2018 Volkswagen Atlas vs 2017 Toyota Highlander

If you are in the market for a new crossover/SUV, then you certainly have your work cut out for you. There are many larger crossovers available to suit your family’s needs—including the all-new 2018 Volkswagen Atlas. We are excited for this new crossover to *arrive at our dealership in the next couple of weeks, but we know that it will be entering a competitive market. Let us share some key differences between the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas and the 2017 Toyota Highlander—a vehicle that we predict will be a top competitor.

Although the 2017 Toyota Highlander is able to accommodate up to seven passengers when outfitted with a third row of seats, it is shorter than the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas at 192.5 inches. The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas is 198.3 inches and offers a more spacious 20.6 / 55.5 / 96.8-cubic foot cargo volume. Up to seven passengers can fit in the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas very comfortably, and the second-row seats feature easy fold-and-slide mechanisms for easy entering and exiting for third-row passengers.

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2018 Volkswagen Atlas VS 2017 Toyota Highlander

2.0L turbo 4-cylinder DOHC

3.6L V6 DOHC
Engine Options

2.7L 4-cylinder DOHC with Dual VVT-i

3.5L V6 DOHC

Hybrid 3.5L V6 DOHC
2,000 to 5,000 pounds Towing Capacity 1,500 to 5,000 pounds
6 to 7 Seating Capacity 5 to 7
20.6 / 55.5 / 96.8 cubic feet Cargo Space 13.8 / 42.3 / 83.7 cubic feet

2017 Volkswagen Atlas Engine Options

Two different engine options will be available with the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas, including:

  • 2.0L turbo 4-cylinder DOHC (235 horsepower; 258 lb.-ft. of torque; 2,000-pound towing capacity)

  • 3.6L V6 DOHC (276 horsepower; 266 lb.-ft. of torque; 2,000 to 5,000-pound towing capacity)

If you have any questions about our 2018 Volkswagen Atlas vs 2017 Toyota Highlander comparison, please contact us.

*Please note that the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas is expected to arrive at Douglas Volkswagen in May 2017.

2018 Volkswagen Atlas heading towards the city
Interior seating in 2018 Volkswagen Atlas
Front dash of 2018 Volkswagen Atlas with VW Car-Net App-Connect infotainment system
2018 Volkswagen Atlas driving along seaside highway

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