2018 Ford Explorer vs 2018 Volkswagen Atlas

2018 Ford Explorer vs 2018 Volkswagen Atlas

When you’ve been the best-selling SUV in the country for as long as the Ford Explorer has been – 25 years and counting – you know every other automotive company is going to try their hardest to knock you off your pedestal. Volkswagen is the latest company to try to accomplish this feat by introducing the all-new VW Atlas. But does the 2018 Atlas have what it takes to overcome the 2018 Explorer? You can find that out right here with this 2018 Ford Explorer versus 2018 Volkswagen Atlas head-to-head model comparison.

The all-new Atlas has a monumental task before it if it hopes to outclass, outmatch and outperform the new Ford Explorer. Not only does the Explorer have its best-selling credentials going for it, it’s also been fully upgraded, updated, improved and enhanced to be more capable, more powerful, more efficient and more feature-filled for the 2018 model year. All of that combines to make the 2018 Explorer the top choice for anyone in the market for a new SUV.

2018 Ford Explorer


2018 Volkswagen Atlas

3 Engine Options 2
290 HP & 255 lb-ft. Standard Horsepower & Torque 235 HP & 258 lb-ft.
365 HP & 350 lb-ft. Max Horsepower & Torque 276 HP & 266 lb-ft.
21.0 ft.3 Cargo Space (Seats in Place) 20.6 ft.3

2018 Ford Explorer: More Standard Power, More Max Power and More Cargo Capacity than the 2018 VW Atlas

We’ll say this for the all-new 2018 Volkswagen Atlas – it does it’s best to keep pace with the 2018 Ford Explorer. Though it doesn’t offer as many engine options as the new Ford Explorer lineup, the new VW Atlas lineup does offer comparable standard torque. That’s where the similarities end, however. The standard power ratings for the 2018 Ford Explorer lineup are 290 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque, while the standard power ratings for the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas lineup are 235 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The new Ford Explorer lineup then drastically pulls away from the new Volkswagen Atlas lineup when it comes to max power ratings. That’s because the most powerful engine for the 2018 Explorer lineup offers 365 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque, whereas the most powerful engine for the 2018 Atlas lineup offers only 276 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque.

You’re also getting more cargo capacity with the 2018 Ford Explorer lineup. More specifically, the new Explorer lineup provides 21 cubic-feet of cargo space when all of its seats are in place, while the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas lineup provides only 20.6 cubic-feet of cargo space.

For more on the 2018 Ford Explorer, please contact our friendly Akins Ford staff near Atlanta, GA.