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2022 Nissan Pathfinder vs. 2021 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport Review

Picture of the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder

2022 Nissan
Pathfinder

MSRP*: $33,410 to $48,090
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Picture of the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport

2021 Volkswagen
Atlas Cross Sport

MSRP*: $30,855 to $50,025
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Invoice* $31,053 to $44,676 $29,590 to $47,973
MPG - City 20 - 21 MPG 17 - 21 MPG
MPG - Hwy 25 - 27 MPG 23 - 24 MPG
Seating Capacity 7 - 8 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space 80.5 ft3 77.8 ft3
Engine V-6 Inline-4, V-6
Transmission Auto Manual Auto Manual
Drivetrain Four-wheel, Front-wheel All-wheel, Front-wheel
Horsepower 284 hp 235 - 276 hp
Towing Capacity 3,500 - 6,000 lbs 5,000 lbs
Exterior Length 197.0 in 195.5 in
Exterior Width 77.9 in 78.4 in
Leg Room Front 44.3 in
Rear 35.5 in
Front 41.6 in
Rear 40.4 in
Head Room Front 41.1 - 42.3 in
Rear 38.4 - 39.6 in
Front 39.4 in
Rear 37.8 in
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** Info not available *****
Frontal Crash Rating** Info not available ****
Side Crash Rating** Info not available *****

**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 Cross Sport 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 Cross Sport.

Convenience
The Nissan Pathfinder requires fewer stops at the gas station than the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport, 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). Whether you pick the Nissan Pathfinder or the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport, it's going to cost you about the same. 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 Nissan Pathfinder and the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport have similar Destination Charges.

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

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

Performance
In terms of towing capacity, the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport 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 Cross Sport.

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

Utility
Soccer Moms and those who need to chauffeur around a lot of people will appreciate the Nissan Pathfinder more than the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport, due to its significantly greater seating capacity. You'll be able to fit about the same amount of groceries in the Nissan Pathfinder as you will in the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport.

Warranty
The basic warranty of the Nissan Pathfinder is not as nearly as extensive as that of the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport.