There are a lot of three-row SUVs and crossovers out there today. Two of these vehicles that managed to capture our interest most recently are the Volkswagen Atlas and the Dodge Durango. Whereas the Dodge has been around for many years now and undergone numerous design changes and throughout its life, the VW Atlas is a completely new model. They both approach the three-row vehicle category in a different way, but there’s no denying that both approaches work well. Let’s take a closer look at these two vehicles to help you determine which one is right for you.

2018 Dodge Durango

2018 Dodge Durango

The Dodge Durango has been in its current form since 2011. Since the third generation vehicle’s introduction, Dodge has continued to make improvements and additions to the model. Of the three-row SUV crowd, it’s one of the most muscular and masculine around. Dodge even has a high-performance variant of the vehicle if you’re so inclined.

The Durango’s true merits lie in the fact that its interior is crafted for family life, but its exterior is interesting enough to entice fathers or mothers who want something that has a little attitude. Dodge has managed to make a family vehicle that doesn’t bring the negative family-car stigma that ruins minivans and station wagons for many people. Pair that with FCA's excellent Uconnect infotainment system and modern safety features and you have a real winner. 

2018 Dodge Durango interior

Base Price: $29,995 MSRP

Engine: 3.6-liter V6, 5.7-liter V8, or 6.4-liter V8

Transmission: 8-speed automatic

Power: 295 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque (3.6-liter), 360 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque (5.7-liter), or 475 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque (6.4-liter)

Drivetrain Layout: Rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive

Fuel Economy: 19 city / 26 highway (3.6-liter), 14 city / 22 highway (5.7-liter), 13 city / 19 highway (6.4-liter)

Towing Capacity: 8,700 lbs max (6.4-liter)

Seating Capacity: 7-passenger

Leg Room: 40.3 inches (front row), 38.6 inches (second row), and 31.5 inches (third row)

Cargo Volume: 17.2 cubic feet (behind third row), 47.7 cubic feet (behind second row) 84.5 cubic feet (behind first row)

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Dodge Durango Review

Dodge Durango Review

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Volkswagen Atlas

Volkswagen Atlas

The Volkswagen Atlas is the newcomer to the three-row vehicle segment, and it’s made a pretty big impression so far. VW needed to woo American buyers again after its Dieselgate issues, and the Atlas is catered specifically to them. The big three-row vehicle offers ample room inside the cabin and a blocky exterior that leans more towards the masculine side of things. It’s an attractive and tough looking vehicle with a soft and versatile interior.

All that said, VW doesn’t offer the performance upgrades that Dodge does. You can’t get the Atlas as a muscle SUV, but we doubt the prospective buyers of this large vehicle will care much. They want something that’s versatile, comfortable and feature-packed, and the Atlas definitely fits the bill. It features VW's latest infotainment system and a slew of safety features and tech. Also, it sidesteps most of the styling faux pas that some three-row crossovers are currently making. 

Volkswagen Atlas

Base Price: $30,750 MSRP

Engine: 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, 3.6-liter V6

Transmission: 8-speed automatic

Power: 235 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque (2.0-liter), 276 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque (3.6-liter)

Drivetrain Layout: Front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive

Fuel Economy: 22 city / 26 highway (2.0-liter), 18 city / 25 highway (3.6-liter)

Towing Capacity: 5,000 lbs (3.6-liter)

Seating Capacity: 7-passenger

Leg Room: 41.5 inches (front row), 37.6 inches (second row), and 33.7 inches (third row)

Cargo Volume: 20.6 cubic feet (behind third row) 55.5 cubic feet (behind second row), 96.8 cubic feet (behind first row)

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Volkswagen Atlas Review

Volkswagen Atlas Review

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