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2019 Volkswagen Atlas

2019 Honda Pilot

2019 Honda Pilot

2019 Volkswagen Atlas vs. 2019 Honda Pilot

Need a full-size SUV for your Brandon commutes? You may have considered the 2019 Honda Pilot. True, the Pilot offers a cost-effective price-tag and a capable powertrain, but compared to the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas, it’s more expensive and less spacious. Compare the family-friendly Volkswagen Atlas vs. Honda Pilot below to see how much more the new VW Atlas offers Wesley Chapel drivers.

2019 Volkswagen Atlas


2019 Honda Pilot

Starting MSRP

235 hp


280 hp
5,000 pounds

Towing Capacity

5,000 pounds with optional AWD
EPA-estimated 22 mpg city/26 mpg highway

City/Highway MPG

EPA-estimated 19 mpg city/27 mpg highway
96.8 cubic feet

Cargo Volume

83.9 cubic feet

VW Atlas vs. Honda Pilot: Starting MSRP

The 2019 VW Atlas is less expensive than the 2019 Pilot, so you can anticipate lower monthly payments if you opt for a Volkswagen Atlas lease. Compare the prices for their entry-level and range-topping trims below:

  • 2019 VW Atlas S: Starting from $30,895 MSRP*
  • 2019 VW Atlas V6 SEL Premium w/ 4MOTION®: Starting from $48,395 MSRP*
  • 2019 Honda Pilot LX: Starting from $31,450 MSRP
  • 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: Starting from $48,020 MSRP

The Bottom Line: Comparing the Volkswagen Atlas vs. Honda Pilot on pricing, the first thing you’ll notice is that the two are very close competitors. That said, there’s a big difference when we look at each vehicle’s cost-to-own:

  • The Honda Pilot warranty only lasts for three years or 36,000 miles. The Atlas warranty is significantly stronger, with six years or 72,000 miles covered.
  • J.D. Power has given the Honda Pilot a predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of 5, which is below average for the segment. The Atlas did better, with a score of 3 out of 5.

So, if you’re looking for a vehicle that gives you more for the money, the Atlas easily wins out over its rival.

2019 Volkswagen Atlas towing


VW Atlas vs. Honda Pilot: Power & Fuel Economy

How do the Volkswagen Atlas vs. Honda Pilot stack up in terms of engine power, towing specs, and fuel-efficiency? Find out:

  • Engine: The Pilot is powered by a 280-hp 3.5L V6 engine. The base Atlas is powered by a 235-hp 2.0L inline-4 engine, but a 276-hp 3.5L V6 is available.
  • Fuel Economy: The 2019 VW Atlas offers excellent performance with an EPA-estimated 22 mpg city/26 mpg highway rating. The 2019 Honda Pilot earns 19 mpg city/27 mpg highway.
  • Towing Capacity: The Atlas can tow up to 5,000 pounds. The Pilot tows up to 5,000 pounds but only with available all-wheel drive.

The Bottom Line: The Pilot offers a stronger base engine, but if you often find yourself cruising with passengers through St. Petersburg or Clearwater, you’ll appreciate the superior city mileage of the Atlas. Since the Atlas offers you a choice between a more efficient I4 and a more powerful V6, it’s the preferred option for discerning consumers.

2019 Volkswagen Atlas driver view


Interior Features and Finishes: Volkswagen Atlas vs. Honda Pilot

You’ll find many of the same features inside these full-size SUVs, including multifunctional steering wheels, rearview cameras, and USB ports. Nevertheless, the Atlas goes a step further when it comes to comfort, convenience, and technology with the following standard and optional features:

  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ capability
  • 3 front power outlets
  • Roof rack
  • Optional VW Digital Cockpit (features a fully customizable 12.3-inch display with a wide-map view for the navigation system)
2019 Volkswagen Atlas sunroof

Families who choose the VW Atlas will also benefit from more interior space. Even if the rear seats are in use, you’ll still have 20.6 cubic feet of cargo room. The Pilot offers just 16.5 cubic feet under the same conditions. When you need additional room, fold the rear seats down for up to 96.8 cubic feet of Volkswagen Atlas cargo space. The Pilot maxes out at 83.9 cubic feet.The Bottom Line: A more spacious cargo bay and a more premium cabin make this Volkswagen Atlas vs. Honda Pilot matchup into something of a no-brainer. In addition to offering more features, the VW Atlas interior also features more soft-touch materials, as well as striking wooden accents. The Pilot interior is certainly large, but it falls short with less-than-satisfying finishing touches.

Buy or Lease a Volkswagen Atlas for Sale at Reeves Volkswagen!

When it comes to the Volkswagen Atlas vs. Honda Pilot, it’s clear that the VW Atlas is not only less expensive, but also a more accommodating pick for families. Contact us at Reeves Volkswagen in Tampa to learn more about VW Atlas reviews and other great things to love about the Atlas. You can also compare it to the BMW X5. Our friendly staff will also help you schedule a test drive, so you can experience all the Atlas SUV offers in person!

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*Ask your dealer if this vehicle meets the emissions requirements of the state in which you are registering the vehicle. Starting MSRP excludes destination, taxes, title, other options, and dealer charges. Dealer sets actual price. Specifications, equipment, options, and prices are subject to change without notice. Some items may be unavailable when vehicle is built. Ask your dealer about availability of options and verify that the vehicle includes the equipment you ordered.
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