New Volkswagen 2021 VW Atlas / 2021 Ford Explorer Comparison in the Denver Area for Sale in Denver, CO

2021 VW Atlas 2021 Ford Explorer Comparison in Denver, CO

  2021 VW Atlas 2021 Ford Explorer
Base MSRP $31,555 $32,925
Horsepower 235 HP 300 HP
City Estimated MPG: 21 MPG 21 MPG
Highway Estimated MPG: 24 MPG 28 MPG

2021 Volkswagen Atlas vs 2021 Ford Explorer

Volkswagen vehicles are known for their high-quality design and sporty pedigree. The 2021 VW Atlas is no different, with the familiar agility that VW fans love in a rugged SUV frame. Colorado drivers need an SUV that not only performs well but also accommodates passengers with plentiful space and amenities. The Atlas provides customers with both a spacious interior and a great selection of modern media conveniences. Compared to similar SUVs on the market today, such as the 2021 Ford Explorer, Volkswagen stands out with its super performance and comprehensive suite of additional interior features.


With its standard 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas offers 235 reliable horsepower to its driver. Coupled with the seamless automatic eight-speed transmission, the Atlas is an enjoyable SUV to drive or ride in. All Atlas trims are FWD standard and have the option to be installed with an AWD system instead for more precise maneuverability. Similarly, to their smaller sedans, Volkswagen has designed the Atlas to be a nimble SUV option that handles tight turns and uneven driving surfaces with ease. The 2021 Ford Explorer focuses its efforts on maximum performance with its standard turbocharged 2.3L four-cylinder engine generating 300 horsepower. Ford pairs this engine with a ten-speed automatic transmission. Unlike the Atlas, most trims are RWD standard with the option of having Ford’s AWD system installed.

Interior Features

The interior of the 2021 VW Atlas is the modern driver or passenger’s ideal cruising dream. All three rows of the SUV provide excellent legroom to make even long-distance vacations feel comfortable. Even when the Atlas is being used for hauling large items such as a substantial grocery shop or lots of sporting equipment, the cargo space of the Atlas is immense. Customers will have no problems fitting a wide variety of items in the cavernous interior. The 2021 Explorer lacks the expansive legroom in its third row that the Atlas has, making it less appealing for those who are seated at the back of the SUV.

Both SUVs are equipped with a wide array of infotainment features to add immersion to any ride. Media applications including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard on every model of both the Atlas and the Explorer. An integrated Wi-Fi® hotspot is also standard on the Explorer and the Atlas for reliable connectivity to the Internet wherever the two SUVs are taken. Connectivity to Bluetooth® allows for both the safe operation of applicable smartphones, as well as an additional outlet for music streaming.

Safety Features

Volkswagen and Ford both ensured that their SUVs came with the modern driver-assistance technology to suit the needs of today’s demanding Colorado driving environment. Both the Atlas and the Explorer are protected from the front with the combination of Forward Collision Warning and Automated Emergency Braking. For behind the vehicles, the standard Blind Spot Assist and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert systems keep drivers informed about the things that are going on behind them to make educated decisions before merging between lanes.

Purchase a New 2021 Volkswagen Atlas at Emich VW

The 2021 VW Atlas is the SUV for drivers who need the spaciousness that can effortlessly transport their family and friends with optimal comfort. Emich VW in Denver, CO is a preferred Volkswagen dealer in the Denver Metro area for new and pre-owned VW vehicles. Stop by today or call us to speak with someone from our Sales Department who can assist you in purchasing or leasing a new Atlas.

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