The 2021 Volkswagen Atlas is a midsize SUV that’s popular at the Volkswagen dealer in San Bernardino, thanks to its large interior, refined handling and user-friendly features. The Atlas is one of the biggest vehicles in its class, with lots of space in its three rows for passengers to stretch out and stay comfortable. The Atlas’s versatility makes it the right choice for local driving, commuting, and traveling on a family vacation.
The Atlas’ 2021 refresh includes a nicer-looking three-bar grille and restyled headlamps with LED elements. R-Line models get a body kit, unique badging, and 20- or 21-inch rims. Step inside the Atlas, and you’ll notice the new steering wheel, revised stitching on the seats, a new version of the VW’s Car-Net smartphone app, and an 8-inch touchscreen for the SE and SEL trims. According to the San Bernardino Volkswagen dealer, the four-cylinder engine now has optional all-wheel drive.
Kelley Blue Book writes: “As a vehicle designed for the American market, the Volkswagen Atlas is a roomy family hauler with a high seating position that gives the driver a great view of the traffic ahead. The ride quality is comfortable and not the least bit floaty, and the interior controls are where you’d expect them to be. The quality of materials is good, and a European sensibility is apparent in the look of the dash.”
The 2021 Volkswagen Atlas seats seven and comes in eight trim levels: SEL, SE, SE with Technology, SE with Technology R-Line, SEL, SEL R-Line, SEL Premium and SEL Premium R-Line. The base engine is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that develops 235-horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. This block is standard on the S and SE trims, the front-wheel-drive SE with Technology models, and all-wheel-drive SEL and SEL Premium models. The other trims are powered by a direct-injected 3.6-liter V6 engine that puts out 276 hp and 266 lb-ft. An eight-speed automatic is the only gearbox available. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is optional.
The Atlas’s second-row sliding seats make it easy for passengers to get in and out of the third row. Passengers in the third row have plenty of headroom and leg room, so they can stretch out and stay comfortable during the ride.
Standard features for the base Atlas S trim include 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic LED headlights, cloth seating, a 60/40-split second-row bench seat, a 50/50-split third-row bench, automatic windshield wipers, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a Wi-Fi hotspot, a six-speaker audio system, and the VW Car-Net apps. Standard driver-assistance features include forward collision mitigation, a blind-spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert.
EPA-estimated fuel economy for the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas is rated at up to 21 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway for the standard four-cylinder engine with front-wheel drive.*
* All vehicle mileage based on 2021 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.