Dodge Durango vs. VW Atlas

The new Volkswagen Atlas is a pretty exciting development, there’s no doubt about that. With the midsize crossover SUV segment so competitive, it’s not often that a company comes up with a brand-new vehicle to enter the fray. Among the vehicles the Atlas is taking on is the new Dodge Durango, and drivers all over Stoughton, Brockton, and Randolph are excited to see what these two have in common, and which is the better.

 Locals are quite familiar with the Durango and its broad range of features, comfort, and performance. Does the Atlas meet the challenge? Let’s check out how the new 2018 Dodge Durango compares with the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas, and which one comes out on top when they go head-to-head.

2018 Dodge Durango vs Volkswagen Atlas: Specs

For those familiar with last year’s model, the new 2018 Dodge Durango hits the floors with a new SRT trim level, which gives you a powerful 6.4L V8 engine kicking out 475 horsepower. Even the Durango’s standard engine, a 3.6L V6, produces 295 horsepower, and is paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission.

To further enhance your driving experience, the Durango comes with two available all-wheel-drive systems. Both systems improve the vehicle’s traction, so you can cruise down any road during a range of road conditions, from snow-covered streets to rain-drenched highways.

As for the VW Atlas, it’s most powerful engine, a 3.6L V6, can only deliver 276 horsepower, which is significantly less than the Durango’s V8. Its base engine, a 2.0L 4-cylinder, can’t beat the Durango’s standard engine, as it only generates 235 horsepower. It does, however, have four different all-wheel-drive modes, which includes dry, rainy, snowy, and rough.

Dodge Durango vs VW Atlas: Technology

While both vehicles offer standard technology, the Dodge Durango has an impressive array of features. With the Uconnect® 4 system, you’ll be rewarded with a 7-inch touchscreen, Android Auto™, Apple CarPlay™ support, and Bluetooth® connectivity. With these features, you’ll not only have a powerful ride, but an entertaining one, too. For even more connectivity and technology, there’s the available Uconnect® 4C NAV system, which has an 8.4-inch touchscreen and SiriusXM Guardian™. With greater remote access and control, SiriusXM Guardian™ will be the help on your drive when you need it. From Roadside Assistance and Navigation to security alerts, you’ll be informed and connected like never before.

The VW Atlas, too, has many useful technology features, including a standard 6.5-inch screen, the available Volkswagen Digital Cockpit, and VW Car-Net® Security and Service.

Dodge Durango vs VW Atlas: Towing

With all of that power in both the Durango and Atlas, you may want to hook up your trailer, boat, or camper, and have a fun weekend getaway. With the VW Atlas, you can tow up to 5,000 pounds, when properly equipped. Even though the Atlas can tow trailers with ease, the Durango can tow even more.

With the V8 engine, the Dodge Durango can tow up to 8,700 pounds, allowing you to haul even more heavy cargo. Even the standard 3.6L engine in the Durango outperforms the Atlas, with a maximum towing capacity of 6,200 pounds.

Dodge Durango vs Volkswagen Atlas: Interior Space

 Inside both cars, you’ll find a spacious interior to accommodate even the tallest passengers. In the Durango, you’ll get up to 84.5 cubic feet of cargo space when the second-row seat is folded, which is less than the 96.8 cubic feet inside the Atlas when its second- and third-row seats are tucked away. Although the VW Atlas offers more space inside, it comes at a cost of performance and towing capabilities.

2018 Dodge Durango vs 2018 VW Atlas

Although the VW Atlas put up a good fight, the Dodge Durango offers incredible power, advanced technology, and massive towing capabilities. If you’re in the areas of Stoughton, Brockton, or Randolph, and you’d like to experience the 2018 Dodge Durango for yourself, Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram 24 can get you behind the wheel. Stop into our showroom today, or contact us online for a test drive.