2018 Volkswagen Atlas vs 2017 Mazda CX-9

Since it hit the sales floor in May 2017, the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas has won the hearts of drivers and critics alike. As a midsize crossover, it offers plenty of versatility for growing families that are always on the go, whether it is to after-school activities or long-distance road trips. However, the all-new crossover entered a market that contains several well-established models – including the 2017 Mazda CX-9. Let us present a comparison to show you what makes the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas the better buy.

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2018 Volkswagen Atlas VS 2017 Mazda CX-9
6 to 7 Seating Capacity 7
20.6 / 55.5 / 96.8 cubic feet Cargo Space 14.4 / 38.2 / 71.2

2.0L turbo 4-cylinder 

3.6L V6

Engine Options 2.5L SKYACTIVⓇ-G turbo 4-cylinder with VVT
2,000 to 5,000 pounds Towing Capacity 3,500 pounds

Why Should I Buy the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas?

When comparing the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas with the 2017 Mazda CX-9, it is obvious that the Atlas is the larger of the two. It offers seating for six to seven passengers, and the third-row passengers will enjoy easy entering/exiting thanks to fold-and-slide mechanisms on the second-row seats. 

Even though it is larger, the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas is still extremely easy to handle thanks to its two (your read that right, TWO) different engine options. These engine options include a 2.0L turbo 4-cylinder (available later this summer) and a 3.6L V6. The V6 engine is able to tow up to 5,000 pounds, which is significantly more than what the 2017 Mazda CX-9 can handle. That means you can pull a bigger boat or a bigger trailer with more ATVs with the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas! 

New York and the rest of the northern East Coast are notorious for cold and snowy winters. With the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas and its available 4MOTION AWD system, you will have the power and traction to handle those slippery roads with confidence. 

To learn more about the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas, please visit us here at Donaldsons Volkswagen!

Front dash and seats in 2018 Volkswagen Atlas
Rear/side profile of 2018 Volkswagen Atlas
2018 Volkswagen Atlas near the ocean
Steering wheel and VW Car-net App-Connect infotainment system in 2018 Volkswagen Atlas