VW Atlas vs Honda Pilot

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Are you looking for a new 7-seat SUV for your family adventures? Both the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas and the Honda Pilot may seem like great choices. However, they each have something different to offer Avon, Indianapolis, and Plainfield drivers.

To give you a good idea of which may be best for you, the Andy Mohr Volkswagen team has put together this Atlas versus Pilot comparison. Read on to learn more!

Volkswagen Atlas vs Honda Pilot MPG

In an SUV of this size, we all want a bit of extra power. And you’re bound to have it in the Atlas and the Pilot, as each produces well over 200 HP.

Granted, to help us save money on those big road trips and daily work commutes, we need a sense of efficiency, too.

This is where the 2018 Atlas fuel efficiency has the edge. Its standard powertrain is both turbocharged and intercooled to help it conserve fuel. It is likely for this reason that the Atlas maintains an EPA-estimated 24 MPG combined.1

The Pilot clearly sacrifices some of its fuel efficiency for added power. As it lacks turbocharging, its V6 is only able to maintain an EPA-estimated 22 MPG combined.

Atlas vs Pilot Interior

Volkswagen Atlas interiorWhether you’re driving into work or heading out of town for a weekend getaway, it’s important that you have enough infotainment technology in your car to keep you both informed and entertained.

The 2018 VW Atlas comes standard with several helpful infotainment features, including the Volkswagen Car-Net® App Connect suite. This package makes for easy mobile and media integration, so you can access all your favorite apps while on the go.

In this Atlas, you’ll also find a 6.5-inch touchscreen, USB port, and 6-speaker audio system.

The Honda Pilot infotainment system is fairly spartan in comparison. It does come with features such as a 5-inch touchscreen, USB, and Bluetooth®, but there’s not much else in its base trim. To get mobile integrative features or a bigger touchscreen, you’d have to make a costly upgrade.

Volkswagen vs Honda Safety

One of the core tenets of safe driving is stability. Without proper handling, you won’t have nearly as much protection on hazardous road surfaces.

The VW Atlas comes with plenty of features to improve your handling. These include (but are not limited to):

  • Anti-Slip Regulation
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Electronic Differential Lock
  • Hydraulic Brake Assist

The combination of these features maximizes your wheel grip, traction, and stopping power even when roads are slick.

Vehicle Stability Assist™ with traction control is a standard feature in the 2018 Honda Pilot. Unfortunately, it lacks the added handling and braking features that make its competitor so effective.

Which SUV is Right for You?

If you’re looking for power and little else here in the Avon, Indianapolis, and Plainfield areas, you might be interested in the Honda Pilot. But when you want added safety, efficiency, and infotainment, the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas is the clear choice.

Take the Atlas for a spin at Andy Mohr Volkswagen. Schedule your test drive today.


122 city/26 highway mpg (2018 Atlas S 2.0L, 8-speed automatic transmission). EPA estimates. Your mileage will vary and depends on several factors, including your driving habits and vehicle condition.