While many German cars have a clear European design, Volkswagen builds the Atlas specifically for American buyers. It is a large three-row, seven-passenger crossover SUV that competes with models like the Ford Explorer and Honda Pilot. It has the soft ride and a quiet cabin that Americans want, and even built in America.
However, the Atlas retains most of its VW characteristics. The dashboard layout is as easy and simple as possible, and although with a soft rider, the Volkswagen Atlas handles it straightforwardly. And with the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas packaging and appealing prices, we think this is a great choice for American families.
The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas is a three-row crossover SUV sold in five trim levels: S, SE, SE w/technology, SEL and SEL Premium.
Powering the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 235 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Standard on the SEL Premium and optional for the rest of trim is 3.6-liter V6 engine good for 276 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and route torque to the front wheels. The V6 models can also be ordered with all-wheel drive.
In track testing, the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas 2.0T SE accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds, which is surprisingly quick. EPA fuel economy rating at 24 mpg combined (22 city/26 highway) for 2.0T engine. The V6 FWD rated at 20 mpg combined (18 city/25 highway), while the AWD at 19 mpg combined (17 city/23 highway).