2019 VW Atlas

2019 Volkswagen Atlas

2019 Honda Pilot

2019 Honda Pilot

2019 Volkswagen Atlas


2019 Honda Pilot

Starting MSRP

235 hp


280 hp
5,000 lbs

Standard Towing

3,500 lbs
22 mpg city/26 mpg highway

EPA-Estimated City/Highway MPG

19 mpg city/27 mpg highway
96.8 cubic feet

Max Cargo Volume

83.9 cubic feet

2019 Volkswagen Atlas vs. 2019 Honda Pilot

Three-row SUVs offer an unbeatable combination of comfort, utility, and performance. Two of the top choices in the segment are the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas and the 2019 Honda Pilot, but which one has everything that your family needs for their daily drives around Madison and Caseyville? Compare the Volkswagen Atlas vs. Honda Pilot with Auffenberg Volkswagen to find out!

VW Atlas vs. Honda Pilot: Which SUV is a Better Value?

The base 2019 Volkswagen Atlas starts with a lower price tag than the 2019 Honda Pilot:

  • 2019 VW Atlas S – $30,895 MSRP*
  • 2019 Honda Pilot LX – $31,450 MSRP

Since the Pilot costs more, you might assume that it’s bringing more to the roads near East St. Louis and Edwardsville. However, this isn’t actually the case:

  • The 2019 Pilot received a below-average J.D. Power predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of 5. The 2019 Atlas comes out ahead with a score of 3 out of 5. 
  • The Honda Pilot limited warranty only lasts for 3 years or 36,000 miles, while its powertrain warranty lasts for five years or 60,000 miles. Only the Atlas includes a bumper-to-bumper warranty which lasts for 6 years or 72,000 miles.

With the 2020 Honda Pilot arriving at dealerships this month, you might be wondering if its value proposition has improved. The big changes for this year include an even higher starting price and a more expensive top-level “Black Edition” trim. So, if value is your primary concern, there’s no doubt that you’ll be happier in the Atlas.

VW Atlas vs. Honda Pilot: Performance for Every Day

Let’s say that performance is one of the most important factors for your family. Why would you choose the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas vs. Honda Pilot? Here are a few of the most important things to consider:

  • The Pilot is only available with a V6, while the Atlas offers both a V6 and an Inline 4-Cylinder engine. 
  • If you do opt for an Atlas with the I4, you’ll get much better performance on city streets. The Pilot earns just 19 mpg in these conditions, while the Atlas earns an EPA-estimated 22 mpg in the city.
  • The Atlas can tow up to 5,000 pounds of outdoor gear or equipment. If you want to enjoy the same capacity in the Honda Pilot, you’ll need to upgrade with all-wheel drive.

VW Atlas vs. Honda Pilot: Cargo Space & Features

With just 16.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row of seating, the Pilot cargo space will be a disappointment to most drivers. The Volkswagen Atlas interior offers an impressive 20.6 cubic feet behind the third row, making it much more useful for the average driver.

What about when you need more space? Fold down the seats in the Pilot, and you’ll reach a maximum of just 83.9 cubic feet. The VW Atlas cargo space tops out at 96.8 cubic feet, so you’ll never have to make a second trip.

Does the Honda Pilot make up for its limitations by offering more standard features? Don’t get your hopes up. Although both include a rearview camera, a USB port, and a multi-function steering wheel, only the Atlas includes the following features, standard:

  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto® capability
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Auto-levelling headlights

Find Your New Volkswagen Atlas at Auffenberg Volkswagen

Now that you’ve compared the Volkswagen Atlas vs. Honda Pilot, we’d hope that you’re ready to take the next steps! Find a new Volkswagen Atlas for sale in our inventory, or check out our current Volkswagen Atlas lease and finance deals to enjoy even more savings. Then, simply reach out or drive in to take your test drive. You can also see how the Atlas compares to the new Atlas Cross Sport.

*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.

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