2021 Volkswagen Atlas vs 2020 Toyota Highlander | Cincinnati, OH

2021 Volkswagen Atlas | Cincinnati, OH




If you’re looking for a three-row, family-friendly SUV, then it’s likely you’re considering the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas or the 2020 Toyota Highlander. Ultimately, though, the Atlas is the better buy for your transportation needs — as you’ll see in this comparison of the two models.

Cargo Space

Both the Atlas and the Highlander come with large cargo berths, which makes it easy to pack up any gear you may need. When it comes to actual cargo dimensions, though, the Atlas wins hands down. The Volkswagen model offers 20.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind its third-row seats compared to the Highlander’s 16 cubic feet. The Atlas also offers more overall cargo capacity with a maximum of 96.8 cubic feet available, whereas the Highlander only offers 84.3 cubic feet.

Passenger Space

The Atlas and Highlander provide plenty of space in their cabins for the whole family to stretch out — but the Atlas comes out on top. Third-row passengers in the Atlas get an impressive 6 inches of extra legroom compared to the Highlander, along with 2 inches of extra headroom. The Atlas also offers 153.7 cubic feet of total passenger volume, while the Highlander only provides 141.3 cubic feet.

Safety Tech

Both the 2021 Atlas and 2020 Highlander come standard with a range of safety and driver-assistance technologies. The Atlas offers more standard equipment than the Highlander, though. Along with its rearview camera, the Atlas has standard heated side mirrors, rain-sensing windshield wipers, Blind-Spot Monitoring, and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert — technologies the Highlander only offers on its higher trim levels.


The 2021 Atlas provides warranty coverage that’s superior to what you’ll get with the 2020 Highlander. With the Atlas, you’ll get a bumper-to-bumper limited warranty that’s good for four years or 50,000 miles, whichever comes first. The Highlander only offers three years or 36,000 miles of bumper-to-bumper coverage.

Want to drive home in a winner? Come to Joseph Volkswagen of Cincinnati and test-drive the 2021 VW Atlas.


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