Known primarily for its cavernous cabin, VW Atlas represents a great choice for buyers who are looking for a capable family hauler. It’s been around for a while and after the 2021 update, we are pretty sure that the current generation will remain in production for a few more years. Therefore, we presume that the 2023 VW Atlas will come without more important changes. Still, we won’t exclude the possibility to see minor updates, such as new color options or new standard features.
In any case, the overall layout will remain the same. You may count on a familiar SUV, which has a lot of good things to offer. We like its spacious and comfortable cabin, but we also like the fact that this SUV drives surprisingly well for its size. Furthermore, the infotainment system is pretty intuitive. On the other hand, the biggest complaints go to unimpressive powertrain options, subpar interior quality etc.
As no bigger changes are about to come for the next year, we presume that the 2023 VW Atlas will hit the market sometime late in the year.
2023 VW Atlas Design
As we already mentioned, the current model received an update last year and for that occasion, we saw a couple of pretty interesting changes. Of course, the biggest ones were those in terms of the styling, where we saw a completely new front end, along with several modifications in other areas. Therefore, it’s pretty much for sure that the next year’s model won’t bring more important changes. Still, the 2023 VW Atlas might come with a couple of new color options and similar updates.
Mechanically, things haven’t changed much since the initial launch. Despite the size, this SUV rides on the MQB platform, which is usually used for compact cars. It offers good ride quality, which balances between comfort and athleticism pretty well.
When it comes to interior design, the 2023 VW Atlas will bring no notable changes. This cabin still has a lot of good things to offer, even though the build quality isn’t great. There is a surprisingly big amount of hard plastics. That isn’t something we usually see in models with a VW badge. On the other hand, we like the infotainment system, which offers fast response and which is pretty easy to use.
Still, the strongest point of this interior is its space. This is one of the most spacious mid-size crossovers on the market, which comes standard with three rows of seats. The front seats are spacious and comfortable, with decent support. The second row is as spacious, while the third row is also pretty functional. Finally, there is the generous cargo area. It offers around 20.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind its third-row seats, 55.5 cubic feet with these seats folded down, and 96.8 cubic feet of the total volume, which is impressive for a mid-size SUV.
Although there is always a chance to see novelties in this aspect, we are pretty sure that the next year’s model will continue with a familiar list of standard equipment. Therefore, all models should come standard with keyless entry, push a 6.5-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a digital gauge cluster, a six-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, and two USB ports. Also, there are optional features like dual-zone and tri-zone automatic climate control, remote start, a panoramic sunroof, ambient lighting, a 120-volt household-style power outlet, an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, HD Radio, satellite radio, a 12-speaker stereo, wireless device charging, and three additional USB ports.
When it comes to safety, all models should come standard with goodies like a rearview camera, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking etc. Parking sensors, surround-view camera, adaptive cruise control, road sign recognition, lane keep assist and automatic high beams should be offered as options.
2023 VW Atlas Engines
Under the hood, the 2023 VW Atlas will continue with two familiar engine options. Base models will continue with a 2.0-liter turbo-four, which puts out around 235 horsepower. Models with this engine aren’t particularly fast but should satisfy most drivers. For better and smoother performance, you will have to opt for a 3.6-liter V6, which puts out 276 horsepower. Both engines come coupled with an 8-speed automatic transmission, which does a decent job.
When it comes to fuel economy, the base turbo-four returns around 21 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. The V6 is good for about 18 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. In both cases, fuel economy seems subpar when compared to other classmates.
2023 VW Atlas Release Date and Price
We expect to see the 2023 VW Atlas sometime in the last quarter of the year, with a starting price of around 33.000 dollars. Key competitors are models like Chevy Traverse, Honda Pilot, Nissan Pathfinder etc.