2019 Volkswagen Atlas

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2019 Honda Pilot


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Features & Specs

2019 Volkswagen Atlas

2019 Honda Pilot

Bluetooth

Standard

Standard

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

Transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic

6-speed automatic

Fuel economy combined

22 mpg

22 mpg

     

2019 Volkswagen Atlas vs 2019 Honda Pilot near Long Island, NY

Three-rows of seating changes a lot of things for the average consumer, and that’s why these kinds of SUVs are being heavily coveted in the automotive world. The problem is, which three-row SUV should you be purchasing? We’re here to give you the perfect starting point by looking at two of the top competitors in the segment. The first is the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas, which debuts two new trim levels in 2019, and expands its feature availability. The other option is the 2019 Honda Pilot, which gets a minor styling update, the Honda Sensing suite made standard for all trims, and new technology features. But which one is better? Down below we’ll be checking out the power and feature availability of both the Atlas and the Pilot, and we’ll let you know which one you should be driving home.

2019 Volkswagen Atlas Power & Handling

To give you the power and fuel economy you’ve been waiting for, the Atlas is available in two different engines. The first engine is a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder, which can create around 258 lb-ft of torque and 235 horsepower. Front-wheel drive comes standard. The other available engine is a 3.6-liter V6 engine which is offered in FWD and AWD. This engine can pump out 266 lb-ft of torque and 276 horsepower. Both engines get the benefit of working with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The all-wheel-drive system, found with the V6 engine, has different modes for unique conditions that you’ll face while on the road. These modes include Normal, Eco, and Sport.

2019 Honda Pilot Power & Handling

Only one engine is available with the 2019 Honda Pilot. This already puts the Pilot at a disadvantage when compared to the Atlas. This one standard engine is powerful, but we prefer the ability to have powertrain options. The 3.5-liter V6 engine can output 262 lb-ft of torque and 280 horsepower. You can pick from front-wheel or all-wheel drive, and there are even two transmissions you can check out. The first is a six-speed automatic, and the second is a nine-speed automatic. While many people have expressed concern about the nine-speed automatic transmission, apparently any latency issues have been addressed.

2019 Volkswagen Atlas Features & Design

Volkswagen understands how important it is to give you the trim level lineup that you’ve been waiting for. That is why they offer the Atlas in five different trims! The first trim, S, comes standard with features like dual-zone manual climate control, a bench seat in the second row, a 6.5-inch touchscreen interface, Android Auto, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, forward collision mitigation, a rearview camera, LED automatic headlights, rear cross-traffic alert, cruise control, and blind-spot monitoring. The highest trim level available with Atlas is SEL Premium. This trim adds features like 20-inch wheels, automatic high-beam headlights, a 12-speaker Fender sound system, a parking assist system, full leather seating, a 360-degree surround-view parking camera, heated second-row seats, ventilated and heated front seats, and power-folding mirrors with puddle lamps.

2019 Honda Pilot Features & Design

Five trim levels are also offered with the 2019 Honda Pilot. The base trim, LX, comes standard with features like seven-speaker audio system, automatic LED headlights, a multi-angle rearview camera, active noise cancellation, 18-inch alloy wheels, frontal collision warning, automatic high-beam assist, a 5-inch touchscreen, USB and auxiliary inputs, air conditioning, automatic braking, adaptive cruise control, 60/40-split folding third-row seats, and road departure mitigation. The highest trim offered with the Pilot is Elite. This trim adds ventilated front seats, captain’s chairs, a wireless charging pad, power-folding mirrors, automatic wipers, a heated steering wheel, a panoramic sunroof, and ventilated front seats.

Conclusions

The winner to us is clear! The 2019 Volkswagen Atlas drives into this model year with more trims, two powerful engine options, and that unique Volkswagen styling. While the Pilot gives you Honda’s safety features, Volkswagen certainly makes sure that you and your passengers are taken care of. To learn more about the Atlas, read our full review that is linked down below, and stop by our dealership today.

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