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2021 VW Atlas vs. Honda Pilot

2021 VW Atlas


2021 Honda Pilot
$31,545 MSRP*

Starting MSRP

$32,250 MSRP

Trim Levels

5,000 pounds

Base Towing Capacity

3,500 pounds
154.0 cubic feet

Passenger Volume

152.9 cubic feet

Standard Drivetrain


2021 Volkswagen Atlas vs. 2021 Honda Pilot

If you’re looking for a full-size SUV or crossover that can provide ample passenger space, along with a great selection of features to add more capabilities to your Chicago commute, then you may be considering either the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas or Honda Pilot. Both have proven to be strong contenders in their class; however, one manages to deliver more strength and space for passengers on its base trim along with better interior features for you to enjoy. Compare the new 2021 Volkswagen Atlas vs. Honda Pilot to see which comes out on top, then shop for your next SUV or crossover at The Autobarn Volkswagen of Countryside!

2021 VW Atlas vs. Honda Pilot: Price and Trim Levels

When you compare the 2021 Atlas vs. Pilot in terms of starting price, you’ll immediately be impressed that the base Volkswagen Atlas trim comes in at a lower starting price of $31,545 MSRP*, while you’ll have to stretch your budget a bit more if you opt for the Honda Pilot, which has a higher $32,250 MSRP.

Along with having a lower starting price, the Volkswagen Atlas lineup provides customers with more than twice as many trim options as the Honda Pilot. There are 15 Atlas configurations available, which are distinguished by standout features such as a powerful V6 engine, a 4MOTION® all-wheel-drive system, unique Red Line vehicle styling, and much more; opting for the Pilot offers far fewer options within the lineup with only six Pilot trims to choose from.

2021 VW Atlas vs. Honda Pilot: Towing Performance

Another major reason LaGrange drivers will want to bring home a crossover is to take advantage of dependable towing strength to take on tough jobs with ease. When you get behind the wheel of a Volkswagen Atlas, you can take advantage of a powerful standard 5,000-pound towing capacity, which is also standard across the entire lineup, while the Honda Pilot only comes with a base towing capacity of 3,500 pounds. If you want to tow up to 5,000 pounds in the Pilot, you need to upgrade to a higher trim or drivetrain system.

2021 VW Atlas vs. Honda Pilot: Dimensions and Features

Crossover drivers also rely on ample cabin space and plenty of features for their passengers. That’s why the Volkswagen Atlas interior provides drivers with improved dimensions over the Honda Pilot, as the Atlas has a passenger volume of 154 cubic feet, while the Pilot interior only measures 152.9 cubic feet. Once you step inside each model, you’ll also notice the Atlas provides a more complete set of interior features to round out your ride. See how the interior tech, comfort, and safety features for both models compare!

2021 Volkswagen Atlas Features:

  • Touchscreen sound system with 6.5-inch color display
  • Bluetooth® technology with audio streaming
  • App-Connect
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Auto-dimming interior rear view mirror
  • LED interior lighting
  • Rear View Camera System
  • Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Rear Traffic Alert
  • Pedestrian Monitoring
  • Intelligent Crash Response
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring

2021 Honda Pilot Features:

  • 5-inch Color LCD Screen
  • Bluetooth Streaming and Audio
  • Advanced Rear Entertainment System
  • Multi-Angle Rearview Camera
  • Multi-functional center console storage

Find the 2021 VW Atlas for Sale at The Autobarn Volkswagen of Countryside

After you’ve compared the 2021 VW Atlas vs. Honda Pilot, you’ll immediately notice the difference when you opt for an Atlas of your own. Are you ready to drive home in a Volkswagen crossover SUV of your own? Take a look at our inventory of new Atlas models for sale, along with exceptional Volkswagen Atlas lease offers that allow you to save even more on your next purchase. Speak with a member of our finance department who can help you value your current trade-in vehicle or calculate your monthly auto lease payments with our online tool. Contact us today for more information or to schedule an appointment at our Countryside dealership!

*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.Ask your dealer about availability of options and verify that the vehicle includes the equipment your ordered.

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