Compare 2018 Volkswagen Atlas vs GMC Acadia Models in Seattle, WA

2018 Volkswagen Atlas VS 2018 GMC Acadia | Comparison Shopping at Carter VW in Seattle

With three rows of seating, a powerful engine and a muscular look, the award-winning 2018 Volkswagen Atlas is strong enough to carry your whole world on its shoulders. It's brand-new for the 2018 model year and it's already taking home high praise and industry accolades — including the Editor's Choice award from Car and Driver magazine. Their expert reviewer wrote, "This biggest Volkswagen earns its stars by offering practicality that's tough to beat, along with a lithe chassis, plush ride comfort, and comfortable seats for up to seven."

The popular GMC Acadia simply doesn't offer the same capability and features. On this page below, we're comparing the all-new 2018 VW Atlas against the 2018 GMC Acadia head-to-head, so you can see why the Volkswagen SUV is a better value for your money.

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Interior Size & Features | 2018 Volkswagen Atlas VS 2018 GMC Acadia

Families who plan to use the rear row to move adults (or adult-sized teenagers) will find the Volkswagen Atlas a better fit. Compared to the 2018 GMC Acadia, which offers just 31.1" of third-row legroom, the 2018 VW Atlas offers 33.7". That extra two and a half inches make the difference between a rear row anyone can enjoy and one only suitable for children.

You'll also enjoy some advantageous available features on the 2018 VW Atlas. For example, while the GMC Acadia is available with dual sunroofs each roughly the size of a typical sedan sunroof, the Volkswagen Atlas offers a true panoramic sunroof with an aperture that runs the length of all three rows for an open-feeling, airy interior.

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Compare new 2018 Volkswagen Atlas vs GMC Acadia Technology Benefits

Advanced Technology | 2018 Volkswagen Atlas VS 2018 GMC Acadia

For superior illumination and a signature look, the 2018 VW Atlas comes standard with LED daytime running lights and headlights. By contrast, the 2018 GMC Acadia provides standard halogen headlamps — which will burn out faster and won't provide the same intense, daytime-like beam on the road ahead.

And for tight parking maneuvers (which you'll encounter more of if you've never owned a three-row SUV before), the 2018 VW Atlas provides an available Area View Camera. A simulated image of your vehicle and its immediate surroundings appears on your infotainment screen so you can slip in and out of cramped alleyways and parking spaces with ease.

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Compare new 2018 Volkswagen Atlas vs GMC Acadia Performance Information

Performance & Efficiency | 2018 Volkswagen Atlas VS 2018 GMC Acadia

Both these roomy SUVs offer impressive efficiency from their standard four-cylinder engines, achieving up to 26 highway MPG. However, the engine in the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas offers vastly more power. While the four-cylinder engine from the 2018 GMC Acadia provides just 193 horsepower, you'll get 235 horsepower from the VW Atlas with premium gasoline.

Or, for added towing ability and power for highway passing maneuvers, upgrade to the available V6 engine! You'll get 276 horsepower and up to 25 highway MPG.

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Compare new 2018 Volkswagen Atlas vs GMC Acadia Safety Features

Safety & Warranty | 2018 Volkswagen Atlas VS 2018 GMC Acadia

All it takes is a quick glance at the crash test results to see that the Volkswagen Atlas is safer than a GMC Acadia. When equipped with front-wheel drive, the 2018 GMC Acadia earned a four star overall safety score in government crash tests. The 2018 VW Atlas achieved five stars across the board, both with front-wheel drive or the optional 4MOTION® all-wheel drive system.

And your investment will be safer for longer with the Atlas, thanks to the Volkswagen People First Warranty! Whereas GMC provides a standard 3-year/36,000 mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, the 2018 VW Atlas is protected twice as long: 6 years or 72,000 miles!

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Compare new 2018 Volkswagen Atlas vs GMC Acadia Driver Assistance Benefits

Driver Assist Suite| 2018 Volkswagen Atlas VS 2018 GMC Acadia

Advanced driver assistance features can help prevent an accident, and both these vehicles are available with a variety of such features — but there are a few that you'll only find on the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas. These include Light Assist automatic high-beams, Park Assist parking steering assistant and Park Distance Control with Maneuver braking. If you should get too close to an obstacle or other car when attempting to park, you'll be alerted with an audible chime — and the VW Atlas will even engage the brakes for you to prevent scuffing your neighbor's paint job.


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German Engineering is in the Haus at Carter Volkswagen, Serving Bellevue and Kirkland, WA

Legendary German engineering means a brand-new Volkswagen is always a quality machine that's great to drive and built to last. VW stands behind their vehicles with America's best bumper-to-bumper warranty, too!

At Carter Volkswagen, we're proud to be your source in Seattle for these incredible vehicles. We want you to get the best possible price, which is why we announce new pricing offers each and every month!

We invite you to visit our showroom for your test drive. You'll find us at 5202 Leary Avenue Northwest, Seattle, WA 98107. Still not convinced? You can check out more 2018 VW model comparisons here — or browse the information we've got about the upcoming 2019 Volkswagen models!