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2021 Ford Explorer vs. 2021 Volkswagen Atlas Review

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2021 Ford

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2021 Volkswagen

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$32,925 to $54,600
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$31,545 to $50,725
Invoice* $31,938 to $52,416 $30,251 to $48,646
MPG - City 18 - 23 16 - 21
MPG - Hwy 24 - 28 22 - 24
Engine(s) 3.3-liter V-6 (regular gas), Inline-4, V-6 Inline-4, V-6
Seating Capacity 6 - 7 7
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** ***** *****
Frontal Crash Rating** ***** ****
Side Crash Rating** ***** *****

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*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

The Ford Explorer offers a bit more room for passengers in the back seat than the Volkswagen Atlas. The Ford Explorer offers just a little more front head- and legroom than the Volkswagen Atlas, making it a little more comfortable for the driver and front passenger.

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

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. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Destination Charge for the Ford Explorer is much higher than that for the Volkswagen Atlas.

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.

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

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.

In terms of seating, you'll be able to fit about the same number of people in both the Ford Explorer and the Volkswagen Atlas. 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.

The basic warranty of the Ford Explorer is not as nearly as extensive as that of the Volkswagen Atlas.