2018 Volkswagen Atlas vs 2018 Chevy Traverse

Split screen images of the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas and 2018 Chevy Traverse

While compact and full-size crossovers have helped bridge the gap between sedans and SUVs in terms of hauling and cargo space, they still lack seating opportunities for families over five people. Car shoppers needing room for six or more should turn to the three-row SUV segment to max out on interior space. Luckily, the three-row SUV segment currently has some serious contenders like the brand-new 2018 Volkswagen Atlas and the redesigned 2018 Chevy Traverse.

Both models have massive amounts of cargo space and seating for seven or more people that can make daily hauling responsibilities a breeze. Find out which one is right for your family with a spec and interior space comparison below.

2018 Volkswagen Atlas


2018 Chevy Traverse

$30,750 Starting MSRP $29,930
22/26 Fuel Economy 18/27
7 Max Seating Capacity 8
37.6 inches Rear Legroom 33.5 inches

Seating Capacity and Legroom

As you can see from the above spec comparison chart, the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas offers one less third-row seat than the 2018 Chevy Traverse. For some, this extra seat will tilt their car purchasing decision towards the 2018 Chevy Traverse. However, we caution you to look at additional interior features and legroom before solidifying your choice.

If you truly need daily seating for eight, the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas just isn't going to suit your needs. Go ahead and consider the 2018 Chevy Traverse and other eight-seaters for your next family hauler. With that being said, if seating for seven could get you by just fine, your passengers may thank you for going with the 2018 Atlas. For the brand-new Atlas, Volkswagen has traded the eighth seat for more space in the third row for stretching out.

The legroom in the 2018 VW Atlas is class-leading. Compared to the 2018 Traverse, the 2018 Atlas offers over four extra inches of space, which is quite considerable. It also opens up the third-row seats as a viable option for adults rather than an area that can hold small children only.

We encourage any car shoppers interested in the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas to stop by the Volkswagen of South Mississippi dealership in D'iberville, MS. Bring the whole family and let them climb inside to see just how much interior space is offered in the 2018 Atlas today.