If you have a family of any size, having a three-row SUV can come in handy. In fact, it can be completely necessary once you have a few kids, and for many, it’s a stylish and affordable alternative to a minivan and will have capability you can use. We may have sold you on the idea of a three-row SUV, but which one should you get? We’d have to pick the Volkswagen Atlas, and you can see why in our 2020 Volkswagen Atlas vs 2020 Toyota Highlander comparison. You can keep reading to learn how these two models compare, but if you are already looking at getting behind the wheel of an Atlas and you live in the Ontario, CA area, then you should work with Ontario Volkswagen. You can see our new Atlas inventory right now by clicking the link below.
The Atlas and the Highlander have a lot in common. They are both three-row SUVs, they have comparable fuel efficiency, they both offer V6 engines, and they can handle up to 5,000 pounds of towing when properly equipped.
With all those commonalities, it’s a small wonder that the Atlas manages to have a base MSRP of just over $3,000 less than the Highlander. Every dollar counts, especially if you’re a family looking to upgrade to a vehicle that’s the right size for you.
What’s more, despite the price difference, the Atlas manages to provide much more room than the Highlander. With a max seating capacity of seven and an option of second-row captain’s chair that reduces your capacity to six, the Atlas provides plenty of room for your passengers to stretch out with nearly 20 extra cubic-feet of passenger volume.
Passengers aren’t all you’re going to haul though. You’ll also want room for all your cargo. With all the seats up, the Atlas provides up to 20.6 cubic-feet of cargo room and the Highlander only gives you 16 cubic-feet of room. If you fold down that third row, the Atlas expands to 55.5 cubic-feet, but again, the Highlander lags behind as it only expands to 48.4 cubic-feet. In terms of maximum cargo capacity, the Atlas takes the cake with 96.8 cubic-feet of room.