The 2021.5 Volkswagen Atlas starts at $31,555 before freight and delivery charges.
Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as SiriusXM with 360L added for 2021.5.
No mechanical changes announced for the three-row Atlas.
The German brand’s popular three-row SUV just received a mid-cycle refresh, and it’s now going on sale in the United States. The 2021.5 Volkswagen Atlas will start at $31,555, which excludes the $1,195 freight and delivery charges. That’s $10 more than the 2021 model, which will once again compete with the Ford Explorer, the Nissan Pathfinder, the Kia Telluride, the Toyota Highlander, the Honda Pilot and many other midsize crossovers.
The updated three-row Atlas mimics the exterior design cues of the recently introduced Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport, receiving a new three-bar chromed grille, sportier looking front and rear bumpers as well as reshaped taillights. Full LED lighting is now standard, while uplevel SEL and SEL Premium trims gets an adaptive front lighting system. As before, an R-Line appearance package is available, which swaps brings a more aggressive appearance to the bumpers, a glossy black rear air diffuser and side skirts.
The base 2021.5 Volkswagen Atlas S features cloth seat upholstery, dual-zone climate control, forward collision alert with autonomous emergency braking and pedestrian detection, blind spot monitoring, rain-sensing windshield wipers, 18-inch alloy wheels and an infotainment system with 6.5-inch touchscreen. It carries a base MSRP of $31,555. Adding 4MOTION all-wheel drive raises the price to $33,455.
The Atlas SE is priced from $34,905 and includes three-zone climate control, a power tailgate, leatherette seating, heated front seats, wireless phone charging and an eight-inch touchscreen with additional USB ports. With 4MOTION, the SE’s price climbs to $36,805. A Technology package piles on a hands-free tailgate, a panoramic sunroof, 20-inch wheels, adaptive cruise control, park sonar, an intelligent key and a remote engine starter for an extra $2,040.
The Volkwagen Digital Cockpit instrumentation, lane keep assist and Traffic Jam Assist are part of the $42,425 Atlas SEL, while the $47,225 SEL Premium benefits from leather upholstery, Parking Steering Assist, 21-inch wheels, ventilated front seat and heated second-row seats. Second-row captain’s chair can replace the three-passenger bench seat in uplevel trims.
The 2021.5 Volkswagen Atlas comes standard with a turbocharged 2.0L inline-four that develops 235 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, managed by an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the optional 3.6L V6 produces 276 horsepower and 266 pound-feet, allowing for a towing capacity of 5,000 pounds (2,268 kg), and costs between $1,400 and $1,800 more than the 2.0L engine, depending on trim level.
Here’s the pricing breakdown for the 2021.5 Volkswagen Atlas in the United States:
Atlas S: $31,555
Atlas S 4MOTION: $33,455
Atlas SE: $34,905
Atlas SE 4MOTION: $36,805
Atlas SE w/Tech: $36,945
Atlas SE V6 w/Tech: $38,345
Atlas SE w/Tech 4MOTION: $38,845
Atlas SE V6 w/Tech 4MOTION: $40,245
Atlas SE V6 w/Tech R-Line: $39,745
Atlas SE V6 w/Tech R-Line 4MOTION: $41,645
Atlas SEL V6: $42,325
Atlas SEL 4MOTION: $42,425
Atlas SEL V6 4MOTION: $44,225
Atlas SEL R-Line V6: $44,025
Atlas SEL R-Line V6 4MOTION: $45,925
Atlas SEL Premium 4MOTION: $47,225
Atlas SEL Premium V6 4MOTION: $49,025
Atlas SEL Premium R-Line V6 4MOTION: $50,725
So, what’s the difference between the 2021 Atlas and the 2021.5 model? In all trims except the base S, the brand has added the MIB3 infotainment system that includes wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, enhanced voice recognition, USB-C charging and SiriusXM with 360L streaming. Travel Assist and Emergency Assist, two electronic driving aids that can steer the vehicle in its lane or bring it to a halt in the event of an emergency, are also on board as well.