Volkswagen Atlas vs Toyota Highlander
Are you searching for a 3-row SUV built for daily adventures around Parker, Littleton, and Castle Rock? If so, you have plenty of options to consider.
Two of the most popular choices are the Volkswagen Atlas and the Toyota Highlander. To see which of these titans meet your family’s needs, McDonald Volkswagen created this VW Atlas vs. Highlander comparison.
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VW Atlas vs Toyota Highlander – Performance Specs
What do you have on the docket for this weekend? Running a few errands? Catching the big game downtown? Perhaps it’s packing up for a big ski trip in the mountains. Whatever it is, each SUV supplies plenty of power and comfort to get you there and back.
Those who choose the VW Atlas S or SE trim will enjoy having 235 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque on command. Equipped with a 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, it suits a wide variety of driving styles.
If a heaping side of rev is what you crave, VW also supplies a 3.6L V6 engine. Able to produce 276 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque, it’s expertly managed via an 8-speed automatic transmission and available 4MOTION® all-wheel-drive.
By comparison, the Toyota Highlander’s base 4-cylinder engine produces a noticeably weaker 185 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. Drivers also have to contend with a joltier 6-speed ECT-i automatic transmission.
The Highlander also relies on front-wheel-drive, requiring you to make a special upgrade if you want a 4×4 system.
VW Atlas vs Toyota Highlander: Interior Space and Comfort
There’s no two ways about it: the inside of the VW Atlas and Highlander are downright cavernous. This is great news for both active families on-the-go or for someone who has lots of gear to haul around.
Front to back, each supply plenty of head- and legroom to go around. Drivers will find slightly more headroom in the VW Atlas along with more shoulder room.
Furthermore, with 96.8 cubic feet of available cargo space, it makes moving your eldest into their first apartment a breeze.
Meanwhile, the Highlander again falls short, providing 83.7 cubic feet of available cargo. While it might not seem like much, it can mean the difference between fitting that new entertainment center or leaving it back at the store.
VW Atlas vs Toyota Highlander: Connectivity
To keep you in-touch with everything you love back home, the VW Atlas features the Volkswagen Car-Net® App-Connect. Through the available 8-inch touchscreen, you and your crew can pair multiple devices to enjoy a wide range of tech including:
- Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™
- Fender® Premium Audio
- Bluetooth® wireless technology
- Overhead View Camera
On the other hand, the Highlander’s built-in Entune™ Audio relies on a smaller touchscreen and lacks both Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ capability.
Volkswagen Atlas vs Toyota Highlander – The Final Say
Delivering stronger performance, a more flexible interior, and plenty of cutting-edge tech, the VW Atlas easily out muscles the competition.
To see for yourself, visit McDonald Volkswagen or go online to schedule a test drive around Parker, Littleton, and Castle Rock today!