2018 Volkswagen Atlas vs 2018 GMC Acadia

One of the best things about having a growing family is that you can have a special kind of fun. This can include taking the kids out to South Dakota or fishing off the Jersey Shore. In order to be able to get the most fun out of your family adventures, you need a family-friendly vehicle! In our opinion, the all-new 2018 Volkswagen Atlas is the ultimate family vehicle thanks to its spacious interior, powerful engine options, and state-of-the-art technology. However, we know that the Atlas is a new-comer to the midsize crossover/SUV market, which already has several available models. One model is the 2018 GMC Acadia, which is a popular choice for drivers looking for both utility and executive styling. Let us show what makes the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas the better buy. 

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2018 Volkswagen Atlas VS 2018 GMC Acadia

2.0L turbo 4-cylinder 

3.6L V6 

Engine Options

2.5L DOHC 4-cylinder SIDI with VVT

3.6L V6 SIDI DOHC with VVT

2,000 pounds (4-cylinder) 

2,000 to 5,000 pounds (V6) 

Towing Capacity

1,000 pounds (4-cylinder)

4,000 pounds (V6)

6 to 7  Seating Accommodations
6 to 7
20.6 / 55.5 / 96.8 cubic feet  Cargo Space 12.8 / 41.7 / 79.0 cubic feet

Towing Capacity of the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas

As you can see in our chart, the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas greatly outperforms the 2018 GMC Acadia when it comes to towing power. That means you can pull a heavier trailer or a bigger boat – and you will have even more fun! The stronger towing power of the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas can be credited to two different engines that are available. These engines include: 

  • 2.0L turbo 4-cylinder (235 horsepower with premium fuel; 258 lb.-ft. torque with premium fuel; 22 mpg-city / 26 mpg-highway estimated fuel economy; 2,000-pound towing capacity) 

  • 3.6L V6 (276 horsepower; 266 lb.-ft. torque18 mpg-city / 25 mpg-highway estimated fuel economy; 2,000 to 5,000-pound towing capacity) 

Additionally, the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas is available with either front-wheel drive or 4MOTION all-wheel drive so that you can get the perfect amount of power and traction for your adventures! 

To learn more about the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas, please 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