The VW Atlas vs. Toyota Sequoia

November 1st, 2021 by

The VW Atlas vs. Toyota Sequoia 

If you’re in the market for a high-quality SUV, then you may be overwhelmed by the sheer amount of choices available. Two prominent choices currently available are the Volkswagen Atlas for sale and the Toyota Sequoia, both of which have quickly risen to popularity. If you’re on the fence as to which of these two SUVs is right for you, we’ll take a closer look at both below.

Volkswagen Atlas

The Volkswagen Atlas’ roomy interior, cargo space, and standard technology have made it the award-winning SUV it is today. Being named Family Car of the Year for two consecutive years as well as a PARENTS Best Family Cars 2021 winner keeps the Atlas at the front of its class.


Boasting 96.8 cu ft of cargo space, roomy second and third row seating, and V-Tex leatherette seating surfaces provides the whole family with a comfortable ride even when the back is full of the family’s sports or weekend camping gear.


An available 276 horsepower 3.6L V6 provides all the power and torque required for those trips that come with a trailer, while the available 235 horsepower 2.0L 4-cylinder engine option enjoys an excellent 21 City / 25 Hwy fuel economy for families on the go.


Featuring an innovative VW Digital Cockpit, the Atlas conveniently navigates every trip for a fully informed driving experience, and an advanced safety suite including Driver Assistance features keeps everyone safe while touring through the city, cruising the highway, or kicking up dust on the backroads.

IQ.Drive Features:

  • Front Assist
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Rear Traffic Alert
  • Dynamic Road Sign Display
  • Park Distance Control with Maneuver Braking
  • Light Assist
  • Area View
  • Park Assist

Toyota Sequoia


Thanks to its size, the Sequoia’s three rows of cloth upholstered seating, including second row bench seats, accommodate 8, making it a solid family vehicle. As large as the Sequoia is, behind its third-row seats the 18.9 cubic feet of cargo space lags behind most similar SUVs in its class, including the VW Atlas.


The Sequoia sports a large 381 horsepower V8 that provides plenty of power, but it comes at a price—fuel economy. With gas mileage sitting at 13 city / 17 highway, those interested in the Sequoia need to plan for plenty of pit stops on longer trips; however, the 26.4-gallon gas tank helps a little to alleviate this. The large engine gives the Sequoia good towing capability for those in the market for a good weekend trip hauler.


A 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system comes included along with tri-zone automatic climate control and keyless entry. As a family vehicle, safety is a serious consideration, and the Sequoia makes sure to care of its passengers by offering its Star Safety System, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, and Backup Camera.

At the end of the day, the Sequoia is a comfortable drive with a big engine. But it suffers from low fuel economy, a hefty price tag, and an uninspired cabin experience replete with hard plastics and other outdated features that haven’t enjoyed a significant update over the past ten years. Is it a good family vehicle? Yes, but there are superior options in its class.

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