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2023 Toyota Highlander vs. 2023 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport Review

Picture of the 2023 Toyota Highlander

2023 Toyota
Highlander

MSRP*: $36,420 to $51,225
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Picture of the 2023 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport

2023 Volkswagen
Atlas Cross Sport

MSRP*: $34,460 to $51,625
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MPG - City 21 - 22 MPG 18 - 21 MPG
MPG - Hwy 28 - 29 MPG 24 - 25 MPG
Seating Capacity 7 - 8 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space 84.3 ft3 77.8 ft3
Engine
  • 265-hp, 2.4-liter, 4 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 8-Speed A/T 8-Speed A/T
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive
Horsepower 265 hp 235 - 276 hp
Towing Capacity 5,000 lbs 2,000 - 5,000 lbs
Exterior Length 194.9 - 197.4 in 195.5 in
Exterior Width 76.0 in 78.3 in
Leg Room Front 42.0 in
Rear 38.7 in
Front 41.7 in
Rear 40.4 in
Head Room Front 38.4 - 39.9 in
Rear 37.1 - 39.4 in
Front 39.4 in
Rear 37.8 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
The Toyota Highlander offers rear passengers about the same room to stretch out as the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport, with comparable head- and legroom. 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.

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 less horsepower than the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport.

Powertrain
With somewhat higher torque, the Toyota Highlander transmits power to its wheels a bit more effectively than the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport.

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.