2023 Volkswagen Atlas

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Key Spec of 2023 Volkswagen Atlas
fuel economy

21/23/25

fuel type

Premium Unleaded

horsepower

362 hp @ 5500 rpm

basic warranty

-

ProsConsWhat's New

User-friendly control layout

Dull acceleration

Will remain a part of the 1st generation with no changes made for 2023

Spacious on all seating rows

Mediocre cabin materials

High towing capacity

Thirsty engine options

2023 Volkswagen Atlas Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 31, 2022

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Living in Volkswagen's enormous three-row Atlas SUV isn't problematic in any way at all. Contrary to many other three-row midsize SUVs in the market, the Atlas has a rearmost seat that is roomy enough to accommodate adults. A 276-hp V-6 engine with a towing capacity of 5000 pounds or a 235-hp turbocharged four-cylinder power the Atlas. Both engines can be selected with either front or all-wheel drive and they come with 8-speed automatic transmission. The Atlas's spacious inside makes it more practical because there is more cargo space available when the third row is folded, even though we thought the interior materials were a little more corporate than those of rivals like the plusher Kia Telluride, the Honda Pilot, and the Ford Explorer.

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Trims

SE$36,900 Est. onwards


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2022 Volkswagen Atlas
1
Price Drop, $750
Previous Price: $3997102 Jul 2022

2022 Volkswagen Atlas SE

SE w/Technology 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 8A)

Dealer Price
$39,221
Est. $532/mo
Good deal
$3,664 Below market
RMV: $42,885
New Port Richey, FL
MSRP $41,585
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24
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2022 Volkswagen Atlas SE

SE w/Technology 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 8A)

Dealer Price
$39,321
Est. $533/mo
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$3,564 Below market
RMV: $42,885
New Port Richey, FL
MSRP $41,685
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2022 Volkswagen Atlas
13
Price Drop, $750
Previous Price: $4179302 Jul 2022

2022 Volkswagen Atlas SE

3.6L SE 4Motion w/Technology 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 276 hp 8A)

Dealer Price
$41,043
Est. $557/mo
Good deal
$3,661 Below market
RMV: $44,704
New Port Richey, FL
MSRP $43,485
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2022 Volkswagen Atlas
2
Price Rise, $130
Previous Price: $3764520 Jul 2022

2022 Volkswagen Atlas SE

SE w/Technology 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 8A)

Dealer Price
$37,775
Est. $512/mo
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$3,350 Below market
RMV: $41,125
San Diego, CA
MSRP $42,275
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2022 Volkswagen Atlas SE

3.6L SE 4Motion w/Technology 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 276 hp 8A)

Dealer Price
$41,120
Est. $558/mo
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$3,584 Below market
RMV: $44,704
Saint Charles, IL
MSRP $43,145
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2022 Volkswagen Atlas SE

3.6L SE 4Motion w/Technology 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 276 hp 8A)

Dealer Price
$41,138
Est. $558/mo
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$3,566 Below market
RMV: $44,704
Harrisburg, PA
MSRP $42,655
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2022 Volkswagen Atlas SE

3.6L SE 4Motion w/Technology 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 276 hp 8A)

Dealer Price
$41,153
Est. $558/mo
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$3,551 Below market
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Saint Charles, IL
MSRP $43,250
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2022 Volkswagen Atlas SE

SE w/Technology 4dr SUV (3.6L 6cyl 8A)

Dealer Price
$39,566
Est. $537/mo
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$3,319 Below market
RMV: $42,885
Orlando, FL
MSRP $41,025
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2022 Volkswagen Atlas SE

SE w/Technology 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 8A)

Dealer Price
$37,946
Est. $515/mo
Good deal
$3,179 Below market
RMV: $41,125
New Port Richey, FL
MSRP $40,235
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Colors and Styles

2023 Volkswagen Atlas in Pure White color
Pure White

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

The Atlas Cross Sport, if aesthetics is more important to you than luggage capacity and seating is worth checking out as it’s a sportier version based on this massive SUV. Volkswagen upgraded the Atlas' appearance and infotainment system in 2021, so we doubt the automaker will make any significant changes in 2023. In fact, we're confident Volkswagen is well along in developing the following Atlas, so we're placing a wager that the existing Atlas will likely last out the rest of its existence without any significant changes.


Features

The Volkswagen Atlas for 2023 will come in the same six-level trim layout as seen on the outgoing model but the pricing is expected to go up by a slight margin. The base SE trim is expected to be available for $35,895 and the price goes all the way to $53,085. Users will further be charged an additional $1,900 if they add the optional 4-motion all-wheel drive system on the two base trims while it comes standard on the higher variants. The SUV comes with a long list of features even on the SE trim as standard and some of them are proximity keyless entry and ignition, power adjustable driver’s seat, digital instrument cluster, and mobile connectivity. The top-end Atlas is focused more on providing comfort and luxury and comes equipped with premium leather upholstery, a better audio system, and ventilation on the front seats. Regardless of which Atlas you pick, the SUV will house an entire family without any troubles or limitations on space. The fact that Volkswagen has 6 trims for this vehicle also makes it accessible to multiple groups of people with various purposes and budgets.

Trim

SE

SE with Technology

SEL

SEL R-Line

SEL R-Line Black

SEL Premium R-Line

MSRP

$35,895

$40,065

$45,685

$46,895

$49,385

$53,085

Key Features

18-inch alloy wheels

20-inch alloy wheels

All-wheel drive

20-inch dark grey wheels

20-inch gloss black wheels

21-inch wheels

Power liftgate

Three-zone automatic climate control

Adaptive headlights

Sporty front and rear bumpers

Black mirror caps

Power-folding mirrors

LED headlights

Remote engine start

Heated steering wheel

R-Line interior trim

Black grille

Leather upholstery

Proximity keyless entry and ignition

Second- and third-row USB ports

Power-adjustable passenger seat

Black badges

Ambient interior lighting

Power-adjustable driver's seat

8-inch touchscreen

Navigation system

Heated second-row seats

Heated front seats

Voice controls

Blind-spot intervention

Ventilated front seats

60/40-split second-row bench seat and 50/50-split third-row bench

Wireless charging pad

Lane-keeping system

12-speaker Fender premium audio system

Simulated leather upholstery

Front and rear parking sensors

360-degree camera

Manual rear window sunshades

Adaptive cruise control

Automated parking system

6.5-inch touchscreen

Digital instrument cluster

6-speaker audio system

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity

Wi-Fi hotspot

We Recommend

The SE with Technology trim balances price and features just perfectly. As the most economical model that is compatible with the potent V6 engine, we recommend this trim. It is also worth opting for the AWD system with this model as the drive was noticed to get sharper, making it easier to handle a vehicle this massive.

Release Date

Volkswagen has revealed that the 2023 Atlas will high the showrooms in the second half of 2022 with the updated prices being unveiled mid-summer.

Engine and Performance

Volkswagen equips the Atlas with one of two engines, a 276-hp V6 or a 235-hp 4-cylinder. Both come with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The tuned V6 sounds and feels smooth, sending no shivers into the cabin. Although these engines when tested had average acceleration, they rarely seemed underpowered when driving but it is evident that the Atlas isn’t the SUV to carry the most engaging drive character in its class. The 276-hp V6 is a better option in this situation, although it isn't much of a speed demon. The V6 is a little smoother and unquestionably more assured when passing on the highway. Additionally, it is required to enable the 5,000-lb towing capacity.

Model

2023 Volkswagen Atlas

2023 Kia Telluride

2023 Honda Pilot

2023 Ford Explorer

MSRP

$35,895

$35,500

$38,000

$36,000

Engine

2.0-L Turbocharged Inline-4

3.8L V6

3.5L V6

2.3L turbocharged inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

RWD

Transmission

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

9-speed automatic

10-speed automatic

Power (Hp)

235 hp @ 4,500 RPM

291 hp @ 6000 rpm

280 hp @ 6000 rpm

300 hp @ 3500 rpm

Torque (lb.-ft)

258 lb-ft @ 1,600 RPM

262 lb-ft @ 5200 rpm

262 lb-ft @ 4700 rpm

310 lb-ft @ 3500 rpm

0-60 MPH (seconds)

7.8 seconds

7.0 seconds

6.2 seconds

5.9 seconds

Quarter-mile (seconds)

16.0 seconds

15.3 seconds

14.8 seconds

14.4 seconds

Top Speed (MPH)

115 MPH

141 MPH

113 MPH

133 MPH

Volkswagen happens to carry the least powerful engine in the line-up and it is evident from its performance figures. Even when equipped with the optional V6 engine, the Atlas doesn’t quite produce the power figures as the rivals do. The quickest car here is the Ford and it hits 60 mph in under 6 seconds, which is staggeringly fast for an SUV this massive. The major focus that Volkswagen has when building the Atlas was to offer a comfortable and composed ride, which explains the slower acceleration. The Atlas is also competitively priced and is cheaper than both Honda and Ford.

2023 Volkswagen Atlas Ride and Handling

The Atlas never feels cumbersome and responds to steering inputs with obedience. In the city and on the highway, it is agile and composed. The ride is smooth for most of the part but harsh potholes make it through into the cabin. The SUV does drive well for its massive size and takes in corners and curves with no issue and controlled body rolls.

2023 Volkswagen Atlas Braking Performance

The brakes on the Atlas aren’t the sharpest but they still get the job done without leaving the driver panicking. The softer brake response makes it easier for new drivers to adapt while the more novice drivers might feel the stopping power to be slightly dull. Nonetheless, Volkswagen hasn’t messed up the braking and managed to get the car to slow down when needed.

Model

2023 Volkswagen Atlas

2023 Kia Telluride

2023 Honda Pilot

2023 Ford Explorer

Brake Rotors (front) (in.) 

13.2

13.4

13.0

13.6

Brake Rotors (rear) (in.) 

12.2

12.0

12.6

12.8

Curb Weight (lbs)

4,451

4,255

4,030

4,565

60-0 (.-ft)

NA

127

120

131

The stopping distance for the 2023 Atlas isn’t available but the brake size is similar to what is equipped in other SUVs. However, the performance might not be as good as the Honda or the Kia as they weigh much lesser than the Volkswagen, helping them come to a halt much quicker. The heaviest car here is the Ford and it takes 131 feet to stop while moving at 60 mph. The braking distance of the Atlas can be expected to be around the same margin as Ford's or could also exceed the 131 feet mark due to the smaller brakes equipped on the Atlas. 

Fuel Economy

Although this SUV's fuel economy statistics aren't particularly impressive for this class of big-box family haulers, its actual performance isn't too far from that of the segment's gas guzzlers. The front-wheel drive version of the four-cylinder model achieves ratings of 21 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highways, making it the most economical. With front-wheel drive, the V-6 model gets 18 mpg in the city, 24 on the highway, and with all-wheel drive, 16 mpg in the city and 22 on the highway can be expected.

Model

2023 Volkswagen Atlas

2023 Kia Telluride

2023 Honda Pilot

2023 Ford Explorer

MPGe (city)

21

20

20

21

MPGe (highway)

25

26

27

28

MPGe (combined)

22

23

23

24

Fuel Tank Capacity (Gallons)

18.6

18.8

19.5

17.9

Range (City/Highway/Combined) (mi.)

372/446/409

376/489/432

390/526/448

376/501/430

Despite being in a segment where the majority of contenders are known to consume a lot of fuel, Volkswagen still places itself at the bottom when it comes to fuel efficiency. The most efficient engine is equipped on the Ford, while the Honda has the most extended range, thanks to its larger gas tank. The individual figures however do not differ a lot between the rivals and the advantage is on the side of the vehicle that carries the most fuel. The Volkswagen will be able to run just over 400 miles in a single tank of fuel before needing to visit the nearest gas station. 

Interior

The Atlas is a practical option, especially when compared to other extremely practical rivals, thanks to its family-friendly interior room, easy-to-use control layout, and an excess of cupholders. The third row of seats that can easily fit full-size adults is also a major plus. The Atlas's interior is simple and functional, making it ideal for families but less so for style connoisseurs. There are several strategically placed storage spaces around the cabin to conceal tiny objects, so it should be able to handle almost anything an urban family can toss at it. The driver's seat is provided with all-day support and basic power adjustment. Nearly 38 inches of legroom are available for second-row passengers, and on most trims, they can choose between a three-seat bench and twin captain's chairs with some space in between that makes third-row accessibility easier. The regular Atlas offers space for over 21 cubic feet of cargo even behind the third row and the option of folding down the seats only further extends the storage space.

Model

2023 Volkswagen Atlas

2023 Kia Telluride

2023 Honda Pilot

2023 Ford Explorer

Passenger Capacity

7

8

8

7

First Row (Head/shoulder/legroom)

41.3/61.5/41.5

40.0/61.6/44.1

40.1/62.0/40.9

40.7/61.8/43.0

Second Row (Head/shoulder/legroom)

40.4/60.8/37.6

40.2/61.2/42.4

40.2/62.0/38.4

40.5/61.9/39.0

Third Row (Head/shoulder/legroom)

38.3/54.9/33.7

38.1/55.3/31.4

38.9/57.6/31.9

38.9/54.6/32.2

Trunk Capacity to the rear seats (cu.-ft)

20.6

21.0

16.5

18.2

Trunk Capacity to the second-row seats (cu.-ft)

55.5

46.0

46.8

47.9

Trunk Capacity to the first row seats(cu.-ft)

96.8

87.0

83.9

87.8

The most balanced passenger room is held by the Atlas as it has ample space on all rows, unlike the rivals that failed to provide enough room in the rearmost seats. Volkswagen also takes the lead in terms of the cargo space offered, making it the best choice for a large family. Both the Kia and Honda can carry a maximum of 8 occupants while the Volkswagen and Ford allow 7 occupants. Atlas is the only vehicle where adult passengers in the third row can be seated comfortably. Honda falls short in terms of cargo space, making it less practical.

Some standout interior features on the 2023 Volkswagen Atlas include

  • Simulated leather/ Leather upholstery.
  • 3-zone automatic climate control.
  • Second-row captain seats.
  • Heated first and second-row seats.
  • Ventilated front-row seats.
  • Ambient lighting.

How intuitive is the 2023 Volkswagen Atlas infotainment system?

Regardless of the trim you select, the Atlas is fully connected and equipped to entertain. The touchscreen user interface is simple to operate and responsive similar to a typical smartphone. A six-speaker sound system, a Wi-Fi hotspot, two USB connections, and a standard 6.5-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality are all included in the SE. Starting with SE models equipped with the Technology package, the touchscreen increases to 8.0 inches, three USB ports are shared by the back seat occupants, SiriusXM 360L satellite radio joins the party, and a wireless phone charging pad is included. The top trim also brings in a premium 12-speaker audio setup by Fender.

Some of the standout infotainment features on the 2023 Volkswagen Atlas are

  • 6.5 or 8.0-inch touchscreen.
  • Digital gauge cluster.
  • 6 or 12-speaker audio system.
  • Sirius XM satellite radio.
  • Wi-Fi hotspot.
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Exterior

The Volkswagen Atlas will not see any changes in terms of design as well and it would be impossible to differentiate the 2023 model from the outgoing vehicle. The SUV boasts a commanding look that is complimented well by the 3-bar grille and elegant-looking headlamps. Ford those looking for some sporty design features can pick the R-Line variants of the Atlas which will feature a slightly different body kit. Regardless of which trim you choose, the Atlas will possess a very muscular aura around it. The sides of the vehicle aren’t complicated and have a prominent wheel arch design that houses 18-inch wheels on the base trim while there are options of having 20 or 21-inch wheels by picking the higher trims. The Atlas is also offered as SEL R-Line Black, which deletes all the bling on the vehicle for blacked-out components that include wheels, badges, and mirror caps for a stealthy appearance.

Model

2023 Volkswagen Atlas

2023 Kia Telluride

2023 Honda Pilot

2023 Ford Explorer

Curb Weight (lbs)

4,451

4,255

4,030

4,565

Length (in.)

200.7

196.9

186.5

198.8

Width (in.)

78.3

78.3

78.6

78.9

Height (in.)

70.1

69.3

70.6

69.9

Ground Clearance (in.)

7.1

8.0

7.3

7.9

Wheelbase (in.)

117.3

114.2

111.0

119.1

The Volkswagen Atlas happens to be the most extended vehicle here, making it slightly challenging to maneuver the vehicle in tight spaces. The Kia holds the highest ground clearance but it’s highly unlikely that a massive three-row SUV is taken on a serious off-road trail. However, with some getting used to it, the Atlas will be easier to drive around despite its size. Also, the high stance of the vehicle makes it easy to get in and out of the vehicle. The 7.1-inch ground clearance of the Volkswagen might be lower compared to the rivals but it is ample enough to drive over a bump without worrying about getting scraped.

Some of the standout exterior features include

  • Panoramic sunroof.
  • LED headlights and taillights.
  • 18 or 20 or 21-inch alloy wheels.
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers.
  • Rood rails.
  • Power folding heated mirrors.
Safety

The 2023 Volkswagen Atlas hasn’t been rated by NHTSA or IIHS yet but the SUV is loaded with all the necessary safety tech. The 2022 model scored an overall rating of 5-stars on NHTSA despite receiving a four-star rating for frontal. Similarly, the IIHS tests have a mixed record, with most instrumented crash testing giving it "Good" ratings. The car also has an automated parking feature that works flawlessly, which is a must-have feature on a vehicle this massive.

Some of the standout safety features available with the 2023 Volkswagen Atlas are

  • Blind-spot monitor.
  • Pedestrian monitoring.
  • Tire pressure monitoring.
  • Rear traffic alert.
  • 360-degree camera.
  • Automated parking system.
Competition

2023 Volkswagen Atlas vs 2023 Kia Telluride

The Kia Telluride does not offer as much cabin space as the Atlas does but with its recent refresh, the Kia feels much plusher with its better-constructed interior. The Kia is also more powerful than the Volkswagen, making it the better driver’s choice. However, pick the Atlas configured with the V6 and things seem to change in terms of the drive, and if you’re keen on wanting more space along with good power, pick the V6 Volkswagen Atlas.

2023 Volkswagen Atlas vs 2023 Honda Pilot

We anticipate that the Honda Pilot, which is scheduled for a complete redesign in 2023, will be at least as good as the model it replaces. The latest generation Pilot is a comfortable vehicle overall with a powerful V6 engine and useful storage areas. However, it doesn't have the same amount of cargo space as the Atlas. 

2023 Volkswagen Atlas vs 2023 Ford Explorer

One thing common between the Ford and the Volkswagen is that both these SUVs come standard with an inline-4. However, Ford has managed to tune it in such a way that it produces a higher power figure while making sure to not deteriorate the fuel efficiency. The Ford definitely feels much more exciting to drive but if you think you are someone who intends to use the third-row of seating quite a lot, the Volkswagen Atlas would make the right choice.

Final Verdict

Volkswagen upgraded the Atlas in 2021, thus for the 2023 model year, we don't anticipate many changes, if any at all. We advise you to visit your local dealer and schedule a test drive if you like what you see with the latest Atlas. The German manufacturer chose to not emphasize power and performance a lot and stuck to comfort. The Atlas has to be one of the best family haulers out there and the fact that this SUV is available in a wide range of budget options makes it accessible for many. Unlike its rivals, the Atlas boasts a comfortable third row that can accommodate adult passengers without getting their knees scraped against the seats ahead. The only reason to skip the Volkswagen is if you’re leaning more towards performance and the joy of driving.

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$36900

body style

dr SUV

engine type
displacement

121 cu in

horse power

362 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

258 lb.-ft. @ 1600 rpm

transmission

6-Speed Automatic

dimensions
length

198.3 in

wheelbase

117.3 in

width

78.3 in

Height

70 in

capacity
passenger volume

153.7 cu ft

cargo volume

96.8 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy
city/combined/highway

21/23/25 mpg


Volkswagen Atlas 5 year Cost To Own


Cash Price(MSRP)
$33,394
5 Year Cost To Own
$53,358
Total 5 year Cost To Own -  $53,358
Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5total
Depreciation$4,068$3,365$3,232$3,793$3,517$17,975
Insurance$1,397$1,447$1,534$1,525$1,653$7,556
Fuel$2,415$2,469$2,533$2,605$2,618$12,640
Maintenance$106$465$585$1,151$1,990$4,297
Repairs$34$-21$7$501$719$1,240
Financing Interest$2,029$1,711$1,200$784$299$6,023
Taxes and Fees$2,784$234$260$153$196$3,627
Total Cost-To-Own$12,833$9,670$9,351$10,512$10,992$53,358
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