Compare the Volkswagen Atlas vs. the Ford Explorer in Jacksonville


Tom Bush Volkswagen strives to provide a vehicle that suits your daily driving needs in the Orange Park area. In order to do this, we do our best to give you the specifications and features of each vehicle so you know what to expect. If you are deciding between the Volkswagen Atlas and the Ford Explorer, you should find the following information helpful. 

The Volkswagen Atlas is an SUV you'd be proud to drive in Jacksonville Beach. There are a lot of things that make this vehicle stand out. The following are some noteworthy features of the Atlas.


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Engine Options 

When it comes to SUVs, one thing that makes the Atlas stand out are the choices it offers. You can choose the 2.0L engine or the 3.6L V6, which comes with all-wheel-drive. Having this option is great, especially if you are going to be driving through areas with harsh weather conditions or will be driving over harsh terrain in the Saint Augustine area. If you opt for the Ford Explorer, you will have access to three engine options. Choose the 290-horsepower V6, 280-horsepower EcoBoost, or 365-horsepower EcoBoost V6. While you can enjoy power in the Explorer, you will have to give up some efficiency as you cruise through Jacksonville. 

Technology Features 

Volkswagen wanted to make sure they introduced a vehicle you can trust and a vehicle that would make driving through Riverside, FL and elsewhere a little safer without many worries. In that respect, they have succeeded by introducing a suite of standard safety features, like the blind spot monitoring system that warns you there is an object in your blind spot so you avoid hitting it. The Atlas also features a forward collision system that detects other cars or pedestrians in front of you and warns you about them. You'll also have a post-collision braking system, automatic emergency braking function, rearview camera, rear cross traffic alert, and pedestrian detection system as standard features in the Volkswagen Atlas. In comparison, the Ford SUV comes standard with the brand's MyKey function and a rearview camera. 

Interior Comfort 

The Volkswagen Atlas and the Ford Explorer can both seat up to seven. The Atlas features your choice of cloth, leatherette, and leather upholstery for your comfort. You can also opt for features that improve your comfort in extreme weather, including a heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, and even heated second-row seats. In comparison, the Explorer offers less options for your comfort. The Ford SUV continues to reflect the brand's last major update, which occurred back in 2011. If you're looking for ample space to stow items as you travel around the Palm Coast, FL area, you'll want to choose the Volkswagen SUV. The Atlas features up to 96.8 cubic feet of storage space behind the front row of seats, while the Ford Explorer SUV only offers you up to 81.7 cubic feet of storage space with the second- and third-row seats folded down. 

Test Drive the Volkswagen Atlas Today 

Those who are interested in taking the Atlas out on the road should schedule a test drive so you can get a feel for how the vehicle will perform in Daytona, FL and beyond. Keep in mind that this vehicle is going to retain its value a little better than the Explorer and is quite luxurious, so you are not making a mistake in choosing this one. Come to Tom Bush Volkswagen to learn more about how the Atlas compares to the competition today!