2018 Volkswagen Atlas vs 2018 Toyota Highlander

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There are several large crossovers on the road that offer plenty of comfortable driving and interior space, but which ones are best for discerning drivers? In this 2018 Volkswagen Atlas vs 2018 Toyota Highlander comparison we are going to look at two midsize, three-row crossovers that offer plenty of capability. However, in a multitude of ways, the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas offers more value.

The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas has room for seven passengers, while the 2018 Toyota Highlander has room for eight, but the Atlas offers more cargo space. With the rear seats folded down, the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas can actually deliver up to 96.8 cubic feet of cargo space, while the 2018 Toyota Highlander tops out at 83.7 cubic feet. This can translate to more space for passengers as well as cargo in the 2018 Atlas, because the cabin itself is more spacious. However, that is not the end of the Volkswagen crossover’s advantages.

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2018 Volkswagen Atlas vs 2018 Toyota Highlander
$30,750 Starting MSRP $31,230
2.0-liter four-cylinder (235 hp) Base Engine 2.7-liter four-cylinder (185 hp)
22/26 mpg Base Fuel Economy (city/highway) 20/24 mpg
96.8 cubic feet Cargo Space 83.7 cubic feet

Engine Performance and Value on the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas

While the Volkswagen crossover offers interior space advantages, it can also deliver plenty of value when it comes to its engine performance. Even though the Volkswagen has a lower starting Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price than its Toyota rival, its base 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine offers significantly more output than the 2.7-liter four-cylinder on the 2018 Highlander. These engines are rated for 235 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque and 185 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, respectively. The VW in this 2018 Volkswagen Atlas vs 2018 Toyota Highlander comparison also offers the best starting mileage.

Each of these models is also available with a V-6 engine. The 3.6-liter V-6 on the 2018 Atlas is rated for 276 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque, while the 3.5-liter V-6 on the 2018 Highlander is rated for 295 horsepower and 263 pound-feet of torque. Both of these engines can offer up to 5,000 pounds of towing capability when properly equipped.

Looking for more about the great features and People First Warranty that you can get with the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas? Interested in a test drive in the Daphne AL area? Contact Team Gunther VW today.


2018 Volkswagen Atlas side view, city background
2018 Volkswagen Atlas first two rows
2018 Volkswagen Atlas steering wheel
rear view of 2018 Volkswagen Atlas in front of a city