2022 Volkswagen Atlas receives high praise from consumers

BY H. THROTTLE
AUTOMOTIVE COLUMNIST

I’m an experienced Volkswagen owner and driver. Never had a model that I didn’t like, dating back to college and a Beetle “Bug.”

Never had a bus, but there were plenty of them operating on college campuses.

Next came a Fastback station wagon that was great in the snow and finally graduating into several Porsche models.  VW has just split out Porsche with a new stock offering.

Now comes the Volkswagen Atlas midsize SUV with three rows of seating.  The Atlas has final assembly in Chattanooga, TN. Prices start at $35,895 upwards, depending upon turbo 4-cylinder or V6.  Both power plants can move VWs largest U.S. vehicle to 60 mph in 7.6  seconds.  Fuel economy average around 22 mpg overall.

Highly rated, the eight-speed transmission is very versatile, smooth as silk, and perfect for mountain driving.  Between the 235-hp motor and the transmission, the SUV has very suitable acceleration.  There is a turbo option for the vehicle that first entered the U.S. market in 2018.  VW likes the Atlas and so do consumers with the vehicle scoring well with consumer satisfaction.  VW states that the Atlas can reach 200,000 miles in extended mileage.  

The drive is precise, comfortable, and surprisingly powerful. The curves melt with a solid suspension system.

The dashboard has an arsenal of technology and safety features.

The sound system is easy to use but only optional channels were still in play with XM radio at year’s end.

I really like this vehicle and give it a very high rating.  Having driven many SUVs, I would put this Atlas right at the top of the list.

It seemed easy to drive and maneuvers very well.  Consumer reports rate it high and the test drive proved them correct.