Honda Pilot vs VW Atlas

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Auto manufacturers have certainly upped their crossover game over the past few years. No matter where you look in the Palm Beach, Wellington and Greenacres areas, you’ll see plenty of crossovers around of various shapes and sizes. Even the larger three row crossovers are state of the art now, which is great, but makes finding the right one for you a bit challenging.

A detailed comparison review of two of the best crossovers can take some of the challenge out of the decision. The Honda Pilot and the Volkswagen Atlas are both incredible examples of everything a crossover can do, but you can only drive one home at the end of it all. Find out which is best for you with this Honda Pilot vs Volkswagen Atlas comparison.

Pilot vs Atlas: Performance

Before you commit to any vehicle, you need to know what it’s packing under the hood. While most crossovers this size come standard with a V6, the VW Atlas offers a 4-cylinder instead. While its 235 horsepower is impressive, it doesn’t come close to the Honda Pilot’s standard V6 offering 280 horsepower.

You can always upgrade the Atlas to a V6, but it still falls short of what the basic Pilot V6 can offer since it maxes out at 276 horsepower. Surprisingly enough, the Atlas also falls short in terms of fuel economy too, only offering an EPA-estimated 20 mpg combined while the 2018 Honda Pilot earns 27 highway and 22 mpg combined.¹

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No matter which of these crossovers you opt for, you can enjoy a spacious interior. The 2018 Pilot tends to have slightly more space, however, being mere decimals ahead of the 2018 Atlas in most areas. The most striking advantage is that the Pilot has room for up to 8 passengers while the Atlas can only hold a maximum of 7. Keep in mind there are some SUVs that can’t even hold 8 passengers.

As an added bonus, the Pilot’s second and third row seats can recline. This comes in handy especially if you have to take the kids with you on a long trip. The Atlas’ second row seats can do the same, but its 3rd row lacks that ability.

Advanced Technology

With so many advances in performance and interior space, one of the best ways to tell crossovers apart is to look at their technology. While the VW Atlas’ infotainment system is impressive, it can be sluggish at times often forcing you to navigate through multiple menus before you finally get to what you want. The Honda Pilot, on the other hand, has received acclaim for how intuitive and easy to use its infotainment system is.

Arguably one of the most appealing features of the 2018 Honda Pilot is the Honda Safety Sense suite of driver assistance features. The Atlas has similar features available, but Honda lives up to its reputation as one of the safest manufacturers around with the Pilot’s stunning collection. You can enjoy collision mitigation, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist and so much more.

Honda Pilot vs Volkswagen Atlas: Which is Better?

After our detailed Honda Pilot vs Volkswagen Atlas comparison, the 2018 Honda Pilot reigns supreme overall. If you want to see for yourself everything this incredible crossover can do, schedule a test drive online, or come down to Braman Honda of Palm Beach, your local Palm Beach, Wellington and Greenacres Honda dealer. Our friendly team is happy to help you discover whether or not the Pilot is right for you.


¹19 city/27 highway/22 combined mpg rating for 2WD 6-speed automatic. 18 city/26 highway/21 combined mpg rating for AWD 6-speed automatic. 20 city/27 highway/23 combined mpg rating for 2WD 9-speed automatic. 19 city/26 highway/22 combined mpg rating for AWD 9-speed automatic. Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.