Many three-row midsize suvs advertise seven-passenger seating, but few offer space for full-grown adults in the rearmost seats. Designed from the start for the North American market, the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas is one of the few SUVs featuring grownup-worthy headroom and legroom for passengers in all three rows, as well as dignified access to the third-row perches.
Now into its fourth year since its 2018 introduction, Volkswagen’s largest vehicle favors practicality over style. The tall and squarish Atlas stretches 16.7 feet from nose to tail and can swallow up to 96.8 cubic feet of cargo, nearly as much as the Toyota Sienna minivan can haul.
For 2021, the Volkswagen Atlas gets a refreshed appearance with a new three-bar grille similar to the one in the five-passenger Atlas Cross Sport, all-LED exterior lighting, plus updated infotainment and added Car-Net connectivity features. Otherwise, the 2021 Atlas is the same roomy six- or seven-passenger three-row midsize SUV it has been since its 2018 introduction.
The broad Atlas lineup (including the $1,020 destination charge) continues in 2021 with the base 4-cylinder S ($32,575), 4-cylinder SE ($35,925), SE w/technology ($37,965), V6-only SE R-Line ($40,765), SEL ($43,445), V6-only SEL R-Line ($45,045), 4Motion-only SEL Premium ($48,245), and range-topping V6/4Motion-only SEL Premium R-Line ($51,745). On S, SE, SEL trims, 4Motion all-wheel drive is a $1,900 upcharge over front-drive models.