2018 Volkswagen Atlas vs 2018 Toyota Highlander

Comparison image of a gray 2018 Volkswagen Atlas and a black 2018 Toyota Highlander

Are you currently in the market for a new large SUV that can comfortably seat seven or eight passengers? Do you value vehicles that offer a combination of excellent engine performance and fuel economy? If you have answered “yes” to both of these questions, then there are several excellent options you should explore, right here, in National City, CA.

Two of the better options that meet the above criteria are the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas and the 2018 Toyota Highlander. These SUV options both offer excellent engine performance and enough interior space for the entire family and their belongings. Let’s take a look at how the VW Atlas and Toyota Highlander stack up against one another!

Engine Comparison

2018 Volkswagen Atlas


2018 Toyota Highlander

2.0L 4-Cylinder Turbo Engine Base Engine 2.7L 4-Cylinder Engine
235 Horsepower Engine Power 185 Horsepower
258 Pound-Feet Engine Torque 184 Pound-Feet
22 MPG / 26 MPG Fuel Economy (City / Hwy) 20 MPG / 24 MPG

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In the table above, we have highlighted how the base engines for the 2018 Atlas and 2018 Highlander stack up against each other. As you can see, the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas has a significant advantage over the 2018 Toyota Highlander in each major category. This is most likely a result of the 2018 Atlas featuring a turbocharged engine that can offer better engine performance without sacrificing much in fuel economy. The table below highlights the interior space offered by each model. This is much more evenly matched. However, the 2018 Atlas has the advantage in the key cargo capacity categories as well.

Interior Comparison

2018 Atlas


2018 Highlander

7 Passengers Passenger Space 8 Passengers
20.6 Cubic Feet Standard Cargo Capacity 13.8 Cubic Feet
96.8 Cubic Feet Maximum Cargo Capacity 83.7 Cubic Feet
153.7 Cubic Feet EPA Interior Volume 158.7 Cubic Feet

If you are interested in exploring the tremendous 2018 Volkswagen Atlas for yourself, contact the staff at South Bay Volkswagen today! Our team is happy to answer any questions that you may have and help you schedule a test drive of the 2018 Atlas. Visit our dealership in National City, CA today!