2019 VW Atlas vs Ford Explorer


If you've been searching for a new SUV, it's likely you've come across the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas and the 2019 Ford Explorer. Both of these models provide intelligent design and confident capability, creating two very attractive packages, but which fits your needs best? To help you answer this question, our Fox Volkswagen experts put together this Volkswagen Atlas vs. Ford Explorer page, comparing the best specs of each model. For this page, we will be using the 2019 VW Atlas V6 SE with Technology, starting at $37,295 MSRP, and the 2019 Ford Explorer XLT, starting at $34,600 MSRP.

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2019 Atlas driving along water

Performance Specs

Both of these full-size SUVs are equipped with potent V6 engines, designed to provide powerful efficiency. You'll find that the Explorer offers slightly more power, while the Atlas favors fuel efficiency. Engine specs for each model can be seen in the table below.

2019 VW Atlas V6 SE w/ Tech


2019 Ford Explorer XLT

3.6L VR6


3.5L Ti-VCT V6

276 HP


290 HP

266 lb.-ft.


255 lb.-ft.

5,000 lbs.

Towing Capacity

5,000 lbs.

18 MPG city/25 MPG hwy

Fuel Efficiency

17 MPG city/24 MPG hwy

2019 VW Atlas Interior


The Atlas and the Explorer aim to keep you content and comfortable on the road, equipped with plush interior materials and plenty of convenience-minded features. However, our experts agree that the following Atlas specs beat out those offered by the Explorer:

  • Climatronic® 3-zone climate control
  • V-Tex leatherette seating surfaces
  • Heated front seats
  • 10-way power adjustable driver seat with power lumbar

Safety & Technology

2019 VW Atlas

Outfitted with the latest safety and tech options, the Atlas and Explorer ensure you stay connected and protected at all times. From sharp infotainment systems to advanced safety sensors, these SUVs are on the cutting-edge of automotive design. Take a look at the list below to see specs that meet or beat those included on the Explorer:

  • Volkswagen Car-Net® App Connect
  • Volkswagen Car-Net® Security and Service
  • Composition Media 8-in. touchscreen
  • Blind spot monitor with rear traffic alert
  • Forward collision warning and autonomous emergency braking
  • Pedestrian monitoring
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Rearview camera


VW engineers all of their vehicles to only the highest quality standards, which is evident in their impressive warranty offers. See below for VW Atlas warranty details:

  • 6 year/72,000 mile new vehicle limited warranty
  • 6 year/72,000 mile powertrain warranty

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