A comparison of the 2019 VW Atlas & Honda Pilot

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Have you been searching for the perfect family SUV? If so, it's likely you've come across the 2019 VW Atlas and the 2019 Honda Pilot. These two full-size SUVs present an attractive package, with plenty of advanced features and impressive performance figures making it hard to choose between them. To help you make this decision, our Fox VW experts crafted a Volkswagen Atlas vs. Honda Pilot comparison page, showcasing the best of each model.

For the purposes of this comparison, we will be analyzing the 2019 VW Atlas V6 SEL, starting at $41,395 MSRP, and the 2019 Honda Pilot EX-L, starting at $37,760 MSRP. After you've read through, check out our Rochester Hills, MI dealership inventory and our Atlas lease deal. Please reach out to a Fox VW team member by calling (248) 731-0113 or sending us a message online. Read on to discover the differences between the Atlas and the Pilot!

Performance Specs

Starting off our Atlas and Pilot comparison, you'll find these both sport a V6 engine. However, the engine of the Atlas is slightly larger, providing more torque and more towing capability. Check the table below for details on each model's engine.

2019 VW Atlas V6 SEL


2019 Honda Pilot EX-L

3.6L VR6


3.5L i-VTEC® V6

276 HP


280 HP

266 lb.-ft.


262 lb.-ft.

5,000 lbs.

Towing Capacity

3,500 lbs.

The interior seating arrangement on the 2019 VW Atlas

Interior & Technology

Aiming to keep you comfortable and connected, both the Atlas and the Pilot are outfitted with impressive interior features. From high-end tech to premium upholstery, these SUVs are designed to make every drive something to enjoy, but our experts agree the Atlas edges out the Pilot with its suite of VW-exclusive tech and convenience features - look below to discover these features:

  • Discover Media touchscreen navigation system with 8-in. color display, proximity sensor, AM/FM/HD radio, and voice control
  • Volkswagen Car-Net® Guide & Inform
  • Volkswagen Car-Net® App-Connect
  • Climatronic® 3-zone automatic climate control
  • V-Tex leatherette seating surfaces
  • 8-way power adjustable front passenger seat
  • 60/40 split folding 2nd row, 3rd-row easy entry, and 50/50-split folding 3rd row
  • Front center console w/ USB data & charging port, cup holders, armrest & storage
  • Safety lights & puddle lights in front doors


As both of these SUVs are very popular with families, they are equipped with a wide range of safety measures. You'll find advanced sensors, autonomous overrides, stabilization systems and much more on both models - but you'll only find these safety features on the Atlas:

  • Blind spot monitor
  • Rear traffic alert
  • Pedestrian monitoring
  • Forward collision warning and autonomous emergency braking
  • Volkswagen Car-Net® Guide and Inform
  • Volkswagen Car-Net® Security and Service
  • Maneuver Braking
A blue 2019 Volkswagen atlas driving through a suburb 

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