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2018 Volkswagen Atlas: Big, bold and just a bit boxy

Volkswagen's new three-row crossover is based on the Crossblue concept we saw in 2013. We liked it then and we like it now.

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Emme Hall
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Welcome to the hotly anticipated 2018 Volkswagen Atlas. The three-row crossover fills a much-needed space in the VW lineup.

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While a 2.0-liter is available, we predict the 3.6-liter V6 with 276 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque will be more popular.

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The Atlas has a length of 16 and a half feet, making it slightly bigger than the Honda Pilot and about the same length as the Ford Explorer.

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Volkswagen's 4Motion all-wheel drive system is optional on all V6 models.

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LED headlights and daytime running lights are standard across all trim lines.

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The profile style crease has an unfortunate intersection with the gas-filler door.

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Only available on the top-of-the-line SEL Premium is the Digital Cockpit. This customizable digital gauge cluster can put the navigation map front and center.

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Drivers can choose what information to be displayed between the gauges and at the center of each gauge as well.

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The interior of the Atlas is full of fine materials, save for the plastic-y looking wood trim on the dash.

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Optional second-row captain's chairs take the seating down from seven adults to six.

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There is nearly 97 cubic feet of cargo space behind the front row.

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Scroll through for more photos of the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas.

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