2018 Volkswagen Atlas vs 2017 Ford Explorer

The large, three-row crossover segment is teaming with attractive options for large families that need it all. Even amid this startling array of attractive vehicles, the models in this 2018 Volkswagen Atlas vs 2017 Ford Explorer comparison are bound to turn heads. Each of these models seats up to seven passengers, and is available with premium comfort features. However, for sheer spaciousness, efficiency, and attractiveness, we like the offerings available on the all-new 2018 Volkswagen Atlas.

This is the first model year for the Atlas, and it is already making a big splash in the family transportation scene. Designed for family comfort, this full-size crossover SUV delivers the kind of interior space (in leg room and cargo space) that will delight both parents and kids. It offers taller passengers up to 33.7 inches of leg room even in the third row, while its Ford competitor has 33.3 inches. The 2018 Atlas can also be equipped with up to three child-seats in the second row, which is great for the smallest members of the family. With the rear seats folded down, the 2018 VW Atlas can hold up to 96.8 cubic feet of cargo, while the 2017 Ford Explorer tops out at 80.7 cubic feet.

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2018 Volkswagen Atlas vs 2017 Ford Explorer
$30,500 Starting MSRP $31,600
2.0-L 4-cylinder (258 lb-ft) Base Engine 3.5-L V-6 (255 lb-ft)
18/25 mpg Mileage (city/highway) 17/26 mpg
96.8 cubic feet Max. Cargo Space 80.7 cubic feet

Engine Options on the 2018 Atlas

Another advantage that the new VW three-row crossover brings to this 2018 Volkswagen Atlas vs 2017 Ford Explorer comparison is its engine options. Its base 2.0-liter four-cylinder has less horsepower than the base 3.5-liter V-6 on the 2017 Ford Explorer, but it does offer a slight advantage when it comes to torque, which may benefit families looking for responsive acceleration and maneuvering chops. This engine also has a slight advantage when it comes to mileage, offering up to 18 mpg in city driving and 25 mpg on the highway in two-wheel drive models, according to 2018 EPA-estimates. The 2017 Ford Explorer is rated for only 17 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway in the base engine.

The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas is also available with a 3.6-liter V-6 engine rated for 276 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The Ford crossover is also available with a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine and a more powerful V-6 engien option. Other attractive, high-value features on this new VW crossover include up to 17 cup holders, an available 12.3 inch driver display screen, and available safety features like parking assistance and adaptive cruise control.

For more information on this comparison, or to test drive the 2018 VW Atlas in Topeka KS, contact a member of the New Volkswagen of Topeka sales team today.

yellow 2018 Volkswagen Atlas seen from the side
profile of the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas in gold with a mountain in the background
steering wheel and infotainment system of the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas
front two rows of seating in the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas