Volkswagen Atlas vs Toyota Highlander

VW Atlas

When you’re in the market for a new SUV, you deserve to drive only the one that best suits you. After all, this is a large investment that should elevate your commutes in the Mechanicsburg, Camp Hill, and Harrisburg area. Can’t decide which one is right for you? Faulkner Volkswagen is here to help.

Below, we have taken two of the most popular SUVs on the road today and put them to the test. In our 2019 Volkswagen Atlas vs. Toyota Highlander comparison, you can see these models side by side, allowing you to make your decision making easier.

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VW Atlas vs Toyota Highlander – Performance

VW Atlas InteriorWhen it comes to what is under the hood of these SUVs, both offer a solid performance, allowing you to take on the streets like a champion. However, there is clearly one model that comes out on top.

In the 2019 Highlander, you will be standardly equipped with the 2.7L engine. This supplies 185 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque, allowing you to tow up to 680 pounds.

However, the standard 2.0L turbocharged engine in the 2019 VW Atlas offers much more oomph. By generating 235 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, you can tow more (at 907 pounds) and have more vigor on the road.

The transmission found in the Volkswagen Atlas also is more elevated than the one in the Toyota Highlander. With the VW model, you will receive an 8-speed automatic while the Highlander comes with only a 6-speed automatic.

Estimated Fuel Economy

Owning an SUV with great efficiency allows you to go further for less strain on your wallet. While both of these models offer a good fuel economy for a sport utility vehicle, one might leave you wanting a little more.

When equipped with the standard engine, the VW Atlas offers an EPA estimated fuel efficiency of 22 city/26 highway/24 combined MPG1, meaning you can drive anywhere you place with fewer trips to the gas station.

On the other hand, the Toyota Highlander with the standard engine offers an estimated fuel economy of 20 city/24 highway/22 combined MPG, which is slightly less.

Interior Space in the 2019 VW Atlas & 2019 Highlander

VW Atlas InteriorSUVs mean more room for you and yours. Though the Highlander can officially seat one more person inside of the cabin, there’s a high chance you’ll feel less cramped in the VW Atlas.

In the Volkswagen Atlas, you’re met with a spacious interior that offers plenty of space in both the front and back. This includes a headroom of 41.3 inches in the front and 40.4 in the rear. Additionally, with 20.6 cubic feet of cargo when the seats are upright and a whopping 96.8 cubic feet when folded down, there’s ample cargo space, as well.

In the Highlander, headroom is quite less, coming in at 40.7 inches in the front and 39.9 inches for those in the back. However, the lack of cargo space is what might affect you the most. When the seats are up, you will only have 13.8 cubic feet and when they’re folded down, 83.7 cubic feet is available, still less than the VW Atlas.

2019 Volkswagen Atlas vs Toyota Highlander – Verdict

If you’re looking for a vehicle that is standardly equipped with better performance, higher efficiency, and more space, Faulkner Volkswagen things the VW Atlas is the way to go. To see for yourself, schedule a test drive in the Mechanicsburg, Camp Hill, and Harrisburg area today!



1 Based on EPA estimated. See for details. Your mileage will vary and depends on several factors, including your driving habits and vehicle condition.

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