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2022 Nissan Pathfinder vs. 2022 Volkswagen Atlas Review

Picture of the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder

2022 Nissan
Pathfinder

MSRP*: $33,410 to $48,090
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Picture of the 2022 Volkswagen Atlas

2022 Volkswagen
Atlas

MSRP*: $33,475 to $50,645
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MPG - City 20 - 21 MPG 17 - 21 MPG
MPG - Hwy 25 - 27 MPG 23 - 25 MPG
Seating Capacity 7 - 8 seats 6 - 7 seats
Cargo Space 80.5 ft3 96.8 ft3
Engine 284-hp, 3.5-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 9-Speed A/T 8-Speed A/T
Drivetrain Four Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive
Horsepower 284 hp 235 - 276 hp
Towing Capacity 3,500 - 6,000 lbs 2,000 - 5,000 lbs
Exterior Length 197.0 in 200.7 in
Exterior Width 77.9 in 78.3 in
Leg Room Front 44.3 in
Rear 35.5 in
Front 41.7 in
Rear 37.6 in
Head Room Front 41.1 - 42.3 in
Rear 38.4 - 39.6 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
Passengers in the backseat will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Volkswagen Atlas than in the Nissan Pathfinder, due to its greater head- and legroom. The Nissan Pathfinder will be popular with taller drivers and passengers in the front seat, due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Volkswagen Atlas.

Convenience
The Nissan Pathfinder 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). When looking only at MSRP, the Nissan Pathfinder will have less of an impact on your bank account than the Volkswagen Atlas.

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

Handling
The Nissan Pathfinder has a smaller turning radius than the Volkswagen Atlas, allowing you to more easily maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
In terms of towing capacity, the Volkswagen Atlas is clearly the choice over the Nissan Pathfinder for pulling heavy loads. In terms of horsepower, it's a virtual tie between the Nissan Pathfinder and the Volkswagen Atlas.

Powertrain
With similar torque, the Nissan Pathfinder and the Volkswagen Atlas are about even in transmitting their respective horsepower to the wheels.

Utility
The Nissan Pathfinder offers greater seating capacity than the Volkswagen Atlas, making it a better choice for those who find themselves chauffeuring others around. The Nissan Pathfinder has significantly less cargo capacity than the Volkswagen Atlas.

Warranty
You'll have greater peace of mind with the more generous basic warranty of the Nissan Pathfinder than that of the Volkswagen Atlas.