2018 VW Atlas vs. Honda Pilot


2018 Volkswagen Atlas vs. 2017 Honda Pilot

Midsize three-row crossover SUVs offer excellent choices if you need more space than a smaller two-row crossover is prepared to give and you feel like a full-size SUV is overdoing it a bit. Of course, the usefulness of this automotive sweet spot comes with some overcrowding in the segment, so it can be tricky to figure out which one is right for you. To help you narrow things down, we set out to see how the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas stood up against one of its top competitors, the Honda Pilot.


If you're looking to get more for less, the Atlas offers more value right out of the gate than the Pilot. With a starting MSRP of $30,500, the base Atlas is less expensive than the base Pilot by a couple hundred dollars and offers more standard features. While both vehicles offer solid starting points, the Atlas ultimately comes out on top with a lower starting price and standard sought-after features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.


If you spend most of your time driving around the city, the Atlas will prove to be a better companion on the road. While the Pilot packs more of a punch in terms of horsepower, it lacks the precise handling and agility needed to help you maintain peace of mind as you navigate busy streets. Switching to the Atlas' Sport Mode puts a bit more spring in its step and helps to make this three-row crossover feel much more carlike.


For many drivers, the key to an SUV's success lies in how much it can carry. This is but one area in which the Atlas excels. With a stunning max cargo capacity of 96.8 cubic feet with the seats folded down flat, the Atlas beats the Pilot's cargo capacity by almost 13 cubic feet. If technology is your greatest priority, the Atlas reigns there as well. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard (you have to upgrade the Pilot to get these) and the infotainment system is more intuitive overall. The Pilot's upgraded infotainment system takes over its climate control, which can be much more distracting than the physical knobs offered on the Atlas.

To learn more about the new 2018 Atlas and see how it fares out on the open road, stop by our dealership today for a test drive!



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