Volkswagen's Atlas is a formidable competitor among three-row SUVs, putting size, functionality, and competitive pricing front and center. The Atlas drives well, with a comfortable ride and surprisingly agile handling for its size. The cabin is quiet and very accommodating, including a true third-row seat that's fit for adults. A unique, effortlessly articulating second row allows a clear access path to the way back. The controls are a model of clarity, with an easy-to-use infotainment system. Though the V6 engine and smooth eight-speed automatic make the Atlas feel lively during everyday driving, its acceleration trails competitors and its 20 mpg overall fuel economy is not outstanding. Towing capacity is a generous 5,000 pounds. Advanced safety features, including forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking, are available.
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