2018 Volkswagen Atlas vs 2018 Subaru Outback

Driver side exterior view of a white 2018 VW Atlas "vs" driver side exterior view of a gray 2018 Subaru Outback

When trying to determine which one of the abundance of SUV options is a fit for you, all you really want is a side-by-side comparison of two models that you are interested in. The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas and the 2018 Subaru Outback offer powerful and efficient engines, All-Wheel Driveability, and spacious and sophisticated cockpits. And even though the 2018 Atlas and 2018 Outback are similar SUVs once you start to see the differences between them one will stand out against the other. Find out all of the similarities and differences between the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas and the 2018 Subaru Outback below with our comprehensive comparison.



Standard Drivetrain Specs

2018 Volkswagen Atlas

Versus

2018 Subaru Outback

2.0L Inline 4-Cylinder Standard Engine 2.5L 4-Cylinder
235 HP/ 258 LB-FT Horsepower/ Torque 175 HP/ 176 LB-FT
8-Speed Automatic Standard Transmission Continuously Variable
22 MPG City/ 26 MPG HWY Fuel Economy 25 MPG City/ 32 MPG HWY

The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas provides substantially more horsepower and torque while the 2018 Subaru Outback provides slightly better fuel economy. The 2018 Atlas also has a 5,000-pound maximum towing capacity and the 2018 Outback only has a 2,700-pound capacity.

Interior Dimensions

2018 Volkswagen Atlas

Versus

2018 Subaru Outback

7 People Seating Capacity 5 People
153.7 Cubic Feet Passenger Volume 108.1 Cubic Feet
20.6 Cubic Feet Standard Cargo Volume 35.5 Cubic Feet
96.8 Cubic Feet Max Cargo Volume 73.3 Cubic Feet

The biggest difference between the 2018 VW Atlas and the 2018 Subaru Outback is their interior space. The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas provides a larger seating capacity as well as much more interior storage space. Standard interior equipment of the 2018 Atlas includes Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control, Under Floor Storage in the cargo area, VW Car-Net App-Connect, Bluetooth® Connectivity, a 6.5” Color Touchscreen Display and a 6-Speaker Stereo System. The 2018 Outback also gets equipped with a standard 6.5” Touchscreen Display but that is where the standard interior equipment similarities end. Overall, the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas is the more powerful, spacious, and accommodating vehicle and you can take the 2018 Atlas for a test drive today at New Century Volkswagen in Glendale, CA.