2020 Volkswagen Atlas vs 2020 Toyota Highlander SUV Comparison in Cerritos, CA

The Volkswagen Atlas is a remarkable three-row SUV. With a stunning amount of space, precision German engineering, and the quality you've come to expect from VW, it's no wonder the Atlas has won awards for its excellence. Of course, there are other competitors out there--like the Toyota Highlander. But, despite having a higher starting MSRP than the 2020 VW Atlas, the 2020 Toyota Highlander still can't offer the same level of quality. Learn more on this page, and then head in to take the Atlas for a whirl.

VW Atlas interior

VW Atlas vs Toyota Highlander: Size & Design

One of the key reasons people tend to want three-row SUVs is their interior space. Compare these two side-by-side and you'll see how much more impressive the Volkswagen Atlas is. It has 12.4 more cubic feet of passenger volume in the cabin than the Toyota Highlander does. But it's not just people who get more space: you'll also have more room for cargo in the Volkswagen. The cargo area behind the third row of seating in the 2020 VW Atlas is 20.6 cubic feet. Fold down the third row to get 55.5 cubic feet, or take advantage of 96.8 cubic feet of cargo space by folding down the second and third rows. By comparison, the Toyota Highlander has just 16 cubic feet behind the third row, 48.4 cubic feet with the third row folded, and 84.3 cubic feet of maximum space. In addition, every 2020 Volkswagen Atlas comes with roof rails for extra cargo capacity. These are available upgrades only on the Toyota Highlander.

VW Atlas technology

VW Atlas vs Toyota Highlander: Technology

The Toyota Highlander does come with either a 4.2-inch or 7-inch color LCD Multi-Information Display in the meter cluster which displays information like the odometer, fuel economy, average speed, and more. This may seem impressive--until you see the Volkswagen Digital Cockpit that's available in the 2020 Atlas. This large, high-resolution display replaces the instrument cluster entirely, and it's completely customizable. It even has a full-screen navigation view that gives you a fullscreen view of the map, with features like speed moved down to the corners. With other available speakers like a 480-watt, 12-speaker Fender Premium Audio System (11 speakers is the most you'll get in the Toyota Highlander), it's clear that the VW Atlas is the right choice.

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VW Atlas driving

VW Atlas vs Toyota Highlander: Performance

When it comes to performance, the Volkswagen Atlas gives you two engine choices, while the 2020 Toyota Highlander only offers one. Though the Toyota Highlander has greater horsepower than the VW Atlas, the available V6 in the Atlas does get greater torque. Identical ground clearance means that both of these SUVs are capable of off-road adventuring, and a maximum towing capacity of 5,000 pounds is shared by both SUVs.

VW Atlas parked

VW Atlas vs Toyota Highlander: Driver Assistance Features

Both Volkswagen and Toyota come with a number of standard driver assistance features, including forward collision warning and autonomous emergency braking. However, the 2020 VW Atlas does come standard with Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Traffic Alert. These features aren't even available on the entry-level 2020 Toyota Highlander; you have to upgrade to a higher trim level to have access to them.

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VW Atlas vs Toyota Highlander: Value

With more space, impressive technology, and a standard Blind Spot Monitor, there are many reasons to choose the Volkswagen Atlas. Another reason? It has a starting MSRP that's over $3,000 less than that of the 2020 Toyota Highlander. In fact, the 2020 VW Atlas SE trim level has a starting MSRP just $95 more than the entry-level 2020 Highlander. This trim level comes standard with features like push-button start, three-zone climate control, heated front seats, and leatherette seating surfaces. Come see the value that the VW Atlas offers for yourself at McKenna Volkswagen in Cerritos.

2020 Volkswagen Atlas2020 Toyota Highlander
$31,545Starting MSRP*$34,600
258 lb-ftTorque263 lb-ft
5,000Maximum Towing Capacity5,000
276-hp V6Engine UpgradeNone Available
Standard FeatureRoof RailsAvailable Upgrade
153.7 cu. ft.Passenger Volume141.3 cu. ft.
20.6 cu. ft.Cargo Volume16 cu. ft.
96.8 cu. ft.Maximum Cargo Volume84.3 cu. ft.
Standard FeatureBlind Spot MonitorAvailable Upgrade

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