2018 Volkswagen Atlas vs 2018 Toyota Highlander

2018 VW Atlas exterior front fascia and drivers side vs 2018 Toyota Highlander exterior front fascia and drivers die with blurred trees and road

If you are looking for a powerful and reliable SUV, then you just might want to check out the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas. This powerful SUV has many different qualities that make it a suitable choice. But don’t take our word for it—check out how this SUV holds up against one of its competitors; the 2018 Toyota Highlander. We’ve compiled various specs and features for you to look at. Hopefully at the end of this, you’ll be one step closer to knowing what SUV is best suited for you.

Before we begin, you should be aware that the information you see below comes from the lowest trim of both vehicles. This means all information is taken from the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas S, and the 2018 Toyota Highlander LE. Now, let’s take a look at what these two vehicles have to offer their drivers.

2018 Volkswagen Atlas


2018 Toyota Highlander

235 hp Horsepower 185 hp
8-speed shiftable automatic Transmission 6-speed shiftable automatic
22/26 (city/hwy) Fuel Economy 20/24 (city/hwy)
20.6 cu. ft. Cargo Space 13.8 cu. ft.

Advantages of the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas

While the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas does have more power than the 2018 Toyota Highlander, this doesn’t mean it gives up fuel efficiency. In fact, the Atlas has an EPA-estimated fuel efficiency of 22 miles per gallon in the city and 26 on the highway.

For all who like the fuel efficiency of an automatic but can’t tear themselves away from the great feeling of being able to shift, you don’t have to. The VW Atlas combines the best of both worlds with the 8-speed shiftable automatic transmission.

If you are looking for an SUV, you probably want something that provides sufficient cargo space. Thankfully, the VW Atlas has plenty of room for you to haul groceries, gear, and other items in.

Of course, one of the best ways to research a vehicle is to go out and actually test drive it, so come on over to Volkswagen of South Mississippi and see for yourself all of the great features this SUV has to offer.