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2020 Lexus NX 300 vs. 2021 Volkswagen Atlas Review

New 2020 Lexus NX 300

2020 Lexus
NX 300

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New 2021 Volkswagen Atlas

2021 Volkswagen
Atlas

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MSRP*
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$36,870 to $45,360
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$31,545 to $50,725
Invoice* $34,473 to $42,412 $30,251 to $48,646
MPG - City 22 16 - 21
MPG - Hwy 27 - 28 22 - 24
Engine(s) Inline-4 Inline-4, V-6
Seating Capacity 5 7
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 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

Comfort
Passengers in the backseat will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Volkswagen Atlas than in the Lexus NX 300, due to its greater head- and legroom. The Volkswagen Atlas will be a hit with tall drivers and their front seat passengers, since it has greater front head- and legroom than the Lexus NX 300.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Lexus NX 300 as you will with the Volkswagen Atlas, as they are both able to travel similar distances on a tank of gas.

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). When looking only at MSRP, the Lexus NX 300 will have less of an impact on your bank account 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. Both the Lexus NX 300 and the Volkswagen Atlas have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
Since the Lexus NX 300 is much slimmer than the Volkswagen Atlas, it'll be much easier to find a wide enough space in a crowded parking lot. If you go with the Lexus NX 300, you'll have a much easier time finding a large enough space to park than you will with the Volkswagen Atlas.

Drivetrain
With its lower torque engine, the Lexus NX 300 doesn't do as good a job transmitting power to its wheels as the Volkswagen Atlas.

Handling
The Lexus NX 300 has a larger turning radius than the Volkswagen Atlas, making it slightly more difficult to maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
In terms of towing capacity, the Volkswagen Atlas is clearly the choice over the Lexus NX 300 for pulling heavy loads. The Lexus NX 300 has a little less horsepower than the Volkswagen Atlas.

Utility
The Lexus NX 300 has less seating than the Volkswagen Atlas, making the Volkswagen Atlas the better choice, if you need to chauffeur many passengers. The Lexus NX 300 has significantly less cargo capacity than the Volkswagen Atlas.

Warranty
The Lexus NX 300 comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Volkswagen Atlas.