Midsize SUV Comparison: 2021 Honda Pilot vs. 2021 Volkswagen Atlas

January 19th, 2021 by

Welcome to the 21st century where the midsize SUV rules king and queen (and really everything in between). If you’ve been on the city streets of Charlotte or the open roads of North Carolina, you’ve seen the phenomenon. The midsize SUV is taking over the world. With all the innovations packed into a 2021 class of Sport Utility Vehicles that perform like sports cars, but have the versatility (utility) to fit the whole family and their things… all their things, it’s easy to see why.

So, in an attempt to break down the ever-growing reasons to buy a Honda Pilot, we here at Hendrick Honda in Charlotte will compare two of the most popular midsize family SUVs on the market in the ultimate showdown: 2021 Honda Pilot vs. 2021 VW Atlas. Let’s get started!

Passenger and Cargo Space

When comparing midsize SUVs we should start with the most important reason someone buys this class of SUV: size. The new 2021 Honda Pilot has third-row seating with space for up to eight and an overall passenger volume of 152.9 cubic feet. The cargo volume behind that third-row is 18.5 cubic feet with an overall cargo capacity of 109 cubic feet (if the flat-folding 60/40 third-row seats are down).

The overall cargo space on the Atlas comes in at 96.8 cubic feet, while only having available seating for 7. So, whether you have a large family, a large friend group, or a need to haul everything in the neighborhood at once, the Honda Pilot beats out the Atlas in this important category.

Safety Features

If size is the number one most important aspect of a midsize SUV, safety surely has to be number 1B. The 2021 Honda Pilot continues to shine when we look at all the standard features and national safety ratings. While both the VW Atlas and the Honda Pilot were both rated highly in all 6 crash tests from the IIHS, the Pilot has a “Superior” rating on its front crash prevention system. With Honda driver-assistive technologies that come standard on the Pilot like Collision Mitigation Braking System™, Road Departure Mitigation System, or Forward Collision Warning, you can feel safe driving all throughout North Carolina and the East Coast.

The 2021 Atlas does come with a highly rated safety system, but falls quite short when you look at the collision prevention systems. The Atlas comes standard with an Intelligent Crash Response System and an Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, but fails to help the driver avoid the initial collision.

Performance and Features

The new Honda Pilot comes with additional standard features like the new CabinTalk® and a one-touch second-row seat system. It also has available features like the easy access button that allows passengers to conveniently climb into the back seats or the advanced Rear Entertainment System standard on the Pilot Touring. And if fuel efficiency is your thing, the Pilot AWD Touring gets a combined 22 mpg fuel economy rating. That’s better features, comfort, and fuel economy than the comparable Atlas R-Line 3.6L V-6 AWD.

And the Winner Is… the 2021 Honda Pilot

It’s pretty clear to see the many ways that the 2021 Honda Pilot is superior to the Atlas and why we think it’s the best overall midsize SUV on the market (or is it the Honda Passport). So, whether you want to finally take a road trip where the kids aren’t constantly asking the dreaded question “are we there yet?”, or you just want to be considered queen/king of the neighborhood, the 2021 Honda Pilot could be the SUV you’ve been looking for.

With such an impressive 2021 SUV lineup, Honda doesn’t disappoint with all the different Honda Pilot trim levels available. Now is the perfect time to come by and see for yourself why everyone is talking about this new SUV! Check out our online inventory and contact us today to schedule a test drive.

MPG Disclaimer: Based on EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-pack age/condition, and other factors.