VW Dealers Have Something Big For The Inland Empire

Volkswagen fans who have been yearning for an SUV with American sensibilities, room to haul up to seven passengers and their stuff, and a price tag that won’t break the bank can breathe a sigh of relief. The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas is all that and more. This midsize SUV was designed and built in the United States to appeal to American customers of VW dealerships such as our Volkswagen Dealership. (It even has a name that Americans can pronounce.)

The Atlas offers a refined driving experience. The cabin is quiet, with high-quality materials used throughout. The gauges and controls are logically placed and easy to read. Technophiles will love the cutting-edge technology features found on the upper SEL and SEL Premium models.

The Volkswagen Atlas slots between the Tiguan and the Touareg. The Atlas is actually larger than the Touareg, but the Touareg offers a loftier level of features and options.

The automotive press agrees that the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas is the SUV the market has been waiting for. The New York Daily News wrote: "The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas is no doubt a bold move for the automaker but one that will most likely pay off in dividends. It's smartly packaged, handles well, offers family-friendly features, and is priced in the heart of the segment. Other midsize crossovers should not rest on their laurels as this segment rookie is not looking for a one-and-done career."

VW Dealers Show The All New Volkswagen Atlas In Many Trim Choices

The Atlas is available in five models, listed as S, SE, SE with Technology, SEL and SEL Premium. Powering all models other than the SEL Premium is a standard 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four engine that generates 235 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. The SEL Premium gets a standard 3.6-liter V6 that’s available in the other trims. This block develops 276 horsepower and 266 lb.-ft. of torque. All Atlas models get a standard eight-speed automatic gearbox.

Front-wheel drive is standard on all models other than the SEL Premium, which gets Volkswagen’s 4Motion all-wheel drive (an option on the other trims). 4Motion all-wheel drive is a revolutionary system that uses front-wheel drive to save fuel and sends power to all four wheels when needed. This is Volkswagen’s second implementation of the 4Motion system; it was initially used in the Golf. 4Motion AWD comes with four driving modes: Onroad, Snow, Offroad, and Custom Offroad. The Onroad mode includes Normal, Sport, and Eco settings, as well as a customizable Individual setting.

EPA-estimated fuel economy for the four-cylinder engine is rated at 22 mpg city/26 mpg highway. The V6 returns 18 mpg city/25 mpg freeway with front-wheel drive and 17 mpg city/23 mpg with all-wheel drive.*

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Standard features for the base Atlas S includes power mirrors, dual-zone climate control, cruise control, a six-speaker audio system, a 6.5-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto. The S also gets front LED lighting, 18-inch aluminum wheels and cloth-covered seats.

Standard safety equipment includes automatic post-collision braking, six airbags and a rearview camera. The Atlas also comes with Volkswagen’s Intelligent Crash Response System, which responds to an emergency by shutting off the fuel supply, turning on the hazard lights and unlocking the doors.

* All vehicle mileage based on 2018 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.