2022 Volkswagen Atlas vs. Ford Explorer | Merrillville, IN

Stylish and versatile, the 2022 Volkswagen Atlas and 2022 Ford Explorer are three-row premium SUVs worth considering. What is the main difference between these two SUVs? The Volkswagen Atlas is larger and can hold more cargo overall. For more information, read through the following VW Atlas vs. Ford Explorer comparison put together by Team Volkswagen.

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The 2022 Volkswagen Atlas SE starts at $34,335 MSRP, while the 2022 Ford Explorer has a starting MSRP of $33,745.

2022 VW Atlas parked in front of sledding hill

2022 Volkswagen Atlas vs. Ford Explorer Engine Specs & Fuel Economy

Get in and go when you choose either a 2022 Volkswagen Atlas or 2022 Ford Explorer. The VW Atlas comes with standard front-wheel drive (FWD) or available with 4MOTION® with Active Control (all-wheel drive) with the following modes: Snow Mode, On-Road Mode, Off-Road Mode, and Off-Road Custom Mode. The Ford Explorer, on the other hand, comes equipped with rear-wheel drive (RWD) or intelligent four-wheel drive (4WD) with the Terrain Management System™.

View VW Atlas and Ford Explorer engine specs in the following chart.

2022 VW Atlas 2.0L turbo four-cylinder


Horsepower: 235 HP
Torque: 258 lb.-ft.
MPG: 21 city/25 hwy
Towing Capacity: 2,000 lbs.
Transmission: Eight-speed automatic with Tiptronic®

2022 VW Atlas 3.6L V6


Horsepower: 276 HP
Torque: 266 lb.-ft.
MPG: 18 city/24 hwy
Towing Capacity: 5,000 lbs.
Transmission: Eight-speed automatic with Tiptronic

2022 Ford Explorer 2.3L EcoBoost® I4


Horsepower: 300 HP
Torque: 310 lb.-ft.
MPG: 21 city/28 hwy
Towing Capacity: 5,300 lbs.
Transmission: Ten-speed automatic

2022 Ford Explorer 3.3L Hybrid


Horsepower: 318 HP
Torque: 322 lb.-ft.
MPG: 27 city/28 hwy
Towing Capacity: 5,000 lbs.
Transmission: Ten-speed automatic

2022 Ford Explorer 3.0L EcoBoost V6


Horsepower: 365/400 HP
Torque: 380/415 lb.-ft.
MPG: 18 city/26 hwy
Towing Capacity: 5,600 lbs.
Transmission: Ten-speed automatic

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