2018 Volkswagen Atlas vs 2018 Toyota Highlander
Drivers trying to decide between the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas vs the 2018 Toyota Highlander are in for a difficult choice. Both SUVs are available in a wide variety of trims and are built with family-hauling in mind. However, there are differences in performance, storage space and feature availability that should be considered before making your purchase.
The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas is available in five trims: S, SE, SE w/technology, SEL and SEL Premium. The 2018 Toyota Highlander is offered in six: LE, LE Plus, XLE, SE, Limited and Limited Platinum. The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas’ standard engine produces 235 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The 2018 Highlander’s standard engine only produces 185 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque.
2018 Volkswagen Atlas
2018 Toyota Highlander
|258 ft-lbs.||Torque||184 ft-lbs.|
|96.8 cubic feet||Maximum Cargo Capacity||83.2 cubic feet|
|Standard||Apple CarPlay/Android Auto||Unavailable|
The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas Storage & Features
In addition to its more powerful engine, the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas also provides more cargo space than the 2018 Toyota Highlander. The 2018 Toyota Highlander has a cargo capacity of 13.8 cubic feet (with all seats in place) and a maximum cargo capacity of 83.2 cubic feet. The 2018 Atlas has a cargo capacity of 20.6 cubic feet, or a maximum cargo capacity of 96.8 cubic feet when all seats are folded down.
The differences in available features between these two SUVs should not be ignored. Specifically, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard features on the 2018 Atlas but are unavailable for the 2018 Highlander. The 2018 Atlas also comes equipped with standard features such as Bluetooth support, a sunroof and a rearview camera.
2018 Volkswagen Atlas safety features include: A pre-collision safety system, traction control, LED headlamps, a blind spot and lane departure warnings accident avoidance system, rear door child safety locks, cornering lights, turn signal mirrors, daytime running lights, an engine immobilizer, a post-collision safety system, child seat anchors, a remote anti-theft alarm system, emergency braking assist and stability control.