The 2021 Atlas is more spacious than the 2021 Pilot. Period. With its standard eight-person capacity (seven if you get the second-row captain’s chairs), the 2021 Atlas seats adults up to around 6’0” comfortably, which is something most three-row midsize SUVs can’t say. The 2021 Pilot certainly can’t say it, as it’s third-row seats will only seat children comfortably. Similarly, the 2021 Atlas has way more cargo space. Behind the third row, there’s 20.6 cu-ft; behind the second, 55.5 cu-ft; behind the first, 96.8 cu-ft. The 2021 Pilot measurements are 16.5 cu-ft, 46.8 cu-ft, and 83.9 cu-ft behind each respective row.
Performance and Drivability
Just like last year’s model, the 2021 Atlas has two engine choices: a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder and a 3.6-liter V6. Unlike last year, AWD is now available on models with the four-cylinder engine. Speaking of which, that four-cylinder puts out 235 horsepower and gets 21-city/24-highway mpg. The 2021 Pilot is rated higher than that with its sole V6 offering, but past Pilot models have struggled to live up to that estimate, particularly for city and suburban drivers. The 2021 Atlas is also agile for its size, handling corners surprisingly well. The 2021 Pilot is floaty when it comes to steering and handling, which is particularly noticeable in bad weather.
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