Only 3-weeks with the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas and we’ve already tacked on 17-hundred miles. That included a 3-day trip to Western North Carolina for the fall colors. 18-hours behind the wheel gave us plenty of quality time in VW’s largest U.S. vehicle.
The 276-horsepower naturally-aspirated 3.6-liter VR6 pulled strong even up mountains. The 8-speed automatic changed gears with ease even on down shifts.
Perhaps most impressive was the adaptive cruise control… which adjusted the speed with stealth-like precision. Steering is light but solid. VW’s 4Motion permanent AWD easily handled a steep gravel drive-way and 9-straight hours of rain soaked roads.
The seats are Volkswagen firm and fine for daily commutes… but could be more pliable for long journeys. We’re averaging 19.5 miles per gallon… which is in-line with the EPA’s Combined rating.