2018 Volkswagen Atlas vs 2018 Toyota Highlander

Split screen images of the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas and the 2018 Toyota Highlander

All vehicle classes have their strong points. Sedans provide great fuel economy, hatchbacks offer a mix of fuel economy and cargo hauling, minivans are great for transporting small children, and crossovers provide lots of versatility. Car shoppers looking for premium space for passengers and cargo and a ride height that offers a commanding view of the road will likely appreciate the functionality of a three-row SUV. Two of the most popular three-row SUVs currently available are the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas and the 2018 Toyota Highlander. Each offers a variety of trim levels that appeal to the masses. Seating capacity and cargo space differences between the models may make the difference for some car shoppers depending on need. Find additional specs for each model below.

2018 Volkswagen Atlas


2018 Toyota Highlander

$30,750 Starting MSRP $31,030
22/26 Fuel Economy 20/24
7 Base Seating Capacity 8
96.8 cubic feet Base Cargo Space 83.7 cubic feet

Connectivity Options

While both the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas and the 2018 Toyota Highlander both offer connectivity solutions like Bluetooth compatibility that will allow drivers to access smartphone features while on the road, the in-brand Toyota infotainment solution on the 2018 Highlander can often feel clunky and hard to use. Connecting your phone can take a long time and many features still need to be handled directly from your smartphone screen which shouldn't be accessed while driving.

In our opinion, car shoppers are likely to prefer the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality that comes standard on every 2018 Volkswagen Atlas. The Apple CarPlay system, in particular, is very easy to use. It's as simple as plugging your compatible Apple smartphone into your vehicle via a lightning cable. After that, many apps will be accessible right from your 2018 Atlas display and will be configured to make them easy to use while still keeping your eyes on the road.

In addition to standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas also has an available Volkswagen Digital Cockpit. Volkswagen Digital Cockpit turns your standard driver gauge cluster into a digital display that can easily showcase vehicle information like navigation directions right in your line of sight.

The Baxter Volkswagen Westroads dealership in Omaha has a large selection of 2018 Volkswagen Atlas models currently available for test drive and purchase. Check out our current inventory today.