Searching for the perfect 3-row SUV for your family in Scottsdale? If you’re here to compare the Ford Explorer and Volkswagen Atlas, you’re right to have these competitors at the top of your list. Both offer the impressive capability, advanced convenience features, and spacious cabin you’re looking for — but which is the best match for your unique needs? Keep reading for a closer look at the VW Atlas vs. Ford Explorer specs, and then check out new SUVs for sale on our lot in Phoenix!
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The 2021 VW Atlas price ranges from $31,555 MSRP* for the base trim to $47,225 MSRP* for the top SEL Premium. That’s lower across the board than the Ford Explorer, which ranges from $32,225 MSRP to $54,480 MSRP for the range-topping Explorer Platinum. It’s also easier to customize the Atlas to fit your needs and budget, thanks to its more numerous trim options — seven, compared to five for the Explorer. Compare Ford Explorer and Volkswagen Atlas pricing here:
The 2021 VW Atlas cabin is built to please, offering spacious seating and high-quality materials that will keep your passengers happy on long days of driving in Cave Creek. There’s a total of 154 cubic feet of passenger space, and up to 96.8 cubic feet of cargo space with both back rows folded down.
Inside the Ford Explorer, you’re limited to a max 87.8 cubic feet of cargo space. Additionally, less front-row headroom and significantly less legroom for third-row passengers make it harder for taller passengers to stretch out.
Before you compare Ford Explorer and Volkswagen Atlas performance specs, ask yourself what you need your SUV to do. Towing a mid-size boat or popup camper? Either SUV can tackle the job. If you’re looking for an excess of acceleration on your Paradise Valley commutes, the Explorer base engine has the edge in terms of power. Still, the base Atlas delivers 235 hp — plenty of power for sporty driving around Fountain Hills. Compare Ford Explorer and Volkswagen Atlas performance specs below:
*Starting MSRP of $31,555 for a 2021 Volkswagen Atlas S 2.0L TSI® with 8-speed automatic transmission. Prices exclude transportation, taxes, title, other options, and dealer charges. Dealer sets actual price.