2018 VW Atlas vs 2018 Ford Explorer

We know what SUV drivers in West Valley, Murray City, and Orem prioritize when searching for their next vehicle. That’s why we’re excited to announce that not one, but two vehicles on the market go above and beyond expectations.

In this comparison, we’ll go over how the 2018 VW Atlas and the 2018 Ford Explorer stack up in categories like performance, interior space, and safety. Let’s get started!

Atlas vs Explorer: Engine Specs

The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas comes standardly equipped with a 2.0L turbo 4-cylinder engine, while the 2018 Ford Explorer is powered by a 2.3L 4-cylinder engine. Both come equipped with a front-wheel drivetrain, but they begin to differ when it comes to the transmission.

Both of the Atlas engines work alongside an 8-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic® and Sport mode. This transmission delivers enhanced control and efficiency. In fact, the Atlas standardly gets a respectable EPA-estimated 22 city/26 highway MPG.1

Volkswagen Atlas

Unfortunately, the Explorer’s standard engine and 6-speed automatic transmission only get an EPA-estimated 17 city/24 highway MPG.

This 2018 Volkswagen Atlas review from the team at Volkswagen SouthTowne will give you all the information you need to decide if the Atlas could be the right fit for you.

2018 Atlas vs 2018 Explorer: Interior Dimensions

The 2018 Volkswagen and 2018 Explorer come equipped with seven passenger seats, with two seats in the first and third rows and three seats in the second row. In addition to its seven spacious seats, the Atlas has a lot of cargo space to go around.

The 96.8 cubic feet of maximum cargo space in the Atlas can be customized in a variety of ways using the 60/40-split folding second row of seats and the 50/50-split folding third row of seats. Put a few rear seats down to accommodate both cargo and passengers, or put down all five for big projects and moving.

You’ll be able to enjoy similar cargo customization features in the Explorer. However, you’ll only have 80.7 cubic feet of cargo space to utilize.

Volkswagen Atlas Interior

Atlas vs Explorer: Safety

With so many safety features to have your back, it’s no surprise that the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas has earned a 5-Star Overall Safety Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).2 Standardly, this vehicle has a battery of safety features, including an Anti-Lock Braking System, Rollover Sensor System, and Electronic Stability Control with Electronic Differential Lock.

In many of the Atlas upper trim levels, you’ll also have access to even more advanced safety features, starting with the Intelligent Crash Response System. If you find yourself in a collision, this feature will automatically take precautions to minimize damage by turning off the fuel pump, unlocking all the doors, and activating the hazard lights.

The 2018 Ford Explorer has many similar safety features, including AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control. However, you won’t have the confidence of an NHTSA rating on your side.

2018 Volkswagen Atlas vs 2018 Ford Explorer: The Verdict

As you can see by this comparison, both the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas and 2018 Ford Explorer are stacked with features that drivers in West Valley, Murray City, and Orem should be excited about. However, we at Volkswagen SouthTowne feel that locals will especially appreciate the Atlas efficient powertrain, extra cargo space, and top-notch safety features.

Now, it’s time to get behind the wheel of the Atlas and see what it’s all about. Give us a call to schedule your test drive today!



1. 22 city/26 highway MPG (2018 Atlas S 2.0L, 8-speed automatic transmission). EPA estimates. Your mileage will vary and depend on several factors, including your driving habits and vehicle condition.

2. Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) New Car Assessment Program (www.safercar.com).