Specs at a Glance

2018 Volkswagen Atlas

2018 Volkswagen Atlas

Horsepower

  235 hp

MPG (city/mpg)

  22 / 26 *


2019 Dodge Journey

2019 Dodge Journey

Horsepower

  173 hp

MPG (city/mpg)

  19 / 25

2018 Volkswagen Atlas vs 2019 Dodge Journey

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Since its introduction in the 2009 model year, the Dodge Journey has been a strong contender in the midsize SUV market. While the Journey has an unbroken tradition of delivering excellence in many areas, the Volkswagen Atlas may now be giving the Journey a run for its money. The Volkswagen Atlas was only introduced to North American buyers during the 2018 model year, but it is already receiving a significant amount of attention. As you prepare to buy a new midsize SUV soon, you may be wondering whether you should focus your attention squarely on the Journey or experience what the Atlas can deliver. It is easy to lump these two vehicles together because they are in the same vehicle class. However, when you explore their features and capabilities in greater detail, you will see that one automobile is a superior pick over the other one.

Interior and Exterior Styling

It makes sense to select a new midsize SUV with a style that you love. You may plan to drive your next SUV through Farmington Hills regularly, so the interior and exterior design are critical to your enjoyment level behind the wheel. As a new model that only has a year of history in North America, the 2018 Atlas retains a fresh look that sets it apart from other vehicles in its class. The front end has an elongated grille that is integrated with a bold headlight design. This prominent grille is accentuated by defined contouring on the grille and side panels. Altogether, the 2018 Atlas has a unique style with a substantial presence on the road. The Dodge Journey remains mostly unchanged in comparison to the last few model years. The only difference to the exterior is that the 2019 Journey has an updated fascia with a fresh look for the LED headlights. Inside both SUVs, you will find the third row of seating and exceptional style. Because the Atlas has a newer overall design, you may see that it has a more modern look and feel compared to the Journey.

Thoughtful Features

The Journey’s base trim level is more affordable than the Atlas’ base trim level. However, the Atlas has various trim and powertrain options available, giving drivers plenty of ability to customize their driving experience. The 2019 Journey and the 2018 Atlas cap out at roughly the same price for a fully-loaded vehicle. The Atlas comes with a 6.5-inch color touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It is also equipped with a premium cloth as a base material, dual-zone climate control power adjustable front seats, a superior sound system, cruise control and more at the base level. The Journey is equipped with a 4.5-inch touchscreen, keyless entry, a dual-zone climate control, cloth seating and a six-speaker sound system at the base level. Both are available with many additional features as options or standard features depending on the trim that you select.

Superior Performance

While style and comfort may be top priorities for you as you decide which midsize SUV to purchase, performance is also understandably a primary concern. At the base powertrain level, you will notice a significant difference between these two SUVs. The lowest Journey trim is equipped with a four-cylinder, 2.4-liter engine and a six-speed auto transmission. This powertrain gives you 173 horsepower. On the other hand, the lowest Atlas trim level comes with a turbocharged four-cylinder, 2.0-liter engine with 235 horsepower and an eight-speed automatic transmission. Both vehicles have upgraded powertrains and various drivetrain options available.

Make plans to stop by Suburban Volkswagen of Farmington Hills soon. By doing so, you can get more information about the Atlas so that you can make an informed decision about which SUV is a best-fit for your needs.


* Based on EPA estimates. See www.fueleconomy.gov for details. Your mileage will vary and depends on several factors, including your driving habits and vehicle condition.