2021 VW Atlas vs 2021 Toyota Highlander

2021 VW Atlas vs 2021 Toyota Highlander

On the market since the year 2000, the Toyota Highlander has always seduced buyers with its spirited silhouette, spacious interior and powerful engine. Competitors have come and gone, but the Highlander has always stood out from the crowd by offering buyers an SUV with numerous amenities and legendary reliability. And even newcomers like the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas can't displace the 2021 Toyota Highlander from its position as the leader in 3-row utility vehicles. Your Toyota dealer in Granby in Montérégie, near Cowansville, tells you more about all the advantages of this Toyota SUV over its rival!

Exterior features

With its sturdy and elegant lines, enhanced with LED lights, a panoramic sunroof and 18 to 20 inch wheels, the 2021 Highlander looks great! 8 versions of the Highlander are available, compared to only 4 for the 2021 Atlas. And among these 8 versions is the arrival of the all-new XSE trim of the Highlander, which will take its place between the XLE and Limited versions and features a spectacular design with a grille and wheels with an exclusive design for this model, as well as headlights with black trim.

Arrière du Toyota Highlander XSE 2021


All versions of the 2021 Toyota Highlander are powered by a 295-hp 3.5-litre V6, which is more than the two engines offered by the Atlas, which have only 235 and 276 horsepower. In addition, your Highlander will offer you a maximum towing capacity of 5,000 pounds on all its versions and offers you the choice, depending on the version you choose, between front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.

But the Highlander also offers another advantage over its VW competitor: a hybrid version! With 240 horsepower, you can tow up to 3,500 pounds and enjoy incredible fuel efficiency of up to 6.9 L/100 km, the best in its class. And as for the gas versions, they have an on-road fuel economy ranging from 8.3 to 8.6 L/100 km, while the least powerful model in the Atlas has a fuel consumption rating of 9.9 L/100 km.

Échappement du Toyota Highlander XSE 2021

Interior features

Depending on the selected version, your 2021 Highlander will be able to seat between 7 and 8 passengers, while the Atlas can only seat 7. What's even more, you'll enjoy a very generous cargo volume, with 1,150 liters behind the second row of seats. Fold down the second and third rows and your Highlander will allow you to store up to 2,356 liters of luggage! You'll also appreciate the remarkable quality of finish and the spacious and comfortable seats, no matter where you sit in your SUV.

Many conveniences and technologies can also be found on board the new Toyota Highlander! Depending on the version and options you choose, you'll be entitled to features like heated and ventilated front seats, 3-zone climate control, a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel and much more. In addition, the Highlander offers a navigation system, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility, an 8-inch or 12.3-inch touch screen - the largest in its class, compared to 10.25 inches for the Atlas - wireless charging for your smartphone and a JBL audio system with Clari-Fi technology, among others.

Sièges rouges à l'intérieur du Toyota Highlander XSE 2021

SUV Safety

The Highlander is also very safe and has nothing to envy its competitor in this regard! For example, many of the features are standard on all versions, which is not the case for the 2021 Atlas :

  • Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 Suite with pre-crash safety braking and pedestrian detection, lane departure alert, automatic cruise control, etc..;
  • Rear view camera;
  • Intelligent Clearance Sonar with automatic emergency braking in the event of rear cross-traffic;
  • Etc.

To learn more about this Atlas vs. Highlander comparison or to learn more about all the features of the 2021 Toyota Highlander, don't wait any longer and come see us today at Granby Toyota! We are located in Montérégie, near Cowansville.

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Vue de côté du Toyota Highlander XSE 2021


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