VW Atlas vs Ford Explorer

If you’re looking for a ride that provides reliability, and the opportunity to comfortably fit the whole family, you’ve likely stumbled across two popular options around Lee Summit and North Town, the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas and the 2018 Ford Explorer. Each of these models features an excess of space, along with some impressive engine specs. But, which SUV is better for you?

This 2018 VW Atlas vs. Ford Explorer comparison provides valuable information about each model, such as safety features and performance specs. This way, drivers around Overland Park, Mission, and Olathe know exactly what they’re getting before scheduling a test drive. And, if you have any other questions, simply contact our friendly team at Volkswagen Lee's Summit.


VW Atlas vs Ford Explorer: Engine Specifications

Volkswagen Atlas

Hauling around the whole family on those summer road trips requires a smooth, reliable engine. Thankfully, both these models have more than enough handling to get the job done.

Starting with the VW Atlas, you’ll notice they’ve placed an emphasis on keeping your ride as comfortable as possible. This is due, in large part, to the 8-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic® and Sport Mode. This Tiptronic® mode allows you to switch from an automatic transmission to a manual, if you want more control.

Another resounding feature of the VW Atlas is the available 4MOTION® with Active Control. This tool gives you the opportunity to switch between driving modes depending on the road and weather conditions. You can choose from four options, dry, rainy, snowy, or rough.

Conversely, the Ford Explorer comes with a 6-speed, SelectShift® automatic transmission. Also, a Terrain Management System™ is similar to the active control offered by the VW Atlas, although it places less emphasis on weather conditions.

2018 VW Atlas vs 2018 Ford Explorer: Interior Dimensions  

With cavernous cabins and versatile seating arrangements, the Volkswagen Atlas and Ford Explorer offer the ability to easily transport both passengers and cargo.

Volkswagen Atlas

The VW Atlas, for example, has a bevy of available space depending on how you want to adjust the seats, or what type of cargo you need to fit. With a maximum passenger volume of 153.7 ft3 you can comfortably seat the whole family. Or, if you fold both the second and third row seats, you fit a variety of cargo into the available 96.8 ft3 of space.

By comparison, the Ford Explorer offers a similarly versatile cabin, but doesn’t get the same amount of space. The passenger volume tops out at 151.5 ft3 while the cargo room is limited to 81.7 ft3.

The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas offers drivers in Lee’s Summit, Olathe, and Overland Park all this and more, and our team at Volkswagen Lee's Summit has the details right here in this review.

Atlas vs Explorer: Style and Design  

Both the VW Atlas and the Explorer maintain a great deal of style within their family-friendly frames.

The Atlas, for example, has a powerful, muscularly built exterior with creased lines for enhanced definition.

If you like, you can opt for the 20-inch alloy wheels. However, if you’re interested in more exterior customization options, you’ll have a range of choices thanks to the available 20-inch Black Mejorada Wheel Package, or the available R-Line Appearance Package.

Volkswagen Atlas Interior

As for the interior, it’s tough not to notice arguably the most striking available feature offered, a power-tilting, panoramic sunroof that stretches almost the length of the vehicle. This sunroof, which almost reaches back to the third row, invites the world into the cabin of your Atlas. And, if you want to experience that convertible feeling, you can easily open the sunroof at the press of a button.

The Ford Explorer is another highly refined, attractive vehicle thanks to a dynamic grille, and front and rear LED lighting. The interior features stitched, elegant seats as well.

However, the lack of customization options in the Explorer limits your styling capabilities.

2018 VW Atlas vs Ford Explorer: Conclusion

While this lively 2018 VW Atlas vs. Ford Explorer debate proves both SUVs are a great option, the handling and superior style of the VW Atlas is what makes it so appealing to folks around Lee’s Summit and North Town.

If you find yourself around these areas, or even Overland Park, Mission, and Olathe, you can always contact Volkswagen Lee's Summit and get behind the wheel of the 2018 VW Atlas for yourself.

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