We’re spending 12 months with this Volkswagen Atlas reviewing the elephantine possession abilities with ongoing updates. We beget named the Atlas even handed one of the most Finest Family Autos for 2019.



Tips about how to salvage admission to the windshield wipers

by Frankie Rogers on Will even 10, 2019 

Impress: $49,665 | Impress yours 

Present Odometer: 13,769

Most neatly-liked MPG: 17.47 

Lifetime MPG: 17.68

Upkeep/Service Charges: $149.69

Outing of Service: 0 days

For most vehicles you wouldn’t give a 2d belief as to tricks on how to steal up the windshield wipers. All you enact is attain over make a selection the wiper and pull it up. No longer so on the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas. When of their traditional effect the wiper fingers will no longer certain the high of the hood making it not seemingly to steal them up with out damaging the hood and wiper arm.

So, how enact you salvage the wiper up and out of the vogue in narrate that you might well per chance per chance per chance per chance lovely the windshield or replace the blade? It takes a pair of steps to enact this. First, it’s most reasonable to have to turn the ignition off, then on briefly, then off all over again. 2d, push down on the windshield wiper lever and wait on for one to 2 seconds. The wipers might well per chance per chance beget moved into their service effect, which diagram they are now in a vertical effect and accessible.

At this point you might well per chance per chance per chance per chance steal the wiper away from the windshield and produce salvage admission to to the windshield for cleansing. You are going to be ready to also lovely or replace the blade whereas in this effect. Eliminating the blade entails pressing and preserving the delivery button on the arm whereas also pulling with pressure on the blade in opposition to the wiper arm. Placing in a brand new blade is more or much less a reverse motion and is executed by pushing it in the flawed diagram till it latches in effect. Fold the wiper reduction onto the windshield when executed.

To salvage the wipers reduction to their parked effect spark off the ignition and press the windshield wiper lever down briefly and watch as they magically switch reduction into effect. That’s it, you’re executed! 

Striking the VW Atlas to the Bike Check

by Matt Degen on April 26, 2019

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Present Odometer: 13,279


Most neatly-liked MPG: 21.7 mpg


Lifetime MPG: 19.5 mpg


Upkeep/Service Charges: $149.69


Outing of Service: 0 days

I genuinely beget a straightforward but crucial job when residing with an SUV for any appreciable time: I name it the Bike Check, and it’s precisely what you direct – seeing how effectively a bicycle suits contained in the cargo bay.

Granted, most SUVs will fit a bicycle; it’s that more or much less cargo-carrying flexibility for which many of us beget them. But no longer all are created equal. In smaller crossover SUVs, I infrequently must utilize the entrance wheel or no longer decrease than turn it as I finagle the bike in the reduction as soon as the seats are down.

This previous weekend I effect our prolonged-term Volkswagen Atlas to the Bike Check. And it handed with flying colors.

A longer “mattress” than a pickup truck

The VW Atlas is even handed one of my well-liked 3-row crossovers attributable to it has spacious cargo room with the rear two rows folded – a whopping 96.8 cubic feet, to be right. Even better, the effect is substantial usable attributable to the seats fold flat. And I suggest, flat comparable to you-might well per chance per chance per chance additionally-sleep-in-here flat.

That mixture of dimension and no-angle enables the Atlas to with out complications swallow neat tools admire a mountain bike. Mine slot in, and there turned into as soon as even room to spare. At the same time as you happen to might well per chance per chance beget, direct, a coastline cruiser, the Atlas desires to be tantalizing to transport a form of, too. From the entrance seats to the rear, the VW Atlas’ rear cargo ground stretches over 80 inches – or more than 6 ½ feet. That’s similar or longer than the mattress of most midsize pickups.

One assorted component I liked is that the Atlas’ cargo dwelling isn’t terribly high. That’s even handed one of the most benefits of a crossover SUV. Unlike a susceptible, body-on-body SUV that has to create room for heavy-responsibility pressure formulation and thus has a smarter load ground, crossovers lumber on a sedan-admire unibody chassis and thus beget a decrease load ground.

The Atlas’ cargo-carrying skill is factual one more feather in its practicality cap. With all three rows up, it fortunately ferries seven passengers. Set these seats down, and likewise you might well per chance per chance want got an extended mattress than a midsize pickup truck that can with out complications carry your entire stuffed with life each day life tools.

Palm Springs Boulevard Outing

by Matt DeLorenzo on April 8, 2019

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Present Odometer: 12,089


Most neatly-liked MPG: 19.19


Lifetime MPG: 17.51


Upkeep/Service Charges: $149.69


Outing of Service: 0 days

Consolation is paramount when taking to the delivery road and our VW Atlas even handed one of the most tops in our most modern instant in phrases of turning in on that point when the parkway beckons.

No longer too prolonged ago, I attended a press match in in Rancho Mirage, which turned into as soon as a solid 2-plus hour pressure (or roughly equivalent to Michael Harley’s trip back and forth from points north). Since I dwell within 15 minutes of the effect of job, I don’t salvage the chance to exercise as noteworthy time in the reduction of the wheel as some of our more geographically-prolonged workers.

So, I seemed forward to the pressure and wasn’t disappointed. And the usefulness of the Atlas turned into as soon as underscored with a Home Depot trek to select out up 10 bags of mulch the day before hitting the road to the Palm Springs dwelling.

The parkway trek turned into as soon as uneventful, the Atlas performed flawlessly moreover for a little nibble in the steering. I don’t know if it turned into as soon as the road surface or per chance a a shrimp unbalanced wheel, but we’ll salvage that seemed at at some stage in the next service name. Earlier feedback on the reasonably minute gas tank and decrease than spectacular gas economic system are relevant here, nevertheless, the motorway cruise did yield more than 19 mpg and I turned into as soon as ready to trip almost about 300 miles on a tank and effect factual about 15 gallons in the tank. The flee readout talked about I had about 40 miles to empty when I done.

General, the Atlas is a solid parkway cruiser, the high seating effect the very most exciting perch to glimpse over and around visitors and the engine, when prodded, gives enough passing energy. The air conditioning labored effectively in the desolate tract and I worship the high possibility of the infotainment conceal that made it simple to glimpse and use in the brightest gentle. The roomy layout and driving ease are two sturdy selling points for the Atlas, especially if it’s pressed into household automobile responsibility.

Free up the door with factual a contact

by Frankie Rogers on March 25, 2019 

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Present Odometer: 11,792


Most neatly-liked MPG: 15.64
 

Lifetime MPG: 17.51


Upkeep/Service Charges: $149.69


Outing of Service: 0 days

Our prolonged-term Atlas is equipped with KESSY, which is Volkswagen’s nickname for its electronic locking and starting machine. This keyless salvage admission to machine helps you to release the automobile with out having to contact the main fob. It’s readily available on the SE as well to the SEL trims. This option has confirmed to be extremely life like each time I enter the Atlas. The flexibility to stroll up and simply contact the door address to release it, or contact the minute indentation to lock it, is mind-blowingly simple. There’s no must pull the main fob out of your pocket or purse, let by myself push even handed one of its buttons.

The keyless entry machine has been around for a pair of decades now and turned into as soon as first launched by Siemens in 1995. Mercedes-Benz turned into as soon as the first automaker to make use of it in the 1998 S-Class. Volkswagen first launched its keyless salvage admission to machine in the Phaeton in 2002. When the main fob is within vary of about 5 feet of the automobile’s keyless salvage admission to machine and the door address sensor is activated this can release, or lock reckoning on whether the driver is coming into or exiting.

The entirely intention back I genuinely beget chanced on with the Atlas’ keyless salvage admission to machine is its degree of sensitivity. At the same time as you happen to happen to inadvertently brush in opposition to the door address this can lock in the occasion you had it unlocked and vice versa. I genuinely had been caught in a pair of shedding tournaments of the lock and release recreation whereas cleansing the Atlas’ exterior more than I care to admit. I direct this is a minute designate to pay for the comfort of no longer having to make use of an right key each time it’s most reasonable to have to salvage into the automobile.

What we admire and plan no longer admire about our Volkswagen Atlas

by Frankie Rogers on March 11, 2019 

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Present Odometer: 11,174


Most neatly-liked MPG: 22.18
 

Lifetime MPG: 17.55


Upkeep/Service Charges: $149.69


Outing of Service: 0 days

We beget had our prolonged-term 2018 Volkswagen Atlas for eight months now and beget effect 11,174 miles on the odometer the utilization of it as a on each day basis driver, household hauler, cargo hauler, as well to for transient road journeys to varied points in Los Angeles, Orange County and the Inland Empire. Our time in the reduction of the wheel thus a long way has produced some likes and dislikes regarding the Atlas.

Let’s originate with what we admire:

Quite lots of room: With seating for seven and a formidable 96.8 cubic feet of cargo effect, when the 2d and third rows are folded flat, there is a good deal of effect for folks and cargo. The quantity of effect in the Atlas is most exciting summed up by even handed one of our editors as consisting of “universe-class roominess in all three rows.”

Easy third row salvage admission to: The 2d row folds and slides a long way forward with the pull of a lever making salvage admission to to the third row easy. Once in the third row passengers are afforded substantial room and as our tallest editor on workers principal, “he turned into as soon as simply unable to create himself unhappy.”

Sport mode: Our Atlas has four on-road driving modes from which to take care of: Eco, Usual, Sport and Custom. With Custom mode the driver can modify steering, the pressure machine, Adaptive Cruise Preserve watch over, and climate administration to their preference. Pressure modes add a vary of traits to the driving abilities and thus a long way we have chanced on the Sport mode to be doubtlessly the most responsive and welcoming.

Digital instrument cluster: Volkswagen’s Digital Cockpit is a customizable, high possibility instrument cluster. Being ready to tailor the files in the cluster to the driver’s liking enables entirely that files that is life like to the driver to be displayed.

Right here’s what we abhor:

Feels underpowered: Our Atlas is equipped with a 3.6-liter V6 which looks to be underpowered for a automobile of its dimension and weight. There are occasions when making an attempt to pass one more automobile or making an attempt to merge onto a parkway is a insist except you mash the gas pedal. Per chance a turbo model of the V6 would wait on?

Itsy-bitsy gas tank: We beget chanced on that the Atlas requires frequent refueling and whereas this can additionally very effectively be as a result of gas consumption at some stage in our on each day basis trip back and forth in heavy visitors, we feel it can per chance per chance per chance even be as a result of the smaller gas tank.

Finicky liftgate foot activation: Just some of the editors beget tried, unsuccessfully, to derive the sweet pickle for the Easy Originate liftgate. Whether or no longer swinging your foot , or in a forward kicking motion it’s entirely labored in a handful of cases.

Time for a service confer with

by Frankie Rogers on February 22, 2019 

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Present Odometer: 9,823


Most neatly-liked MPG: 17.34
 

Lifetime MPG: 17.39


Upkeep/Service Charges: $149.69


Outing of Service: 0 days

Our prolonged-term Volkswagen Atlas has been reminding us that this can want its 10,000-mile service soon. No longer too prolonged ago each time we salvage in the Atlas and originate it up a service message pops up in the virtual cockpit. It’s been counting down the miles till we attain 10,000, so it has been doing this for the closing 900 miles.

For the 10,000-mile service that Volkswagen recommends the oil and filter might well be changed, varied systems inspected and the tires turned around. Since a workers member also has a road outing planned with the Atlas in the next couple of weeks taking it in for service sooner reasonably than later looks to be admire the becoming thing to enact. Plus, the constant service reminder is getting a bit tense.

After my closing abilities with a dealership located advance our effect of job in Irvine (see the December 4, 2018 replace) I opted to rob our midsize SUV reduction to CardinaleWay Volkswagen which is shut to my dwelling. I had scheduled an appointment for 9: 00 am so all I needed to enact turned into as soon as ticket up, verify in and hand over the main. While they didn’t direct how prolonged it would rob I presumed no longer decrease than 2 hours and settled in to even handed one of the most effectively-extinct chairs in the ready dwelling. Wi-Fi turned into as soon as readily available so I could well per chance per chance per chance additionally work whereas ready for the Atlas’ service to be executed.

From the effect I turned into as soon as seated I had a extremely true watch of the service queue and made unique that the Atlas sat precisely the effect I left it for 30 minutes before it turned into as soon as moved to a service bay. This bought me wondering if it turned into as soon as going to take a seat down in the service bay for one more 30 minutes before a technician would originate working on it. My discipline turned into as soon as effect to rest when even handed one of the most service advisors came around about 25 minutes later and educated me the work had been executed and the Atlas turned into as soon as being washed and might well be tantalizing soon. All told the entire confer with lasted a shrimp bit over an hour and designate $119.58. I paid the invoice and turned into as soon as handed the main and off I went.

It suits with room for more

by Frankie Rogers on February 8, 2019 

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Present Odometer: 9,340


Most neatly-liked MPG: 17.06
 

Lifetime MPG: 17.37


Upkeep/Service Charges: $30.11


Outing of Service: 0 days

Over the most modern Succesful Bowl weekend my husband and I made up my mind to pull the intention off and replace even handed one of our TVs. We had been researching prices and concepts on a pair of models and in a roundabout diagram settled on one from Sony. We knew from abilities that preserving out and ready for a sale that takes effect over a vacation weekend, admire Memorial Day, Sunless Friday or the Succesful Bowl, might well per chance per chance per chance additionally set us a pair of hundred greenbacks. So, when the designate dropped $300 on the mannequin we had our leer on we knew it turned into as soon as time to decide on.

Enter our prolonged-term 2018 Volkswagen Atlas, a neat midsize SUV with 96.8 cubic feet of effect readily available when the 2d and third rows are folded flat. Did I mention that the new TV turned into as soon as 65-inches? Successfully that TV in its box fit with out complications in the rear cargo dwelling with room to spare. Heck, we might well per chance per chance per chance additionally beget stacked five 65-shuffle TVs on the reduction of the Atlas if we had been so inclined. We entirely wanted one though so in it went with ease. The rear hatch opens tall and broad which allowed for simple maneuverability of an awkwardly-fashioned box.  The hatch even equipped moderately refuge between the SUV and our garage whereas we unloaded the TV at some stage in a rain storm that turned into as soon as pummeling Southern California.

I shock what else we are able to suit on the reduction of the Atlas? Preserve tuned.

The warmth of a steering wheel

by Frankie Rogers on January 25, 2019 

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Present Odometer: 9,140


Most neatly-liked MPG: 18.76
 

Lifetime MPG: 17.37


Upkeep/Service Charges: $30.11


Outing of Service: 0 days

The heated steering wheel turned into as soon as as soon as an amenity uncommon to luxurious vehicles, but now this hand-warming feature might well per chance per chance per chance additionally be chanced on on many non-luxurious producers. The heated steering wheel is obligatory for vehicles pushed in areas the effect the climate produces low temperatures that create going thru an extremely cool steering wheel reasonably unhappy with out a tight pair of gloves. It’s especially life like for these that work from their automobile reasonably than the confines of a warm effect of job.

Our 2018 Volkswagen Atlas is no longer entirely equipped with a heated steering wheel but one which has three settings: low, medium and high. I undergo from cool fingers continuously, even on warm summer season days, so I derive the vary of heat settings life like. Gaining access to and deciding on the lawful atmosphere entirely requires a pair of inputs from the Climate administration menu. After deciding on the heated steering wheel icon in the bottom center of the conceal one more pop up will likely be displayed allowing the patron to take care of from the three temperature concepts. Once a alternative has been made this can heat the steering wheel to that degree each time it’s miles activated. Activation is executed by participating the button with the heated steering wheel icon located next to the auto originate-cease deactivation button. And what a treat it’s miles to pressure with your fingers preserving a warm steering wheel reasonably than an cool cool one. 

Two of my well-liked storage cubbies

by Frankie Rogers on January 9, 2019 

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Present Odometer: 8,025


Most neatly-liked MPG: 16.47
 

Lifetime MPG: 17.17


Upkeep/Service Charges: $30.11


Outing of Service: 0 days

For some there is that one well-liked thing we continuously return as to whether it’s miles a vacation pickle, a pair of jeans or some food dish we’ve bought to beget. For me it’s miles 2 of the storage cubbies in our prolonged-term 2018 Volkswagen Atlas.

I understand it’s factual storage effect but I derive them life like at any time when I salvage in the Atlas. The one on high of the flee is my well-liked. Whether or no longer inserting my glasses, pockets, or assorted tchotchkes I must preserve nearby, I derive myself tickled with its eagerness to wait on my shrimp objects. It’s factual deep ample to wait on eyeglass cases and a ladies’s pockets with out obstructing my watch, but no longer so deep as to swallow objects that is at risk of be sophisticated to retrieve. And sure, I know this isn’t the first or entirely automobile to beget this feature but I derive its dimension, form, depth and attain to be factual lawful.

The many storage cubby I derive life like is the one lawful under the climate controls. It’s broad and deep and can wait on more than one objects of assorted dimension. I genuinely beget placed my phone, pockets, fee cables, and a minute notebook in all of it of sudden and aloof had a shrimp bit effect for more. I especially admire the angle at which the storage effect is positioned as it keeps issues from spilling out. In some vehicles this storage dwelling is flat and objects are inclined to creep out when the automobile is in motion – but no longer with the Atlas.

In the months ahead we’ll beget to glimpse what else we are able to try and fit into the Atlas’ storage cubbies.

Weekend tasks made simple

by Matt DeLorenzo on December 18, 2018

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Present Odometer: 7,171


Most neatly-liked MPG: 19.15


Lifetime MPG: 16.97
 

Upkeep/Service Charges: $30.11


Outing of Service: 0 days

I had the chance to rob the Atlas for a weekend that turned into as soon as full of pre-vacation speeding around, including some browsing, a fun aspect outing to Autos & Coffee at a local outlet mall (with more browsing) and transferring around some neat objects including a donation trek to Salvation Navy and transporting a bike.

Our 2018 VW Atlas performed effectively in all cases and turned into as soon as up to the job as functioning more as a 2-row SUV than a folks-hauling 3-row. With the third row stowed, there is a spacious cargo effect that swallowed up the clothes, books, and a few reasonably uncommon lawn ornaments that per chance fellow staffer Matt Degen might well per chance per chance per chance additionally very effectively be attracted to if he hits the same thrift shop to which I gave the stuff.

Easy rear salvage admission to

On one more browsing trek for Christmas, the Atlas had no trouble ingesting a pretty prolonged, unspecified merchandise that I received’t unique for alarm the recipient might well per chance per chance per chance additionally detect this put up. The flat ground of the cargo dwelling makes loading and unloading a trudge. This lack of liftover and a hatch that is each broad and tall made loading the bike into the reduction a snap.

Riding the V6 Atlas is a pleasure. Masses of energy, substantial visibility from in the reduction of the wheel and a linear feel to the steering and brakes create this neat SUV simple to wheel around. The entirely nit to select out is the touchscreen, which is a bit overly relaxed. I went to curve the quantity knob and my knuckle inadvertently bought shut ample to the conceal to provoke a channel commerce. It has a proximity sensor to create points more accessible, but you desires to have a study out the effect you put your hand.

General, the VW Atlas is proving its value as each a folks and cargo mover.

Two dealerships and a leaking tire

by Frankie Rogers on December 4, 2018

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Present Odometer: 6,733


Most neatly-liked MPG: 19.39


Lifetime MPG: 16.90
 

Upkeep/Service Charges: $30.11


Outing of Service: 0 days

No longer too prolonged ago the low-stress warning came on all over again in our prolonged-term 2018 Volkswagen Atlas. As talked about before in a outdated replace we’ve experienced Volkswagen’s extremely relaxed tire stress monitoring machine (TPMS). We had been a bit skeptical this time since factual two weeks prior we had checked the stress of all four tires and additionally they had been within traditional limits. On this occasion though the warning particularly called out even handed one of the most tires, the left rear. So, with an abundance of tire inflators and gauges at our disposal we intention out and verified that the tire stress turned into as soon as down to 30 psi from 36. A visible inspection of the tire confirmed no indicators of road hazard culprits comparable to a nail, screw, or assorted exciting metal object embedded in the tire. No audible yell might well per chance per chance per chance additionally very effectively be heard, nor did any bubbles ticket up after hosing the tire down with water. We inflated the tire reduction up to 36 psi and made a singular to rob care of an leer on it. After two more warnings popped up, which gave the affect to happen every third or fourth day, we determined it turned into as soon as time to rob it to a local vendor and beget it effectively inspected.

It’s seemingly you’ll per chance per chance per chance mediate taking it to 1 vendor would clear up the insist. No longer so. The first vendor, Norm Reeves Volkswagen Superstore Irvine, had the automobile for decrease than 30 minutes and talked about they couldn’t derive the leak and didn’t know what else to enact. Our affect turned into as soon as that they did the minimal in making an attempt to hit upon the leak and when it wasn’t evident what must be blamed for it they gave up. Apart from, no bureaucracy turned into as soon as created for this confer with which seemed abnormal, but since they truly didn’t repair the rest, we let it trip.

Adore clockwork three days later the low-stress warning came on over all over again and it turned into as soon as firm that a confer with to a particular Volkswagen dealership might well be in protest. The 2d vendor, CardinaleWay Volkswagen in Corona, no longer entirely chanced on the nail causing the air leak additionally they educated us there had been two delivery recalls on the Atlas that desired to be addressed. The recalls had been for a entrance brake caliper carrier slide (advertising campaign 46H6) that desired to be inspected and torqued to spec, and the plenty of turned into as soon as an ECM machine replace (advertising campaign 23X1). All told it entirely took about an hour and a half to salvage the tire patched and each recalls addressed, and additionally they washed the Atlas too.  We certain know which dealership we’ll be visiting for future service on our 2018 Atlas.

Spectacular SUV, Unimpressive Gas Effectivity

by Michael Harley on November 19, 2018

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Present Odometer: 5,890


Most neatly-liked MPG: 15.82


Lifetime MPG: 16.73


Upkeep/Service Charges: $0


Outing of Service: 0 days

No longer too prolonged ago, I borrowed the Volkswagen Atlas for an night so I could well per chance per chance per chance additionally check its gas economic system on my 100-mile trip back and forth across the LA Basin. While the EPA follows abnormal procedures and runs algorithms to discover its legit gas economic system estimates, I enact right-world making an attempt out – driving on a busy like a flash-transferring motorway – and pull the numbers off the automobile’s on-board computer (OBC). Technically talking, my “check” covers 86.2 miles of motorway driving at an moderate amble of about 74 mph – it takes about 70 minutes.

I’ve trek about 40 vehicles thru my check cycle this year, and the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas delivered 24.6 mpg at some stage in the pressure. While that quantity beats the EPA’s estimates (17 mpg city/23 mpg motorway), my abilities says that my 86-mile pressure in total delivers 15-20 p.c better than the governments numbers (my route is a shrimp downhill, shedding about 600 feet of elevation from originate to entire). For comparability, the 2018 Acura MDX (27.8 mpg), 2018 Audi Q7 2.0T (28.0 mpg), and 2019 Infiniti QX50 (30.1 mpg) all beat the Volkswagen Atlas – and additionally they feel more grand from in the reduction of the wheel.

Blame the VW’s naturally aspirated 3.6-liter V6, which struggles to switch the 4,700-pound SUV around town and isn’t a gas miser on the delivery road – it must work too exhausting. It’s a shame Volkswagen doesn’t provide the turbocharged 2.0-liter on the all-wheel pressure, premium, variant. That minute engine delivers a good deal of torque off the line, and it sips gas on the motorway. 

Own usaare frequent and occasionally tricky

by Frankie Rogers on November 5, 2018

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Present Odometer: 5,122

Most neatly-liked MPG: 15.96 

Lifetime MPG: 16.77 

Upkeep/Service Charges: $0 

Outing of Service: 0 days

We’ve had our 2018 Volkswagen Atlas for about four months now and one thing is clear, the Atlas is a thirsty SUV. The Atlas has an EPA rating of 17 city/23 motorway/19 blended, and thus a long way our commutes are averaging around 16 mpg. Our gas economic system numbers are shut to the EPA-rated figures but aloof under. This might well occasionally per chance per chance well additionally very effectively be as a result of varied driving habits from each staffer, distance pushed and the pressure mode chosen. At ticket, we have the Atlas intention in the Sport mode and discover the more insist driving response, more straightforward steering and total sportier feel.

One other variable to take notice of is the dimension of the Atlas’ gas tank, which holds 18.6 gallons. Opponents such because the Honda Pilot and Nissan Pathfinder each beget gas capacities of 19.5 gallons whereas the Toyota Highlander holds 19.2 gallons. A reasonably greater gas tank might well per chance per chance per chance create a difference, nonetheless it can per chance per chance per chance additionally no longer.

Moreover value noting, at some stage in a pair of visits to the gas pickle some staffers had points whereas refueling the effect the nozzle clicked off too soon thus no longer filling up the tank. This bought us wondering if it’s miles in total a total occurrence with the Atlas. A short search on a VW Atlas owner’s discussion board didn’t lead to any findings or mention of such a matter, so we’ll factual beget to rob care of an leer on it and ticket if it persists. 

Cup holders galore

by Frankie Rogers on October 19, 2018

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Present Odometer: 4,499

Most neatly-liked MPG: 16.91

Lifetime MPG: 16.16

Upkeep/Service Charges: $0

Outing of Service: 0 days

Ah, the cup holder. What we know of because the cup holder this day came about in 1983 when Chrysler launched the minivan. The Dodge Caravan and the Plymouth Voyager, genuinely the same automobile, rolled off the assembly line and not using a longer one but two cup holders. Despite the undeniable truth that it would rob years for assorted automobile makers so as to add cup holders to their vehicles a model turned into as soon as started and in the atomize every producer would provide a cup holder of their vehicles.

Now whereas most vehicles haven’t decrease than two cup holders, regularly placed in the console, the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas has a whopping 17 cup holders positioned at some stage in the automobile.  The cup holders vary in dimension to accommodate water bottles, cans of vitality drinks or soda, like a flash food drink cups, baby bottles and neat espresso cups, with a pair that are neat ample to wait on a minute thermos. It might well per chance per chance per chance per chance additionally even be seemingly to suit a juice box in the rear cup holders in the occasion you squeeze it in precisely so.

I tried inserting assorted producers of water bottles, plus a drink cup, in each of the cup holders to salvage a technique of what suits and what doesn’t. I must direct that you might well per chance per chance per chance per chance doubtlessly fit more water bottles in the passenger doorways than is immediate, so that you might well per chance per chance well also conceivably up the entire cup holder quantity to 19. With so many cup holders readily available in the Atlas the chance of running out of effect isn’t likely, genuinely you might well per chance per chance per chance doubtlessly trek out of readily available seats before you might well per chance per chance per chance trek out of cup holders. Good ample, who’s up for a espresso trek? I’m driving.

The watch from up here

by Frankie Rogers on October 5, 2018

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Present Odometer: 4,149


Most neatly-liked MPG: 17.16


Lifetime MPG: 17.47


Upkeep/Service Charges: $0


Outing of Service: 0 days

Stout-dimension SUVs might well per chance per chance per chance additionally very effectively be neat and occasionally exhausting to maneuver in some parking tons and garages but a obvious component of driving one is the easier seating effect. Personally, I discover being ready to gape over and across the entrance reside of vehicles I pressure. It affords the driver a smarter watch of what lies ahead in phrases of the road and diverse vehicles. Our prolonged-term Volkswagen Atlas is a form of SUVs that sits high, 70 inches to be right. Ingredient in the quantity of height adjustment that will per chance per chance per chance additionally be made with the seat adjuster and an moderate-sized person can take a seat high and mighty whereas navigating the Atlas. Seat adjustment is with out complications executed by the utilization of the switches (which resemble a little seat) located on the decrease left aspect of the driver seat.

One other advantage to greater SUVs is visibility. The VW Atlas has a neat windshield and a neat rear window, that isn’t blocked by protruding headrests, plus passenger windows neat ample to permit for unrestricted salvage admission to to the out of doors world. I genuinely beget chanced on that I depend more on taking a see thru the substantial-sized windows when parking than the utilization of the rear watch camera with overhead watch. Despite the undeniable truth that when backing into the tight parking spots on the Kelley Blue E book offices the rear watch camera does is available in at hand each and at any time when.

Personalization

by Frankie Rogers on September 17, 2018

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Present Odometer: 3,358


Most neatly-liked MPG: 17.42


Lifetime MPG: 17.30


Upkeep/Service Charges: $0


Outing of Service: 0 days

A nifty feature that’s readily available on our prolonged-term Volkswagen Atlas is the ability to personalize driver profiles. At the same time as you happen to are the only driver then this feature doubtlessly isn’t that crucial to you, but in the occasion you might well per chance per chance be sharing your Atlas with your companion or assorted family members then this can advance in at hand. Driver profiles are linked with the specific key of every driver so if the keys are shared between family members deciding on the factual profile will preserve each driver tickled. The Driver Profile alternative feature can retailer up to 4 profiles which beget fun personalized preferences comparable to seat and replicate positions, climate settings, navigation, well-liked radio stations and diverse audio settings to name a pair of.

Setting up the person profiles is inconspicuous ample and might well per chance per chance per chance additionally be executed thru the automobile settings menu. Get menu on the infotainment conceal, then the automobile characteristic key, then the automobile settings icon which might well salvage you to the Car Settings menu the effect you might well per chance per chance per chance per chance make a selection Personalization. From there it’s factual a matter of deciding on the driver profile and assigning a repute.

Switching driver profiles follows the same intention-up direction but as one more of assigning a repute the driver factual selects the desired profile from the list. Apart from, a automobile key might well per chance per chance per chance additionally be assigned to a selected driver profile. Right here can also be executed contained in the Personalization feature under settings. Appropriate make a selection the manual key project then faucet establish key to most modern yarn, then press the release button on the right automobile key and wait on for 5 seconds and likewise you’re all intention. 

VW Atlas: Succesful and guilty

by Andy Bornhop on August 30, 2018

Impress: $49,665 | Impress yours

Present Odometer: 2,061


Most neatly-liked MPG: 11.86


Lifetime MPG: 19.20


Upkeep/Service Charges: $0


Outing of Service: 0 days

One in all my sons works as a valet at a local Embassy Suites, parking vehicles. It’s an staunch gig, though he infrequently has to squeeze his 6-foot, 6-shuffle body into a sports activities coupe more elegant for folks who’re about 5-foot, 8 inches. But he manages. And on one most modern day, when he spied KBB’s prolonged-term VW Atlas in our driveway, he exclaimed: “An Atlas! I admire these issues. I genuinely slot in them. I’m seeing them in every single effect now, and additionally they’re diagram roomier than I ever anticipated.”

Indeed it’s miles. KBB’s prolonged-term Volkswagen Atlas, an SEL Top rate mannequin with 4Motion all-wheel pressure, has headroom, legroom and interior width to spare. Moreover, tall drivers don’t beget to gape down to glimpse out the windshield. Two issues desires to make certain to VW: 1) Inside effect is an oft-overpassed component of luxurious (are you able to ever be gratified must you’re little?) and a pair of) Americans, the main target audience for the Chattanooga, Tennessee-constructed Atlas, are a substantial folks, no longer no longer like Germans.  

While we worship the plus-dimension interior quantity of the three-row 7-seat Atlas, the substantial total footprint of VW’s neat SUV does beget some ramifications. Parking on the effect of job (in spots apparently sized for compact vehicles) is a trouble, and the turning radius reminds even handed one of our staffers of her outdated Suburban.

Moreover, gas economic system thus a long way has been a shrimp bit underwhelming. The Atlas is averaging a honest correct 19.3 mpg total, but there had been a pair of tanks wherein it returned entirely 15 mpg. For the report, our KBB prolonged-term Atlas, with its 3.6-liter V6, is ranked by the EPA at 17/23, whereas the Atlas with the 2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder is rated reasonably loads better, at 22/26.

Most as of late: En route to the effect of job this morning, a warning gentle illuminated, telling us that a stress loss had been detected in even handed one of the most Atlas’ substantial 20-shuffle tires. Cycling thru the assorted menus, I tried to glimpse a readout of which tire turned into as soon as the culprit — and the stress it turned into as soon as down to — but getting person stress readouts doesn’t appear to be seemingly on the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas.

Utilizing a gauge, we confirmed that the Atlas tire pressures had been honest correct-looking, all at 36 psi. Show conceal: We’ve had points with VW’s overly finnicky tire stress monitoring systems (TPMS) before. For more about this insist, and for instructions on tricks on how to reset the VW’s TPMS warning gentle, see “Tire stress tricks” in our 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack Ownership Evaluate.    

Introduction

by Frankie Rogers on August 17, 2018

  • Impress: $49,665 | Impress yours
  • Powertrain: 276-horsepower, 3.6-liter V6
  • EPA city/motorway gas economic system: 17/23

The latest member to affix our prolonged-term check instant is the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas. The Atlas is Volkswagen’s first 3-row SUV and it’s the finest automobile it sells. With 153.7 cubic feet of passenger effect and 96.8 cubic feet of cargo effect neat doesn’t even delivery to articulate the quantity of room equipped in this SUV. Add to that ease of ingress and egress of the third row, the most modern abilities and security points, plus a amazing guarantee that happens to be transferable and all of sudden you might well per chance per chance want a midsize SUV that is a valuable gameplayer in its class. And what a class it’s in with the such competitors because the Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, Nissan Pathfinder and Toyota Highlander.

The Volkswagen Atlas begins at $31,425 for the nasty shapely but we opted to trip with the high-degree SEL Top rate with 4Motion (Volkswagen’s all-wheel pressure machine) in Fortana Red Metallic which tallied up to $49,665, including a $925 vacation pickle fee. What enact you salvage on the high-degree shapely? Quite lots of substantial concepts and points. Incorporated on the SEL Top rate are Volkswagen’s Digital Cockpit with a 12.3-shuffle suppose that will per chance per chance per chance additionally be personalized with up to four driver profiles. There can also be a slew of security tech points comparable to forward collision and self sustaining emergency braking with pedestrian monitoring (Front Abet), blind pickle video display with rear visitors alert, lane departure warning and park distance administration (Park Pilot), and an all-around watch camera.

And but more tech

A famous feature in our prolonged-term Atlas is VW Car-Fetch with App-Join which enables the utilization of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto thus allowing your smartphone to connect with the automobile. App-Join locks and unlocks the automobile with out needing the main. You are going to be ready to also use it to envision the automobile’s gas degree and use Family Guardian to rob care of tabs on the youthful drivers in the household. Other famous tech points encompass an 8-shuffle touchscreen navigation machine, Fender audio, 4 USB ports, adaptive cruise administration, and a nifty fingers-free energy liftgate activated by kicking under the rear bumper.

What’s under the hood

Our 2018 Atlas is equipped with a 3.6-liter V6 with 276-horsepower and 266 lb-toes of torque and is mated to an 8-amble automatic. The 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbo with 235-horsepower and 258 lb-toes of torque can also be readily available but entirely on the S, SE, SE w/Technology and the SEL. Its estimated city/motorway mpg is 22/26 when compared with 17/23 for the V6 with 4Motion in our prolonged-term tester.

We’ve had our VW Atlas for factual under a month and beget about 1,600 miles on the odometer thus a long way. We concept on striking it thru its paces with commuting, road journeys, browsing journeys, dwelling enchancment projects and the rest we are able to conceive of that can check its ability and capabilities. Bookmark this internet page in narrate that you might well per chance per chance per chance per chance apply along on the dawdle.

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