Volkswagen Atlas vs Ford Explorer

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The introduction of the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas marks the car maker’s first entry into the full-size SUV class. And with its release, Volkswagen hit a home run. It comes as no surprise that this particular VW offers everything car shoppers love about the legendary Volkswagen brand in one big, three-row package. With the Atlas, you are treated to iconic style, superb performance, the best and the latest tech and safety features, and more than enough cabin space and cargo room to take the whole family with you wherever you go.

With all these great features and innovations, the Volkswagen Atlas is poised to take over the ultra-competitive full-size SUV market. But before crowning it as the upcoming king of its class, let’s see how it measures up to one of the most popular SUV’s in the industry: the Ford Explorer.

The Volkswagen Atlas Surpasses the Ford Explorer

With the Atlas, VW offers a base engine that is a bit less powerful than the Ford Explorer’s in terms of horsepower. However, its base 2.0L four-cylinder engine provides drivers with 258 lb.-ft. of torque. And what’s more, the 3.6 L V6 engine, increases the horsepower and torque to 276 and 266 lb.-ft. respectively, allowing the Atlas to tow up to 5,000 pounds, which dwarfs the Explorer’s 2,000-pound towing capability.

The Cavernous Interior Space of the Atlas Is Vastly Greater than the Explorer

Perhaps the biggest advantage that the Atlas holds over the Explorer is space – for passenger and cargo alike. The Atlas offers 153.7cu-ft. of passenger space and an expansive cargo space of 96.6 cu-ft. compared to the Explorer’s 151.5 cu-ft. of passenger space and significantly lower total cargo space of 81.7 cu-ft. The Volkswagen Atlas is also quite innovative when it comes to passenger accommodation. The smart folding mechanism on the second row provides better entry and exit to the third row by allowing the second-row bench to tilt and slide forward, while even a child’s car seat can remain pretty well in place. What’s more, this VW offers luxurious comfort and sophistication with premium quality materials throughout its interior.

The VW Atlas Offers Standard Features that Don’t Come Standard on the Others

Both the Atlas and Explorer offer drivers and passengers an assortment of comfort, style, and entertainment features such as standard cruise control, Bluetooth connectivity, and much more. However, the VW Atlas offers standard dual-zone automatic climate control and a smart touchscreen display system that is only available in the Explorer’s more expensive trim level. Neither Apple CarPlay nor Android Auto are available on any Explorer model, while they both come standard on the Atlas.

Durham VW offers a Lifetime Warranty on the Brand New Atlas and Any New VW

The Ford Explorer is undoubtedly a big seller in the 7-seat segment, but the entry of the Volkswagen Atlas is sure to give the Explorer and others in its class a run for their money. Volkswagen might be a newcomer to the already crowded SUV world, but its Atlas is proving that it is ready to compete. You can test drive the Atlas at Durham Volkswagen and get the best VW offers and specials available, as well as the Lifetime Warranty that comes with every new Volkswagen. Call today at (919) 493-7411 or come by and visit at 3823 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd.