2019 Volkswagen Atlas vs 2019 GMC Acadia

A white 2019 Volkswagen Atlas drives down a highway with a lake beside it.

The 2019 Volkswagen Atlas is renowned for its tight steering, premium cabin and exceptionally roomy interior space. The 2019 GMC Acadia also offers a refined, comfortable ride and modern onboard technology. To help shoppers decide which vehicle is right for them, we decided to compare the key elements of these two mid-size SUVs.

2019 Volkswagen Atlas


2019 GMC Acadia

From $30,895 MSRP From $29,000
Up to 22 city / 26 highway MPG Up to 21 city / 26 highway
2,000 to 5,000 Towing Capacity (lbs) 1,000 to 4,000
20.6, 96.8 with seat area Cargo Volume (cu.ft.) 12.8, 79 with seat area

More Room and Stronger Towing

With a glance at the table above, a few things jump out immediately. The first is that the Atlas has a slightly higher starting price. But don’t stop there! Looking further down, we see that it also has significantly higher towing capacity throughout the trims, and, perhaps most importantly, substantially better cargo volume. These two qualities are big factors for most SUV owners, playing the key role in putting the Atlas ahead between these two vehicles.

Premium Interior

Other factors that make the 2019 VW Atlas stand out are its high-quality interior surfaces and excellent on-road performance. The ride is comfortable and quiet, feeling more premium than you’d expect from such a large vehicle. Likewise, the maneuvering is surprisingly sharp and easy, brought about by effortless but direct steering, a quick-shifting transmission, and confident brakes.

Technology and Safety Features

The Atlas comes well-outfitted with safety and technology features, contributing to its high-end feel. Standard safety features include forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert. Technology includes the Volkswagen Digital Cockpit, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility, and a Fender® Premium Audio system.