Starting at around $32,000, the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas is a lot of metal and a lot of features for the money. That value equation starts to deteriorate on high-spec trims, however.
We rate the 2019 Atlas at 7 out of 10, granting it points above average for a stellar warranty and a high level of standard equipment. (Read more about how we rate cars.)
The base VW Atlas S includes power features, three rows of seats, a 6.5-inch touchscreen for infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, active safety tech, and a roof rack. With all-wheel drive and the V-6 engine, the Atlas’ price climbs to about $35,000.
VW dealers don’t stock most versions of the Atlas with the base turbo-4 engine, but they can be special-ordered. The turbo-4 is not available in trims other than the base S.
We like the Atlas SE trim level, which swaps in easy-clean synthetic leather upholstery, heated front seats, an 8.0-inch touchscreen for infotainment, more USB charging ports, keyless ignition, and a few more features for about $3,000 more. Captain’s chairs add about $650 to most trims.
Opt for a package that includes a power liftgate and three-zone automatic climate control and a well-outfitted Atlas SE with the V-6 and all-wheel drive costs about $40,000.
We’d skip the R-Design appearance package, which costs about $2,000 and adds little of substance.
The range-topping Atlas SEL can be outfitted with leather seats, a power panoramic moonroof, cooled front seats, Fender-branded audio, built-in navigation, a 12.3-inch TFT instrument cluster, and a few other features that sound nice but add up to a crossover SUV that can top $50,000.
Notably, the Atlas includes an extensive 6-year, 72,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty.
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