If the earth is beginning to quake under your feet, that may be a sign that you’re being approached by a full-size SUV. These lumbering behemoths reign as the current kings of the family transporter world, taking families, friends, sports teams, gear, tents, supplies and more where they’ve never gone before.
The 2019 Volkswagen Atlas is a recent creation, having been developed by VW for the 2018 model year, but it’s already asserted a place for itself amongst the heads of the pack. The Toyota Highlander has been around for significantly longer; does it still have what it takes to stay relevant, or is it doomed to perish under the heel of the almighty Atlas? Let’s look at what its 2019 model brings to the table and find out.
2019 Volkswagen Atlas
2019 Toyota Highlander
|Up to 22 city / 26 highway||Fuel Economy||Up to 21 city / 27 highway|
|5,000 pounds||Max Towing Capacity||5,000 pounds|
|20.6 cubic feet||Cargo Volume (with seats in place)||13.6 to 13.8 cubic feet|
|96.8 cubic feet||Cargo Volume (with seat area)||83.7 cubic feet|
|Available||Apple CarPlay and Android Auto?||Not Available|
The area where the 2019 VW Atlas really comes out ahead is in terms of cargo volume. The beast gets about one-third more space than the 2019 Toyota Highlander with the seats raised, and nearly a full thirteen cubic feet more with the seats lowered. This amount of space makes a big difference in hauling capability; Volkswagen really went all-the-way in regard to size with the 2019 Atlas, the results of which are seen in its incredible cargo capacity.