The Ford Explorer has continued to ramp up its sales in the last decade, positioning itself as the vehicle to beat among full-size SUVs. The Atlas, in contrast, is the newcomer upstart, the first Volkswagen full-size SUV in a market with many well-known models. Both the Explorer and Atlas seat seven and have similar engines, fuel efficiency, and towing capacity. So how does the popular Ford Explorer stack up to the new Volkswagen Atlas? Before you hit the dealership, check out our comparison guide.
2017 Ford Explorer vs Volkswagen Atlas
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The Volkswagen Atlas is the new kid on the block, but the gold standard Ford Explorer continues to school it about how a full-size SUV should perform. While the Atlas may have more cabin space and comfortable back seating, the Ford Explorer outperforms in raw horsepower and torque, technology, and safety. The Ford Explorer continues to be the SUV to beat.