2021 Toyota Highlander vs. 2021 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport | NewCars.com

A member of the Cars.com family

2021 Toyota Highlander vs. 2021 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport Review

Picture of the 2021 Toyota Highlander

2021 Toyota
Highlander

MSRP*: $35,085 to $49,190
See details & photos

Find Your Best Price Today!

Picture of the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport

2021 Volkswagen
Atlas Cross Sport

MSRP*: $30,855 to $50,025
See details & photos

Find Your Best Price Today!

Invoice* $32,032 to $44,911 $29,590 to $47,973
MPG - City 20 - 21 MPG 17 - 21 MPG
MPG - Hwy 27 - 29 MPG 23 - 24 MPG
Seating Capacity 7 - 8 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space 84.3 ft3 77.8 ft3
Engine V-6 Inline-4, V-6
Transmission Auto Manual Auto Manual
Drivetrain All-wheel, Front-wheel All-wheel, Front-wheel
Horsepower 295 hp 235 - 276 hp
Towing Capacity 5,000 lbs 5,000 lbs
Exterior Length 194.9 - 197.4 in 195.5 in
Exterior Width 76.0 in 78.4 in
Leg Room Front 42.0 in
Rear 41.0 in
Front 41.6 in
Rear 40.4 in
Head Room Front 38.4 - 41.2 in
Rear 37.1 - 39.4 in
Front 39.4 in
Rear 37.8 in
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

Comfort
Rear passengers will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Toyota Highlander than in the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between front seat comfort in the Toyota Highlander and the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport.

Convenience
The Toyota Highlander 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). The Toyota Highlander is somewhat more expensive than the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport. 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 Toyota Highlander and the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
Since the Toyota Highlander is much slimmer than the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport, 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 Cross Sport.

Handling
The Toyota Highlander has a smaller turning radius than the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport, allowing you to more easily maneuver 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 Cross Sport, since they have about the same towing capacity. The Toyota Highlander has a little more horsepower than the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport.

Powertrain
With similar torque, the Toyota Highlander 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 Toyota Highlander more than the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport, due to its significantly greater seating capacity. The Toyota Highlander has a roomier cargo area for putting your bags or other items than the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport.

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