When it comes to choosing your next full-size SUV, you have several vehicles to choose from. However, with their versatile powertrains, spacious interiors, and advanced active safety features, two models rise above the rest.

In this comparison, we at Fred Beans Volkswagen of Doylestown will show you how the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas and the 2019 Toyota Highlander stack up against each other. Shoppers near Doylestown, Philadelphia, and New Britain can read ahead to see which model is the best fit for their needs!

VW Atlas vs Highlander: Performance

Leading the way in the 2019 VW Atlas is a 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that pairs with an 8-speed automatic transmission. With this standard drivetrain, you'll achieve an EPA-estimated 20 city/26 highway MPG1 while still getting a whopping 235 horsepower. With this kind of power, you'll be able to tow up to 2,000 pounds of trailer weight.

The 2019 Toyota Highlander, on the other hand, is powered by a standard 2.7L 4-cylinder engine that only puts out 185 horsepower, meaning you'll only be able to tow up to 1,500 pounds with this engine.

VW Atlas vs Highlander: Interior Space

Interior space is one of the most important things to look at when you're considering which full-size SUV you want. When it comes to cargo space, the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas excels, while the 2019 Toyota Highlander lags a tad behind, as can be seen in the following cargo-area dimensions:


VW Atlas

Toyota Highlander

Behind First Row

20.6 cubic feet

13.8 cubic feet

Behind Second Row

55.5 cubic feet

42.3 cubic feet

Behind Third Row

96.8 cubic feet

83.7 cubic feet

In addition to all of the space you'll get for your cargo, the VW Atlas also offers a whopping 154 total cubic feet of passenger space, while the Highlander only offers 145 total cubic feet to share.

VW Atlas vs Highlander: Advanced Safety

As 2019 models, both the Volkswagen Atlas and Toyota Highlander are equipped with some of the most-advanced active safety features on the market. Both models come equipped with:

  • Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Forward Collision Warning with Pedestrian Detection
  • Autonomous Emergency Braking

You'll get a few extra features in the VW Atlas, however, starting with an Intelligent Crash Response System. This system helps reduce the damage and injury after a collision by automatically unlocking all the doors, turning on the interior lights, and turning off the fuel pump.

2019 VW Atlas vs 2019 Toyota Highlander: Which One?

As you can see, the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas goes above and beyond in ways that the 2019 Toyota Highlander can't. Its powerful yet efficient performance, spacious interior, and many advanced active safety systems make it a great fit for all types of drivers around Doylestown, Philadelphia, and New Britain.

Now that you've had a taste of what this model has to offer, it's time to get behind the wheel and experience it for yourself. Give us a call at Fred Beans Volkswagen of Doylestown today to schedule a test drive in the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas!

1 Based on EPA estimates. See www.fueleconomy.gov for details. Your mileage will vary and depends on several factors, including your driving habits and vehicle condition.

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