2020 Toyota 4Runner vs. 2021 Volkswagen Atlas: Compare reviews, safety ratings, fuel economy, etc.

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2020 Toyota 4Runner vs. 2021 Volkswagen Atlas Review

New 2020 Toyota 4Runner

2020 Toyota
4Runner

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New 2021 Volkswagen Atlas

2021 Volkswagen
Atlas

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MSRP*
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$36,120 to $49,865
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$31,545 to $50,695
Invoice* $33,230 to $45,876 $30,251 to $48,617
MPG - City 16 16 - 21
MPG - Hwy 19 22 - 24
Engine(s) V-6 Inline-4, V-6
Seating Capacity 5 - 7 7
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** **** Not Tested
Frontal Crash Rating** **** Not Tested
Side Crash Rating** ***** Not Tested

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*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 than in the Toyota 4Runner, due to its greater head- and legroom. The Volkswagen Atlas will be a hit with tall drivers and their front seat passengers, since it has greater front head- and legroom than the Toyota 4Runner.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Toyota 4Runner as you will with the Volkswagen Atlas, 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 Toyota 4Runner or the Volkswagen Atlas, it's going to cost you about the same. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Toyota 4Runner will cost more in terms of transportation costs than the Volkswagen Atlas.

Dimensions
Since the Toyota 4Runner is much slimmer than the Volkswagen Atlas, it'll be much easier to find a wide enough space in a crowded parking lot. The Toyota 4Runner is slightly shorter than the Volkswagen Atlas, which may make it easier to park.

Drivetrain
With somewhat higher torque, the Toyota 4Runner transmits power to its wheels a bit more effectively than the Volkswagen Atlas.

Handling
The Toyota 4Runner has the same turning radius as the Volkswagen Atlas, so they both maneuver the same in and out of tight spots.

Performance
If you've got something you need to pull, the Toyota 4Runner will do just as well as the Volkswagen Atlas, since they have about the same towing capacity. In terms of horsepower, it's a virtual tie between the Toyota 4Runner and the Volkswagen Atlas.

Utility
The Toyota 4Runner has less seating than the Volkswagen Atlas, making the Volkswagen Atlas the better choice, if you need to chauffeur many passengers. The Toyota 4Runner has less cargo space than the Volkswagen Atlas, which is okay if you don't need to move a lot in one trip.

Warranty
The basic warranty of the Toyota 4Runner is not as nearly as extensive as that of the Volkswagen Atlas.