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2020 Toyota Highlander vs. 2021 Volkswagen Atlas Review

New 2020 Toyota Highlander

2020 Toyota
Highlander

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New 2021 Volkswagen Atlas

2021 Volkswagen
Atlas

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MSRP*
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$34,600 to $48,800
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$31,545 to $50,725
Invoice* $31,589 to $44,555 $30,251 to $48,617
MPG - City 20 - 21 16 - 21
MPG - Hwy 27 - 29 22 - 24
Engine(s) V-6 Inline-4, V-6
Seating Capacity 7 - 8 7
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles

*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
Rear passengers will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Toyota Highlander than in the Volkswagen Atlas. 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 Toyota Highlander.

Convenience
The Toyota Highlander 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 Toyota Highlander 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. The Destination Charge for the Toyota Highlander is much higher than that for the Volkswagen Atlas.

Dimensions
Since the Toyota Highlander is much slimmer than the Volkswagen Atlas, it'll be much easier to find a wide enough space in a crowded parking lot. When looking at overall length, the Toyota Highlander takes up about the same amount of space in your garage as the Volkswagen Atlas.

Drivetrain
With similar torque, the Toyota Highlander and the Volkswagen Atlas are about even in transmitting their respective horsepower to the wheels.

Handling
The Toyota Highlander has the same turning radius as the Volkswagen Atlas, so they both maneuver the same in and out of tight spots.

Performance
If you've got something you need to pull, the Toyota Highlander will do just as well as the Volkswagen Atlas, since they have about the same towing capacity. The Toyota Highlander has a little more horsepower than the Volkswagen Atlas.

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

Warranty
The basic warranty of the Toyota Highlander is not as nearly as extensive as that of the Volkswagen Atlas.