2018 Volkswagen Atlas vs 2018 Mazda CX-9

Drivers looking for a full-size crossover SUV are often seeking a spacious vehicle that has the chops to either transport kids or tow and haul all you need for a serious vacation. Many times, respectable fuel-efficiency and comfort can fall by the wayside in this search. However, drivers looking for comfort, space, power, and top interior comforts can be satisfied with either of the vehicles in this 2018 Volkswagen Atlas vs 2018 Mazda CX-9 comparison.

Both of these models are fairly new models, with the Atlas being a brand new VW model for this year. It is designed to deliver premium comfort for everyone in the family. Though both of these full-size crossover SUVs can seat seven passengers, the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas delivers significantly more interior space. It offers up to 96.8 cubic feet of cargo room with the rear seats folded down, while the 2018 Mazda CX-9 tops out at just 71.2 cubic feet. 

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2018 Volkswagen Altas vs 2018 Mazda CX-9
$30,500 Starting MSRP $32,130
2.0-L 4-cylinder (235 hp) Base Engine 2.5-L 4-cylinder (227 hp)
8-Speed Automatic Transmission 6-Speed Automatic
96.8 cubic feet Max. Cargo Space 71.2 cubic feet

Engine Advantages of the 2018 Atlas

While the all-new Atlas is the larger SUV in this 2018 Volkswagen Atlas vs 2018 Mazda CX-9 comparison, that is not the only advantage that it brings to the field. Its base 2.0-liter turbocharged engine offers more horsepower than its Mazda rival without losing significantly when it comes to mileage. While the Atlas has a slightly lower highway mpg number than the 2018 Mazda CX-9, these two models both offer families a respectable 22 mpg in city driving.

The 2018 VW Atlas has a more powerful base engine than the 2018 Mazda CX-9, but the capability that it offers doesn't stop there. In addition to it base four-cylinder engine, the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas is available with a 3.6-liter V-6 engine rated for 276 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. When properly equipped with this engine and the required towing features, the 2018 Atlas can haul up to 5,000 pounds with a trailer.

Would you like to learn more about the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas or how it stacks up against other rivals in the Daphne, AL area? Contact a representative of Team Gunther Volkswagen today.

rear cargo area of the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas
side view of a yellow 2018 Volkswagen Atlas on the road
front of a grey 2018 Volkswagen Atlas driving on the road
spacious rear seats of the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas