2020 VW Atlas vs 2020 Toyota 4Runner Comparison in Huntington Beach, CA

When you need a new SUV to carry your whole world on its shoulders, the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas is the smart choice. With three comfortable rows of seating, cutting-edge safety technology and sophisticated German engineering and style, it's the perfect family shuttle for growing Southern California families. Rivals like the 2020 Toyota 4Runner simply can't compete. But we don't expect you to just take our word for it -- take a closer look at the differences between these two SUVs below. The 2020 4Runner not only costs more than the 2020 Atlas, it doesn't have the flexibility, refinement or safety ratings that you demand for your family. But the Atlas does. Learn more from the experts at McKenna VW!

VW Atlas Interior Cutaway

2020 VW Atlas vs. 2020 Toyota 4Runner: Design

First introduced for the 2018 model year, the Volkswagen Atlas boasts a thoroughly modern design. By contrast, did you know the current Toyota 4Runner generation has pretty much gone mechanically unchanged since 2009? Even though it's been refreshed and facelifted since then, the 2020 Toyota 4Runner is based on a decade-old platform.

Savvy design, lightweight materials and German engineering excellence combine to make the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas amazingly spacious, especially compared to the cramped 2020 Toyota 4Runner. You can get up to seven additional cubic feet of cargo storage and an extra 4.5" of second-row legroom in the VW Atlas compared to the Toyota 4Runner. The 2020 VW Atlas also gives you 3" of additional legroom in the third row compared to the available third row in the 4Runner.

VW Atlas Panoramic Sunroof

2020 VW Atlas vs. 2020 Toyota 4Runner: Features

The outdated 2020 Toyota 4Runner doesn't have laugh lines or crows feet, but it does have halogen headlights as standard equipment that reveal its age. LED fog lights are available, but LED high and low beams aren't even an optional upgrade. On the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas, LED headlights are standard, with a more daylight-like beam of light for you and a sharper look that makes your vehicle easier for others to spot.

A power moonroof is available on the 2020 4Runner, but it's got a small aperture like an ordinary sunroof on a typical sedan. By contrast, choose the 2020 VW Atlas and you can have a giant, panoramic sunroof that runs almost the whole length of the cabin. It's not a convertible, but the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas gets closer than rival SUVs to giving you that drop-top feeling.

Finally, the 2020 VW Atlas offers an optional power liftgate with optional hands-free opening -- just wave your foot under the bumper, even with arms full of groceries, and the Atlas will detect the key in your pocket or purse and open for you automatically. Neither of these features are available on the 2020 Toyota 4Runner.

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VW Atlas Turbocharged Engine

2020 VW Atlas vs. 2020 Toyota 4Runner: Capability

The 2020 Toyota 4Runner makes a bit more horsepower than the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas, but let's take a closer look at the specs. For one thing, the more truck-like 4Runner weighs substantially more than the Atlas, so additional power is needed for similar performance. What's more, the 2020 Toyota 4Runner features an older, thirstier engine. It's naturally aspirated V6 engine only delivers 16 MPG in the city! Meanwhile, the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas gets 20 MPG in the city thanks to a standard turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Not only does the turbocharger boost efficiency, it means more torque comes on at fewer revs, so the 2020 VW Atlas feels more eager when leaving a stoplight. And if you want the pulling power of a V6 engine, the Atlas offers an optional V6 engine as an upgrade. Come test drive them both to see if you can benefit from the more powerful Atlas V6!

Atlas VW Virtual Cockpit

2020 VW Atlas vs. 2020 Toyota 4Runner: Safety

We could tell you all about the safety features of the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas, but the US Government has done some of the legwork for us already. The 2020 VW Atlas earned a five-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration! The 2020 Toyota 4Runner only earned four stars from the NHTSA.

Furthermore, your investment is safer with the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas, too! Where Toyota continues to stand behind its cars with a typical 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas is protected by a 4-year/50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty. That means you'll have up to 12 additional months of warranty protection. If anything goes wrong on your Atlas through no fault of your own during the warranty period, we'll repair it in our service center and you'll pay nothing out of pocket.

VW Atlas Towing Trailer

2020 VW Atlas vs. 2020 Toyota 4Runner: Driver Assistance

Driver assist technology has finally made it to the Toyota 4Runner lineup, but the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas still gives you more. At the entry level, both models come standard with forward collision alert and autonomous emergency braking. Both models even provide pedestrian detection that can not only detect other vehicles but people too.

That said, the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas also comes standard with Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Traffic Alert. Available driver assist upgrades include Adaptive Cruise Control, Overhead View Camera and Park Distance Control with Maneuver Braking. Of these features, only Adaptive Cruise Control can be found on the 2020 Toyota 4Runner.

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As you can see, the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas gives you a lot more for your money than its rival from Toyota. This makes it all the more impressive that the VW Atlas is so much more affordable than the Toyota 4Runner! While the 2020 Toyota 4Runner starts at an MSRP of $36,120, the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas starts at an MSRP of just $31,545. That means, for the even less than the entry-level Toyota 4Runner, you can step up to the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas SE with upgrades like 3-zone Climatronic® climate control, four USB charging ports and a larger 8" infotainment touchscreen.

2020 Volkswagen Atlas2020 Toyota 4Runner
$31,545Starting MSRP*$36,120
7Seating5 (7-Seat Configuration Available)
20 MPG City / 24 MPG HighwayStandard Fuel Economy16 MPG City / 19 MPG Highway
YesAvailable Engine UpgradeNo
96.8 Cubic FeetMaximum Cargo Volume89.7 Cubic Feet
StandardDual-Zone Automatic Climate ControlAvailable Upgrade
StandardBlind Spot MonitorNot Available
4 Years / 50,000 MilesBumper-To-Bumper Warranty3 Years / 36,000 Miles
5 StarsNHTSA Overall Safety Rating4 Stars

*Prices exclude destination, taxes, title, other options, and dealer charges. Dealer sets actual price.