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2021 Honda Pilot vs 2021 Volkswagen Atlas

2021 Pilot vs 2021 Atlas

There are a lot of different SUVs out there to choose from. If you count crossover siblings, the SUV segment is overflowing with options. Each automaker has at least three to four different models in the segment. With well over 100 different choices to research, it can get overwhelming. That’s where we come in.

Here’s our head-to-head comparison of the 2021 Honda Pilot Elite and the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas SEL Premium. Which three-row midsize SUV is the better deal? Take a look.

2021 Honda Pilot Elite


2021 VW Atlas SEL Premium

$48,420* MSRP $48,995
3.5L V6 Engine 3.6L V6
280 hp / 262 lb-ft Horsepower / Torque 276 hp / 266 lb-ft
9-speed auto Transmission 8-speed auto
AWD Drivetrain AWD
19/26/22** Fuel Economy 16/22/18

*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $1120 destination charge and accessories. Dealer prices may vary. MSRP does not include $395 charge for select premium colors. $395 charge only applies to 2021 models.

**Based on 2021 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

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Performance and Fuel Economy

Both the 2021 Honda Pilot and the 2021 VW Atlas have V6s under the hood. They both put out around the same amount of horsepower and torque. Despite those similarities, though, the 2021 Honda Pilot has better fuel economy, by far. EPA estimates for the two vehicles put the 2021 Honda Pilot ahead by three city mpg and four highway and combined mpg. If fuel economy is important to you, the 2021 Honda Pilot is the objectively better choice.

Safety Features

Every 2021 Honda Pilot model is equipped with the Honda Sensing™ tech suite. That means each 2021 Pilot has a Collision Mitigation Braking System™, forward collision warning, lane departure warning with lane keep assist, road departure mitigation, auto high-beam headlights, and a rearview camera. Features like front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert, and LED fog lights are also available. The 2021 Atlas? It gets a forward collision warning system, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert, and a rearview camera. Yeah, that’s it.

Interested in a 2021 Honda Pilot? Give Miller Honda a call.

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