A side-by-side comparison of the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas vs. 2018 Ford Explorer

2018 Volkswagen Atlas vs. 2018 Ford Explorer

As one of the newest members of the crossover SUV segment, the Volkswagen Atlas has proven just how capable it is within the framework of this highly competitive automotive class. A comparison of the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas vs. 2018 Ford Explorer will reveal some very interesting facts that will be useful to shoppers looking for their next, or first crossover SUV. The new 2018 VW Atlas can be equipped one of two available engine options that can offer a towing capacity that matches the vaunted Ford Explorer. Additionally, the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas is outfitted with the latest connectivity and active driver assistance technology that the automaker has to offer. All five trim grades of the 2018 VW Atlas are compatible with today’s most popular smartphone platforms. Spitzer VW customers can schedule a test drive with the 2018 Atlas today by calling, 877-305-7947.

Usable interior space is the name of the game when it comes to being one of the best crossover SUVs in the minds of consumers. Both the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas and 2018 Ford Explorer have three rows of seating and a maximum passenger capacity of seven. However, potential owners of the 2018 Atlas will be able to offer a bit for space for comfort and cargo. When the rear two rows of seats are being used by passengers, there will still be 20.6 cubic-feet of space for storage. However, properly folding those seats away will open up a maximum of 96.6 cubic-feet. Conversely, the 2018 Explorer offers a maximum of 81.7 cubic-feet. Most independent reviews don’t have many nice things to say about the third-row seat in most vehicles, however, the 2018 Atlas has managed to side-step these issues through innovative passenger-friendly design.

2018 VW Atlas 2018 Ford Explorer
3.6-L, V-6 Engine 3.5-L, V-6
Eight-speed automatic Transmission Six-speed automatic
5,000 lbs. Max. Towing 5,000 lbs.
96.8 cu.-ft. Max. Cargo Volume 81.7 cu.-ft.

Performance Specs

Depending on which trim grade of the 2018 VW Atlas a customer takes home from Spitzer VW, it will be equipped with either a turbocharged, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine that will make more than 230 horsepower or a naturally aspirated 3.6-liter, V-6 engine with a peak power output of 276 horsepower. Both are attached to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The 2018 Explorer doesn’t have a four-cylinder engine option. While the Ford crossover SUV does make a bit more power than the Atlas, both vehicles have the same maximum towing capacity of 5,000 pounds. In fact, the 2018 VW Atlas will come with a factory-installed trailer hitch on SEL and SEL Premium versions.

A front left quarter photo of the 2018 VW Atlas driving by the ocean
A photo illustration of a 2018 Atlas in front of a city skyline

An interior photo of the 2018 Atlas showing one of the many seating or cargo configurations
A cut away photo of the interior of the 2018 Atlas showing the front and second row of seating