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Compare the Volkswagen Atlas and Ford Explorer in Riverhead, NY

The new Volkswagen Atlas returns to take on the best-selling Ford Explorer. These SUVs go head-to-head to set the bar for their segment, and Riverhead Bay Volkswagen is here to help you make the best decision before you buy. We proudly serve the greater Riverhead, NY area and will work to show you detailed comparisons during your upcoming visit. Continue reading to learn more about how the Atlas stacks up to the Explorer.


  • Compared to the Explorer, the Atlas is the more affordable SUV, while still offering impressive performance and cutting-edge innovation for Long Island drivers.

Performance and Capability

  • Go from Smithtown, NY to Coram in the efficient Atlas. This SUV averages up to 26 miles per gallon on the highway, while the Explorer only averages 24 miles per gallon on the highway.
  • Two-wheel drive is standard for both the Atlas and Explorer. If you're looking to go off-road in Sayville, there is also all-wheel drive available for tackling the rain, snow, dirt, and mud.
  • The Atlas has a longer wheelbase than the Explorer. The Atlas' wheelbase is 117.3 inches, while the Explorer's wheelbase is 112.8 inches.
  • Both SUVs come with 18.6-gallon fuel tanks.
  • The Atlas has a 38.1-foot turning diameter, while the Explorer's turning diameter is 39.2 feet.
  • Unlike the Explorer, the Atlas comes fitted with a standard turbocharged inline-four-cylinder engine. The Atlas also produces 258 pound-feet of torque, while the Explorer only produces 290 pound-feet of torque.

Interior and Exterior

  • Both models have ample passenger volume, offering plenty of space for a comfort ride during your next road trip or commute to Medford, NY.
  • The Atlas also has more total cargo space than the Explorer to load up all of your gear with ease.
  • The Atlas also has more third-row head and legroom than the Explorer.
  • These SUVs both seat up to seven passengers to hold all your family and friends.
  • Both models come fitted with 18-inch wheels.

Engine Options

The Atlas comes with two available engine options including a 235-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four-cylinder engine connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The Atlas also averages up to 26 miles per gallon on the highway making it a great option for your commute to East Hampton, NY. For more power, there is an available 276-horsepower 3.6-liter six-cylinder engine putting out 266 pound-feet of torque. Take your next adventure further with optional all-wheel drive as well.

Standard Features and Options

Drivers wanting technology and features are in luck. The new Atlas is loaded with features for drivers and passengers alike. Standard equipment include heated side mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, an infotainment system, durable cloth seats, USB ports, roof rails, a six-speaker audio system, and Bluetooth. There are also options including a hands-free power liftgate, 21-inch alloy wheels, leather seats, heated front and rear seats, second-row captain's chairs, and a panoramic sunroof.

Safety Technology

Safety is key, and the Atlas comes packed with features to keep your family protected on the go. Available safety features include VW's Intelligent Crash Response, LED headlights, automatic post-collision braking, forward-collision mitigation, blind-spot monitoring, pedestrian detection, and rain-sensing wipers. There is also rear cross-traffic alert, six airbags, a rearview camera, and blind-spot monitoring.

Visit Riverhead Bay Volkswagen Today!

Make your way to Riverhead Bay Volkswagen to experience the new Volkswagen Atlas for yourself. Our sales associates are here to get you behind the wheel of your new Atlas during your next visit. Get the loans and leases you need when you stop by our finance center, as well. Contact us to learn more and to schedule a test drive today.