2021 VW Atlas Starting Price Identical To 2020 Model

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For the 2021 model year, Volkswagen slightly updated the Atlas’ exterior design, tech features, and powertrain configurations. The changes make the Atlas look similar to the sporty, two-row Atlas Cross Sport. Despite the changes, the starting price for the 2021 Atlas won’t be going up. VW announced pricing for the SUV and the base 2021 Atlas S FWD starts at $32,565 including destination, which is identical to the 2020 model.

Although at the base level pricing for the Atlas goes unchanged, that isn’t the case with the entire lineup. The SE and SEL trims both see price increases. For the SE trim, the increase is a modest $200 to $35,915, while the SEL jumps by $1,500 to $43,315. At the top of the range, the SEL Premium R-Line with the V6 engine and all-wheel drive carries a price tag of $51,715 and constitutes a $4,600 increase over the 2020 model. Compared to the Atlas Cross Sport, the regular Atlas is $1,000 more – the sportier, two-row Atlas Cross Sport is priced at $31,565.

Compared to last year, the 2021 Atlas comes with a new three-bar grille that matches the one found on the Atlas Cross Sport, as well as LED headlights as standard. A new front bumper and rear bumper have also been added, while the rear LED taillights are new, too. VW’s increased the Atlas’ overall dimensions, as well, by extending the body by approximately three inches in length.

Volkswagen Atlas

VW’s made some tech changes to the Atlas. There’s an available 8-inch touchscreen that’s standard throughout the lineup except for the base S trim. The SUV can also be fitted with the automaker’s latest Car-Net telematics system, which includes Wi-Fi hot spot. There are new safety features in the SUV, too, like forward collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, pedestrian detection, and automatic emergency braking. Those are standard on every Atlas. Matching the Atlas Cross Sport, the Atlas can now be fitted with traffic jam assist, adaptive cruise control, and a 360-degree camera.

Changes were also made to the SUV’s powertrain configurations. While the engines remain the same – a 2.0-liter four-cylinder and a 3.6-liter V6 – all-wheel drive is now an option on the base four-cylinder engine. Previously, all-wheel drive was only available with the optional V6 engine. Consumers will also find the four-cylinder as the standard engine throughout the Atlas’ entire lineup for 2021, instead of just on lower trims.

For consumers, this means that they can get into an Atlas that looks better, has more powertrain combinations, and more safety features without paying more money. If they feel so inclined, they can now add more tech features to the SUV, all-wheel drive to the more efficient four-cylinder engine, and tick boxes for more advanced driver-assist systems. All of this makes the 2021 model a much better option than last year’s model.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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