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2021 Volkswagen Atlas Preview: Interior, Exterior & Price

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2021 Volkswagen Atlas

2021 Volkswagen Atlas


The 2021 Volkswagen Atlas will be safer for pedestrians.

The History of Volkswagen In America

The English translation of Volkswagen is “people’s car”. The first Volkswagen model which is today known as the Beetle was the vision of sports car pioneer Ferdinand Porsche. The first Volkswagens were imported to the US in 1949.

For the American market Volkswagens were marketed as the Victory Wagon in recognition of the Allied victory over Germany four years earlier. The Victory Wagon’s introduction into the US auto market was anything but victorious. Only two Victory Wagons were sold in 1949.

One of the cars was sold for just enough money to settle the importer’s hotel bill. Between that inauspicious beginning and 1955 Americans would buy 1 million Volkswagens. The 1960s was Volkswagen’s banner decade in the US.

Fast forward to 2013 when the Atlas prototype was introduced as a plug-in hybrid. The version of the Atlas that became available in North America in 2017 was gasoline-powered.

Speculating About The 2021 Atlas

The first generation Atlas is two years old yet reports are that the second generation Atlas will debut in 2021. If accurate this report means that at least in the case of the Atlas Volkswagen is breaking with its tradition of revamping a model line every four years.

We will talk more about the changes for 2021 later. The 2021 Atlas will offer an array of safety features including an overhead camera that offers a more complete view of the area around the vehicle.

  • Adaptive Cruise Contol
  • Area View
  • Blind Spot Manager
  • Lane Assist
  • Light Assist
  • Park Assist
  • Park Distance Control w/ Distance Breaking

Additional safety features will include a rearview camera, Intelligent Crash Response System, and Automatic Post Collision Braking. Two versions of the 2021 Atlas will be available. The Atlas 2.0T will be the 4-cylinder version and will offer the choice of three trim packages. Named for the engine it comes with the Atlas V6 will offer the buyer 12 trim levels.

What do current owners think of the 2021 Atlas

Reading reviews submitted by Volkswagen Atlas owners you are struck by the diversity of owner experiences. The majority of respondents love their Atlas. Those who are unhappy with their Atlas are passionate about their contempt for their Atlas.

One owner’s buyer’s remorse seems to border on seething hatred. In fairness, there is nothing as frustrating as shelling out tens-of-thousands of dollars for a ride that spends more time on the lift than on the road. There were more balanced critiques that discussed the Atlas’ pros and cons.

Ultimately, the authors of those balanced critiques expressed overall satisfaction with their Atlas. All the owners, even those who wrote the most scathing reviews, were pleased with the Atlas’ capacious cabin and smooth ride.

There was repeated mention of how easy it is to get children who require car seats in and out of the second-row seats. Whether their Atlas had the four of six-cylinder engine owners were generally in agreement that both power plants want for throttle response and power.

When the scores were tallied owners gave the Volkswagen Atlas an overall rating of 4.3 out of 5-stars. Sixty-five percent of respondents were completely satisfied with their Atlas.

2021 Atlas Reports

The source of the following information is Motor Trend magazine’s website. According to MT the reason for the premature redesign of the Atlas is the addition of bumpers that in a vehicle vs pedestrian accident will afford the pedestrian greater protection from injury.

The addition of the safer bumpers will add three inches to the Atlas. Traffic Jam Assist and Road Sign Detection will be added to the available driver assistance features. MT reports that for 2021 the warranty on the Atlas will be 4-years/50,000 miles.

Atlas vs Other Midsized SUVs

2021 Infiniti QX50: Buying the base model Atlas will save you $5775 over the base QX50. Go top-of-the-line and the QX50 is almost $3,000 cheaper. The QX50 gets significantly better mileage than its Volkswagen counterpart, 24 mpg/city 30-31 mpg/highway vs 17-22 mpg/city 23-26 mpg/highway.

The Atlas seats 7 and the Infiniti seats 5. The basic warranty from Volkswagen protects the owner for two years and 12,000 miles longer than Infiniti’s basic warranty. The Atlas offers more front and back-seat room than the QX50. Both vehicles have a five-star safety rating.

2021 Lincoln MKC: On both the high and low end the Atlas is cheaper than the MKC. The only available engine for the Lincoln is a four-banger. Atlas buyers can opt for a four or six-cylinder mill. Driving around town the MKC beats the Atlas by two mpg.

On the open road, the MKC wins by 1-2 mpg. The Atlas’ interior accommodates two more passengers than the MKC’s interior. Respectively, the MKC and Atlas received a 4 and 5-star safety rating. The MKC’S warranty runs out two years or 22,000 miles before Volkswagen’s warranty. The Lincoln puts the power to the pavement more effectively than the Volkswagen, but the Atlas has a larger towing capacity.

2021 Toyota 4Runner: If cost is a consideration both the base and premium versions of the Atlas are cheaper. The 4Runner offers half the warranty (3 years/36,000 miles) that the Atlas offers. Both vehicles have the same seating capacity.

The Atlas has more head and legroom from front to back. The Atlas has a higher safety rating than the Toyota. Mileage ratings for the Atlas are 17-22 mpg/city 23-26 mpg/highway. Mileage ratings for the 4Runner are 16 mpg/city 19 mpg/highway. Being shorter and narrower makes the QX50, MKC, and 4Runner all easier to park than the Volkswagen Atlas.

Note: Comparisons are based on the 2020 models.

2021 Volkswagen Atlas Design, Engine, Exterior & Interior

Exterior design-The 2021 Atlas’ sheet metal will be re-imagined giving the Atlas a more rakish “Do you want to go?” appearance. The wheels will be redesigned and offered in diameters of 18″, 20″, and 21″.

Engines-For the first time buyers will be able to mate the 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder (20 mpg/city 26 mpg/highway) with Volkswagen’s 4Motion all-wheel-drive. Whether you choose the 2.0 liter or 276 hp 3.6 liter V-6 (17 mpg/city 24 mpg/highway)either engine will be backed by an 8-speed automatic.

Interior-The three-row seating in the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas will accommodate up to eight passengers. Those passengers can take advantage of seven USB ports and 17 cup holders. Except on the S Version the size of the touchscreen will expand to eight inches. The maximum storage space the Atlas will offer is 96.8 cu-ft if the first and second-row seats are collapsed.

2021 Volkswagen Atlas Release Date

Depending on which version the buyer chooses the 2021 Atlas will retail for $32,000-$47,000. The 2021 Atlas is expected to be in dealerships in May or June of 2020.

Which of the changes to the Atlas for 2021 excites you the most?

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