The Toyota Highlander and Volkswagen Atlas both are solid competitors in the midsize three-row SUV segment. The Highlander has been in the segment since the 2001 model year. It’s deep into its third generation in the United States, and typically resides toward the top of the list in sales. After resisting the three-row SUV category for years, Volkswagen entered it belatedly just last year with the 2018 Atlas.
Both vehicles offer four-cylinder and six-cylinder engines, and both vehicles seat seven. Versatility, safety, interior room, and overall comfort are much higher on their priority lists than performance or handling prowess. Both are attractive vehicles offering pleasant and functional interiors, and both, despite their import nameplates, are built in the United States.