The All-New 2023 Volkswagen Atlas Vs. the New Ford Explorer in Riverhead

The Volkswagen Atlas reflects luxury inside and out. While we know this model is one of the top selections in its class, there is still great competition. Here is how the Volkswagen Atlas stacks up against the Ford Explorer.

Interior Design

Volkswagen Atlas

When you enter a Volkswagen Atlas, you'll feel the difference. You and six passengers will relax with the available Climatronic® 3-zone automatic climate control. Separate vents will provide the right temperature for the driver, front, and rear passengers.

Premium leather upholstery is available with an upgrade. The panoramic sunroof gives you a clear view of the Smithtown or Coram evening sky and makes your cabin feel larger. And with 96.8 cubic feet of cargo space, you'll have no problem loading items into your vehicle for long commutes.

Ford Explorer

There is seating for up to seven passengers with three rows of seats inside the cabin. Increased headroom and legroom will provide comfort during those extended commutes. Multi-contour seats with Active Motion are available with massaging features.

There will be five massage settings included with this feature. You can reduce stress and target those problem areas during your commute home. The available Tri-Diamond perforated leather seats deliver another layer of luxury to your cabin.


Volkswagen Atlas

The standard 6.5-inch infotainment screen. Also standard is Apple CarPlay®/Android Auto™ capability, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and dual USB ports, show that your Atlas is well connected.

You can upgrade to an 8-inch infotainment screen, USB ports, and a wireless charging pad for more traveling convenience. The Volkswagen virtual cockpit features a high-resolution digital cluster instrument that delivers precise navigation, vehicle information, and more.

Ford Explorer

The available 10.1-inch LCD Portrait Touchscreen will bring crisp graphics to the first row. The infotainment screen is an extension of your connected Apple or Android device. You can map your path through Riverhead or Smithtown on a busy Saturday or catch up on your favorite podcast with a swipe of the screen.

The available SYNC® 3 voice-activated technology couples the Ford + Alexa app to bring hands-free capability. And the available Wi-Fi Hotspot will provide uninterrupted streaming services for you and your passengers throughout the journey.


Volkswagen Atlas

The Volkswagen Atlas provides two engine options for this year's model. There is a 3.6L V6 engine with 276 horsepower and 266 lb.-ft. of torque. The alternative 2.0L 4-cylinder engine has 235 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft. of torque.

Your Atlas can adjust to a variety of terrains in Sayville or Medford, NY. With your conveniently-placed dial in the center stack, you can switch between four All-Wheel Drive modes to suit your traveling conditions. You can dial between snow, on-road, off-road, and a customized off-road mode.

Ford Explorer

The rugged capability of the all-new Ford Explorer offers a ground clearance of 8.7-inches. Steel underbody skid plates work to keep your vehicle safe across different terrains.

Limited rear slip differentials and intelligent 4WD with Terrain Management offer seven distinctive driving modes for each terrain. Normal, trail, deep snow/sand, slippery, sport, tow, and eco modes are all available. And, when properly equipped, the Ford Explorer can tow a maximum of 5,600 lbs.


Volkswagen Atlas

Safety is paramount when traveling in luxury. The Volkswagen Atlas has available features like six stability-enhancing systems, automatic post-collision braking, and an intelligent crash response system. Blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and forward collision warning are a few standard safety features inside the Volkswagen Atlas.

Your premium luxury SUV is built to sustain contact. The steel safety cage is designed to help absorb crash energy and distribute force away from you and your passengers.

Ford Explorer

An array of standard driver's assistance programs operate while you're behind the wheel. The Ford Explorer will help maintain your position in the center of the road and provide automatic emergency braking to avoid head-on collisions.

The available intelligent adaptive cruise control enables a semi-autonomous driving mode. You'll maintain a safe distance from traffic on your way home while you unwind from your long day.

Riverhead Bay Volkswagen

It's easy to see why East Hampton, NY, drivers prefer the Volkswagen Atlas over the Ford Explorer. If you're ready to test drive your next luxury SUV, you can visit Riverhead Bay Volkswagen. We've got an excellent selection of new Volkswagens in stock.

You can reserve your Volkswagen online. We also have online tools to help you find your trade value. Stop by Riverhead Bay Volkswagen and grab the keys to your Volkswagen Atlas today.