2018 VW Atlas vs 2018 Toyota Highlander

 2018 VW Atlas  2018 Toyota Highlander 

Compare the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas to its Long Island Competition

SUVs are the most popular, best-selling vehicles in America right now, thanks to their winning combination of capability and functionality. Due to the current high demand, there are more choices than ever in the segment, which makes it tough for shoppers to narrow down their choices. That's why we decided to compare the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas to the 2018 Toyota Highlander here at our Long Island dealership.

Both are handsome, well-appointed options in the class, sure to bring you great joy on the Riverhead and Smithtown streets. But naturally, we're biased towards the Chattanooga, TN-built Atlas, and there are valid reasons for that. Both SUVS are available in multiple trim levels and either front-wheel or all-wheel drive configurations; given the advantage all-wheel drive offers us as we drive around the Coram and Sayville areas, we chose to compare the Atlas S 4MOTION and Highlander LE all-wheel drive models.

2018 VW Atlas Vs. Toyota Highlander


The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas comes in at a slightly lower Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price, proving its value right out of the gate. Of course, both SUVs offer an abundance of standard features as well as available upgrades that can add to the total price you pay.


The Atlas is taller, wider, and longer than the Highlander, so it makes a more significant impression right off the bat. What's interesting is that the Atlas also features a tighter turning radius than the Toyota, making it easier to maneuver in spite of its greater size.

Interior Capacity

That size advantage carries over to the interior, where the Atlas offers standout space for both passengers and cargo. Both seat seven, but the Atlas offers more head, hip and shoulder room for each individual -- making it the more comfortable of the two, especially on a long ride. But the real difference is when you consider each SUV's cargo capacity, since that's one major reason people buy SUVs to begin with. The Atlas offers 20.6 cubic feet of storage when all three rows of seating are up, while the Highlander provides 13.8 cubic feet. Lower the third-row and the Atlas increases to 55.5 cubic feet, with the Highlander following at 42.3 cubic feet. With both the third- and second-row seats folded, the Atlas offers a spacious 96.8 cubic feet of cargo capacity; the Highlander manages a respectable 83.2 cubic feet.


Both V6 engines are more than equipped to get the job done, with the Highlander offering slightly better horsepower and the Atlas offering more torque.


The Atlas received a 5-Star overall crash safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Institute, while the Highlander earned a 4-Star rating. While both are admirably safe SUVs, the Atlas did score higher on the front crash overall testing -- making it just that much safer.


One significant difference between the two SUVs, and a noteworthy one at that, is the warranty coverage offered. The Atlas comes with a limited new-car warranty coverage of 6 years or 72,000 miles (whichever comes first), exactly twice as much protection as the Toyota offers. You'll also enjoy better coverage for the drivetrain and corrosion with the Atlas, and the Atlas comes with an extra year of roadside protection.

Need More Proof That the Atlas is the Better Option? Come in for a Test Drive!

When you put It all together, the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas out-delivers the 2018 Highlander, especially in the areas that matter most to parents. But don't just take our word for it! Come see for yourself. Visit our Long Island showroom at 1521 Old Country Road in Riverhead to take a test drive at your convenience.

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