2018 Volkswagen Atlas Towing Capacity


Drivers in the West Valley, Murray City, and Orem areas in need of a brawny SUV should look to the VW Atlas. This robust vehicle offers a sturdy drivetrain and a high towing capacity to make adventuring easy. At Volkswagen SouthTowne, we want to showcase what this muscular vehicle has to offer.

Read more about the towing capabilities of this car and what makes it so strong.

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2018 Volkswagen Atlas: Adventurous Towing Capabilities

The 2018 VW Atlas is designed for towing with two robust powertrain options that allow it to tow plenty of cargo in the back. For quick reference, utilize this table to see the towing capabilities of this vehicle:

2.0L Turbo Four-Cylinder

3.6L V6




Torque (lb-ft)



Towing (pounds)


2,000/5,000 w/factory hitch


The 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine comes standard among the various trims for this SUV. With 2,000 pounds of towing capability, you are able to easily tow a small aluminum boat to a vacation spot.

As for the 3.6L V6 engine, drivers are able to achieve 5,000 pounds of towing using the factory-installed trailer hitch. This hitch comes standard with the SEL and SEL Premium trims. With 5,000 pounds of towing capability, drivers are able to tow a small hard-side RV with little trouble.

Drivetrain Capabilities

In order to enhance towing capabilities, the 2018 VW Atlas offers available 4MOTION® all-wheel-drive. This enhanced drivetrain technology enables drivers to handle every bump in the road with ease. Snow and rain will be of little concern to drivers equipped with the all-wheel-drivetrain as well.

In addition, models equipped with 4MOTION® all-wheel-drive also come with Active Control. This feature adds a dial to your interior that allows you to change your drivetrain settings to gain ideal traction in a variety of conditions. The modes for this system are:

  • On road
  • Snow
  • Off road
  • And custom off road

The on-road option comes with sub-modes as well, such as:

  • Normal
  • Sport
  • Eco
  • And individual

You’ll be able to get the best handling possible with these helpful driving modes that tune your car to the road’s conditions.

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Driver Assistance Features

Hitching will be easy using the available driver assistance features aboard the 2018 VW Atlas. You will feel peace of mind when you back towards your cargo using the available Overhead View Camera. This technology uses multiple cameras to create a bird’s-eye-view of the area around you for easy reversing towards your hitching target.

For added control over your driving while you tow, this SUV is equipped with standard Electronic Stability Control. The vehicle will correct for swaying to ensure that you are always on the right path.

Test Drive the 2018 VW Atlas

If you’re looking for a powerful SUV designed with great handling in mind, the VW Atlas is for you. Our team at Volkswagen SouthTowne aims to help drivers in the West Valley, Murray City, and Orem areas find the right car for them.

If you’re interested in giving the VW Atlas a try, schedule a test drive with us online or over the phone today!