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The winner of this comparison is Dodge.
2018 Dodge Durango SXT
2018 Volkswagen Atlas 2.0T S (A8)
Adjustable head restraints
Automatic temperature control
Emergency communication system
Front dual zone A/C
2018 Dodge Durango vs. 2018 Volkswagen Atlas
If you’re shopping for your next family SUV you may be considering the 2018 Dodge Durango or the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas, as both offer exterior curb appeal, room for up to seven passengers and interiors that are warm and inviting. To help you figure pit which vehicle is best for your family’s needs, we here at Dave Warren Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram have put these SUVs head to head. In order to make our comparison fair, we’ll put the 2018 Dodge Durango GT up against the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas V6 SE with Technology since both share similar price points and trims.
Under the hood of the Volkswagen Atlas you’ll find a 3.6-liter 24-valve V6 engine and an 8-speed automatic transmission that churns out a respectable 276 horsepower and 266 lb.-ft. of torque. Conversely, the Dodge Durango GT is equipped with the very popular Dodge/Chrysler/Jeep 3.6-liter Pentastar® V6 engine that’s paired with a class-exclusive electronic 8-speed transmission delivering 295 horsepower, 260 lb.-ft. of torque and has towing capabilities of up to 6,200 pounds, ideal for your boat, camper or ATV trailer. The Volkswagen Atlas V6 SE offers a front-wheel drive (FWD) configuration while the Dodge Durango GT uses rear-wheel drive (RWD) and both of these fine SUVs have an all-wheel drive (AWD) option (known as 4Motion® in Volkswagen parlance.) The Dodge Durango also features 50/50 weight distribution (RWD models) to provide additional traction in critical driving situations.
Both the Volkswagen Atlas and Dodge Durango offer spacious interiors and share trims like heated front seats, power driver/passenger seats, 60/40 2nd-row seats, 3-zone automatic temperature control and leather-wrapped steering wheel. Where the Atlas uses V-Tex leatherette the Durango presents plush leather suede bucket seats. It should also be noted that the Durango GT comes standard with 2nd-row heated seats. When it comes to technology, both vehicles use Bluetooth® connectivity for hands-free communications—the Volkswagen offers its Car-Net® App-Connect suite and 8-speaker audio system where the Dodge provides an available Uconnect® 4C NAV with 8.4-inch display and an available 9-speaker, 506-watt BeatsAudio™ premium audio system. Come check out our 2018 Dodge Durango inventory near Olean, NY, at Dave Warren Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Jamestown, NY, and test drive this reliable—and very flexible and practical family SUV today!
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