2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport
Ratings & Reliability
Volkswagen’s latest SUV is a sportier take on an existing model. The new, five-passenger Atlas Cross Sport shares its underpinnings and engine choices with the three-row Atlas, but it gains additional technology, interior upgrades, and loses the third row. Buyers can choose a 235-hp, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, or a 276-hp, 3.6-liter V6 engine. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard, and all-wheel drive is optional. We tested an Atlas with the optional V6 engine and found it sprightly but trailed behind the competition in the 0-to-60-mph dash. Its overall fuel economy of 20 mpg overall wasn’t a standout, either. Handling was nimbler than one would expect from such a large vehicle. The Cross Sport will compete with the Honda Passport, Ford Edge, and Nissan Murano among other midsized SUVs. Forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind spot warning, and rear cross traffic warning are standard.