ID.4s Available for Immediate Delivery

2019 Volkswagen Atlas vs. 2019 Toyota Highlander

2019 Volkswagen Atlas

2019 Volkswagen Atlas

2019 Toyota Highlander LE AWD gray

2019 Toyota Highlander

2019 VW Atlas

2019 Toyota Highlander
235 hp

Starting Engine Power

185 hp
153.7 cubic feet

Total Passenger Space

144.9 cubic feet
20.6 cubic feet

Cargo Space Behind 3rd Row

13.8 cubic feet
117.3 inches


109.8 inches

Both the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas and the 2019 Toyota Highlander are increasingly popular with busy families on the go, but which one really has more to offer? For drivers who’ve taken the time to compare the Volkswagen Atlas vs. Toyota Highlander in-depth, the differences couldn’t be more clear. Those who choose the Atlas will be able to get more done and drive more confidently every time they get behind the wheel.

Starting Price: Atlas vs. Highlander

  • 2019 Volkswagen Atlas Price – $30,895 MSRP*
  • 2019 Toyota Highlander Price – $31,680 MSRP

Interior Dimensions: Atlas vs. Highlander

Both the Atlas and the Highlander can seat three rows of passengers comfortably, but with eight standard seats instead of seven, the Toyota is significantly more cramped. The smartly-designed 2019 Atlas interior makes it much easier to accomplish your daily tasks in the Arlington area. Here’s how they measure up:

  • With all of the seats in their upright positions, the Highlander only offers 13.8 cubic feet of cargo space. Under the same conditions, the Atlas offers 20.6 cubic feet, making it better suited to hauling gear and groceries.
  • Collapse both rear rows of split-folding seating and you’ll enjoy an impressive 96.8 cubic feet in the Atlas. The Highlander offers a maximum of 83.7 cubic feet, and that means the Atlas is significantly more useful in a pinch!
  • Total passenger space in the Atlas is equal to 153.7 cubic feet compared to 144.9 cubic feet in the Highlander.
  • This significant difference in size becomes painfully obvious when we look to each model’s third row. Those who ride in the Atlas will enjoy 6 more inches of rear legroom than those who are seated in the Highlander!

Handing and Performance: Highlander or Atlas?

Both the Highlander and the Atlas start with Inline 4-cylinder engines, and both offer an available V6 engine in upgraded models. Still, thanks to the following advantages, those who choose the Atlas will enjoy much sharper handling on the roads near Washington DC and Springfield:

  • The Atlas has a wheelbase of 117.3 inches. With a wheelbase of just 109.8 inches, the Highlander is significantly less stable than its sure-footed competitor. Standard drift compensation steering on the Atlas helps you maintain superior control.
  • Only the Atlas offers speed-sensitive variable-assist power steering. As a result, the Atlas is able to handle corners much better than the Highlander. In fact, it’s turning circle is more than six inches tighter than that of the Highlander.
  • 13.2-inch brakes make it easier to bring the Atlas to a quick stop. The Highlander only includes 12.9 inch brakes, so it will take you longer to slow down.
  • Comparing the Atlas towing capacity to that of the Highlander, it’s plain to see that both a more than capable of pulling heavy cargo. No matter which you choose, you’ll enjoy a maximum towing capacity of 5,000 pounds.

Continue Your Research with Alexandria Volkswagen!

There’s no three-row SUV quite like the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas. Even now that you’ve seen the Volkswagen Atlas vs. Toyota Highlander, you don’t have to take our word for it!

Find out how the Atlas compares to the Honda Pilot or the Subaru Ascent before you schedule your test drive in Alexandria. While you’re at it, why not see how it measures up against the popular VW Tiguan? No matter which VW Atlas configuration you choose, you’ll want to apply for financing today!


*Ask your dealer if this vehicle meets the emissions requirements of the state in which you are registering the vehicle. Starting MSRP excludes destination, taxes, title, other options, and dealer charges. Dealer sets actual price. Specifications, equipment, options, and prices are subject to change without notice. Some items may be unavailable when vehicle is built. Ask your dealer about availability of options and verify that the vehicle includes the equipment you ordered.

More About the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas

  • Volkswagen Atlas Interior Dimensions

    There’s a reason Alexandria drivers can’t wait to get in the driver’s seat of the new Volkswagen Atlas once it hits our lot: to experience the interior. This 3-row sport utility vehicle is roomy unlike any other SUV you’ve driven, and with a test drive you’ll understand how comfortable, convenient, and truly spacious this machine…

  • 2019 Volkswagen Atlas Configurations

    The 2019 Volkswagen Atlas configurations have something for everyone to get excited about. Don’t just take our word for it! Curious drivers can explore each of the trim levels and available packages below. Once you’ve found the model with the starting price and cabin features that you need, visit our dealership to revolutionize your Arlington…

  • What is the Towing Capacity of the Volkswagen Atlas?

    On top of having great safety features, fuel economy, and comfortable interior amenities, the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas also sports an impressive towing capacity of 5,000 pounds. This makes the Atlas perfect if you’re hauling a boat or small camper through Arlington. Learn more about the Atlas SUV’s brawn, performance, and utility specs with Alexandria Volkswagen! Contact…

  • 2019 Volkswagen Atlas Interior

    The 2019 Volkswagen Atlas is a spacious third-row SUV with available all-wheel drive. No matter the trim, it’s up for any Arlington adventure. The Volkswagen Atlas price begins at $30,895, so drivers and six passengers will have plenty of 3rd-row legroom, the Volkswagen Car-Net® App Connect system, and much more. Take a look at the highlights…

Volkswagen Atlas Inventory

Alexandria Volkswagen 38.8365955, -77.0597743.