Atlas vs GMC Acadia


The Volkswagen Atlas vs. the GMC Acadia

If you are looking for the perfect midsize SUV, look no further than the Volkswagen Atlas. The VW Atlas is the largest vehicle that we sell, boasting seven seats and 23-26 miles-per-gallon on the highway. Although we don’t compete directly with General Motors Company in many categories, the GMC Acadia is the direct competition to the Atlas. Here’s how the two compare in major areas.

A Roomy Interior

A major reason that consumers purchase an SUV is for a roomy, comfortable interior. The Volkswagen Atlas has a roomy interior as well as large, comfortable seats throughout the entire vehicle. Unlike the GMC Acadia, two adults can fit comfortably in the third row of seats. The second-row seats can slow recline and slide, allowing passengers to relax and unwind regardless how long they are in the car.

More Cargo Space

Cargo capacity is another sought-after feature for drivers. The VW Atlas offers significantly more cargo space than the Acadia. In the Atlas, cargo space expands from 20.6 cubic feet when all the seats are being used to 55.5 cubic feet when the third row is down. When all seats are down, you’ll have 96.8 cubic feet to work with compared to the Acadia that has a maximum cargo space of 79 cubic feet. This makes the Atlas perfect for long road trips or to help store large amounts of gear.

Efficient Fuel Economy

The Atlas boasts a four-cylinder engine that is more powerful than the Acadia’s engine, and it also gets better fuel economy. The Atlas gets 22/26 mpg city/highway versus 21/26 mpg in the Acadia.

Safety Features

Safety is a huge factor when it comes to deciding on a vehicle. While the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) rated the Acadia four out of five stars for the front-wheel drive version and five stars for the all-wheel drive model, both versions of the Atlas earned a five-star overall crash test rating. Plus, the IIHS named the Atlas a Top Safety Pick.


SUVs should be able to navigate the roads with precision and accuracy, which is exactly what the Volkswagen Atlas does. The Atlas is more “athletic” than the Acadia, making those trips outside of the city a breeze.
Overall, the Volkswagen Atlas is the premium choice when it comes to mid-size SUVs. If you have questions about the Atlas or you want to schedule a test drive, contact our team at Hawk Volkswagen today.

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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
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