A side-by-side comparison of the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas vs. 2018 Maxda CX-9

2018 Volkswagen Atlas vs. 2018 Mazda CX-9

Volkswagen is really giving the rest of the three-row crossover SUV segment of the automotive industry a run for its money. The all-new VW Atlas has burst on the scene with a design that was conceived and produced in the United States, specifically catering to the needs of American drivers and passengers. Even though it has already won several awards in its earliest days, the new VW crossover still has a tough road ahead of it. Comparing the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas vs. 2018 Mazda CX-9 shows just how difficult it is to succeed in this class. However, Spitzer Volkswagen is ready to show the ways the 2018 Atlas is able to fend off advances from its Mazda rival.

The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas has a lot going for it when compared to the 2018 Mazda CX-9. One of the areas where the all-new Atlas very clearly outshines the new Mazda CX-9 is with its suite of standard and available technology options. An increasingly important trend in the crossover SUV world is the ability to combine the capability of an owner's smartphone with a vehicle's infotainment system. The 2018 VW Atlas offers the ability to pair Apple- and Android-based smartphones with the infotainment system as a standard feature. By comparison, the 2018 Mazda CX-9 does not have this capability. Additionally, the 2018 Atlas offers the VW customizable digital cockpit display.

2018 VW Atlas 2018 Mazda CX-9
3.6-liter, V-6 Engine Turbo., 2.5-L, 4-Cyl.
276/258 Horsepower/Torque 250/310
Eight-speed automatic Transmission Six-speed automatic
5,000 lbs. Towing 3,500 lbs.

2018 Atlas vs. 2018 CX-9: Performance Specs and Towing Capacity

Flexibility is really the name of the game when it comes to producing a successful crossover SUV. The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas checks off this requirement in the performance arena by offering a pair of engine options. Base models are powered by a turbocharged, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine making 235 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. For maximum performance, the 2018 Atlas also offers a 3.6-liter, V-6 with a peak power output of 276 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Both are attached to a very precise eight-speed automatic transmission. Owners of the 2018 Mazda CX-9 have just one powertrain to try and equal the capability offered by the 2018 Atlas, a turbocharged, 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine making about 250 horsepower.

Expanding on the idea of flexibility, Volkswagen realized that owners of the 2018 Atlas may have some extra stuff to move around with a trailer. In addition to the more than 55 cubic-feet of cargo volume that can be opened up in the rear of the new Atlas, owners can also do some pretty serious towing. When properly equipped, the 2018 VW Atlas has a maximum towing capacity of 5,000 pounds. The Mazda CX-9, on the other hand, has a fairly average tow rating of 3,500 pounds.

A yellow 2018 Volkswagen Atlas driving down a seaside road. The new crossover is available at Spitzer VW
A rear quarter view of a yellow 2018 Atlas in front of a city skyline

A view of all of the technology available in the 2018 Atlas including its standard touchscreen interface
A cut-away view of the 2018 Atlas front and second rows of seating.

A still image of the Digital Cockpit Display available in the 2018 Atlas

What does the VW Digital Cockpit display do?

There is no doubt that the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas has taken the existing crossover SUV market by storm. The all-new three-row vehicle is the first VW model to be designed in America and be specifically built to American tastes and needs. Among the most exciting additions to the available equipment of the new Atlas is the Volkswagen Digital Cockpit. Instead of having analog dials and gauges, the center cluster has been replaced by a large LCD screen. In addition to a digital speedometer and tachometer, there is also a space for loading one of four storable profiles, navigation information or a slew of other items. Take a look at the video below to learn more about the inspiration and functionality of the Volkswagen Digital Cockpit display.

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A cut-away view of the 2018 Atlas and all three rows of its available seating options

How much Passenger Room does the 2018 VW Atlas have?

The new VW Atlas — a new three-row SUV from Volkswagen — is almost here. For families and those who need a larger SUV with decent capabilities, this is a very welcome sight. However, you may be wondering exactly how much room is inside the 2018 VW Atlas. If that’s the case, take a look below and we can go through the total passenger volume of the 2018 VW Atlas as well as its cargo capacity.

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