2023 Volkswagen Atlas

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  • Overview

    A grey 2023 Volkswagen Atlas SE is angled left.

    Three-row midsize SUVs are among the most popular vehicles that drivers shop for today. They are accommodating in passenger space, cargo room, and safety features, making them a perfect addition to any busy family. For those reasons, the 2023 Volkswagen Atlas is a star player in the VW lineup. It’s a comfortable and inviting family SUV, packed with versatility that helps it transcend a category that can sometimes be too predictable. Exciting design and functionality don’t have to be mutually exclusive. The 2023 Atlas proves you can have style and performance woven into a product designed for space and safety. From a thoughtful interior to an aesthetically captivating exterior, the Atlas delivers in every aspect.

    Perhaps one of the best attributes of the 2023 Volkswagen Atlas is its customizable suite of options. This year’s model comes in five trim levels: the SE, SE with Technology, SEL, SEL R-Line Black, and SEL Premium R-Line. Each trim level has unique qualities while still delivering plenty of value, though it’s ultimately up to the consumer to decide which trim best matches their lifestyle and budget. Choose from a selection of beautiful exterior colors, option packages, and accessories to dial your Atlas to your unique style. With so many great choices, it may be hard to narrow it down to just one. Volkswagen employed all of its finest attributes in designing an SUV that checks every box, making the Atlas a crown jewel for the brand and a standout option for the entire SUV segment. Let’s take a closer look at the 2023 Volkswagen Atlas and see how it sets itself apart from its mid-sized competition.


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  • Performance

    A white 2023 Volkswagen Atlas V6 Premium R-Line is shown driving on an open road.

    The Atlas wouldn’t be a Volkswagen if it didn’t come loaded with impeccable performance, with each engine option designed for maximum enjoyment. Don’t be surprised if you take a long way home to squeeze in a few more miles of fun. Each engine configuration will leave you craving more time in your Atlas. It packs plenty of punch without sacrificing fuel economy; plus, it comes with 4Motion with active control, so you can customize the settings to match various driving conditions. It offers various drive modes, including Normal, Sport, Eco, and Individual, making your Atlas more effective in rain, snow, slush, mud, dirt, and other challenging terrains.

    Power and Fuel Efficiency

    The 2023 Volkswagen Atlas comes with a standard 2.0L I-4 turbocharged engine that produces 235 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, enough to power the SUV through whatever traffic you might encounter in a fast yet efficient manner. If you’re craving faster acceleration, you can opt for the larger, 3.6L V6 engine that delivers 276 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque. The Atlas has an eight-speed automatic transmission that seamlessly transitions for optimal ride quality. As far as fuel economy goes, the V6 is more efficient with a front-wheel drive system that gets an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 21 MPG in the city and 25 MPG on the highway.[a] The larger engine with front-wheel drive gets an EPA-estimated 18 MPG in the city and 24 MPG on the highway.[a]

    Towing Capabilities

    The Atlas also offers impressive towing capabilities. When properly equipped, your Atlas has enough power to tow up to 5,000 lbs when operating the V6 configuration. That’s enough to tow a small trailer, boat, camper, and more, while the smaller turbocharged 2.0L engine still allows for towing up to 2,000 lbs. The Atlas is even perfect for adventuring when you add a hitch and tow sporting equipment.

  • Entertainment and Convenience

    The black interior of a 2023 Volkswagen Atlas SEL Premium R-Line shows the steering wheel and infotainment screen.

    The 2023 Atlas comes loaded with features that help to simplify your life. Volkswagen spent plenty of time researching and developing how to best outfit their Atlas with features that make a driver’s life easier and more comfortable. The cabin is packed with user-friendly entertainment settings, soft and durable materials, and generous cargo space to enjoy even the longest commute without sacrificing your ideal comfort level. The options for the infotainment system provide all of today’s latest advances, including touchscreen and voice recognition technology, with the capability to connect all of your favorite devices while you’re on the go.

    Entertainment and Connectivity Tech

    The intuitively designed dashboard offers an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system on most of the trims, with the SE trim level offering a slightly smaller 6.5-inch display. Every level links up to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and you can add the Technology package to the SE for an upgrade to the bigger 8-inch screen, three USB ports for your backseat passengers, and a wireless phone charging pad. Every Atlas trim level can enjoy SiriusXM satellite radio with a subscription. Right in front of the steering wheel, the digital cockpit displays pertinent information like state-of-the-art navigation, time, temperature, speed, gas gauge, and customizable features. This high-resolution display makes it easy to focus on the road, where it belongs. Plus, you can add a wifi hotspot and stay connected on the go.

    Convenience Features

    The Atlas model’s cabin has a remarkable amount of convenience features built-in for peak comfort. It’s passenger and family-friendly, delivering qualities that can be enjoyed by all onboard. There is ample storage space for bulky items like luggage, sports equipment, and the latest haul from Costco. Smaller cubby spaces throughout the interior make it easy to stash away personal items like purses, backpacks, and tech accessories. The third row of seating is simple to fold down when you need the extra space and roomy enough to comfortably accommodate adults. You can add more luxury touches to the Atlas by selecting a trim level with a heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel, dynamic road sign display, leather upholstery, hands-free remote powered liftgate, and the Volkswagen KESSY keyless entry system for all four doors and liftgate.

  • Safety

    A white 2023 Volkswagen Atlas V6 Premium R-Line is shown from the rear driving on an open road.

    The 2023 Atlas wouldn’t be a remarkable family vehicle without its generous suite of safety and driver assistance features. With many of these features standard on every Atlas, you’ll be able to drive it confidently.

    The myVW Smartphone App

    Atlas has a crumple zone in the front and rear to absorb energy during a crash and a rigid safety cage that redistributes force away from the driver and passengers. Plus, Volkswagen helps customize your experience through helpful tools found in the myVW app. The app helps you stay safe by notifying you of maintenance schedules, sending service reminders, scheduling, and showing you maintenance history, all conveniently at your fingertips.

    Safety Features

    The Atlas comes with a rear view camera system that works with a wide lens to show you even more of what’s around your vehicle when backing up. The Intelligent Crash Response System (ICRS) will start in the event of a collision and turn off the fuel pump, unlock the doors, and activate the hazard lights. Volkswagen also added standard forward-collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert. There is also available adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go technology, dynamic road sign display, overhead view camera, and more.

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