Not just another "coupe-over," the Atlas' new Cross Sport variant is a shorter, two-row model aimed squarely at Honda's similarly sized Passport.
Crossover-coupes are a curious trend these days, sacrificing space and utility for sporty style. The Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport narrowly avoids the trope.
Indeed, its roofline and overall length have been truncated, but the SUV still boasts plenty of cargo capacity.
The "sport" part of the Sport Cross equation appears to be missing. The suspension and powertrain are identical (and identically tuned) to the standard Atlas.
The smaller two-row model is aimed at buyers who don't need to seat seven. Losing 5 inches of length makes it a little easier to park.
It's amazing how the tweaks to the roofline and more steeply raked rear glass give the appearance of a planted and aggressive stance.
In fact, the Cross Sport is just over 2 inches shorter than its more upright sibling, which costs passengers an equal measure of headroom.
Buyers have the choice of a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder or a V6 engine in the bay. The V6 boasts a bit more towing capacity, but doesn't feel much more potent around town.
Front-wheel drive or 4Motion all-wheel drive are available. Either way you go, an eight-speed automatic transmission is standard.
The Cross Sport's main competitor is the Honda Passport.
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