2018 Ford Explorer vs 2018 Volkswagen Atlas

Ford has a proud history of producing quality vehicles, and the Explorer ranks high as one of the most popular. The Explorer has stood the test of time and remains a titan on the roads, but Volkswagen has an option that competes well against it. Despite the big age gap between these two (the Atlas was first released for the 2018 model year), we're going to compare the 2018 Ford Explorer vs 2018 Volkswagen Atlas.

It's common knowledge that Fords are built with a little extra juice under the hood. Despite both the Explorer and Atlas being labeled in the midsize segment, the Explorer offers drivers more standard power and a better maximum engine size. Not only that, but the Explorer also has the recognition of being the best-selling midsize SUV available. Updates and enhancements have made it even better. Why choose the Explorer? Take a look at the table below!

2018 Ford Explorer Vs    2018 Volkswagen Atlas
Engine Options2
290 hp/255 lb-ft Standard Horsepower/Torque
235 hp/258 lb-ft
365 hp/350 lb-ftMax Horsepower/Torque276 hp/266 lb-ft
19 city/27 hwy mpg Fuel Efficiency22 city/26 hwy mpg

Specs and Features in the 2018 Explorer

Why choose the Explorer? Other than the long-running tradition of excellence, it has plenty of comfort and convenience features to love. While the Atlas makes most of its interior features costly extras, the Explorer makes most of them standard. A climate control system for both the front and back as well as an air filtration system will help everyone feel comfortable and breathe clean air. Other standard comfort and convenience features include:
  • 4 12v powerpoints
  • Rearview camera with washer
  • MyKey® entry system
  • AM/FM MP3 compatible speaker system with 6 speakers
  • Split-folding second and third row seats
  • Easy Fuel® capless fuel filler
  • and much more!
The comparison here seems pretty clear. Maybe once the Atlas has been in the game for a few years it will provide a better competitive comparison, but for right now the Explorer is still a couple steps ahead. Interested in learning more? Come check it out here at Heritage Ford in South Burlington or schedule a test drive right here on our website!


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