2019 Volkswagen Atlas SpecsAs you journey along the roads of Hardeeville, Bluffton, and Hilton Head Island, you want a midsize SUV that's the ideal blend of versatility, practicality, and high-powered performance. In this 2019 Volkswagen Atlas vs. Honda Pilot comparison, we'll get you one step closer to choosing that ride.

Ready to look at these family-friendly people-movers in depth? Our team at Hilton Head Volkswagen will lead the way, and before long, you'll be surging down the roads in your next new SUV!

VW Atlas vs Pilot: Stepped-Up Performance

2019 Volkswagen Atlas PerformanceThe 2019 VW Atlas and Pilot clock in with similar max outputs. They both offer vigorous V6 engines, which produce roughly 280 horsepower and more than 260 lb-ft of torque each. For most daily driving situations, that'll be more than enough power and you'll have no trouble getting up to speed.

Want your weekend toys to tag along to your recreation destination? These two SUVs can tow up to 5,000 pounds when properly equipped, so feel free to hitch up a couple of jet skis or even a small boat for some fun off the South Carolina coast!

Keep in mind, though, that if you want a more fuel-efficient drive, the Volkswagen SUV has better numbers with its standard 4-cylinder engine. It achieves an EPA-estimated 24 combined MPG.1 The Honda SUV gets just 22 combined MPG, falling slightly behind the fuel-sipping VW Atlas.

Technology Features for Your Convenience

If tech is your main priority, the Volkswagen Atlas and Honda Pilot offer plenty of it. However, you'll find more standard features on the VW Atlas. Helpful features, such as Bluetooth® for hands-free calling and audio streaming, complement Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™, and MirrorLink® for intuitive smartphone integration.

The Pilot also offers standard Bluetooth®. The Apple and Android connectivity features, though, are not standard on the base trim of the Pilot. Instead, you'll need to upgrade if you want to experience them. Meanwhile, MirrorLink® isn't available at all.

SUV Interior Dimensions

2019 Volkswagen Atlas Interior TechnologyThe 2019 VW Atlas and Pilot are both three-row SUVs, so you'll have plenty of space to fit the family. With roughly 38 inches of legroom in these vehicles' second rows, adults can slide right in and settle into a snug ride ahead.

However, the third row in the Volkswagen Atlas offers 33.7 inches of legroom, as opposed to 31.9 inches in the Honda Pilot. While the third row in the Volkswagen SUV can seat the average-sized adult, the third row in the Pilot should probably be relegated to kids only.   

Test drivers report that both SUVs sport comfy and supportive seating-especially when fitted with the optional heated and cooled front seats.

Volkswagen Atlas vs Honda Pilot: The Verdict

At Hilton Head Volkswagen, we want to give shoppers near Hardeeville, Bluffton, and Hilton Head Island all the information they need to choose the ideal midsize SUV. We hope you find our 2019 Volkswagen Atlas vs. Honda Pilot comparison useful in that capacity.

As you can see, the VW Atlas stands out in several key ways, from fuel economy to technology features and third-row legroom. If you want to experience this ride for yourself, give us a call and set up a test drive today!


1 EPA estimates. Your mileage will vary and depends on several factors, including your driving habits and vehicle condition.

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