2018 VW Atlas vs 2017 Mazda CX-9

SUVs like the 2018 VW Atlas and 2017 CX-9 have the size and capabilities to do what most SUVs aren’t able to accomplish. These two models really tend to hit the sweet spot between too big and too small, and at a price that is highly competitive. Not sure which of these would be a better fit for you? Check out our 2018 VW Atlas vs 2017 Mazda CX-9 comparison page!

Both the 2018 VW Atlas and the 2017 Mazda CX-9 come competitively priced below what most of their other competitors start at. The Atlas S begins at $30,500, which is a decent amount more affordable than the $31,520 starting price on the Mazda CX-9. The two also come with the ability to hold seven passengers standard.

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2018 VW Atlas Differences between the 2018 VW Atlas and 2017 Mazda CX-9 2017 Mazdas CX-9
$30,500 MSRP $31,520
Two Available Engines One
5,000 pounds Max Towing 3,500 pounds
Standard Apple CarPlayAndroid Auto Not Available

Differences between the 2018 VW Atlas and 2017 Mazda CX-9

In terms of fuel efficiency, neither SUV will let you down. The Mazda CX-9 comes with a 28 MPG rating on the highway. The 2018 VW Atlas has two different engine options -- an economic 2.0L turbocharged I-4 and a powerful 3.6L V6. The Atlas gets 25 MPG from its larger V6 engine, but its I-4 is currently untested by the EPA -- though we’re expected a pretty similar rating as what the CX-9 has. The smaller I-4 in the Atlas and the only engine in the Mazda CX-9 -- a 2.5L I-4 -- are fairly similar on overall power, with the VW Atlas offering a bit more horsepower. However, the V6 blows it out of the water with its 276 horsepower and 5,000-pound towing rating.

While both the VW Atlas and Mazda CX-9 can carry seven passengers, the VW Atlas offers more comfort than the Mazda SUV. The Atlas has 154 cu.ft. of passenger volume, whereas the Mazda CX-9 falls behind with just 135 cu.ft. It’s a similar story with luggage volume, with the Atlas beating the Mazda CX-9 with the seats up and down.

Are you interested in seeing the 2018 VW Atlas in person to see if it’s the right three-row SUV for you? Stop by Spitzer VW in Amherst!

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