2018 VW Atlas: Measuring Up To Honda Pilot, Mazda CX-9

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Both the Mazda CX-9 and the Honda Pilot are two really popular SUVs here in the US and it is easy to understand why. The CX-9 and the Pilot offers a great deal of value, in the sense that they are both economical and great for daily driving.

So when Volkswagen brought out 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?

The base Volkswagen Atlas is priced at $30,500 and this makes it cheaper than the Mazda CX-9 but $150 more expansive Honda CR-V. But for that little extra, consumers can get a nicer looking large SUV that is also rated to have a better performance.

The basic Atlas 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 hence explaining why the vehicle is still a better performer than rival SUVs when on the road.

The Atlas also brags more features such as 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.

Last but not least is with the space that is offered on the inside of the Atlas. The cabin comes with a lot more room 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.