2018 Volkswagen Atlas V6 SE Long-Term Road Test - New Updates

2018 Volkswagen Atlas V6 SE Long-Term Road Test

New Updates


2018 Volkswagen Atlas: Wrap-Up

by Edmunds

2018 Volkswagen Atlas

Our editors spent a full year with a 2018 Volkswagen Atlas. Read to find out what we thought of VW's new, ultra-roomy three-row SUV.

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2018 Volkswagen Atlas: Monthly Update for June 2019

by Cameron Rogers, Reviews Editor

2018 Volkswagen Atlas

Where Did We Drive It?
We aim to put 20,000 miles on every vehicle in our long-term fleet before it leaves. We usually make it, but every now and then we miss the target — a sports car might not go on many road trips, or we might lose interest in a capable but unremarkable sedan. Disinterest was certainly not the case with our 2018 Volkswagen Atlas. Its gigantic cabin and spacious cargo area have proven popular with families, and even drivers flying solo have chosen the Atlas for its cushy ride. We reached its mileage goal in June, 11 months after it entered our fleet.

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2018 Volkswagen Atlas: Monthly Update for May 2019

by Cameron Rogers, Reviews Editor

2018 Volkswagen Atlas

Where Did We Drive It?
As its tenure with us comes to a close, now seems like a good time to take stock of our soon-to-depart 2018 Volkswagen Atlas. In the past 11 months and nearly 20,000 miles, we've driven the Atlas all over Southern California, along with the occasional trip to Oregon or Utah. To put a finer point on it, our experts have spent enough time behind the driver's seat to provide a thorough analysis of its strengths and faults.

Our findings are below, but if you're more of a TL;DR type, know that our editors generally like everything about our SE with Technology tester, with the exception of its underpowered V6 engine. The Atlas feels lackadaisical even with just a driver on board, and it's downright lethargic when filled with passengers and luggage.

But there I go on an Atlas engine rant again. Read below for a tidy summary.

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2018 Volkswagen Atlas: Monthly Update for April 2019

by Cameron Rogers, Reviews Editor

2018 Volkswagen Atlas

Where Did We Drive It?
It's no surprise that with its adult-friendly third row and large cargo area, the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas is one of the most practical vehicles in our fleet. Its everyday usability means the Atlas is signed out nearly every night, though it doesn't often stray far from home base. We added just 1,296 miles to its odometer in April, well below the 1,600 miles we shoot for every month. Even so, we're on track to hit our 20,000-mile goal by the time the Atlas goes back to Volkswagen in mid-June.

While the Atlas generally stayed close to our Santa Monica headquarters, I borrowed it for a weekend trip to a friend's wedding in Oak Glen, roughly 80 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. I needed room for five passengers and luggage and knew the Atlas was up to the task. It got the job done, transporting us in effortless comfort, with enough cargo room left over to also safely carry a few centerpieces and bottles of wine from the event. Read on to see how it fared for the rest of the month.

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2018 Volkswagen Atlas: Monthly Update for March 2019

by Cameron Rogers, Reviews Editor

2018 Volkswagen Atlas

Where Did We Drive It?
Our 2018 Volkswagen Atlas spent the first half of March tooling around town and performing everyday tasks such as transporting kids and groceries. But our large-and-in-charge SUV had been on commuting duty for months, and one of our editors decided his upcoming road trip to Utah was the perfect opportunity to add some miles to the big brick.

Thanks to the long-distance drive, March is one of the better months for our Atlas in terms of fuel efficiency. And the VW is now on track to meet the 20,000-mile yearly target we set for all our long-term cars.

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2018 Volkswagen Atlas: Monthly Update for February 2019

by Cameron Rogers, Reviews Editor

2018 Volkswagen Atlas

Where Did We Drive It?
With many of our editors out of town on press events (or away from the office after an unexpected outbreak of jury duty), our long-term fleet didn't see much action in February.

Our 2018 Volkswagen Atlas was an exception; we drove it home 26 out of the month's 28 days. We didn't go on any epic road trips or ski vacations, but we still managed to rack up a respectable 1,470 miles during a relatively slow time of the year.

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2018 Volkswagen Atlas: Monthly Update for January 2019

by Cameron Rogers, Reviews Editor

2018 Volkswagen Atlas

Where Did We Drive It?
We didn't take our 2018 Volkswagen Atlas SE on any record-breaking trips in January. Instead, we drove it around L.A. and used it as family transport. Even so, we did take it on a few highway runs to stretch its legs and keep up our respectable monthly fuel economy average.

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2018 Volkswagen Atlas: Monthly Update for December 2018

by Cameron Rogers, Reviews Editor

2018 Volkswagen Atlas

Where Did We Drive It?
For the past few months, we've used our long-term 2018 Volkswagen Atlas as a commuter car, shuffling between work, home and various school functions. In other words, we've driven the Atlas in conditions it would face 99 percent of the time in the real world. But we haven't taken it on a proper, multi-day road trip since Dan Edmunds drove it to Oregon shortly after we got it last July.

Our city-intensive driving patterns have sunk the Atlas' overall fuel economy compared against its EPA estimates. That changed in December. An Edmunds colleague outside of our department took his family to Big Bear, a ski town in our local mountains, over the holiday break and gave us much-needed road trip data while increasing the Atlas' overall fuel economy.

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2018 Volkswagen Atlas: Monthly Update for November 2018

by Cameron Rogers, Reviews Editor

2018 Volkswagen Atlas

Where Did We Drive It?
After October's surfing road trips, our 2018 Volkswagen Atlas resumed a normal month of commuting duties in November. Few of our editors took our big SUV outside of greater L.A., but there were plenty of day trips. Josh drove to Ventura for a quick round of golf, while I transported my family between relatives' homes on Thanksgiving.

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2018 Volkswagen Atlas: Monthly Update for October 2018

by Cameron Rogers, Reviews Editor

2018 Volkswagen Atlas

Where Did We Drive It?
In October, we split our time in the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas between road trips and normal commuting. For most of the month, the Atlas safely shuttled our editors to and from work. While Kathleen found the Atlas mostly enjoyable, its anonymous character enraged Will. Despite Will's derision, Jonathan thought it would be an excellent road-trip companion, loading it up with friends, surfboards and gear for two straight weekends while they searched for the perfect wave.

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2018 Volkswagen Atlas: Monthly Update for September 2018

by Cameron Rogers, Staff Writer

2018 Volkswagen Atlas

Where Did We Drive It?
The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas has been in our fleet for a few months now, which is typically when the new-car smell wears off and we start taking it to task for any flaw, egregious or slight. But judging from this month's logbook comments, we're still singing the Atlas' praises. Lackadaisical acceleration and dull cabin design aside, we haven't really found much to fault the Atlas for. Its all-round excellence is why we recently rated the 2018 Atlas four out of five stars overall.

The Atlas mostly stayed around Los Angeles this month, though Mike took the family on a camping trip to San Clemente one weekend. Read on to find how the city-heavy month affected overall fuel economy.

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2018 Volkswagen Atlas: Monthly Update for August 2018

by Cameron Rogers, Staff Writer

2018 Volkswagen Atlas

Where Did We Drive It?
As Brent alluded to in July's update, our man Dan Edmunds drove our new long-term 2018 Volkswagen Atlas to Oregon at the end of July/beginning of August. In one week, Dan drove more than 2,000 miles, or roughly half of the Atlas' miles traveled up until that point. After his return, our team puttered around the Los Angeles area for the rest of the month. Overall, we added 1,683 miles to the odometer in August.

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2018 Volkswagen Atlas: Monthly Update for July 2018

by Brent Romans, Senior Editor

2018 Volkswagen Atlas

Where Did We Drive It?
We did an admirable job putting our 2018 Volkswagen Atlas to work in its first full month of long-term testing. We started July with 820 miles on the odometer and ended with 3,468. Dan Edmunds and I added the bulk of those miles. I drove the Atlas to Lake Tahoe, California, in the middle of the month, and then Dan drove the Atlas to Oregon at the end of the month.

You'll read Dan's commentary in the Atlas' August update. What follows are my first thoughts on our new Atlas. Short version: It's really good.

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2018 Volkswagen Atlas: Introduction

by Calvin Kim, Road Test Engineer

2018 Volkswagen Atlas

Volkswagen's new midsize SUV is less dynamic and charismatic than the Touareg, but its practicality and price aim right at American buyers.

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