A side-by-side comparison of the 2018 Volkswagen Altas vs. 2018 Mazda CX-5.

2018 Volkswagen Atlas vs. 2018 Mazda CX-5

The Volkswagen Atlas has been available at the Spitzer VW showroom for about a year. In that time, it has racked up several awards for being among the best options available to customers in one of the automotive industry’s most competitive classes. A comparison of the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas vs. 2018 Mazda CX-5 very clearly illustrates this concept. The 2018 Atlas is easily able to outperform the 2018 CX-5 in most, if not all, metrics that are the most important to crossover SUV buyers. Volkswagen provides more performance, spread across more powertrains than the Mazda CX-5. Additionally, the 2018 VW Atlas offers more interior space for both cargo and passengers than its Mazda competitor. The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas is not available at Spitzer VW. Customers can schedule a test drive today by calling, 877-305-7947.

Most of us are tied to our smartphones for any number of reasons. In order for any modern vehicle to be successful, its equipment must make these devices more useful and provide more capability. The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas easily eclipses the current Mazda CX-5 with its comprehensive list of standard equipment. All trims of the VW crossover come with an infotainment system that is compatible with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, in addition to more standard fare like Bluetooth connectivity satellite radio. The 2018 CX-5 does offer Bluetooth and satellite radio, with the latter only being available on its top-of-the-line trim. Spitzer VW customers can choose versions of the Atlas with up to three rows of seating and a maximum of 96.8 cubic-feet of cargo volume. The CX-5 comes up short of the Atlas in both categories.

2018 VW Atlas 2018 Mazda CX-5
Turbo., 2.0-L, V-6 Engine 2.5-L, 4-Cyl.
Eight-speed automatic Transmission Six-speed automatic
235/258 Max. Towing 187/168
96.8 cu.-ft. Max. Cargo Volume 59.6 cu.-ft.

Performance Specs

The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas has two powertrains available. Entry-level models employ a turbocharged, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine making 235 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Customers can also choose a naturally aspirated 3.6-liter, V-6 engine with a peak output of 276 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. Both power plants are attached to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Mazda customers will find only one powertrain setup in the CX-5, a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. It doesn’t come close to performing as highly as the powertrains available from the VW crossover SUV.

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