan got much better ratings from Car and Driver. It also received an Editor’s Choice award. The Tiguan is championed for its roomy cabin and handling. It starts at $26,490.

Is the VW Atlas worth it?

A green 2022 Volkswagen Atlas midsize three-row SUV.
The 2022 Volkswagen Atlas | Volkswagen

The 2022 Volkswagen Atlas starts at $34,355. It is more expensive than the Kia Telluride and Hyundai Palisade but it comes with fewer standard features. The VW Atlas uses a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine to make 235 horsepower. It achieves just 21 miles per gallon in the city and 25 miles per gallon on the highway. The midsize SUV’s fuel economy is average for its class but pales in comparison to the fuel efficiency of hybrid midsize SUV alternatives like the Highlander Hybrid.

The Atlas comes in five different trim levels. The base model SE trim comes with heated front seats and front assist as well as a blind-spot monitor. Upper trim levels like the SEL offer features like a panoramic sunroof, travel assist, and emergency assist.

The 2022 Volkswagen Atlas scored an 84/100 for Consumer Reports’ road test. It got a 3/5 for predicted reliability and a 2/5 for predicted owner satisfaction. The Atlas is a decent midsize three-row SUV, but there are too many better alternatives available to recommend it.


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