2021 Ford Explorer vs 2021 Volkswagen Atlas 

2021 Ford Explorer vs 2021 Volkswagen Atlas

The best-selling SUV of all time, the Ford Explorer is a well-rounded three-row crossover that’s smooth, cargo-friendly, and feature packed. But what makes the Explorer a top seller amongst a market that’s absolutely brimming with options?

The comparison table provided offers a summary of some key reasons that SUV shoppers continue to choose the 2021 Ford Explorer over the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas. If you like what you see, you can test drive the 2021 Ford Explorer in Atlanta, GA when you visit the team at Akins Ford.

2021 Ford Explorer 


2021 Volkswagen Atlas 

$32,225 Starting MSRP $31,545
2 Gas, 1 Hybrid Engine Options 2 Gas 
Up to 21 city/28 highway mpg Fuel Economy (Gas Only) Up to 21 city/23 highway mpg
3,000 - 5,600 lbs. Towing Capacity 2,000 - 5,000 lbs.

Which SUV Offers the Best Overall Value? 

All versions of the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas have automatic emergency braking and a blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. The 2021 Ford Explorer has all those features, plus lane-keeping assistance, automatic high beams, and a rearview camera with its own washer jet worked into the starting price.

The 2021 Atlas comes standard with a smaller 6.5-inch touchscreen that's upgraded to an 8-inch display on some models. The standard and available features offered are enough to content, but not as impressive as what you’ll find on some of the market’s more competitive options. The Ford Explorer has a SYNC 3® infotainment system operated via a standard 8-inch central touchscreen, or a 10.1-inch vertical touchscreen is featured on select models.

Other features found on every Explorer include tri-zone automatic climate control, Apple CarPlay®/Android Auto™, a power tailgate, push-button start, and remote start. More options to impress appear on the higher trim levels where we find things like wireless device charging, a dual-headrest rear-seat entertainment system, a twin-panel moonroof, speed sign recognition, evasive steering assist, active perpendicular/parallel park assist, and so much more.