When it comes to midsize SUVs, there are a lot of options to choose from to navigate Springfield, Callaway, and Panama City, FL. Among them is one of the industry’s top contenders, the Volkswagen Atlas.

Today, the team here at VW of Panama City would like to introduce you to this impressive SUV through our selection of Volkswagen Atlas reviews. Learn all about its performance capabilities, fuel efficiency, and safety features in the sections below. Be sure to contact us today with any questions!

2021 Volkswagen Atlas SEL 4MOTION Tourmaline Blue Detail Exterior

VW Atlas Performance

The VW Atlas is packed with power, offering not one, but two notable engine options.

Sticking with the standard equipment nets you an impressive 2.0L turbo 4-cylinder engine, complete with 235 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. Turn things up a notch by upgrading to the available 3.6L V6 engine, which generates 276 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque.

Plus, no matter which engine you opt for, you can experience the benefits of an 8-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic® and Sport mode. When your VW Atlas is in Tiptronic® mode, manual shifting allows for added control of your driving experience.

That’s not all this SUV offers in terms of performance, though. 4MOTION® with Active Control is an available option. What is 4MOTION®, exactly? It’s a system of four all-wheel-drive modes designed to fit your specific driving situation. With it, you can move forward with confidence no matter what the conditions are around your Volkswagen Atlas.

VW Atlas Towing Capacity

VW Atlas Towing Capacity

In addition to its adaptable performance, the Volkswagen Atlas also helps amplify the fun on all your weekend excursions and annual family vacations. When properly equipped, it offers an impressive maximum towing capacity of 5,000 pounds. With that capability, you can expect to bring oversized toys, like a small recreational boat or a cozy camping trailer.

Volkswagen Atlas Towing Capacity

2021 Volkswagen Atlas SEL Premium 4MOTION Pyrite Silver Parked Outside House

VW Atlas MPG

Not only is the VW Atlas powerful, but it’s also efficient. The standard 2.0L turbo 4-cylinder engine provides an EPA-estimated 21 city and 24 highway MPG.1 This allows you to spend more time enjoying the journey and less time heading to the nearest gas station.

The Volkswagen Atlas features an optional 3.6 V6 engine that offers great MPG numbers as well–an EPA-estimated 17 city and 23 highway MPG.2

Remember the standard 8-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic® we mentioned earlier? Well, this feature also plays a role in fuel efficiency, as the eight gears can help improve it.

Other economic features of the VW Atlas include a standard 19.5-gallon fuel tank. We explore more about the performance offered by the Volkswagen Atlas in the other reviews found on this page.

Volkswagen Atlas MPG

Volkswagen Atlas Interior Space

VW Atlas Interior, Cargo, & Comfort

Another important element to consider when picking your next SUV is its interior, where you’ll spend most of your time. Standard cloth seating surfaces in the Volkswagen Atlas offer style, comfort, and convenience. A few other comfort-related features that come standard on the Volkswagen Atlas include:

  • LED interior lighting
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • 6-way manual-adjustable driver’s seat

Need to accommodate a larger item in addition to a backseat passenger? The standard 60/40 split folding 2nd-row seat enables you to do just that, adapting to whatever the day may hold in the blink of an eye. With the 3rd-row easy entry, even passengers in the way back can climb in and out of the cabin with ease.

To ensure year-round comfort, the VW Atlas also offers a Climatronic® 3-zone automatic climate control system that enables first- and second-row passengers to pick their preferred temperature settings. To help you picture yourself in the driver’s seat, we go into more detail about the VW Atlas cabin in our complete reviews.

Volkswagen Atlas Interior Review

Volkswagen Atlas Interior Technology

VW Atlas Technology & Infotainment

The Volkswagen Atlas interior offers plenty of convenient technologies that keep you connected between Point A and Point B. The available 8-inch color touchscreen display with voice control lets you access your infotainment features while maintaining a steady grip on the steering wheel. A few of the other available technology features offered by the VW Atlas include:

  • Wireless smartphone charger
  • Fender® Premium Audio System
  • Keyless access with push-button start

We examine more of what the VW Atlas offers in terms of technology and infotainment in our other reviews.

2021 Volkswagen Atlas SEL 4MOTION Tourmaline Blue Parked

VW Atlas Safety & Driver-Assistive Features

SUVs—particularly ones with three rows of seating, like the Volkswagen Atlas—are great family vehicles. As such, perhaps nothing is more important to families than safety. Luckily, the VW Atlas provides a suite of standard and available safety features designed to keep everyone safe and sound. Look at some of these standard confidence-boosting features, which include:

  • Rear View Camera System
  • Intelligent Crash Response System (ICRS)
  • Automatic Post-Collision Braking System
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

These systems provide an extra set of eyes on the road ahead, boosting your awareness, so you can better respond to whatever you may encounter. The Rear View Camera System, for example, displays the view from behind your vehicle, allowing you to see any possible obstacles in your way when backing up.

In our full Volkswagen Atlas reviews, we go into greater detail about safety features, like these, and more.

Volkswagen Atlas Safety Ratings

Explore Even More VW Atlas Features in Our Complete Reviews

Now that you know a bit more about the Volkswagen Atlas, it’s time to dig even deeper. Learn more about this superpowered SUV by reading the additional Volkswagen Atlas reviews posted on this page.

Then, once you’re done, visit us at VW of Panama City to take a test drive around Springfield, Callaway, and Panama City, Florida. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out! We look forward to introducing you to all that the Volkswagen Atlas offers.


1 21 city/24 highway mpg (2021 Atlas 2.0L, 8-speed automatic transmission). EPA estimates. Your mileage will vary and depends on several factors, including your driving habits and vehicle condition.

2 Based on EPA estimates. See fueleconomy.gov for details.

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