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2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport: Slightly smaller, much better looking

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.

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Crossover-coupes are a curious trend these days, sacrificing space and utility for sporty style. The Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport narrowly avoids the trope.

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Indeed, its roofline and overall length have been truncated, but the SUV still boasts plenty of cargo capacity.

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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.

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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.   

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It's amazing how the tweaks to the roofline and more steeply raked rear glass give the appearance of a planted and aggressive stance. 

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In fact, the Cross Sport is just over 2 inches shorter than its more upright sibling, which costs passengers an equal measure of headroom.

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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.

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Front-wheel drive or 4Motion all-wheel drive are available. Either way you go, an eight-speed automatic transmission is standard.

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The Cross Sport's main competitor is the Honda Passport.

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Check out our full review of the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport or keep browsing for more pictures. We've got plenty.

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