2020 Volkswagen Atlas vs 2020 Ford Explorer
2020 Volkswagen Atlas 2020 Ford Explorer
Starting MSRP *
  $31,545 $32,765
Cargo Space
  96.8 cu. ft. 87.8 cu. ft.
Third Row Leg Room
  33.7 in. 32.2 in.
Basic Warranty
  4 yr./50,000 mi. 3 yr./36,000 mi.

2020 Volkswagen Atlas vs 2020 Ford Explorer

Serving Troy, MI

The 2020 Volkswagen Atlas is a popular SUV produced by one of the world's most iconic automakers. The Atlas competes with the 2020 Ford Explorer, which is another midsize SUV. Both have three rows of seats, but if you're looking for a vehicle that has room for everyone and all your belongings, the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas is the car of choice between the two. The Atlas ranks among the top of its class for its exceptional volume of cargo and passenger space. It also offers precise and predictable handling and plenty of power. The cabin's design is straightforward and practical but still filled with useful features. The Ford Explorer lacks the interior cabin space that you'll find in the 2020 Atlas. Additionally, it costs much more to add in most of the features that come standard on the Atlas. If you're looking for a vehicle with a luxurious interior, the Atlas is the way to go.


The Volkswagen Atlas has a striking design in the 2020 model year. The Atlas comes with LED lights to start with. You also have the option of upgrading to 20-inch wheels if you get the technology package that is available for the base trim. The second trim, called the SEL, adds a panoramic sunroof. The R-Line has a unique appearance with trim-specific bumpers and side skirts. Even larger 21-inch wheels and illuminated mirrors with puddle lights are standard on the top trim. The Ford offers a few choices of 20-inch wheels, but the wheels are only available through add-on packages. If you want unique exterior accents, you have to add those on through a package as well. Custom options are only available for the top trim.

Interior Design & Amenities

Of the two SUVs, the Volkswagen Atlas offers a more upscale and high-quality interior than the 2020 Ford Explorer. The 2020 Volkswagen Atlas comes saddled with technology, including onboard WiFi starting on the first trim level. The innovative infotainment system supports your smartphone, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. Three zones of climate control and a larger 8-inch display are added to the second trim, while the SEL gets a moonroof. With the Ford Explorer, you have to add on advanced driver safety aids through packages.


Overall the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas provides more value than the 2020 Ford Explorer. The driver must add on many features to the Explorer which are standard on the Atlas, including larger wheels and advanced driver-assist safety aids.

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* Starting MSRP of $31,545 for a 2020 Volkswagen Atlas S 2.0L TSI® with 8-speed automatic transmission. Prices exclude destination, taxes, title, other options, and dealer charges. Dealer sets actual price.