Comparison - Volkswagen Atlas V6 SEL 4MOTION 2021 - vs - Acura MDX Type S 2022

General

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Also called:

Volkswagen Teramont

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2020 Volkswagen Atlas SEL V6 4Motion
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Model: 
Average Price: 
$
44,195
Updated: 
07 Feb 2020
$
66,700
Updated: 
17 Jun 2021
Car Type: 
SUV
SUV
Drive Type: 
All Wheel Drive
All Wheel Drive
Year: 
2021
2022
Total Seating: 
7
7
Transmission: 
8-speed Shiftable Automatic
10-speed Shiftable Automatic
Bluetooth: 
yes
yes
Heated seats: 
yes
yes
Navigation: 
yes
yes
Doors: 
5
4
Fuel Tank Capacity: 
18.60gals
18.50gals
Exterior Colors: 
Color: 
Tourmaline Blue Metallic
#063956
Platinum Gray Metallic
#686C6F
Pacific Blue Metallic
#016BA6
Deep Black Pearl
#000000
Pure White
#FFFFFF
Racing Green
#25412B
Aurora Red Metallic
#D60118
Pyrite Silver Metallic
#9E9E98
Color: 
Lunar Silver Metallic
#8D919A
Tiger Eye Pearl
#AE6C16
Platinum White Pearl
#F4F4F4
Performance Red Pearl
#971C30
Apex Blue Pearl
#022A72
Liquid Carbon Metallic
#666770
Majestic Black Pearl
#1C252D

Expert Reviews

Expert reviews: 

The 2021 VW Atlas is a competent family hauler that assimilates into the daily routine without fuss.

Pros
Plenty of space
Good warranty
Good tech
Relative value among competitors
Solid powertrains

Cons
A little boring
Base touchscreen is on the small side
Not fuel-efficient
Cross Sport gets lost

By: 
thecarconnection.com

VW refreshes the 2021 Atlas by adding updated front and rear ends that increase its overall length by almost three inches. Its face is graced by a more attractive three-bar grille and revised headlights, which now feature standard LED elements that continue out back. Models with the R-Line option also get new looks courtesy of its special badging, body kit, and 20- or 21-inch rims. Inside, there's a new steering wheel, updated stitching on the seats, an 8.0-inch touchscreen on most models, and the latest iteration of the company's Car-Net smartphone app. The four-cylinder Atlas is now available with all-wheel drive for the first time.

Pros
No shortage of cargo or passenger space, reassuring driving manners, hard-to-beat value.

Cons
Uninspired interior aesthetic, less fuel efficient than advertised, rides rough on broken surfaces.

By: 
caranddriver.com

The 2021 Volkswagen Atlas comes with front wheel drive, and all wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 8-speed shiftable automatic.Restyled front and rear bodywork.Upgraded interior appointments.

Pros
Spacious interior offers ample room for passengers in all three rows
Great compromise between precise handling and everyday comfort
Straightforward, easy-to-use cabin design

Cons
Lackluster acceleration, even with the optional V6
Fuel economy lags that of most competitors

By: 
edmunds.com

Fully redesigned for 2022.

Pros
Comfortable cabin and ample cargo space
Balances sporty handling with a relaxed ride
Generous array of features and driver aids for the money
Quick acceleration from the Type S model

Cons
Standard engine can be noisy and lacks the power of turbocharged rivals
Infotainment touchpad requires a steep learning curve

By: 
edmunds.com

Acura redesigned the MDX for 2022, skipping the 2021 model year. The new SUV shares its styling and technology with the recently revamped RDX and TLX models.

Pros
Sharp styling,
surprisingly nimble chassis,
high-tech cabin.

Cons
Tight third row passenger space,
mediocre fuel economy ratings,
fussy infotainment touchpad.

By: 
caranddriver.com

Fuel

Fuel Type: 
Regular Unleaded
Premium Unleaded
Fuel Economy City USA: 
16.00mpg
17.00mpg
Fuel Economy HWY: 
22.00mpg
21.00mpg
Engine type: 
Petrol/Gas
Petrol/Gas

Engine and Performance

Valves: 
24
24
Cylinders: 
6
V
6
V
Engine Size/Displacement: 
3.60L
3.00L
Torque: 
266ft-lbs
at 2 750rpm
354ft-lbs
at 1 400rpm
Horsepower: 
276hp
at 6 200rpm
355hp
at 5 500rpm
Cam Type: 
Double overhead cam (DOHC)
Double overhead cam (DOHC)
Turning Circle: 
38.10Feet
40.50Feet

Convenience

Cruise Control: 
yes
yes
Door Pockets: 
yes
yes
Cupholders: 
yes
yes
Overhead console: 
yes
yes
Seatback Storage: 
yes
yes
Power Steering: 
yes
yes
Parking sensors: 
yes
yes
Steering Wheel Tilt: 
yes
yes
Telescopic steering wheel: 
yes
yes
Rear View Camera: 
yes
yes
Front view Camera: 
no
no
Side view Camera: 
no
no
On steering wheel: 
Audio And Cruise Controls On Steering Wheel
Transmission, Cruise And Audio Controls On Steering Wheel
More in Convenience: 
Leather Steering Wheel
Keyless Ignition
Heated Steering Wheel
Manual Rear Seat Easy Entry
Adaptive Cruise Control
Keyless Ignition
Power Rear Seat Easy Entry
Universal Remote Transmitter (For Garage Door, Security System, Etc.)
Sun Sensor
Leather Steering Wheel

Exterior Dimensions

Length: 
198.30in
198.40in
Width: 
78.30in
78.40in
Height: 
70.00in
67.10in
Ground Clearance: 
8.00in
6.70in
Wheel Base: 
117.30in
113.80in

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room: 
41.30
38.50
Rear Head Room: 
40.40
38.10
Front Leg Room: 
41.50in
41.60in
Rear leg room: 
37.60in
38.50in
Front Hip Room: 
58.20in
59.30in
Front Shoulder Room: 
61.50in
61.90in
Rear Hip Room: 
58.00in
57.80in
Rear Shoulder room: 
60.80in
60.30in

Weights and capacites

Cargo Capacity: 
96.80cu.ft
95.00cu.ft
Maximum Towing Capacity un-break: 
5000lbs
Cargo Capacity with Seats in Place: 
20.60cu.ft
18.10cu.ft
Angle of Approach: 
20.40degrees
18.20degrees
Angle of Departure: 
22.40degrees
21.20degrees
Curb Weight: 
4741.00lbs

Instruments

External Temperature Display: 
yes
yes
Clock: 
yes
yes
Trip computer: 
yes
yes
Techometer: 
yes
yes
Compass: 
yes
yes

Power Features

Power windows: 
yes
yes
Remote Keyless doors: 
yes
yes
More Power Features: 
Hands-Free Entry
Reverse Tilt Passenger Only Provides Curb View When Vehicle In Reverse
Heated Mirrors
4 One-Touch Power Windows
Hands-Free Entry
Heated Mirrors
Reverse Tilt Dual Mirrors Provides Curb View When Vehicle In Reverse

Seats

Rear Seat Collapsible: 
yes
yes
Front Seats Features: 
Bucket Front Seats
Height Adjustable Passenger Seat
Multi-Level Heating Driver Seat
Leatherette
Height Adjustable Driver Seat
Multi-Level Heating Passenger Seat
Driver Seat With Power Adjustable Lumbar Support
8 -Way Power Driver Seat
Passenger Seat With Power Adjustable Lumbar Support
6 -Way Power Passenger Seat
12 -Way Power Driver Seat
12 -Way Power Passenger Seat
Bucket Front Seats
Driver Seat Thigh Extension
Height Adjustable Driver Seat
Height Adjustable Passenger Seat
Multi-Level Heating Driver Seat
Multi-Level Heating Passenger Seat
Premium Leather/Sueded Microfiber
Ventilated Driver Seat
Ventilated Passenger Seat
Driver Seat With Power Adjustable Lumbar Support
Passenger Seat With Power Adjustable Lumbar Support
Rear Seats Features: 
Folding center armrest
Manual Folding Split-Bench Third Row Seats
Rear Ventilation Ducts With Fan Control
Split-Folding Rear Seatback
Folding center armrest
Manual Folding Split-Bench Third Row Seats
Rear Ventilation Ducts With Fan Control
Reclining Rear Seats
Split-Folding Rear Seatback

Suspension

Front Suspension: 
Stabilizer Bar
Front Stabilizer Bar
Rear Suspension: 
Stabilizer Bar
Rear Stabilizer Bar
Suspension Info: 
Four-Wheel Independent Suspension
Four-Wheel Independent Suspension

Comfort

Interior air Filtration: 
yes
yes
Climate Control: 
yes
yes
More Comfort Features: 
Turn Signal In Mirrors
Three Zone Climate Control
Electrochromatic Inside Rearview Mirror
Dual Illuminating Vanity Mirrors
Electrochromatic Inside Rearview Mirror
Turn Signal In Mirrors
Dual Illuminating Vanity Mirrors
Three Zone Climate Control

Entertainment

DVD player: 
no
no
AM/FM Radio: 
yes
yes
Satellite radio: 
yes
yes
Video monitor: 
no
no
More Entertainment: 
3 Months Of Provided Satellite Radio Service
Memory Card Slot
USB With External Media Control
USB Connection
6 Total Speakers
1 Subwoofer(S)
16 Total Speakers
710 Watts Stereo Output
USB Connection
Auxiliary Audio Input And USB With External Media Control
Speed Sensitive Volume Control
Surround Audio Surround Audio (Discrete)

Exterior Features

Sunroof: 
yes
yes
Rear defogger: 
yes
yes
Alloy Wheels: 
yes
yes
Wheel size: 
20 X 8.0 In.
21 X 9.5 In.
Wheels more: 
Inside Mounted Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire
Puncture-Sealing Tires
Wheel Dimensions: 
Width: 
255.00millimeters
Aspect Ratio: 
50
Diameter: 
R20
Width: 
275.00millimeters
Aspect Ratio: 
40
Diameter: 
R21

Safety Features

ABS: 
yes
yes
Front head airbags: 
yes
yes
Rear head airbags: 
yes
yes
Dual front side-mounted airbags: 
yes
yes
Emergency braking assist: 
yes
yes
Traction control: 
yes
yes
Child seat anchors: 
yes
yes
Front brakes: 
Ventilated Front Disc
Ventilated Front Disc
Stability control: 
yes
yes
Rear brakes: 
Solid Rear Disc Brakes
Solid Rear Disc Brakes
Rear door child safety locks: 
yes
yes
Daytime running lights: 
yes
yes
Engine immobilizer: 
yes
yes
Front fog lights: 
yes
yes
Dusk sensing headlamps: 
yes
yes
Auto delay off headlamps: 
yes
yes
Front headrests: 
yes
yes
Rear headrests: 
yes
yes
Tire pressure monitoring: 
yes
yes
More Safety Features: 
Cornering Lights
Turn Signal Mirrors
Passenger Airbag Occupant Sensing Deactivation
Rear Height Adjustable Headrests
Remote Anti-Theft Alarm System
Pre-Collision Safety System
Rear Center 3-Point Belt
Post-Collision Safety System
LED Headlamp
Blind Spot And Lane Departure Warnings Accident Avoidance System
LED Headlamp
Blind Spot And Lane Departure Warnings Accident Avoidance System
Post-Collision Safety System
Pre-Collision Safety System
Remote Anti-Theft Alarm System
4-Wheel ABS
Passenger Airbag Occupant Sensing Deactivation
Rear Height Adjustable Headrests
Rear Center 3-Point Belt
Turn Signal Mirrors

Options

Packages: 
VW Care
Combination Assistance Kit
Roadside Assistance Kit
2nd-Row Dual Captain's Chairs
Exterior Options: 
Side Steps
Wheel Locks
Rear Bumper Applique
Trailer Hatch Extras
Roof Rack
Hood Deflector
Splash Guards
Interior Options: 
Carpeted Mats (Bench Seats)
Rearview Mirror W/HomeLink
Rubber Mats Kit (Captain's Chairs)
Luggage Net
Privacy Cover
Rubber Mats Kit (Bench Seats)
Carpeted Mats (Captain's Chairs)

Colors

Interior Colors: 
Color: 
Titan Black, leatherette
#000000
Mauro Brown, leatherette
#4B3B37
Shetland Beige, leatherette
#D2CAC3
Color: 
Ebony, Premium leather/sueded microfiber
#0F0F0F
Orchid/Black, Premium leather/sueded microfiber
#BAB5AE
Red, Premium leather/sueded microfiber
#A02720