2020 VW Atlas vs 2020 Toyota 4Runner SUV Comparison in Cerritos, CA

How do you build the best SUV for Southern California? It's right there in the name: Sport and Utility. Combining the stuff that makes driving fun with the everyday features and practicality you need. That's why the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas towers over competitors like the Toyota 4Runner! In the comparison below, we'll show you in five key areas how the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas gives you more value than its rival the 2020 Toyota 4Runner. The 4Runner is a rugged older design that's still going strong, but for the practical performance you need for everyday family life -- from the city, to the suburbs to the wide-open road -- the 2020 VW Atlas is the better choice. We'll prove it below!

2020 Atlas Cutaway

2020 VW Atlas vs. 2020 Toyota 4Runner: Capacity & Dimensions

The 2020 Volkswagen Atlas is the largest SUV designed by VW, and built with the American market in mind. That means it's one of the most spacious options in its class with standard seating for seven occupants. The 2020 Toyota 4Runner is available with two or three rows to seat five or seven, but passengers won't be as comfortable in the seven-seat configuration. You get nearly an additional 5" of extra second-row legroom in the 2020 VW Atlas compared to the 2020 4Runner! That's like upgrading from economy to business class every single time you or a loved one climbs in back.

Furthermore, the 2020 VW Atlas even has greater maximum room for cargo. It's the ideal companion for trips to the wholesale warehouse retailer or electronics store for that huge new TV. There's more room for everyone and everything you need to bring along in the Volkswagen Atlas compared to its rival from Toyota.

2020 Atlas Dashboard

2020 VW Atlas vs. 2020 Toyota 4Runner: Features & Technology

With standard dual-zone automatic climate control on the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas, getting comfortable on cold or muggy days is as simple as dialing in your desired temperature. You'll be fiddling with the knobs more often to get comfortable in the 2020 Toyota 4Runner with its standard manual climate controls. And on the exterior of the Atlas, LED headlights lead the way with a clear and vivid beam. You also won't have to replace them, unlike the ordinary halogen headlights that come standard on the 4Runner.

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2020 Atlas Driving Down Road

2020 VW Atlas vs. 2020 Toyota 4Runner: Performance

At the entry level, the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas gets five more MPG on the highway and four more MPG in the city compared to the 2020 Toyota 4Runner. That adds up fast, and means you'll be able to spend less time and money filling up and more time enjoying the road in your new Atlas. Or, upgrade to the available V6 engine and you'll get even more horsepower than the 2020 Toyota 4Runner. That model is only available with a thirsty V6 that's powerful, but not as efficient as what you'll get from the 2020 VW Atlas at the entry level.

If you don't need the added all-weather performance of all-wheel drive, the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas features a practical front-wheel drive layout. The standard drivetrain of the 2020 Toyota 4Runner is rear-wheel drive, which just isn't as efficient or as capable in slippery conditions. And with an electric power steering system, driving the 2020 VW Atlas feels more rewarding than the hydraulic power steering system in the 4Runner. Hydraulic power steering systems may need more maintenance over their lifetimes, as well, meaning you'll be spending even more on the Toyota SUV!

2020 Atlas Car Seats

2020 VW Atlas vs. 2020 Toyota 4Runner: Safety

The most respected automotive safety authorities include the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. After performing their crash tests, the NHTSA gave the 2020 Toyota 4Runner a four-star overall safety rating. We understand that, when it comes to safety, your family deserves only the best. We're proud to say the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas earned a best-possible five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA!

2020 Atlas Towing

2020 VW Atlas vs. 2020 Toyota 4Runner: Active Driver Assistance

The Volkswagen Atlas has even more technology to keep you safe on the road than the Toyota 4Runner! While the 2020 Toyota 4Runner offers many of the same features as the Atlas, such as forward automatic braking, automatic high beams and adaptive cruise control, the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas comes totally standard with an important driver assist: blind spot monitoring. The bigger the vehicle, the bigger the blind spot, and the 2020 VW Atlas looks out for you, alerting you to the presence of any vehicle that's in your blind spot so you can wait on that lane change. Blind spot monitoring isn't available on the 2020 Toyota 4Runner at all.

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With a starting MSRP of $31,545, the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas is not only a better vehicle for your comfort, enjoyment and safety. It's a better vehicle for your wallet! The 2020 Toyota 4Runner comes with a starting MSRP of $36,120. You'd be paying thousands more for an outdated design, inferior features and a more gas-guzzling engine. Or, just head to McKenna VW and test drive a sophisticated new Volkswagen SUV instead!

2020 Volkswagen Atlas2020 Toyota 4Runner
$31,545Starting MSRP*$36,120
7Seating5 (7-Seat Configuration Available)
20 MPG City / 24 MPG HighwayStandard Fuel Economy16 MPG City / 19 MPG Highway
YesAvailable Engine UpgradeNo
96.8 Cubic FeetMaximum Cargo Volume89.7 Cubic Feet
StandardDual-Zone Automatic Climate ControlAvailable Upgrade
StandardBlind Spot MonitorNot Available
4 Years / 50,000 MilesBumper-To-Bumper Warranty3 Years / 36,000 Miles
5 StarsNHTSA Overall Safety Rating4 Stars

*Prices exclude destination, taxes, title, other options, and dealer charges. Dealer sets actual price.