Volkswagen Atlas vs. Ford Explorer

The Volkswagen Atlas vs. the Ford Explorer

SUVs, particularly crossover SUVs, are all the rage in the auto industry right now. Vehicles like the Volkswagen Atlas and the Ford Explorer allow drivers to drive a vehicle that is stylish, functional and gets good gas mileage compared to standard SUVs. While Ford has been making the Explorer for nearly three decades, Volkswagen recently debuted a three-row SUV called the Atlas. Here’s how the two compare.

2019 Volkswagen Atlas angled silver
2019 Ford Explorer angled silver

The Exterior

Because the Volkswagen Atlas hasn’t been around for long, the design itself is more modern and contemporary compared to the Ford Explorer. While the Explorer is a classic option, the styling is almost too conventional for today’s standards.

The Interior

When you step foot inside of the Volkswagen Atlas, you’ll immediately notice a level of luxury that the Ford Explorer doesn’t have. After all, Volkswagen vehicles are known for their high standards when it comes to quality. The interior of the Atlas is roomier and better-designed than the Explorer, making it ideal for families that are often traveling or hauling different equipment around. Need a space to hold your water bottle in the car? Choose one of 17 cupholders located throughout the Volkswagen Atlas. Easily lay the second and third rows in the Atlas flat to instantly create more storage space for all of your needs.


One of the standout features of the Volkswagen Atlas is how well it navigates the roads. Confidently make tight turns and weave through traffic knowing that you will glide effortlessly. The agility and handling of the Volkswagen Atlas will continuously impress you. The platform of the Ford Explorer gives a heavy feel on the road and it is still waiting on the new 10-speed automatic transmission to be integrated into the manufacturing process.

Fuel Economy

Going to the gas station is a hassle (and expensive). Finding a car that has great fuel economy is important to drivers who want to spend more time on the road and less time making unnecessary and costly pit stops. The Explorer gets 17 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway, while the Atlas gets 22 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. The Atlas is the obvious choice.

If you’re looking for the perfect crossover SUV to suit the needs of you and your family, the Volkswagen Atlas is the perfect car for you!

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Phone: (815) 741-1100

2861 W. Jefferson St. Joliet, IL


Phone: (815) 741-1100

2861 W. Jefferson St. Joliet, IL


Phone: (815) 741-1100

2861 W. Jefferson St. Joliet, IL
41.5227902 -88.152837
Hawk Volkswagen of Joliet 41.5227902, -88.152837.