Both the Volkswagen Atlas and Toyota Highlander give you a comfortable and entertaining ride, whether you are running errands by yourself around Irvine, Garden Grove, and San Juan Capistrano, or going on weekend adventures with the whole family.
With so many features to like in each model, our team at Norm Reeves Volkswagen Superstore Irvine wanted to take a closer look at the 2019 VW Atlas vs. Toyota Highlander to see where they differ.
Three Rows of Seating
These SUVs make great family vehicles since you can fit plenty of passengers in each model. They both have three rows of seating, perfect to fit all your car seats or pack the vehicle with friends when it is your time to carpool.
Adults and children will be able to fit among all three rows more comfortably in the Volkswagen Atlas since it has 153.7 cubic feet of passenger volume. The Toyota Highlander has 144.9 cubic feet of volume for passengers inside its cabin.
You can also fold down the second and third rows of both vehicles when you need to fit more and/or larger cargo inside your SUV. When you do this, the 2019 Highlander will give you a maximum of 83.7 cubic feet of cargo volume. The VW Atlas gives you even more space to haul all your gear with up to 96.8 cubic feet of cargo volume.
VW Atlas vs Toyota Highlander: Engine Specs
The power source in the 2019 Highlander is a 2.7L four-cylinder engine. This will create just 185 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. This is also matched with a smooth-shifting six-speed automatic transmission.Under the hood of these two vehicles sits a four-cylinder engine. The Volkswagen Atlas has a more powerful powertrain though with its 2.0L four-cylinder turbocharged engine. This delivers 235 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque.
Even more dynamic performance is provided in the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas with its standard eight-speed automatic transmission. This also comes with Tiptronic® that gives you manual control over the shifting and Sport mode for more agile acceleration.
Assistance in Staying Safe
A great perk of both of these SUVs is the advanced safety features that come standard in each of them. With both models, you will have driver-assistive technologies that can help you avoid a potential collision with a car or pedestrian in front of you.
The 2019 VW Atlas also comes standard with Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Traffic Alert. Blind Spot Monitor is helpful when you are trying to change lanes or merge onto the highway. With Rear Traffic Alert, you can confidently back out of your parking spot or driveway. These features are available in the 2019 Highlander, but only in higher trim levels.
Ready to Sit Inside the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas?
After seeing the 2019 VW Atlas vs. Toyota Highlander comparison, you can probably picture yourself driving around Irvine, Garden Grove, and San Juan Capistrano in the spacious and powerful Volkswagen Atlas.
You don’t have to just daydream about driving the 2019 VW Atlas either. Contact us at Norm Reeves Volkswagen Superstore Irvine and schedule a time to test drive the VW Atlas!