2018 Dodge Durango vs Volkswagen Atlas

Three-row crossover SUVs are some of the most popular vehicles in America, and it's not hard to see why. These unique vehicles can serve as family wagons, rugged haulers, comfortable commuters and everything in between. Two of the top-ranked options, the 2018 Dodge Durango and the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas, are good choices for families and adventurers alike, but which is the better option for your needs?

Drivers in Manhattan, the Bronx and Queens can learn more about the key differences in performance, capability and space between the Dodge Durango and the Volkswagen Atlas with our side-by-side comparison.


The base engine for the 2018 Durango is a 3.6L Pentastar® V6 that produces 293 horsepower. For more power, the Durango also offers a 5.7L HEMI® V8 that generates 360 horsepower, and a 6.4L HEMI® V8 that delivers 475 horsepower. All engines are mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. If properly equipped, the Durango is capable of towing up to 8,700 pounds.

The 2018 Atlas is equipped with a turbocharged 2.0L 4-cylinder engine, which puts out 235 horsepower, and is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. There's also a 3.6L V6 engine option, barely boosting the power to 276 horsepower. Properly equipped, the Atlas can tow up to 5,000 pounds.

For such a heavy vehicle, the Durango is remarkably light on its feet. Its impressive engines give it stunningly quick acceleration that's unexpected for an SUV, and it never sacrifices ride quality for performance. The Atlas handles well enough for its size and weight, but its engines can't compete with the acceleration and towing capability of the Durango.

Interior Features

Despite its ruggedness, the Dodge Durango's interior is filled with high-end accents and plush materials. From Bluetooth® connectivity and HDMI/USB inputs, the 2018 Durango aims to keep you comfortable and entertained. Some of its interior convenience features include:

  • SiriusXM Guardian™: Available on all models, this feature offers you greater remote access and control, from Roadside Assistance and Navigation to security alerts.
  • Dual-screen Blu-ray™ Entertainment System: No more fighting over what movie to watch! With two 9-inch foldable screens, each of the back passengers can be content watching what they want.
  • Driver Information Digital Cluster Display: On a 7-inch screen, scroll through useful information, such as fuel economy, vehicle status, Navigation, and more.

The VW Atlas also comes with some convenient interior features, including SiriusXM® Satellite Radio and a Bluetooth® technology, but it's not as intuitive or expansive as the Dodge Durango and its many features.

Comfort and Space

With the seats folded, the overall cargo space of the Durango is 84.5 cubic feet. The load space is nearly flat as well, and the seats conveniently fold with either the tug of a small lever or the press of a button.

The Atlas offers comparable space and seating for seven, but its captain's chairs option comes at a much higher price point, and both its faux leather and genuine leather upholstery options are lower quality than the Durango. The Atlas also falls far short of the Durango's cargo space, coming in at 55.5 cubic feet behind the second row.

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Test Drive the 2018 Dodge Durango at Manhattan Jeep Chrysler Dodge Ram

While the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas is a capable SUV with plenty to offer, it doesn't compare to the ample passenger space, exceptional technology features, and superior performance of the 2018 Dodge Durango.

Drivers in Manhattan, the Bronx, and Queens can explore all that the 2018 Dodge Durango has to offer by visiting Manhattan Jeep Chrysler Dodge Ram to schedule a test drive. Contact us today!

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