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2020 Toyota Highlander vs. 2020 Volkswagen Atlas

The battle raging within the crossover SUV segment is as fierce as ever. Just about every automaker produces at least one competent model for potential buyers to consider. Alamo Toyota customers are fortunate because they have a wide range of these vehicles to choose from the class.

A comparison of the 2020 Toyota Highlander vs. 2020 Volkswagen Atlas will not only highlight the changes Toyota made to one of the original crossover SUVs, but also how it is able to fend off a challenge from one of the industry’s best newcomers. Owners of the redesigned 2020 Toyota Highlander will have more standard performance and towing capacity than its VW competitor.

Additionally, the 2020 Highlander can hold more passengers. Customers can start the pre-ordering process today by calling 210-318-4060. 

A side-by-side comparison of the 2020 Toyota Highlander vs. 2020 Volkswagen Atlas.

2020 Toyota Highlander


2020 Volkswagen Atlas

3.5-L, V-6 Standard Engine Turbo., 2.0-L, 4-Cyl.
295/263 Horsepower/Torque 235/258
8 people Max. Passenger Capacity 7 people
5,000 lbs. Standard Towing Capacity 2,000 lbs.


Interior Measurements and Performance Specs

It would be an error to think that just because the 2020 Toyota Highlander and 2020 VW Atlas are three-row crossover SUVs that the same number of passengers can be hauled. The 2020 Highlander offers seating configurations that can accommodate seven or eight passengers – depending on which of the several available trim grades an Alamo Toyota customer chooses to take home. On the other hand, the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas is only outfitted with seats for up to seven people.  

The 2020 Highlander is able to offer more maximum legroom measurements for those sitting in the first and second rows. When the 2020 Highlander is properly configured, it can offer up to 84.3 cubic-feet. The Atlas will offer a bit more, but it might not be enough for people to leave Toyota. 

Alamo Toyota customers will find that the 2020 Toyota Highlander is equipped with a single powertrain to provide efficient performance. A naturally aspirated 3.5-liter, V-6 engine attached to an eight-speed automatic transmission will be under the hood. It will make 295 horsepower and 263 pound-feet of torque, with all trim grades having a 5,000-pound towing capacity.  

Additionally, all versions of the gasoline-powered 2020 Highlander will be able to record around 20 miles per gallon in the city and just under 30 miles per gallon on the highway. The 2020 VW Atlas is available with either a turbocharged four-cylinder or a naturally aspirated V-6. Neither Volkswagen engine is able to make as much power or offers as much fuel economy as the Highlander.