2019 Volkswagen Atlas vs 2019 Ford Explorer

2019 Volkswagen Atlas vs 2019 Ford Explorer

Both the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas and the 2019 Ford Explorer have been praised by drivers for being high-quality three-row SUVs. But which one is right for you? We compared the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas vs the 2019 Ford Explorer in terms of price, trim level availability, standard safety features and storage space and found that the 2019 Atlas provides more value.

The 2019 Ford Explorer can be found in five trim levels (base, XLT, Limited, Sport and Platinum) while the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas is offered in seven: S, SE, SE w/ Technology, SE w/ Technology R-Line, SEL, SEL R-Line and SEL Premium. In terms of price, the 2019 Atlas has a starting MSRP of $30,895, making it more accessible than the 2019 Ford Explorer and its starting MSRP of $32,365.

2019 Volkswagen Atlas


2019 Ford Explorer

7 Available Trim Levels 5
$30,895 Starting MSRP $32,365
Standard Forward Collision Mitigation Optional
174.3 cu.ft. EPA Interior Volume 171.3 cu.ft.

2019 Volkswagen Atlas Safety & Storage

The base trim of the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas comes standard with several advanced driver aids that are only offered as optional features in the 2019 Ford Explorer. Examples include rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision mitigation and blind-spot monitoring. LATCH child seat anchors, front and rear head airbags, an intelligent crash response system and a tire pressure monitoring system also come standard in the 2019 Atlas.

Drivers who value storage space will prefer the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas and its 174.3 cubic feet of interior volume over the 2019 Explorer’s 171.3 cubic feet of cabin space. The maximum cargo capacity of the 2019 Atlas, achieved by folding down the SUV’s rear seats, is 96.8 cubic feet.

Available 2019 Volkswagen Atlas comfort and convenience features include: three-zone climate control, keyless ignition, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio and cruise controls, an electrochromatic rearview mirror and electric power steering.