2018 Ford Explorer vs 2018 Volkswagen Atlas

Blue 2018 Ford Explorer, VS Icon, and White 2018 Volkswagen Atlas

Over the span of nearly three decades, adventure-minded families have looked to the iconic Ford Explorer as the go-to choice for a full-size SUV. The 2018 Ford Explorer continues this run of success, with its powerful engine options, off-road capabilities, spacious and comfortable interior, and a plethora of advanced technologies. See how the new Explorer measures up against the full-size SUV competition in this 2018 Ford Explorer vs 2018 Volkswagen Atlas comparison.

On the performance front, the base 2.3L EcoBoost four-cylinder engine in the 2018 Explorer generates 290 horsepower and 255 lb-ft of torque, while the base 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine in the 2018 Atlas produces 235 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. For even more power, the Explorer also offers the 2.3L EcoBoost I-4 (280-hp; 310 lb-ft of torque) and 3.5L EcoBoost V6 (365-hp; 350 lb-ft of torque). The Atlas only offers one other engine: the 3.6L VR6 (276-hp; 266 lb-ft of torque). The Explorer gets an estimated highway fuel economy of up to 27 mpg (8.7 L/100 km), compared to 26 mpg (9.0 L/100 km) for the Atlas.

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2018 Ford Explorer VS 2018 Volkswagen Atlas
290 – 365 HP Horsepower Range of Engines 235 – 276 HP
255 – 350 lb-ft Torque Range of Engines 258 – 266 lb-ft
27 mpg (8.7 L/100 km) Max. Highway Fuel Economy 26 mpg (9.0 L/100 km)
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Ford Explorer vs VW Atlas: Which full-size SUV is better?

The 2018 Explorer offers a wealth of advanced technologies. When you're on your family trips, the kids can be entertained with the available Dual Headrest DVD. The Atlas doesn't offer a similar feature. Also, the Explorer's SYNC and SYNC 3 infotainment systems offer a wide range of useful apps, features, and services, while the voice-activated navigation system makes it easy to find your destination. Additionally, with the Explorer's advanced driver assistance technologies like the Blind Spot Information System and Collision Warning with Brake Support, you can have the utmost peace of mind for safety.

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Rear View of White 2018 Ford Explorer
Cargo Area of 2018 Ford Explorer
Steering Wheel, Gauges, and Touchscreen of 2018 Ford Explorer
White 2018 Ford Explorer with Mountains in the Background