2018 Volkswagen Atlas vs. 2017 Honda Pilot

2018 Volkswagen Atlas vs. 2017 Honda Pilot

The world of three-row crossover SUVs has just been revolutionized with the introduction of the Volkswagen Atlas. As the automaker's first vehicle designed in the United States for American drivers, the all-new Atlas puts the rest of the class on notice. Illustrating the potential for the VW crossover to be a top performer, take a look at the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas vs. 2017 Honda Pilot. By all accounts, the Pilot is a fine family SUV, but it comes up short in several areas when compared directly against the new VW Atlas. Primarily, these fall under accessibility and overall efficiency.

A common complaint about three-row SUVs is that their defining feature, the third row, is difficult for average-sized adults to enter and exit. Engineers from Volkswagen have seemingly squared this circle. In order to give adults better access to the third row, they completely redesigned the second. In the 2018 VW Atlas, the second row has a greater level of movement and can even be greatly manipulated with child seats in place. As for the 2017 Pilot, independent reviews have criticized it for having one of the more difficult to access third rows.

2018 VW Atlas 2017 Honda Pilot
3.6-liter, V-6 Engine 3.5-liter, V-6
276/266 Horsepower/Torque 280/262
Eight-Speed Auto Transmission Six-speed Auto
5,000 lbs. Max. Towing 5,000 lbs.

Performance of the 2018 Atlas

Customers coming to Team Gunther Volkswagen who are interested in the 2018 VW Atlas will have two trims to choose from, depending on trim grade. Entry-level models are powered by a turbocharged, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine making 235 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Higher trims use a 3.6-liter, V-6 making 276 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. Both power plants have start/stop technology to help prevent unnecessary fuel from being wasted during slow-moving, stop-and-go traffic. The lone engine choice for the 2017 Pilot is a 280-horsepower, V-6, but the small power output advantage is negated by the two vehicle's identical towing scores and the inherent efficiency of the engine available for the 2018 Atlas.

2018 Atlas was built using light materials for better handling
Drivers of the 2018 VW Atlas can expect light and precise steering

Easy access to third row of 2018 Atlas is a vehicle hallmark
With the seats folded down, the cargo space in the 2018 VW Atlas is nearly a class leader