2018 VW Atlas Evaluated Next To Honda Pilot, Mazda CX-9

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Both the Honda Pilot and the Mazda CX-9 are two of the most popular SUVs here in the US so when Volkswagen launched the Atlas, we can’t help but find a need to compare the vehicle with the segment greats. Is the Volkswagen Atlas worth the purchase?

Taking the base Atlas as an example, it is good to know that the vehicle’s $30,500 tag is actually cheaper than the Mazda CX-9. On the other hand, the Atlas is about $150 more expansive than the Honda Pilot.

Even so, the Atlas is still more attractive than its rivals as the basic AWD trim is well equipped inside the cabin and it has plenty of power to offer from a 3.6L V6 engine. The mill can churn out about 276hp and 266ft-lbs of torque. It is worth noting that Volkswagen underrated the Atlas’ figures thus explaining why the vehicle is still a better performer than rival SUVs when on the road.

The Atlas also brags more features like 8-inch aluminium wheels, LED headlights with LED daytime running lights, a rear-view camera and stainless-steel roof rails. Other features include an infotainment system that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The icing on the cake is with the space that is offered on the inside of the Atlas. The cabin is a lot more spacious when compared to the Honda Pilot and Mazda CX-9. With space being a priority in the SUV segment, we can say that the Atlas is well worth the wait.