What’s the Volkswagen Atlas Towing Capacity?

September 28th, 2018 by

Silver 2018 Volkswagen Atlas towing trailer on highway with forested hills in background
The 2018 VW Atlas isn’t just a midsize SUV with great fuel economy, safety features, and interior features. It’s also an impressive tower. The Volkswagen Atlas towing capacity is 5,000 pounds, which is higher than the Honda Pilot with 2WD. Whether you’re hauling a small camper or boat through Des Moines, the new VW Atlas has the muscle required. Explore more of the Atlas SUV’s performance and utility specs below!

Volkswagen Atlas SUV: Engine Options

The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas can be had with one of two engines:

  • 2.0L Turbo 4-Cylinder Engine: This engine comes standard on the S, SE, and SE w/ Technology. It generates up to 235 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque.
  • 3.6L V6 Engine: The SEL and SEL Premium come standard with this engine, which produces 276 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque.

Both engines are paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard for all trims but the SEL Premium.

Volkswagen Atlas SUV: Utility

In addition to impressive tow ratings, the 2018 VW Atlas offers the cargo space and utility you’d expect from a midsize SUV. Behind the second row, you’ll find 20.6 cubic feet of cargo room. With the second-row seats folded, it offers up to 96.8 cubic feet of cargo room, giving you space for just about anything. The VW Atlas has a payload capacity of 1,396 to 1,495 pounds, so it’s always ready to haul. Highlighted utility features include:

  • 60/40 split folding second row
  • Third row with easy entry and 50/50 split-folding seats
  • Under-floor storage with felt lining in cargo area
  • Four trunk tie-down hooks
  • Grocery hook in cargo area

Test Drive a New Atlas at Lithia Volkswagen of Des Moines in Johnston

Schedule a test drive at Lithia Volkswagen of Des Moines near Ubandale and West Des Moines to see what else the Volkswagen Atlas offers! Our sales and finance team can help you secure a Volkswagen Atlas lease or apply for financing. If you have questions about VW warranty and protection plans, don’t hesitate to contact us!


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