2018 Volkswagen Atlast multimedia system; Cars.com photos by Christian Lantry We've owned our Best of 2018-winning 2018 Volkswagen Atlas for about six months now, and after living with it for that long, we have some thoughts about its multimedia system.Related: Is the 2018 VW Atlas' Fender Stereo Worth the Cost? The Good Somewhat tellingly, two of the sources of praise don't work in our Chicago headquarters where the Atlas is kept. Maybe not having to experience the flaws as often lets folks focus more on the positive — or, in the case of L.A. Bureau Chief Brian Wong, maybe living somewhere without winter makes him less negative.Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, and integration is seamless." The Bad My chief complaint with the system, and it's one that was echoed by nearly every Chicago staffer, is that the screen is surrounded by capacitive touch buttons. This is a particular problem when trying to adjust the volume or use the tuning knob because your … [Read more...] about Relationship Status With VW Atlas Multimedia System: It’s Complicated
The VW Atlas Tanoak pickup truck concept was arguably the biggest surprise of the New York Auto Show. After all, when was the last time you thought about Volkswagen and trucks? But the concept was quite handsome, and the fact that it was based on the Atlas and its stretched-out MQB platform had us pondering the possibility of the truck reaching production. So we asked our talented rendering artist to envision just that. Overall, we wouldn't expect major changes on a production Atlas Tanoak. The most significant would likely be the use of a normal Atlas SUV front fascia instead of the unique one found on the concept. Volkswagen would want to save as much money as possible in developing the truck to make it profitable, so it would only make sense to utilize as many off-the-shelf pieces as possible from the existing crossover for the pickup. Besides, the standard Atlas nose looks plenty tough and square-jawed as it is. We think there's a chance that the chisled, angular motif between … [Read more...] about VW Atlas Tanoak pickup puts on production duds in renderings
Is the Fender premium stereo in Cars.com's Best of 2018 award-winning Volkswagen Atlas worth $5,800? After comparing this 12-speaker system in an Atlas SEL Premium with the eight-speaker system in our Atlas SEL, we can say, of course not. We pose the question this way because it isn't an optional feature that you can tack onto the Atlas of your choice; it comes standard only on the highest trim level, the SEL Premium, which itself is sold only with the V-6 engine and all-wheel drive for a grand total of $49,665 with destination fee. This is $5,800 more than the non-Premium Atlas SEL V6 AWD and includes many other standard features. Related: Photo Gallery: VW Atlas Cross Sport Concept Stresses Style Over Seating Get 2018 Volkswagen Atlas DetailsFind a 2018 Volkswagen Atlas Near You Atlas SEL Eight-Speaker Audio Donning my sound-off-judge hat, I tested the stereos with music CDs in stationary Atlases with their engines idling — to prevent factors like crappy audio-file … [Read more...] about Is the 2018 VW Atlas’ Fender Stereo Worth the Cost?
The VW Atlas Tanoak pickup remains a concept but according to some analysts, it could prove a production success if the German brand taps into the huge market of female pickup buyers. Autonews reports that in 2017, 18 per cent of all pickup purchases in the United States were made by women, including 21 per cent of midsize pickups. Additionally, women weigh heavily into the final purchasing decisions of such vehicles. Despite this, very few automakers have looked at tapping into this market. According to KBB analyst Rebecca Lindland, this is something Volkswagen could look into. “No one is doing that right now. If you look at what Ford is doing with its messaging aimed at women with the Escape, a campaign like that could work for Volkswagen.” According to Volkswagen of America chief executive Hinrich Woebcken, looking closer into this idea could be a good idea. Atlas underpinnings could be a recipe for success Volkswagen believes that the Atlas Tanoak pickup could be the … [Read more...] about Women May Hold The Key To Success For VW Atlas Pickup
New on sister site PickupTrucks.com this week: Volkswagen brings a surprise concept — the Atlas Tanoak — to the 2018 New York International Auto Show; GMC unveils the AT4 off-road-focused trim of its redesigned 2019 Sierra 1500; and March sales results are in, and pickups are crushing it.Related: Pickup Truck News Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak Concept Check out our first look at a surprise pickup concept from Volkswagen, the Atlas Tanoak, revealed at the 2018 New York auto show. 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 AT4 Also revealed in New York was the all-new AT4 trim from GMC, which debuted on the 2019 Sierra 1500. Pickups Sell Well March sales results include very strong showings from the likes of Ford, Chevrolet and Toyota.Cars.com's Editorial department is your source for automotive news and reviews. In line with Cars.com's long-standing ethics policy, editors and reviewers don't accept gifts or free trips from automakers. The Editorial department is independent of Cars.com's … [Read more...] about VW Atlas Tanoak Concept Tops What’s New This Week on PickupTrucks.com
Today, most of our news comes from the New York auto show, where reporters have attended events Monday and Tuesday and media days formally start Wednesday. For us, this year's show is all about SUVs of all sizes and a lot of plug-in hybrid powertrains. All this and more on Green Car Reports. It's all about crossover utility vehicles at this week's New York auto show media days; the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport was shown with a plug-in hybrid powertrain, just like the concept three years ago, but so far VW is just "studying" it for actual sale in the U.S. The future Lincoln Aviator seven-seat SUV will offer a plug-in hybrid powertrain, though Ford declined to give any details about it at all. The pictures are pretty, though. The redesigned 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid will launch early next year, just a few months after conventional gasoline versions of the latest generation of the best-selling crossover utility vehicle. Waymo plans to add up to 20,000 self-driving Jaguar I-Pace … [Read more...] about 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, Lincoln plug-in hybrid, self-driving Jag I-Pace, shorter VW Atlas: Today’s Car News
In Europe these days, it's all but de rigeur to fit auto-show concept vehicles with plug-in hybrid powertrains. Most of the Volkswagen SUV concepts that previewed what is now the Volkswagen Atlas seven-seat crossover, on sale today, sported plugs—though no such version emerged into production. Tuesday evening, before the New York auto show media days began, VW revealed a "near-production" concept for a shorter, five-seat version of the current Atlas, to go on sale next year as the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport. DON'T MISS: Volkswagen Tiguan Plug-In Hybrid Concept Shown In Detroit (Jan 2016) Predictably, it was fitted with a plug-in hybrid powertrain, albeit a new one that hadn't previously been shown by Volkswagen. It adds a 40-kilowatt (54-horsepower) electric motor to the 276-hp 3.6-liter twin-turbo V-6 now used in the Atlas, powering the front wheels through a 6-speed dual-clutch transmission. A second and more powerful electric motor—85 kw (114 hp) and 199 … [Read more...] about 2020 VW Atlas Cross Sport concept shows plug-in hybrid possible in future
Volkswagen is previewing the next step in its crossover offensive in North America with the presentation of the five-seat Atlas Cross Sport concept. Set to debut at the New York Auto Show, the crossover is a near-production concept which previews a model that will be launched in the United States next year. As the name suggests, the crossover is based on the seven-seat Atlas but it features a sportier exterior with a unique front fascia and distinctive LED headlights. Bigger changes occur farther back as concept adopts a rakish windscreen, a sloping roof and angular C-pillars. Other notable styling details include muscular wheel arches, a tailgate-mounted spoiler and 22-inch aluminum wheels. The overall design is more striking than the standard Atlas and this is partially due to its smaller size. Overall, the concept measures 190.8 inches (4846mm) long, 68.3 inches (1734mm) tall and 79.9 inches (2029mm) wide. For comparison, the seven-seat Atlas is 198.3 inches (5036mm) long, 70.0 … [Read more...] about VW Atlas Cross Sport Concept Is The People’s BMW X6
Perhaps the biggest surprise of the New York Auto Show was the Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak pickup truck. And one of the things that make the Tanoak so intriguing is how it seems pretty feasible to bring to market. It's based on the Atlas, which already has powertrains certified for emissions in America, and at least the front half wouldn't likely need much, if any work to make sure it passes U.S. safety standards. And like the Atlas, it uses the MQB modular platform found in everything from the aforementioned SUV to the Golf. As such, VW wouldn't be investing a lot of money to develop or adapt a from-scratch platform. With all this in mind, the obvious question is: Will VW build it? The answer to that question depends on whether VW should build it, and there are arguments for both sides. … [Read more...] about VW Atlas Tanoak: Would it make sense to build it?
Despite barely being on the market for six months, the 2018 Atlas is getting a mid-year price increase. The move follows a series of price cuts on the redesigned Tiguan worth up to $2,180.At the top of the range, order guides reveal the Atlas has inched even closer to $50,000. Factoring recent price cuts on the Tiguan, our analysis reveals the price gap between some styles has been widened to as much as $7,115.Here's a look at what's changed.Effective January 3, VW has quietly raised base prices by $250 on the 2018 Atlas. All versions are affected, but our analysis shows there have been no subsequent changes in standard equipment.The entry-level Atlas 2.0T S now starts at $31,675, up from $31,425 previously. At the other end of the spectrum, the Atlas V6 SEL Premium with 4MOTION now starts at $49,415 before adding-in options.Mid-year price increases aren't unusual, but the changes come as VW attempts to make the Tiguan more appealing to cross-shoppers with price cuts worth up to $2,180 … [Read more...] about 2018 VW Atlas Gets Mid-Year Price Increases