2019 Volkswagen Atlas vs Ford Explorer: Which 3-Row SUV Is Best for Me?

2019 Volkswagen Atlas vs 2019 Ford Explorer Comparison in Seattle, WA

The Ford Explorer was one of the earliest success stories in the world of Sport Utility Vehicles. Today, SUVs and crossovers owe much of their popularity to those early Explorer models -- but the latest Explorer models just aren't the same. This aging platform doesn't have what it takes to compete with the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas! It's a bigger, more comfortable and better-equipped SUV, and it even starts out at a lower MSRP.

On this page, we'll show you all the features you can only get from the 2019 VW Atlas, and why it's just a better value than the three-row SUV from Ford.

2019 VW Atlas SUV Interior Features

2019 VW Atlas SUV vs Ford Explorer: Interior Quality

With more room inside for cargo than the 2019 Ford Explorer, the 2019 VW Atlas is a better choice for families in need of a truly gargantuan grocery-getter. Fold down the 2nd- and 3rd-row seats in the Ford Explorer and you'll be greeted by just 81.7 cubic feet of maximum cargo space; the 2019 VW Atlas gives you 96.8 cubic feet!

What's more, dual-zone climate control comes standard on the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas. So, if mom runs a little more cold-blooded than dad, she can set her own temperature so everybody stays comfortable no matter the weather. Dual-zone climate control will set you back more on the 2019 Ford Explorer as an upgrade.

2019 VW Atlas SUV Infotainment

2019 VW Atlas SUV vs Ford Explorer: Infotainment

The base model 2019 Ford Explorer comes with a static, button-operated infotainment display featuring Bluetooth® only for connecting your phone. Instead, choose the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas which comes standard with a touch display and Volkswagen Car-Net® App-Connect featuring Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™. You'll be able to do so much more and much more easily in the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas, including hands-free calling and texting, music streaming, navigation and more!

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2019 VW Atlas SUV Performance

2019 VW Atlas SUV vs Ford Explorer: Performance

Especially in the city, where its standard turbocharged four-cylinder engine has the greatest advantage, the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas gets better fuel economy than the 2019 Ford Explorer. The base Explorer model comes with a standard V6 engine that achieves just 17 MPG in the city. By contrast, the entry-level 2019 Volkswagen Atlas S makes 20 MPG in the city! Yet they both deliver comparable power. A more powerful V6 is also available as an upgrade on the 2019 VW Atlas.

You'll also enjoy a smooth drive as well as fuel efficiency from the 8-speed Tiptronic® transmission on the Volkswagen Atlas. With more gears than the 6-speed automatic transmission you get from the 2019 Ford Explorer, the 2019 VW Atlas gives you smoother, quieter cruising, as the transmission can more easily find a quiet, efficient gear for your current speed.

2019 VW Atlas SUV Safety

2019 VW Atlas SUV vs Ford Explorer: Safety

The design of the Ford Explorer hasn't significantly changed since 2016, and its disappointing crash test scores reflect its aging design. It's just not as durable as the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas, which earned the best-possible score of "Good" in every area of Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash testing. By contrast, the 2019 Ford Explorer received a score of "Marginal" in the driver-side small overlap front crash test, and a worst-possible score of "Poor" in the passenger-side small overlap front crash test. The 2019 Ford Explorer just won't protect the things that matter most in the event of an accident as well as the Volkswagen Atlas will.

2019 VW Atlas SUV Driver Assistance

2019 VW Atlas SUV vs Ford Explorer: Driver Assistance

As standard equipment, the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas comes with autonomous driver aids that can help you avoid an accident. These include blind-spot monitor, rear traffic alert and Front Assist with forward collision warning and autonomous emergency braking. No matter which trim level you choose, the 2019 VW Atlas has the ability to alert you to a dangerous situation in front of you and even engage the brakes automatically to help avoid a crash.

On the 2019 Ford Explorer, autonomous braking isn't available at all. Some Ford Explorer models have forward collision warning, but not the base model, and none of them can brake on their own. What's more, blind-spot monitor and rear traffic alert are also only available as added options on the Ford Explorer.

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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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