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2023 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport Review, Pricing, and Specs

Overview

Fortunately, removing the third row of seats and taking pruning shears to the roofline of the Volkswagen Atlas does not have a major negative impact on the cargo area of ​​the 2023 Atlas Cross Sport. Unfortunately, these changes do not make the Atlas Cross Sport a more engaging vehicle to drive. A turbocharged four-cylinder comes standard with front-wheel drive. A V-6 and all-wheel drive are both optional. Just like its three-row sibling, the Atlas Cross Sport’s interior is a comfortable and practical space to be in, though it will leave luxury seekers wanting. Buyers looking for a more well-rounded midsize SUV should look to alternatives like the Kia Telluride and the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

What’s new for 2023?

Now in its fourth model year, the Atlas Cross Sport lineup sees no significant changes for 2023. The only trim level to receive any revisions is the Technology Package-equipped SE, which adds Volkswagen’s 10.3-inch Digital Cabin Gauge display.

Prices and which one to buy

We’ll spec the SE model and tack on the optional Technology Package, which includes automatic climate control, leatherette upholstery, passive access, heated front seats, a power-adjustable driver’s seat and an 8.0-inch touchscreen. Based on our most recent instrument tests, we wouldn’t choose the V-6 over the standard turbocharged four-cylinder, as the two deliver nearly identical performance. But we would choose the four-wheel drive system because it improves the ability to go in snow. However, buyers who plan to tow anything with the Atlas Cross Sport will want to get the more torquey V-6 with the Towing Package.

Engine, transmission and performance

A 235-hp turbocharged four-cylinder is standard and a 276-hp 3.6-liter V-6 is available as an option; both engines are offered with either front- or all-wheel drive. With the V-6 and front-wheel drive, the Atlas Cross Sport hit 60 mph in 7.5 seconds in our testing. It’s slightly faster than a similarly equipped three-row Atlas we tested, but 0.1 second slower than the four-wheel drive model with the turbo four. During our test drive, we found the Cross Sport to lack the sporty driving dynamics its throwback appearance would suggest. The ride quality is also less refined than expected, with the wheels bunching up over imperfections and potholes.

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

The four-cylinder Atlas Cross Sport comes with EPA fuel economy ratings of 21 mpg city, 25 mpg highway, and 23 mpg combined for the front-wheel-drive model and 20, 24, and 22 mpg, respectively, for the all-wheel-drive version. The V-6 is thriftier, with ratings of 18 mpg city, 24 mpg highway, and 20 mpg combined for both the front-driver and models with the optional all-wheel drive system. On our 75-mph highway loop, the front-drive V-6 Atlas Cross Sport averaged 25 mpg, and the turbo-four model returned 26 mpg. For more information on the Atlas’ fuel consumption, visit the EPA’s website.

Interior, comfort and cargo

Those familiar with the three-row VW Atlas will find the Cross Sport’s interior familiar despite an updated steering wheel and stitched door panels. Adults will find comfortable seating positions in any of the SUV’s rows, but unlike the regular Atlas, the Cross Sport only offers a bench for its second row. In our testing, the Cross Sport held 30 carry-on bags with the rear seats folded and 14 with the rear seats in use. Those results are better than the Ford Edge (29 cases with seats down and 12 with seats up) and the Hyundai Santa Fe (27 cabinets with seats down and 12 with seats up).

Infotainment and connectivity

All Atlas Cross Sports come with a touchscreen infotainment display that offers both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration; A reconfigurable digital gauge display is also standard across the range. Navigation is optional, as is SiriusXM satellite radio. VWs Car-Net connection app allows for remote start and analysis. Additionally, a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot keeps occupants connected to the Internet while on the road.

Safety and Driver Assistance Features

Volkswagen equips all Atlas Cross Sports with automatic emergency braking and blind spot monitoring, but if you want more advanced driver assistance features, you’ll have to go with one of the higher trim levels. For more information on the Atlas’ crash test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:

  • Standard automatic emergency braking with forward collision warning
  • Standard Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Available adaptive cruise control with a semi-autonomous driving mode

Warranty and Maintenance Cover

While most mainstream brands start with a three-year/36,000-mile warranty, Volkswagen offers a four-year/50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper policy. The power source warranty falls behind others, extending up to five or even 10 years. As consolation, VW covers the first two years of scheduled maintenance.

  • Limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
  • Complimentary maintenance is covered for two years or 20,000 miles

Specifications

Specifications

2022 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport 2.0T 4Motion
Vehicle type: front engine, four-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door hatchback

PRICE
Base/As Tested: $36,730/$46,395
Options: SEL trim (20-inch wheels, adaptive cruise, sunroof, memory seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, 8.0-inch center screen, auto high beams, SiriusXM radio), $7870; R-Line package (dark wheels, R-Line bumpers and badging, leather steering wheel), $1400; Aurora Red Metallic paint, $395

ENGINE
turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4, iron block and aluminum head, direct fuel injection
Displacement: 121 inches31984 cm3
Power: 235 hp @ 5400 rpm
Torque: 258 lb-ft @ 1600 rpm

TRANSMISSION
8-speed automatic

CHASSIS
Suspension, F/R: struts/multilink
Brakes, F/R: 13.2-in ventilated disc/12.2-in ventilated disc
Tires: Goodyear Assurance Finesse
255/50R-20 105T M+S

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase: 117.3 inches
Length: 195.5 inches
Width: 78.3 inches
Height: 67.8 inches
Passenger volume: 112 feet3
Cargo volume: 40 feet3
Curb weight: 4435 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph: 7.4 sec
1/4-mile: 15.7 sec @ 90 mph
100 mph: 20.0 sec

Results above show 1 foot deployment of 0.3 sec. away.
Acceleration, 5–60 mph: 8.0 sec
Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 3.9 sec
Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 5.1 sec
Top speed (gov ltd): 116 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 169 ft
Road holding capacity, 300-ft Skid road: 0.85 g

C/D FUEL ECONOMY
Observed: 19 mpg
75 mph highway driving: 26 mpg
Highway range: 480 miles

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/City/Highway: 22/20/24 mpg

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport SE

VEHICLE TYPE
front engine, front wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door hatchback

PRICE AS TESTED
$40,710 (base price: $39,765)

ENGINE TYPE
DOHC 24-valve V-6, iron block and aluminum head, direct fuel injection

Displacement
220 inches33598 cm3

Force
276 hp @ 6200 rpm

Torque
266 lb-ft @ 2750 rpm

TRANSMISSION
8-speed automatic

CHASSIS
Suspension (F/R): struts/multilink
Brakes (F/R): 13.2-in ventilated disc/12.2-in disc
Tires: Goodyear Assurance Finesse, 255/50R-20 105T M+S

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase: 117.3 inches
Length: 195.5 inches
Width: 78.3 inches
Height: 67.8 inches
Passenger volume: 112 feet3
Cargo volume: 40 feet3
Curb weight: 4285 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph: 7.5 sec
100 mph: 19.3 sec
110 mph: 24.4 sec
Acceleration, 5–60 mph: 7.6 sec
Top gear, 30–50 mph: 3.9 sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: 4.9 sec
1/4 mile: 15.7 sec @ 90 mph
Top speed (governor limited): 116 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 175 ft
Road holding capacity, 300-foot slide slide: 0.82 g

Stand-start access times allow 1-foot deployment of 0.3 sec. away.

C/D FUEL ECONOMY
Observed: 21 mpg
75 mph highway driving: 25 mpg
Freeway range: 460 miles

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/city/highway: 19/17/23 mpg

C/D TEST EXPLAINED

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