2020 Atlas vs 2020 Pilot

2020 Volkswagen Atlas vs 2020 Honda Pilot

The SUV segment has been on the rise for more than two decades now and it shows little sign of slowing. With auto manufacturers producing more and more SUV and crossover models, it’s getting hard to research and compare all of the choices. Let us help.

Today, we’re comparing the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas V6 SEL 4MOTION and the 2020 Honda Pilot Touring AWD. Keep reading to see which is right for you.

2020 Volkswagen Atlas V6 SEL 4MOTION


2020 Honda Pilot Touring AWD




3.6L V6


3.5L V6

276 hp / 266 lb-ft

Horsepower / Torque

280 hp / 262 lb-ft

8-speed auto


9-speed auto





Fuel Economy



2020 Atlas full cabin seating showcase

Spacious Interior

The 2020 Volkswagen Atlas has lots of space. With a standard seating capacity of eight on the lower trims and seven on the higher trims, the 2020 Atlas can get you and the whole crew to your destination in comfort. With the second-row captain’s chairs, that comfort factor goes even higher, with things like heated seats, personal armrests, and automatic climate control. And if you need move cargo, the 2020 Atlas has you covered. Behind the third row, there’s 20.6 cu-ft. Fold those seats down and you get an impressive 55.5 cu-ft. And if you really need some space, the Atlas has 96.8 cu-ft with both rear rows folded down. The Pilot has much less room. The 16.5 cubes behind the third row isn’t that bad, but the lower max volume of 83.9 cu-ft is very noticeable.

Two Engine Choices

The 2020 Volkswagen Atlas has two different engine options: a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder and a 3.6-liter V6. The four-cylinder puts out 235 horses and gets an EPA-estimated 21-city/24-highway. So, if you prefer the more fuel efficient alternative, then you have that option. Additionally, the 2020 Atlas, with either engine, is relatively agile, with responsive steering and poise around corners. The 2020 Pilot only has the optional V6, with many customers reporting real-world mpg figures coming in below the official 19-city/26-highway numbers. The handling is considerably floatier on the 2020 Pilot, as well, making for a less confident driving experience.

2020 Atlas cockpit showcase
2020 Atlas pulling a camper
2020 Atlas exterior shot from behind

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