If you’ve been searching for a midsize three-row SUV with excellent handling, a spacious cabin, and a long list of features that are easy to use, you’ll love the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas. According to the Seaside Volkswagen dealership, the Atlas is one of the largest SUVs in its segment, with lots of interior space to keep passengers comfortable. The Atlas is versatile, making it ideal for taking on long trips, commuting, or driving around town.
For 2021, the Atlas gets a refresh that sees it with restyled LED headlamps and an even more attractive grille. The R-Line trims come with exclusive badging, 20- or 21-inch rims, and a body kit. Visit the Volkswagen dealer in Salinas, step inside the Atlas’ cabin, and you’ll notice the revised seat stitching and new steering wheel. The Atlas also gets the latest iteration of Volkswagen’s Car-Net smartphone app. The SE and SEL trim levels get an 8-inch touchscreen. All-wheel drive is now offered on the four-cylinder engine.
The 2021 Atlas garners excellent reviews from the automotive media. CNET’s RoadShow writes:
“The VW Atlas has always stuck to the no-nonsense side of things, and its 2021-model-year refresh helps it stand apart in an ever-growing crowd.”
The 2021 VW Atlas seats seven passengers. There are eight trim levels on offer: SEL, SE, SE with Technology, SE with Technology R-Line, SEL, SEL R-Line, SEL Premium and SEL Premium R-Line. The Atlas is powered by a standard turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine generating 235-horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, matched to an eight-speed automatic transmission. There’s also an available direct-injected 3.6-liter V6 developing 276 hp and 266 lb-ft, also connected to the eight-speed automatic. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is optional.
The Atlas’s second-row sliding seats make getting in and out of the third row easy. Third-row passengers have ample of head room and leg room to stretch out and relax during the ride.
The base Atlas S trim comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, a 60/40-split second-row bench seat, cloth seating, a 50/50-split third-row bench, automatic LED headlights, automatic windshield wipers, a six-speaker audio system, VW Car-Net, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a Wi-Fi hotspot. Standard driver-assist features include a blind-spot monitor, forward collision mitigation and rear cross-traffic alert.
At the top of the lineup are the SEL Premium and the SEL Premium R-Line trims. The SEL Premium comes with standard sport seats with perforated leather, metal scuff plates, heated second-row seats, and a 360-degree birds-eye camera view. The SEL Premium R-Line adds 21-inch alloy wheels, exclusive bumpers, and unique body trim.
The SE with Technology and higher trims can get optional second-row captain’s chairs. The SE with Technology trim has an available panoramic sunroof. SE with Technology and SE with Technology R-Line buyers can get the V6 Towing Package, which allows the Atlas to tow up to 5,000 pounds. It features a trailer hitch and a more powerful alternator. Equipped with this package, the VW Atlas can tow a 5,000-pound trailer.
The 2021 Volkswagen Atlas gets EPA-estimated fuel economy of up to 21 mpg city/24 mpg highway.*
* All vehicle mileage based on 2021 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.