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2021 Honda Pilot vs. 2021 Volkswagen Atlas

Very few automakers are able to offer as diverse of a lineup of crossover SUV as the roster of platforms produced by Honda. However, that is not to say that the rest of the manufacturers aren’t trying to play catchup. A comparison between the 2021 Honda Pilot vs. 2021 Volkswagen Atlas will certainly provide some important information to people shopping for a vehicle in this area. Honda provides the 2021 Pilot in seven primary trim grades, LX, EX, EX-L, Special Edition, Touring, Elite and Black Edition. Each of them will deliver more standard and available horsepower than its Volkswagen rival, while also being able to match or exceed the VW vehicle’s passenger capacity. Customers can start the pre-ordering process of the 2021 Honda Pilot with a Meridian Honda product expert today by calling, 601-693-4651.

At the most basic level, there are a few similarities between the 2021 Honda Pilot and the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas. Both offer three rows of comfortable seating. However, owners of the 2021 Pilot will be able to hold seven or eight passengers, depending on which of the seven trim grades they choose to take home from the Meridian Honda showroom. The 2021 VW Atlas will only accommodate seven. Each three-row SUV will have very similar dimensions for legroom across both vehicle’s seating solutions. For reference, the 2021 Pilot will make up to 40.9 inches of legroom available for those in the front seat; 38.4 inches available in the middle row, and 31.9 inches for people in rear-most seats. While the 2021 Atlas does offer slightly more cargo volume than the 2021 Pilot, Meridian Honda customers will still be able to haul a lot with up to 83.9 cubic-feet available.


2021 Honda Pilot LX, 2WD Vs. 2021 VW Atlas
3.5-L, V-6 Engine Turbo., 2.0-L, 4-Cyl.
280/262 Horsepower/Torque 235/258
3,500 lbs. Base Towing 2,000 lbs.
8 people Max. Passenger Cap. 7 people


Performance Specs

Every version of the 2021 Honda Pilot coming to the Meridian Honda showroom will have a performance advantage over a corresponding 2021 Volkswagen Atlas. Honda continues to employ a naturally aspirated 3.5-liter, V-6 engine that will be attached to a nine-speed automatic transmission. It will produce 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. On the other hand, the 2021 VW Atlas can be outfitted with one of two available engine options. Base models will use a turbocharged, four-cylinder power plant, with upper trims implementing a V-6. Neither VW engine will produce as much horsepower as the 2021 Pilot, turning out 235 and 276 horsepower, respectively.

Additionally, a 2021 Pilot with two-wheel-drive will be able to tow up to 3,500 pounds and those models with all-wheel-drive can pull as much as 5,000 pounds. The 2021 Atlas can tow 2,000 or 5,000 pounds, depending on which engine and drivetrain combination a customer chooses.

A photo of the driver's cockpit in the 2021 Honda Pilot.
A photo of the front seats in the 2021 Honda Pilot.

A photo of the second row folded down in the 2021 Honda Pilot.
A photo of the cargo area in the 2021 Honda Pilot.