2018 Volkswagen Atlas vs 2017 Honda Pilot

2018 Volkswagen Atlas vs 2017 Honda Pilot

When you've got a large family, space can be the largest factor in determining your vehicle choice and many families opt for the three-row SUV segment. While there will be a small trade-off with fuel economy and easy parking in most three-row options, the best ones make you feel like you're not sacrificing at all. So, which three-row option should you head towards when you're at the dealership? Let's compare two class-favorites, the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas vs 2017 Honda Pilot, to see which will fit your lifestyle best.

For many people with growing families, the budget is a large concern. The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas will cost you less up front with a starting MSRP of $30,500 compared to the 2017 Honda Pilot's starting MSRP of $32,545. The 2018 Atlas also has better fuel economy which means you will save money at the pump as well. If your goal is gaining space without breaking the bank, you may want to consider heading for the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas.

2018 Volkswagen Atlas


2017 Honda Pilot

$30,500 Starting MSRP $32,545
22/26 Fuel Economy 18/26
7 Seating Capacity 8
96.8 cubic feet Cargo Space 83.9 cubic feet

Seating Capacity and Cargo Options

One thing to consider when deciding between the two vehicles is seating capacity. The 2018 Atlas will offer seating for seven total passengers on all trim levels while the 2017 pilot will make room for eight on all but the Elite trim which seats seven thanks to second-row captain's chairs. If you really need the eighth seat, the 2017 Honda Pilot is going to be your best bet.

However, if you don't need to seat eight, we think the 2018 Atlas makes better use of interior space. The second row has sliding functionality that makes it easy to gain access to the third row even when there are child seats installed. Once inside, the 2018 Atlas has crazy amounts of storage. Each door is equipped with large bins for immediate access and under the floor storage is great for small items that don’t need to be grabbed quickly. And, if your family has an overflow of cups, never fear because the 2018 Atlas comes with seventeen total cupholders meaning fewer things will end up on the floor.

Stop by the Baxter Volkswagen Omaha lot today to see the brand-new model in person and our sales team can get you set up with a test drive.