If you’re looking for a new family hauling machine, you’re probably considering the differences between a midsize and large SUV. Midsize SUVs are less expensive and more economical, you figure, but as you’re sacrificing size, you’re going to be downgrading carrying capacity and passenger space as well.
But wait! These assumptions may not be entirely true. Especially when you factor into the equation a premium vehicle such as the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas. This versatile, capable, elegantly engineered beast boasts utility that rivals full-size SUVs, while maintaining a midsize price point, fuel economy, and more maneuverable size.
To demonstrate, we pit the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas against a formidable full-size SUV, the 2019 Chevy Tahoe.
2019 Volkswagen Atlas
2019 Chevrolet Tahoe
|Up to 22 city / 26 highway||Fuel Economy||Up to 15 city / 22 highway|
|5,000 pounds||Towing Capacity||6,400 to 6,600 pounds|
|20.6 cubic feet, 96.8 with seat area||Cargo Volume||15.3 cubic feet, 94.7 with seat area|
|198” L x 78” W x 70” H||Dimensions||204” L x 81” W x 74” H|
|33.7 inches||Third-Row Legroom||24.8 inches|
|7||Seating Capacity||5 - 9|
As can be seen above, the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas manages to provide both more cargo space and rear legroom than the 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe, despite its smaller size. Now that’s brilliant engineering!
Notably, the 2019 Atlas has over five more cubic feet of space behind its rear seats than the 2019 Chevy Tahoe. Its exterior dimensions are a full half-foot shorter, and it’s also thinner and lower. This means that the 2019 Atlas is both easier to maneuver and more capable than the 2019 Tahoe.
Most shocking of all, the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas boasts a significantly lower price than the 2019 Chevy Tahoe, along with a superior fuel-economy. The 2019 Tahoe starts high and quickly gets higher as more features and upgrades are added. The 2019 Atlas is kinder on the wallet from the get-go, and continues to treat drivers better every time they pay a visit to the gas pump.