2024 Nissan Pathfinder vs. 2024 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport Review

Picture of the 2024 Nissan Pathfinder

2024 Nissan
Pathfinder

MSRP*: $36,080 to $50,950
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Picture of the 2024 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport

2024 Volkswagen
Atlas Cross Sport

MSRP*: $36,985 to $51,880
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MPG - City 20 - 21 MPG 19 - 20 MPG
MPG - Hwy 23 - 27 MPG 26 - 27 MPG
Seating Capacity 7 - 8 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space 80.5 ft3 77.8 ft3
Engine
  • 284-hp, 3.5-liter, V6 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
  • 295-hp, 3.5-liter, V6 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
  • 269-hp, 2.0-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
Transmission Automatic Automatic
Drivetrain Four Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive
Horsepower 284 - 295 hp 269 hp
Towing Capacity 3,500 - 6,000 lbs 2,000 - 5,000 lbs
Exterior Length 197.7 - 198.8 in 195.5 in
Exterior Width 77.9 in 78.3 in
Leg Room Front 44.3 in
Rear 35.5 in
Front 41.7 in
Rear 40.4 in
Head Room Front 41.1 - 42.3 in
Rear 38.4 - 39.6 in
Front 39.4 in
Rear 37.8 in

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Passengers in the backseat will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport than in the Nissan Pathfinder, due to its greater head- and legroom. The Nissan Pathfinder will be popular with taller drivers and passengers in the front seat, due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Nissan Pathfinder as you will with the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport, as they are both able to travel similar distances on a tank of gas.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). Whether you pick the Nissan Pathfinder or the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport, it's going to cost you about the same.

Dimensions
The Nissan Pathfinder is about the same width as the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport. When looking at overall length, the Nissan Pathfinder takes up about the same amount of space in your garage as the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport.

Performance
In terms of towing capacity, the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport is clearly the choice over the Nissan Pathfinder for pulling heavy loads. The Nissan Pathfinder has a little more horsepower than the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport.

Powertrain
With its lower torque engine, the Nissan Pathfinder doesn't do as good a job transmitting power to its wheels as the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport.

Utility
The Nissan Pathfinder offers greater seating capacity than the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport, making it a better choice for those who find themselves chauffeuring others around. You'll be able to fit about the same amount of groceries in the Nissan Pathfinder as you will in the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport.