Volkswagen Atlas vs. Ford Explorer in St. Cloud, MN

Volkswagen Atlas
Ford Explorer
Specs*
City/Highway MPG 22/26 17/24
Engine Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4 Regular Unleaded V-6
HP 235 @ 4500 rpm 290 @ 6500 rpm
Torque 258 lb-ft @ 160 rpm 255 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
Wheelbase 117.3 112.8
Standard Infotainment 6.5-inch touchscreen 4.2-inch touchscreen
Seating 7 7
Warranty 6-year/72,000 mile basic warranty, 6-year/72,000 mile powertrain, Eich’s Lifetime Powertrain Warranty 3-year/36,000 mile basic warranty, 5-year/60,000 mile powertrain
Base MSRP $30,895 $32,365

Finding the perfect family vehicle around St. Cloud, Minnesota can be a challenge. But thanks to the experts at Eich Volkswagen, it doesn’t have to be. When you’ve narrowed down your search to the Ford Explorer and the Volkswagen Atlas, our experts are here to help you navigate between both models to set you up with one that checks off all your boxes. Whether you’re planning to visit Quarry Park and Nature Preserve with your family on a Saturday or loading up the boat for a cruise along the Mississippi River, you deserve a car that is capable, reliable, and safe. Explore the side-by-side comparison of the VW Atlas and the Ford Explorer, then visit our St. Cloud, MN Volkswagen dealership for a test drive!

While both vehicles seem comparable, there are some major differences between the two to help you decide. The most noticeable differentiator is the price. At a starting MSRP of $30,895, the Volkswagen Atlas comes with an abundance of standard features that make it worthwhile. The Ford Explorer, on the other hand, starts out at $32,365 and base models lack features like adaptive cruise control, collision-mitigation braking, lake-keep assist, and blind-spot monitoring. Do you and your co-pilot fight over the temperature? The VW Atlas comes with standard dual-zone climate control, whereas the Ford Explorer does not. The Volkswagen Atlas also comes standard with a 6.5-inch touchscreen and the base Ford Explorer only offers a 4.2-inch touchscreen, meaning you get more with your money when you opt for a Volkswagen SUV.

The Volkswagen Atlas is also more fuel-efficient, allowing you to save more money at the gas station as well as the dealership. While both vehicles offer plenty of space for up to 7 passengers, the VW Atlas prides itself on three rows of spacious seating without compromising on cargo space. However, despite the large size, many local drivers claim it feels like a smaller vehicle when you’re behind the wheel.

Another place that the Volkswagen Atlas edges out the competition is through the warranty. With a standard 6-year/72,000 mile basic warranty and a 6-year/72,000 mile powertrain warranty, you’ll always feel confident in the driver’s seat. The Ford Explorer comes with a 3-year/36,000 mile basic warranty and a 5-year/60,000 mile powertrain warranty, which barely compares to that of the VW Atlas. Plus, if you buy a new vehicle at Eich Volkswagen, you can take advantage of Eich’s Lifetime Powertrain Warranty.

Ready to get started? Whether you’re from Elk River or Sartell, MN, visit Eich Volkswagen in St. Cloud, MN for an exciting test drive! We’re happy to get you in a car that matches your budget, lifestyle, and goals.

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