2018 Volkswagen Atlas vs 2018 Ford Explorer

2018 volkswagen atlas vs 2018 ford explorer

There likely isn't a more competitive vehicle segment in the automotive industry than the midsize SUV. The midsize SUV is as crowded as ever with so many brands introducing multiple models, each claiming to be the best and vying for drivers' attention. With so many options to choose from, trying to sort through them all to find the best for you can seem overwhelming! But, don't worry, we're here to help!

We create these model comparison pages so that drivers can see how some of the most popular vehicle models stack up directly with one another. We find that it helps cut down on confusion to see key model information and specifics side-by-side. For this comparison, we're going to be looking at two of the most popular midsize SUVs, the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas and 2018 Ford Explorer. To see which model offers better value, we'll compare their MSRP, fuel economy and interior space. Let's get started!

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2018 Volkswagen Atlas
2018 Ford Explorer
$30,750 MSRP $32,140
24 MPG Fuel Economy (Combined) 23 MPG
154 Cubic Feet Passenger Volume 152 Cubic Feet
96.8 Cubic Feet Max Cargo Volume 80.7 Cubic Feet

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When you look at the key measurements and capabilities of both models, it's easy to see why both are so popular among drivers! Both midsize SUVs are impressive when it comes fuel economy and space and come with an affordable price tag. However, when you compare the two side-by-side, it's clear that the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas holds the edge over the 2018 Ford Explorer.

Not only does the 2018 VW Atlas have a lower starting MSRP than the 2018 Ford Explorer, but it does so while outperforming the Explorer in key areas like fuel economy and interior space for passengers and cargo. Normally, SUVs have to sacrifice interior space for a better fuel economy, but not so with the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas!

As great as all those capabilities and specifications are, they don't matter much if the vehicle isn't also safe. Not to worry, the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas is also one of the safest vehicles on the road today thanks to its wealth of advanced safety features and driver-assist technologies. Available features and technologies include:

  • Front Assist 

  • Blind Spot Monitor 

  • Rear Traffic Alert 

  • Lane Assist 

  • Adaptive Cruise Control 

  • Park Assist 

  • Park Pilot 

Want to learn more about the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas? Ready to get behind the wheel of one for yourself? Contact our staff at Donaldsons Volkswagen in Sayville, New York, for more information or to schedule a test drive today! 


gold 2018 volkswagen atlas driving alongside coastal road
rear bumper view of gold 2018 volkswagen atlas with city skyline in background
front interior of 2018 volkswagen atlas including steering wheel and infotainment system
front and rear seats of 2018 volkswagen atlas