One of the largest and most capable Volkswagen vehicles is also the newest. The Volkswagen Atlas was introduced for the 2018 model year and its debut model has been a smashing success. Classified as a mid-size SUV and not a crossover, the Atlas comes with some reasonable performance expectations. Specifically, Volkswagen drivers might want to know how much they can pull with this SUV. Keep reading to learn more.
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How much can the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas tow?
As is the case with every vehicle, the Atlas will achieve its maximum towing capacity only when it is properly equipped. That means the engine that puts out the most torque, drivetrain, and the trailer hitch can affect the Atlas’ towing. Well, with the right equipment and specifications, the Volkswagen Atlas can tow up to 5,000 lbs. That compares very favorably to other similar SUVs. The 2018 Dodge Journey only has a maximum towing capacity of 2,500 lbs. and the Ford Edge’s towing weight comes in at 2,000 lbs.
2018 Volkswagen Atlas engine performance
As said above, a large part of a vehicle’s towing power has to do with torque. Torque is the twisting force that causes rotation in your engine. The higher the amount of torque, the more you can pull. The base engine under the Atlas’ hood is a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four-cylinder engine powered by 235 horses. This engine produces 258 pound-foot of torque at 1,600 RPM. Drivers have the option to upgrade their engine to a 3.6-liter V6 powered by 276 horses. 266 pound-foot of torque at 2,750 is put out and contributes to the Atlas’ 5,000-lb. towing capacity. Upper trim levels are available with 4MOTION® all-wheel drive. Come down to Volkswagen of Downtown Los Angeles and experience this SUV for yourself!