Comparing the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas vs. 2020 Honda Pilot

In Greek mythology, Atlas was a Titan charged with holding up the celestial heavens for eternity after the Titanomachy. And like the Atlas from Greek mythology, the Volkswagen Atlas is charged with holding you and your family.

The Atlas offers a generous amount of passenger and cargo room. It has a lengthy list of features and user-friendly infotainment system. While this titan of a vehicle is large in size, it handles much more like a smaller vehicle. The Atlas is the perfect marriage, with the space of an SUV, but the handling of a car.

Both the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas and the 2020 Honda Pilot rank as two of the most popular choices in the SUV category. New car buyers should compare the available features, price and overall comfort of these 2020 models and decide which one best fits their style and needs.

Let’s take a deeper look at the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas.


Is The 2020 Volkswagen Atlas A Good SUV?

The VW Atlas is a spartan of a SUV. With three rows of seating, the Atlas has plenty of room for all its occupants. The Atlas offers practicality and comfortability. The V-6 isn’t lacking any power, even with a full load of people and cargo.

The 2020 Atlas has embraced driver assistance technology. The evolution of the automobile has brought on more and more advancements in tech. Consumers demand more and Volkswagen delivers. Automated emergency braking, forward-collision warning, blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert all come standard in this Atlas.


Under The Hood & Performance

The 2020 Atlas comes with a 276-hp V-6, as mentioned above. It has an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. The V-6 sounds and feels refined, with no shakes or shivers transmitting into the cabin. The engine on this Atlas will never have you feeling underpowered trying to cross the South Bridge.

The Atlas is both fun to drive and is easy to handle. It is fearlessly composed on the highway and nimble on Harrisburg streets. Your ride will be both comfortable and smooth. And those deadly potholes that Pennsylvania is known for, will be absorbed and dispensed with, without hesitation.

For a large big box SUV, the Atlas more than holds its own in an EPA highway fuel-economy test. The V-6 version returned 24 mpg, while the four-cylinder finished with 27 mpg. The idea that the “people mover” SUV is a “gas guzzler” is slowly evaporating and the Atlas is leading the way.


What’s on The Inside?

Family practicality is the perfect definition of the 2020 Atlas. You’ll find the inside to sport a family-friendly interior, an easy to reach layout of its controls and cupholders…lots and lots of cupholders. And don’t forget, the convenient, but rare third row is a part of this SUV’s charm. Not only is there a third row, but it’s one that can comfortably accommodate real live, full size adults.

In the year 2020, the third row inside a SUV seems to have become even more scarce than ever. Most manufacturers opted for smaller and more compact SUVs. But how does that help a growing, expanding Central PA family? The third row in the Atlas gives this SUV another leg to stand on…or perhaps in this case, another seat to sit on.

Uncomplicated and utilitarian is a perfect way to describe the interior design of the Atlas. This Atlas has plenty of storage spaces to stash small items. Want to know how many suitcases you can fit in the Atlas for a weekend getaway to the Poconos? You can fit 4 carry-on size suitcases behind the third row. Have less people and more luggage? Fold those second and third row seats down and easily get 38 carry-on size suitcases inside the Atlas!

No matter which trim level you choose, the Atlas is full of features to keep you connected and ready to entertain. The touchscreen interface is as intuitive as it is responsive. The advancements in the infotainment touch screen mimic the responsiveness of your typical smartphone. Both SE and SEL models sport an 8.0 inch infotainment display with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, an eight speaker stereo with Sirius XM radio, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a Wi-Fi hotspot (something the 2020 Pilot can’t offer) and four…yes, four USB ports in the center console!


Is the Atlas Safe?

Volkswagen has long been a manufacturer that puts safety above all else. Without you…there is no Volkswagen. So, protecting their customers and their customer’s families are of the utmost importance. The 2020 Atlas represents that mission tried and true. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Atlas a five-star rating.

Two features of the 2020 Atlas helped garner such an incredible rating, something its rivals do not offer. Available forward- collision warning and available automated emergency braking offer two technological advancements to help drivers avoid anything from a fender bender to a tragic and fatal collision.


The Verdict Is In

If you need an SUV that defines the true meaning of the “U” in SUV, then the 2020 Atlas is the right vehicle for you. This SUV is as versatile as it is safe. The technology options inside offer convenience and an additional measure of safety.

As an added bonus, VW has elected to add on two years of complimentary scheduled maintenance to its bumper-to-bumper warranty.

Volkswagen designed this SUV to make life easier and to keep your family safe. So why not take a ride down the road of life, inside the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas?

Verdict: Atlas…There’s Room For Everyone.


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