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2020 Toyota Highlander in Albuquerque NM vs 2019 VW Atlas: Which Crossover Reigns Supreme?


The superior refinement and quality of the 2020 Toyota Highlander in Albuquerque NM is without a doubt one of the biggest reasons why it is one of the best-selling midsize crossover SUVs on the market. While it seems tough to beat, the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas is sure to test Toyota's name and stand with the general consumers.

With a lot of drivers gearing towards finding the best vehicle for their families, it's no surprise both these vehicles are great contenders; so which crossover SUV will overthrow the other? Let's find out.

Safety Comparison

The most impressive safety feature included in the 2020 Toyota Highlander in Albuquerque NM is the standard Whiplash Injury Lessening Seats. These seats have been designed specifically to protect the driver, as well as the front passenger, from whiplash. In the event of a rear-end collision, the Whiplash Lessening Seat system works by allowing the backrest to travel backward, helping cushion the driver and the front passenger during a collision. The headrests also move forward during the impact, lessening neck and spine injuries.

Though this brilliant safety technology isn't available in the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas, the Atlas makes up for it with even more impressive features. In fact, the Volkswagen Atlas earned a 5-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) because of its excellent features such as the Intelligent Crash Response System (ICRS) and the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System. The Atlas also includes other stability-enhancing systems including the ability to maintain appropriate stopping power in case of a hard-braking situation.

Performance Comparison

When it comes to performance, both crossover SUVs offer some of the best numbers in the class. The Highlander comes with a tried-and-true 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine with a dual overhead cam and a 16-valve four-cylinder engine delivering 185 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. However, the Volkswagen Atlas outshines in this comparison with its direct injection and turbocharging base engine that can deliver up to 235 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. Transmission wise, the Toyota Highlander has a six-speed automatic transmission with sequential shift mode and snow mode while the Volkswagen Atlas is offered with an eight-speed automatic transmission, putting it ahead of the competition.

Design Comparison

When comparing designs, the Atlas stands out significantly thanks to its ability to accommodate adult passengers without being too large. Although the Toyota Highlander is not unappealing, there's a distinctive look to the Atlas that many drivers are drawn to.

Technology Comparison

Both the 2020 Toyota Highlander in Albuquerque NM and the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas are packed with all the technologies fit for a modern vehicle, such as satellite radio, USB ports, Bluetooth connectivity, touchscreen console, and climate control. However, the Atlas comes out ahead, as it also features a unique driver personalization technology that can store up to four different profiles and can instantly recognize a variety of settings including seat position.

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The 2019 Volkswagen Atlas in Albuquerque NM surpasses the competition with its elegant style and top-notch features. Experience the Volkswagen difference first hand by visiting Fiesta Volkswagen for a test drive today.