2019 Volkswagen Atlas vs Dodge Durango: Which 3-Row SUV Is Best for Me?

2019 Volkswagen Atlas vs Dodge Durango SUV Comparison in Seattle, WA

The 2019 Volkswagen Atlas is a powerful three-row SUV that helps you and your family take on the day. On this page, the experts at Carter Volkswagen in Ballard want to show you why it's an even better value than its competitors, too! With an available V8 engine, the 2019 Dodge Durango is perhaps the quickest three-row SUV on the road. But, when it comes to practicality, technology, safety and more, you simply get more for your money from the 2019 VW Atlas. Let us prove it to you below.

2019 Volkswagen Atlas Interior

2019 VW Atlas SUV vs Dodge Durango: Interior Size

With standard seating for seven, the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas is the rare three-row SUV where every seat can be enjoyed by full-grown adults. The 2019 Dodge Durango, on the other hand, actually comes standard as a two-row SUV. If you add the available third row (at an added cost), that row is far more cramped with less legroom than you'd get from the VW Atlas. The three-row Dodge Durango offers you 134 cubic feet of passenger volume while the roomier Volkswagen Atlas gives you 154 cubic feet!

That means there's more room for cargo in the 2019 VW Atlas, too. It offers you nearly 100 cubic feet of cargo volume with the 2nd and 3rd rows collapsed -- 96.8 cubic feet to be exact. The Dodge Durango can only swallow 84.5 cubic feet of cargo.


2019 Volkswagen Atlas Technology

2019 VW Atlas SUV vs Dodge Durango: Technology

Maneuvering a bulky three-row SUV in tight spots can be a challenge -- but with the available Area View Camera in the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas, it'll be a whole lot easier. Multiple cameras take in all your surroundings and create a virtual bird's-eye view of your vehicle on the infotainment display. You'll be able to slip in and out of tight parking spots and alleyways with confidence. A 360-degree camera isn't available on the 2019 Dodge Durango.

For the most cutting-edge cabin, upgrade to the available Volkswagen Virtual Cockpit. It replaces traditional analog gauges in the VW Atlas with a 12.3" customizable digital readout. There, you'll find the speedometer, tach, fuel gauge and other important information, based on your current settings. For example, if you're using navigation, you'll see a Google Maps view right there in the dash. On the 2019 Dodge Durango, a much smaller and less sophisticated digital information display is available.

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2019 Volkswagen Atlas Performance

2019 VW Atlas SUV vs Dodge Durango: Performance

When it comes to performance, there's a lot more to the equation than mere power. For example, at the entry-level, the four-cylinder 2019 Volkswagen Atlas accelerated faster from 0-60 MPH than the base, V6-powered 2019 Dodge Durango in Car and Driver magazine testing.

If you don't require the added grip of all-wheel drive, the Volkswagen Atlas comes standard with front-wheel drive, which is the ideal drivetrain set-up for daily use driving. Meanwhile, the Dodge Durango gives you standard rear-wheel drive. That means, when the roads get slick in the rain or snow, the Dodge SUV is far more likely to slip and slide.

There's also value to consider. The 2019 VW Atlas, when equipped with 4MOTION® all-wheel drive, comes standard with Active Control and a variety of drive modes. Just select the one best suited for the conditions ahead. A similar system is available on the 2019 Dodge Durango, but only on the pricey, hemi-powered SRT edition -- which costs nearly $63,000 MSRP. By contrast, you can get the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas with 4MOTION® for as little as $34,000.


2019 Volkswagen Atlas Safety

2019 VW Atlas SUV vs Dodge Durango: Safety

In crash testing carried out by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas earned the best-possible scores in all crash test areas. And, in testing carried out by the US government, the Atlas earned a five-star overall safety rating.

Meanwhile, the 2019 Dodge Durango hasn't yet been put through the full gamut of tests by either organization. In the few tests that were performed, the Dodge Durango received a three-star rollover rating in government crash testing and a score of "marginal" in the driver side small overlap front crash test from the IIHS.


2019 Volkswagen Atlas Driver Assistance

2019 VW Atlas SUV vs Dodge Durango: Driver Assistance

Both these vehicles are available with a wide variety of autonomous driver assistance features -- but the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas still gives you the most value for your money. That's because it comes totally standard with forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking. That means every VW Atlas can bring itself to a stop if a dangerous situation develops in front of you on the road. The 2019 Dodge Durango, for its part, offers those features only as expensive options on premium Durango trim levels.

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A long history of German engineering excellence have gone into every 2019 Volkswagen model. When you're looking for a comfortable family car, a useful and affordable commuter or a high-performance car with practicality and safety, too, you want a Volkswagen. We'll be thrilled to show you why in our showroom at Carter Subaru in Ballard.

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