SUVs offer a range of benefits, from their spacious interiors and strong capabilities, to features that add more convenience and safety to your ride. If you’re looking for a new SUV to take on the streets of Fort Myers, Venice, and North Port, two top options are the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas and 2021 Toyota Highlander. While they each offer great performance, there are some key differences between the two.

In this comparison, our Port Charlotte Volkswagen team takes a closer look at the Volkswagen Atlas vs. Toyota Highlander to help you figure out which SUV is better suited for your specific needs.

Volkswagen Atlas vs Toyota Highlander

A Look Inside the VW Atlas vs Highlander 

Each of these SUVs come with three rows of seating, making them ideal for families on the go. The 2021 VW Atlas provides more comfort for each passenger, though, since it has 154 cubic feet of passenger volume inside its cabin. The 2021 Highlander is more compact with just 141.3 cubic feet of passenger volume.

When it comes to fitting longer or bigger items in your vehicle, such as furniture, the Volkswagen Atlas is more accommodating. With the second and third rows folded down, the VW Atlas has up to 96.8 cubic feet of cargo volume, so you’ll be able to fit a range of gear in the cabin. The Toyota Highlander is more limited with a maximum of 84.3 cubic feet of cargo volume.


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Keeping You Safe

Equipped in both SUVs is a range of driver-assistive technologies. These systems help give you more confidence as you navigate around the roads.

Both the 2020 Highlander and 2020 VW Atlas feature systems that can alert you when you are getting close to the car in front of you and can even apply the brakes to help you avoid a frontal collision.

With the Volkswagen Atlas, there are some extra features that come standard. These include Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Traffic Alert. Using sensors, these systems can alert you of oncoming cars when you are trying to change lanes or reverse out of a parking spot.

Neither of these features come standard in the Toyota Highlander. The VW Atlas also has available Park Assist, which will automatically steer the SUV into parallel and perpendicular parking spots. Unfortunately, parking your car is solely on you when driving the 2020 Highlander.

2020 Volkswagen Atlas vs Toyota Highlander

Infotainment Systems 

We finish this Volkswagen Atlas vs. Toyota Highlander comparison by looking at each of their infotainment systems. With both, you’ll have a lot of the same abilities. Since they both come with Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay®, you’ll be able to access your contacts, applications, and audio from your smartphone while driving.

They both offer premium audio systems you can upgrade to as well. The 12-channel amp Fender® Premium Audio System in the 2021 VW Atlas and the 11-speaker JBL® audio system in the Highlander let you and your passengers enjoy a personal concert.

Come Take a Ride in the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas

If you’re in the Fort Myers, Venice, and North Port areas and looking for the ultimate SUV for you and your family, it’s clear that the Volkswagen Atlas is an excellent choice. Come by Port Charlotte Volkswagen and experience the spacious and confident ride you’ll have inside the 2021 VW Atlas. Contact us now to schedule a test drive.

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