2018 Volkswagen Atlas vs 2018 Ford Explorer

When it comes to modern SUVs, the Ford Explorer was one of the first models – and it has ruled supreme for years. Now, an all-new model has come on to the scene and is eager to become the favored SUV for on-the-go families. Meet the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas, which is now the largest vehicle in the Volkswagen lineup. This all-new model has only been available for a short while, but it has already become a top choice for drivers who are in the market for a 3-row SUV. To help you see what makes the all-new 2018 Volkswagen Atlas the better buy over the long-standing 2018 Ford Explorer, we have created a special comparison. 

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2018 Volkswagen Atlas VS 2018 Ford Explorer
$30,750 to $48,740  MSRP Range $31,990 to $53,940

2.0L turbo 4-cylinder 

3.6L V6 

Engine Options

2.3L EcoBoost I-4

3.5L V6

3.5L EcoBoost V6

2,000 pounds (4-cylinder) 

2,000 to 5,000 pounds (V6) 

Towing Capacity

2,000 to 3,000 pounds (EcoBoost I4)

2,000 to 5,000 pounds (V6)

5,000 pounds (EcoBoost V6)

20.6 / 55.5 / 96.8 cubic feet  Cargo Space 21.0 / 43.9 / 81.7 cubic feet

Cargo Space and Family-Friendly Interior Features of the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas

While the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas and 2018 Ford Explorer offer a similar amount of cargo space behind the third-row seats, the Atlas is the overall winner when it comes to cargo dimensions. But that doesn't mean that passenger space was sacrificed. Up to six or seven passengers can be seated inside the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas – all of whom will have plenty of room to stretch out and relax on those long road trips. And thanks to specially-designed fold-and-slide second-row seats, third-row passengers will enjoy easy entering and exiting! 

Additionally, the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas comes with plenty of state-of-the-art technology to make the ride easier and more fun. The centerpiece is the VW Car-Net App-Connect infotainment system, which allows you to stream your favorite audio preferences, safely stay in touch with loved ones, find your destination (when additional navigation tools are added), and access your favorite apps – all with a tap on the dash's touchscreen or via voice command! 

If you have any questions about our 2018 Volkswagen Atlas vs 2018 Ford Explorer comparison, please contact us or visit us here at Douglas Volkswagen. 

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
Cargo area of 2018 Volkswagen Atlas with collapsed seats

Gray 2018 Volkswagen Atlas driving down a rural highway
Orange 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan driving through a city