Drivers are already raving about the new 2020 Toyota Highlander in Albuquerque NM; however, the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas may give the Highlander a run for its money. The Volkswagen Atlas is already well-regarded by drivers thanks in part to its power, safety, and comfort. It is considered one of the most practical vehicles in its class, so the Toyota Highlander is fighting an uphill battle from the start.

The 2020 Toyota Highlander marks the fourth Highlander generation and is the first on Toyota's new platform, which is meant to provide improved handling and ride quality. For the 2020 model year, Toyota also added a couple inches in length and revised body panels to improve cargo area, third-row legroom, and exterior styling.



Though not much information has been released yet on the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas in Albuquerque NM, we expect several of the 2019 model year's features to carry over. Some of these features include standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, three 12-volt DC power outlets, a standard tire mobility kit, and rubber front and rear mats.

For the first time since its inception, the Toyota Highlander is catching up with the times and is offering Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Now that these apps are available in the Highlander, drivers will be able to access Waze maps and Amazon Alexa like Volkswagen Atlas drivers have been doing for years.


Several advanced safety features are offered on the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas, adding significantly to the vehicle's value. Blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and emergency braking are some of the safety features included as standard on all trim levels of the new Volkswagen Atlas.

Emergency braking has been added to the Toyota Highlander for the 2020 model year as well. In years past, this feature was only available on upgraded models with a technology package.  In addition, Toyota Safety Sense is included as a standard package. The upgraded safety suite package also offers lane keeping and centering assist and automatic high beams.    

Though the 2020 Toyota Highlander in Albuquerque NM offers impressive safety features, many of them are only included as upgrades. The 2020 Volkswagen Atlas, on the other hand, offers many of these features as standard equipment on even lower trim levels.


The Volkswagen Atlas performs admirably on hometown or cross-country drives by offering an outstanding ride quality and top-notch handling. Most 2020 Atlas models come equipped with a 6-cylinder engine with 276 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque, however, a 2.0-liter turbo with 235 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque is available as well. Although the Volkswagen Atlas weighs about 4,500 pounds, the vehicle can tow up to 5,000 pounds when properly equipped. That's 500 pounds more than it weighs!

For the 2020 model year, Honda upgraded the Highlander's base engine to a 6-cylinder 295 horsepower engine. It's 8-speed transmission helps the Highlander earn an estimated 22 mpg in combined city/highway driving.

The Highlander comes out slightly ahead in the horsepower category, but the Volkswagen makes up for it in impressive fuel economy.


Final cost has not yet been released by either manufacturer, but based on industry and manufacturer trends, we estimate the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas to offer models starting just over $30,000 and ranging up to almost $50,000 for the highest trim level. We expect the 2020 Toyota Highlander in Albuquerque NM to start around $34,000 and go up to about $46,000 depending on options and upgrades. More budget-conscious buyers will appreciate the lower base cost of the new Volkswagen Atlas because it still includes plenty of safety and convenience features. In addition, the Volkswagen will appeal to those looking for a top-of-the-line model at a reasonable price.

All Things Considered

All things considered; the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas will not be outdone by the 2020 Toyota Highlander. With excellent handling, top-notch features, and reasonable prices, the new Atlas proves it can stay ahead of its competition. We expect this new SUV to arrive in our dealership in late 2019. For more information on the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas or to schedule a test drive, visit us at Fiesta Volkswagen of Albuquerque.