Most mid-size and large crossover suvs come with three rows of seats. From a functional perspective, it only makes sense. These SUVs are big enough to fit a third row, and many families demand the functionality of seating seven or eight passengers. But when someone wants a roomy SUV without needing seven-passenger seating, the family-friendly models can feel too bulky or look too boxy. In response, more automakers are rolling out more stylish mid-size crossovers with just two rows of seats.
One of the newest such models is the all-new 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport. To create the Cross Sport, Volkswagen took its three-row Atlas and chopped a couple inches off its height and length. The sportier-looking result is ready to take on one of the class’s established best-sellers: the 2020 Ford Edge, the third generation of a mid-size five-seater that first debuted in 2007. Let’s go over the details of these two rivals and see which mid-size two-row SUV belongs in your driveway.