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2018 Volkswagen Atlas vs 2018 Ford Explorer

2018 Volkswagen Atlas parked by a city

If you’re in need of a three-row crossover SUV, the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas and the 2018 Ford Explorer are both great choices to go with. While equal in many aspects, there are some discrepancies between these two SUVs that informed drivers will want to explore. Comparing the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas vs the 2018 Ford Explorer is a matter of value, storage space and fuel efficiency.

Both SUVs are available in five trim levels: S, SE, SE w/technology, SEL and SEL Premium for the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas and Base, XLT, Limited and Sport for the 2018 Ford Explorer. With an MSRP of $30,750 compared to the 2018 Explorer’s $32,140, the 2018 Atlas offers more value overall.



2018 Volkswagen Atlas

VS

2018 Ford Explorer

5 Trim Levels 5
$30,750 MSRP $32,140
96.8 cubic feet Maximum Cargo Capacity 81.7 cubic feet
18/25/20 mpg Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined) 16/23/19 mpg

2018 Volkswagen Atlas Fuel Efficiency & Storage

Speaking of value, the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas is more efficient than the 2018 Explorer as well. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the 2018 Atlas gets 18 miles per gallon for city travel and 25 miles per gallon for highway travel. Combined, this gives the 2018 Atlas a fuel economy rating of 20 miles per gallon. In comparison, the 2018 Explorer received ratings of 16 miles per gallon in the city, 23 miles per gallon on the highway and a combined city/highway rating of 19 miles per gallon.

With a maximum cargo capacity of 96.8 cubic feet, you can store far more items in the 2018 Atlas than the 2018 Explorer, which only offers 81.7 cubic feet. The 2018 Atlas is a highly practical choice in the SUV segment.

Standard 2018 Volkswagen Atlas safety features include: Child seat anchors, stability control, a post-collision safety system, a pre-collision safety system, an engine immobilizer, daytime running lights, turn signal mirrors, rear door child safety locks, cornering lights, traction control and a remote anti-theft alarm system.


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