Compare the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas to the 2018 Chevy Tahoe


Compare the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas to the 2018 Chevy Tahoe Without Leaving the Comfort of Home!

When you get down to the bone, a family SUV has to be powerful and capable enough to keep up with the busy pace of life, but convenient and comfortable enough to make sure the stuff of living doesn't feel like a chore. If you're spending time ferrying kids to school in Clearwater and soccer practice in the middle of Tampa, at very least, you should be able to enjoy that time. With the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas, fitting up to seven passengers and all the gear that comes along isn't a tight squeeze at all, and if you're the one behind the wheel, you've got the best seat in the house.

If you're looking for the kind of family SUV that makes time of the road feel like time well spent, the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas is a natural choice, but don't just take our word for it-compare it to one of its toughest competitors and see for yourself! The 2018 Chevy Tahoe is also a seven-seater SUV with handsome good looks and a reputation for reliability-let's put these two head-to-head and see which family SUV reigns supreme.

Performance Comparison | 2018 Volkswagen Atlas vs 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe

The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas offers two engine options, giving families in Largo, FL plenty of options for power. The standard engine is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder serving up 235 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. There is another engine worth checking out, however, a 3.6-liter V6 engine rated at 276 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque.

While the 2018 Chevy Tahoe does feature a more powerful starting engine, it is priced almost $18,000 higher than the starting engine in the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas. Meanwhile, you could have 4MOTION® all-wheel drive, the 3.6-liter V6, and all the finest accoutrements in the SEL Premium for less than the starting price of the 2018 Tahoe. This is where you have to think about value and investment.

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Interior & Exterior Design | 2018 Volkswagen Atlas vs 2018 Chevy Tahoe

While these two family SUVs are alike in many ways, they're both rather visually distinct, with the 2018 Chevy Tahoe taking on a more classic, truck-based look that emphasizes boxy shapes and a big, bold, blunt front nose.

By contrast, the 2018 VW Atlas feels a little more modern, with a clean, taut grille that visually widens the Atlas. The front fascia melts into muscular wheel arches over the front and rear wheels, with standard roof rails pulling the eye along a gently sloped roofline, giving the Atlas a dynamic appearance, no matter which angle you catch it from.

Technology & Safety | 2018 Volkswagen Atlas vs 2018 Chevy Tahoe

In terms of technology, the 2018 Atlas is probably going to better meet your needs, especially if you'd like to keep within budget while netting all the bells and whistles you'd like. The 2018 VW Atlas starts with Volkswagen Car-Net® App-Connect and Bluetooth® streaming audio, but higher up the trim tree you'll begin to see larger touch screens and premium audio options. On the other side of the coin, the 2018 Tahoe starts with an 8.0-inch touchscreen, but its premium audio system is also reserved for upper trims.

When it comes to safety, both these SUVs offer robust driver-assist features like Forward Collision Warning with Automatic Emergency Braking or Lane Departure Warning, but as is the case with most of the equipment shared between these two, you'll be paying a lot more for it on the 2018 Tahoe.

Price Comparison | 2018 Volkswagen Atlas vs 2018 Chevy Tahoe

For a little perspective, when it comes to price, things aren't even close between these two; the top-tier trim in the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas lineup is the V6 SEL Premium with 4MOTION® AWD, and it starts at $48,740. By contrast, the 2018 Chevy Tahoe's entry-level trim has a starting MSRP of $48,795-that's no mistake; the entry-level trim, the 2018 Chevy Tahoe LS, starts out more expensive than the highest trim level of the 2018 VW Atlas, and the Tahoe starts without any all-wheel drive or four-wheel drive (4WD) system included, which means if you want that feature, you'll be paying even more.

There's no two ways about it-the 2018 Chevy Tahoe is a great machine, but with such a high price point, it really makes you wonder if you're paying for features of for the name on the badge. If you'd like 4MOTION® all-wheel drive, Volkswagen Digital Cockpit, and a Discover Media touchscreen navigation system, and 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, you'll find it all standard on the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas V6 SEL Premium with 4MOTION® AWD, and you'll find it all for less than the entry-level trim of the 2018 Chevy Tahoe, which is missing an AWD or 4WD system, missing a digital cockpit feature, and riding on 18-inch wheels.

The value of the 2018 VW Atlas is clear, but once you get behind the wheel and experience how luxurious it feels and how well it drives, you'll know you're not compromising, you're simply shopping smart.

So, Where Can I Buy or Lease a New 2018 Volkswagen Atlas SUV?

If you've seen enough online, consider joining us here in our St. Petersburg, FL Volkswagen dealership to see the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas up close and personal. You can test drive your favorite trims and test out the features you're most interested in, and when you find the one for you, our financing team will help you find the right lease or loan agreement to bring it all together.

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