For years Volkswagen neglected the SUV segment, with just the undersized Tiguan and overpriced Touareg in their showrooms, but they’re finally bringing a three-row, seven-seat midsize crossover to market.

Is it too little, too late? If they hope to have any success in the segment, the Atlas has to win over customers that have been buying Explorers, Highlanders and Santa Fes for generations, and one of the best of the current crop is the Honda Pilot.

Volkswagen has taken a page out of the Pilot playbook, with a larger footprint placing an emphasis on interior space and cargo capacity, but does it have all the right moves to match up to one of the family favorites in this segment?

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    • Phayoun Houm
      Phayoun Houm

      What the heck are you saying Honda pilot slow?

      about 14 hours ago
    • joooyceee100
      joooyceee100 In reply to Phayoun Houm

      Phayoun Houm they always be complaining.

      about 6 hours ago
    • Rob Basque
      Rob Basque

      😂pity the out of warranty owner
      Wait for the 2020 Highlander👍

      about 17 hours ago
    • Simmer Pete
      Simmer Pete

      The Atlas is ranked #3 and the Pilot is ranked #11. Both have their pros and cons.

      about 16 days ago
    • Max The Subscriber
      Max The Subscriber

      Pilot is to tiny

      about 21 day ago
    • Max The Subscriber
      Max The Subscriber

      Go with atlas much better car

      about 21 day ago
    • LeeROBD
      LeeROBD

      @ 7:30 very unprofessional.

      about 24 days ago
    • smoker joker.
      smoker joker.

      Honda would won by reliability thats the most important thing

      about 1 month ago
    • Walter Carol
      Walter Carol

      I've just had an Atlas for a week in Mountain, coastal and flat high way driving. Also in tight old town driving. In all honesty I have decidedly NOT been an SUV person but I came away loving the Atlas. The turning radius on that beast was astonishing. The ride was a bit "sporty" but since our kids have all moved out, we didn't mind that so much and actually appreciated all the driving feedback on the twisting mountain roads. Accelerating was just fine off the line in normal mode. In sport mode it will absolutely shift if you give it the beans. The biggest gripe, and it was certainly livable for us, was the road noise. It was louder than I would have expected. The rear camera was stellar. The sound system was stellar. My wife is a waif of a thing at 4'11. The passengers set was a bit of a challenge for her as it didn't drop quite low enough for her legs to hang comfortably. I would absolutely opt for the power seat option for the passenger to fix that slight issue. I'm a larger guy at 6ft and 230 lbs. After 13 hours of constant driving I was just fine. No tailbone or leg fatigue. No arm fatigue. I would absolutely recommend the Atlas if you're looking for a larger vehicle that can carry what ever you need. In my case, my bass amps, basses and pedals. All easily stowed in the back.

      about 1 month ago
    • Proverbs31
      Proverbs31

      Do a video whenever you learn how to properly talk disgusting sinner.

      about 2 months ago
    • Mitchell Mitchell
      Mitchell Mitchell In reply to Proverbs31

      Proverbs31 let the one who is without sin cast the first stone, you disgusting sinner

      about 2 months ago
    • Proverbs31
      Proverbs31

      You better repent and get right with God because you are on your way to burn in hell you wicked sinner your mouth is a sewer.

      about 2 months ago
    • Henning
      Henning

      what sucks really is the engine
      drinks a lot and feels dam slow
      I think best would be a 3 ltr. Diesel here !
      but thanks to USA politics and the fight against diesel, even if it is more environment friendly the Atlas get a shitty V6 gasoline engine.
      http://www.bbc.com/autos/story/20130109-why-do-americans-not-buy-diesels

      about 2 months ago
    • Lisa Pinkerman
      Lisa Pinkerman

      I stopped watching after you said “GD” 🤦🏻‍♀️. The video was very good UNTIL THEN. Highly unnecessary

      about 3 months ago
    • Agent piggles
      Agent piggles

      2:55 you said the atlas has one more seat than the pilot but actually they are the same because the atlas only has two seats in the third row

      about 3 months ago
    • Nick J
      Nick J

      The pilot is great. Very reliable and its a honda u can't go wrong but its to granny like 55+ lady car

      about 4 months ago
    • Sam Avery
      Sam Avery

      IS IT REALLY NECESSARY TO TAKE GOD'S NAME IN VAIN ?????

      about 4 months ago
    • GUITARSSful
      GUITARSSful

      Huh that’s funny I watched a lot of videos on the atlas and they all said it rode very smooth and went over bumps very well idk

      about 4 months ago
    • doug l
      doug l

      VW hands down. If you need to make a quick move because of some idiot on the interstate, a sluggish pedal will get you killed.

      about 4 months ago
    • MS RR
      MS RR

      How is the Pilot slow? It’s one of the quickest in the class and certainly a lot quicker than the Atlas.

      about 6 months ago
    • W. David
      W. David

      Definitely Volkswagen!

      about 6 months ago
    • Ted Baxter
      Ted Baxter

      But it is German and a VW - never a winning combination.
      Unreliable and expensive to maintain and repair.

      about 6 months ago
    • Shiv Patel
      Shiv Patel

      Picked up sel premium at 44700 and msrp was 52700

      about 6 months ago
    • Suwen Li
      Suwen Li

      We always have affirmation of German Volkswagen technologic rigor , in July 2018 my father was very happy to buy a flagship version of the new Volkswagen (Teramont) 530V6 (2.5T) in Shenzhen, But driving to 4000 kilometers we found oil leakage problem of engine, my father ask the seller to a new car replacement but this request was unreasonably refused by the seller that made my father very depressed. I would like to ask how Volkswagen Germany can get a reasonable solution to Volkswagen China?

      about 6 months ago
    • Suwen Li
      Suwen Li

      http://static.scms.sztv.com.cn/ysz/dsdb/dspd/dfllt/28133695.shtml?from=singlemessage&isappinstalled=0

      about 6 months ago
    • Prasanna K
      Prasanna K

      VW=CHEAT

      about 6 months ago
    • kelly j
      kelly j

      Vw reliability is horrid. Especially the atlas. Honda will win this everytime

      about 6 months ago
    • Mehdi Ashrafi
      Mehdi Ashrafi

      I have was and its comfortable this man is high

      about 6 months ago
    • Mehdi Ashrafi
      Mehdi Ashrafi

      I have the atlas and it’s a beast

      about 6 months ago
    • Fred Reitz
      Fred Reitz

      This review is misleading. The VW Atlas is almost a second slower then the Honda.

      about 6 months ago
    • Geoff Bland
      Geoff Bland

      Rough ride? How sensitive are you? THe Atlas is one of the smoothest I've tried outside of Mercedes. It's not rough at all.

      about 6 months ago
    • Joel Repass
      Joel Repass

      I would just get a Used Durango. No hate against these cars but they are just minivans that look better. If I’m buying an SUV it better do it all and all SUVs on the market these days are just undercover minivans that drive worse. The Durango can haul kids and tow while still getting decent gas mileage and the Reliability isn’t that bad compared to other FCA products.

      about 6 months ago