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2019 Honda Pilot vs. 2019 Volkswagen Atlas

There is no doubting the popularity of crossover SUVs in the modern automotive industry. A simple look through the available new vehicle inventory at the Meridian Honda showroom will reveal several strong models for customers to consider. For the new model year, a comparison between the 2019 Honda Pilot vs. 2018 Volkswagen Atlas will add a new dimension to the two vehicle’s battle. On paper, it would seem the two are fairly closely matched. However, the new Pilot has a more than a bit more to offer across its expansive trim lineup, LX, EX, EX-L, Touring and Elite, in terms of standard performance and available interior space. Meridian Honda customers can schedule a test drive with the 2019 Pilot today by calling, 601-693-4651.

When it comes to building a successful crossover SUV, the name of the game is usable space. The 2019 Honda Pilot is able to outpace the VW Atlas in a few key areas. While both vehicles offer three rows of seating, the 2019 version of the Honda Pilot can actually fit an extra passenger in its cabin. Most of its trim grades have a maximum seating capacity of eight passengers. The Touring trim can fit seven or eight, depending on how an owner chooses to outfit them and the top-of-the-line Elite version only comes in a seven-passenger configuration. Owners of the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas will only ever be able to fit up to seven people in its passenger cabin.


2019 Honda Pilot Vs. 2018 VW Atlas
3.5-L, V-6 Engine Turbo., 2.0-L, 4-Cyl.
280/262 Horsepower/Torque 235/258
Six-speed automatic Transmission Eight-speed automatic
5,000 lbs. Max. Towing 5,000 lbs.


Performance Specs

The clearest difference between the 2019 Honda Pilot and 2018 Volkswagen Atlas are the two vehicle’s performance specifications. Every available trim of the 2019 Pilot found at Meridian Honda is equipped with a 3.5-liter, V-6 engine, making 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Potential owners will have a six-speed automatic on the Pilot’s LX, EX and EX-L trims, with the Touring and Elite models sporting a nine-speed automatic transmission. By comparison, the standard powertrain set up for the 2018 Atlas is a turbocharged, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine or a naturally aspirated V-6 power plant. Both are attached to an eight-speed automatic and neither engine can match the power output of the 2019 Honda Pilot.

 A front left quarter photo of the 2019 Honda Pilot parked by a lake.
A rear left quarter photo of the 2019 Pilot in motion on the road.

An interior photo of the 2019 Pilot showing the dashboard and front seats.
An interior photo of the 2019 Pilot showing one of the its seating options.