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2021 Toyota Highlander vs. 2021 Volkswagen Atlas Review

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$35,085 to $49,190
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$31,545 to $50,725
Invoice* $32,032 to $44,911 $30,251 to $48,646
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
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

Rear passengers will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Toyota Highlander than in the Volkswagen Atlas. The Volkswagen Atlas offers just a little more front head- and legroom than the Toyota Highlander, offering the driver and front passenger a bit more room and comfort.

The Toyota Highlander 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). Whether you pick the Toyota Highlander or the Volkswagen Atlas, 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. The Destination Charge for the Toyota Highlander is much higher than that for the Volkswagen Atlas.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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