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2022 Ford Explorer vs. 2022 Volkswagen Atlas Review

Picture of the 2022 Ford Explorer

2022 Ford
Explorer

MSRP*: $35,510 to $55,630
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Picture of the 2022 Volkswagen Atlas

2022 Volkswagen
Atlas

MSRP*: $34,335 to $51,505
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MPG - City 18 - 25 MPG 17 - 21 MPG
MPG - Hwy 22 - 28 MPG 23 - 25 MPG
Seating Capacity 7 seats 6 - 7 seats
Cargo Space 87.8 ft3 96.8 ft3
Engine
  • 300-hp, 2.3-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
  • 318-hp, 3.3-liter, V6 Cylinder Engine (Gas/Electric Hybrid)
  • 400-hp, 3.0-liter, V6 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
  • 235-hp, 2.0-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
  • 276-hp, 3.6-liter, V6 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
Transmission 10-Speed A/T 8-Speed A/T
Drivetrain Four Wheel Drive, Rear Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive
Horsepower 300 - 400 hp 235 - 276 hp
Towing Capacity 5,000 - 5,600 lbs 2,000 - 5,000 lbs
Exterior Length 198.8 in 200.7 in
Exterior Width 78.9 in 78.3 in
Leg Room Front 43.0 in
Rear 39.0 in
Front 41.7 in
Rear 37.6 in
Head Room Front 40.7 in
Rear 40.5 in
Front 41.3 in
Rear 40.4 in

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
The Ford Explorer offers a bit more room for passengers in the back seat than the Volkswagen Atlas. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between front seat comfort in the Ford Explorer and the Volkswagen Atlas.

Convenience
The Ford Explorer requires fewer stops at the gas station than the Volkswagen Atlas, making it more convenient to drive.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). The Ford Explorer is somewhat more expensive than the Volkswagen Atlas.

Dimensions
The Ford Explorer is about the same width as the Volkswagen Atlas. When looking at overall length, the Ford Explorer takes up about the same amount of space in your garage as the Volkswagen Atlas.

Performance
With the Ford Explorer, you'll be able to pull heavier loads than the Volkswagen Atlas. The Ford Explorer has a little more horsepower than the Volkswagen Atlas.

Powertrain
With somewhat higher torque, the Ford Explorer transmits power to its wheels a bit more effectively than the Volkswagen Atlas.

Utility
The Ford Explorer offers greater seating capacity than the Volkswagen Atlas, making it a better choice for those who find themselves chauffeuring others around. The Ford Explorer has less cargo space than the Volkswagen Atlas, which is okay if you don't need to move a lot in one trip.