VW Atlas vs Ford Explorer in Grand Junction, CO

Compare The Volkswagen Atlas Versus The Ford Explorer

If you're looking for a large SUV in the Grand Junction, Fruita, or Clifton CO area, you've most likely come across the VW Atlas and the Ford Explorer. Both of these larger SUVs includes plenty of space for you, your passengers, and your cargo, a long list of technological advancements, and enough performance to take you wherever you'd like to go. To help you decide on which SUV is right for you, here are a few ways the Volkswagen Atlas and Ford Explorer compare.

Interior Passenger & Cargo Space

While both the VW Atlas and Ford Explorer can hold up to seven passengers, the Volkswagen Atlas comes with more space to spread out. You and your family will enjoy more front headroom, third-row legroom, third-row hip room, and third-row shoulder room in the VW Atlas. You'll also find up to 96.8 cubic feet of cargo room available in the Atlas, while the Explorer only includes up to 87.8 cubic feet.

Power & Performance

The Volkswagen Atlas is available in two engine options, a 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder turbocharged engine, and a 3.6-liter V6. Both of these are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and can include either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive systems. The Ford Explorer also has two engine options that earn less of a miles-per-gallon fuel economy rating.

Helpful Features

The VW Atlas is filled with standard or available luxuries and amenities that are designed to make any drive through Parachute CO or beyond as easy as possible. While the Ford Explorer offers many helpful features, you won't find as many in the Explorer model. Some of the included or available features found in the Atlas but not in the Explorer include:

  • Front and Rear Power Windows - The VW Atlas includes one-touch switches for both. The Ford Explorer only includes one-touch switches for the front windows.
  • Rain-Sensitive Wipers - In the Volkswagen Atlas, your wipers will adjust for you depending on the amount of rain. The Ford Explorer doesn't have this function.
  • Heated Windshield Wiper Nozzles - To counteract the Colorado ice, the VW Atlas can include heated windshield wiper nozzles that won't freeze during cold weather. The Ford Explorer doesn't have this option.
  • Automatic Rearview Mirror Tilt - When you're trying to parallel park, the Volkswagen Atlas is ready to help. The passenger rearview mirror will tilt so you can get a better view of the curb. The Ford Explorer doesn't automatically adjust.


The Volkswagen brand's warranty is better than the Ford brand's warranties. Not only will you find a four-year/50,000-miles basic warranty on the VW Atlas (compared to the three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty of the Ford Explorer), but you'll also discover a seven-year corrosion warranty and paid two-year/20,000-mile scheduled maintenance plan. The Ford Explorer only has a five-year corrosion warranty and doesn't include a paid scheduled maintenance plan.

Learn More About The New Volkswagen Atlas At Grand Junction Volkswagen

If you'd like to see the latest VW Atlas for yourself, we recommend contacting our Grand Junction Volkswagen dealership to set up a test drive. Our team would love to answer your questions, show you around our current Volkswagen inventory, and get you behind the wheel at your next convenience. If you have any questions about how the VW Atlas and Ford Explorer compare, don't hesitate to contact us as well. We're available via phone, online chat, or text and would love to have you stop by our Grand Junction, CO dealership today!

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