A side-by-side comparison of the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas vs. 2018 GMC Terrain

2018 Volkswagen Atlas vs. 2018 GMC Terrain

Now that the multi-award-winning Volkswagen Atlas is available at the Spitzer VW showroom, it's time to compare it to one of its toughest challengers yet. Looking at the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas vs. 2018 GMC Terrain shows just how much work VW put into its newest member of its lineup. GMC crossover SUVs have a long history of being some of the most desirable vehicles in the class. The all-new Atlas is one of the first models that the automaker conceived of and developed in the United States to ensure the crossover SUV was exactly what shoppers are looking for. The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas is available in large numbers at the Spitzer Volkswagen showroom and anyone interested in learning more can schedule a test drive today.

Customers have a come to expect a lot from premium crossover SUVs like the 2018 Atlas and 2018 GMC Terrain. Overall crossover SUVs need to have plenty of space for passengers to be truly competitive or successful. Among the areas where the 2018 Atlas can surpass the 2018 GMC Terrain is passenger capacity. Spitzer Volkswagen customers who have already take the 2018 Atlas for a test drive commonly point out how impressed they are by how many people can comfortably come along for a ride. The three-row Atlas has room for up to seven passengers. By comparison, the 2018 GMC Terrain only has two rows of seats and room for just five passengers. Additionally, the 2018 Atlas can be outfitted with a digital driver's cockpit display which is also customizable.

2018 VW Atlas 2018 GMC Terrain
Turbo., 2.0-L, 4-Cyl. Engine Turbo., 1.5-L, 4-Cyl.
235/258 Horsepower/Torque 170/203
Eight-speed automatic Transmission Nine-speed automatic
5,000 lbs. Towing 3,500 lbs.

Performance Specs: 2018 Atlas vs. 2018 Terrain

Turbocharged four-cylinder engines are increasingly popular within the crossover SUV segments of the automotive industry. However, these powerplants can vary widely from model-to-model in terms of performance and capability. The base powertrain setup for the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas consists of a turbocharged, 2.0-liter engine that is attached to an eight-speed automatic transmission sending power to the front wheels. Drivers can expect to get 235 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque to use. GMC has decided to go a different route and provide a turbocharged, 1.5-liter, four-cylinder engine for its base Terrain trim. With the standard nine-speed automatic transmission, Terrain owners get less than 200 horsepower to use as well as a towing capacity that is less than half of what is found with the Atlas.

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