2018 Volkswagen Atlas vs. 2017 Ford Explorer: Which 3-Row SUV is Better?

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2018 Volkswagen Atlas

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2017 Ford Explorer

In previous years, there have only been a couple big names that came to mind among Dulles area families looking for a capable and well-rounded SUV. Luckily, there’s now a new name to add to the list: the all-new 2018 Volkswagen Atlas! In order to get oriented with the model, it’s helpful to compare it to a popular competitor in the segment: the 2017 Ford Explorer. When you place the two next to one another, it becomes clear that the new VW midsize crossover SUV is here to compete! Learn more about its numerous points of superiority here, and then when you’re ready to check it out in person, make your way to Lindsay Volkswagen of Dulles in Sterling, VA.

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Standard Features

Inside the cabin of both the VW Atlas and the Ford Explorer, drivers and passengers alike can expect to enjoy a variety of comfort, style, and entertainment features, including standard cruise control, rearview camera, Bluetooth® connectivity, and much more. However, the VW Atlas also comes with a standard touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, as well as dual-zone automatic climate control. In order to get dual-zone automatic climate control or even a touchscreen on the Explorer, you’ll have to move up to a more expensive trim level. Plus, neither Apple CarPlay nor Android Auto are available on any Explorer model.
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Max Cargo Space

The VW Atlas and the Ford Explorer both come with standard seating for seven passengers across three rows, but the all-new Atlas provides a max cargo capacity of 96.8 cubic feet, while the Ford Explorer only provides a max cargo volume of 81.7 cubic feet. Regardless of your needs—grocery runs, little league carpool, or camping with the kids—the Volkswagen Atlas supplies you with ample room to get the job done!
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Despite these many clear advantages, the Volkswagen midsize crossover is also more affordably priced than Ford’s:

  • Volkswagen Atlas – MSRP from $30,750
  • Ford Explorer – MSRP from $31,660
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Get Your First Glimpse of the Most Spacious Volkswagen SUV!

There’s clearly a lot to love about the latest entry into the SUV segment by Volkswagen, but you really have to experience it for yourself. You can find the all-new VW Atlas for sale right now near Sterling at Lindsay Volkswagen of Dulles, where you’ll also have access to model comparisons between the Atlas and Honda Pilotquick and easy financing, and lease deals. Our dealership is located at 22455 Lindsay Cars Court in Sterling, VA, and you can contact our sales department at 844-230-4217 to schedule a test drive. We look forward to serving you!