A front left quarter photo of the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas.

Volkswagen sets the pace with three-row crossover SUVs

Does Volkswagen have a three-row SUV? 

Regardless of which automaker a customer may prefer, their message is unmistakably clear. They want SUVs and they want more of them in a variety of sizes. So, does Volkswagen have a three-row SUV? Yes, they do. The Volkswagen Atlas was introduced a few years ago and it has become one of the top performers in one of the most competitive segments in the automotive industry. In fact, the 2021 VW Atlas was named the Cars.com Family Car of the Year – among the industry’s most prestigious honors. Compass VW is home to several 2021 Atlas models and our team thought it would be helpful to point out some of its most impressive features. Let’s take a closer look at this incredible family-friendly platform. 

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What’s new for the 2021 Atlas? 

The first Volkswagen Atlas arrived at the Compass VW showroom for the 2018 model year. Even though that is still relatively recent in automotive terms, our manufacturing partner hasn’t been shy about keeping its new flagship platform fresh. Sharp-eyed buyers might notice that the 2021 VW Atlas has picked up restyled front and rear fascia elements. The automaker’s design team also made a few upgrades and revisions to the vehicle’s interior.  

2021 VW Atlas Performance Specs 

For the 2021 model year, the Volkswagen Atlas will be powered by either a turbocharged 2.0-liter, four-cylinder or a naturally aspirated 3.6-liter, V-6 engine. Both power plants will be mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Buyers will also be able to have front- or the 4MOTION® all-wheel-drive equipped. Compass VW customers choosing the four-cylinder engine can expect it to make 235 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The V-6 will produce 276 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. 

A photo of the front seats in the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas.
A photo of the second and third rows of seats in the 2021 VW Atlas.
A photo of the maximum cargo volume in the 2021 VW Atlas.

How much can it tow? 

Which engine a Compass VW customer chooses to have equipped in their 2021 Atlas will determine how much it can tow. Versions with the turbocharged four-cylinder mill can pull braked trailers weighing up to 2,000 pounds. Atlas models with the V-6 can tow up to 5,000 pounds. 

Interior Passenger Space and Cargo Volume 

Every 2021 VW Atlas available at the Compass VW showroom will have three rows of seats that will be able to hold as many as seven passengers. The driver and front passenger can have up to 41.7 inches of legroom. Second- and third-row passengers will be able to use 37.6 can 33.7 inches of legroom, respectively. The Atlas has earned a reputation for having one of the most adult-friendly third rows in its automotive segment.  

A 2021 Atlas that is filled with people will be able to hold 20.6 cubic-feet of cargo. Folding the rear-most seat away will open the vehicle’s cargo bay up to 55.5 cubic-feet and when the 2021 VW Atlas is properly configured, there will a maximum of 96.8 cubic-feet of cargo volume. 

You can start the pre-ordering process for the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas today when you make an appointment with a Compass VW product expert.