Three-row mid-size SUVs are hard to find. Many drivers want the option to haul more passengers without having to maneuver an oversized vehicle through traffic. A mid-size SUV with three rows of seating with ample cargo space is a great compromise.
The 2021 Ford Explorer and 2021 Volkswagen Atlas are two popular options that provide quality, luxury, power, and seats for seven passengers in a mid-size configuration.
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2021 Ford Explorer
The 2021 Ford Explorer has a starting price of $45,549 and comes in four models: XLT, Limited, ST, and Platinum. It comes standard with Intelligent 4WD and a 2.3-litre EcoBoost I-4 engine that delivers 300 horsepower while upgraded models feature either a 365-hp twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 or 400-hp version of the same engine. The I-4 engine offers 11.7 L/100km city and 8.6 L/100km highway fuel economy.
The base model of the 2021 Explorer includes such features as a terrain management system, rearview camera, FordPass Connect, 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, and more. All models of the 2021 Explorer come standard with Ford's Co-Pilot360 suite of driver-assist features, which includes blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping assist, pre-collision assist, adaptive cruise control, rear-view camera, park assist, and more.
2020 Volkswagen Atlas
Practicality is the name of the game for the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas. Its uniquely sleek design hides a spacious interior that provides the most third-row legroom in its class.
The 2020 Volkswagen Atlas comes in four different model configurations: Trendline, Comfortline, Highline, and Execline. The Atlas starts at $40,095, coming standard with a 2.0-litre I-4 engine that delivers 235 horsepower and a fuel economy of 11.7 L/100km in the city and 9.9 L/100km on the highway. Higher trim levels offer a 3.6-litre V6 with 276 horsepower.
All Atlas models come standard with front assist-autonomous emergency braking, blind spot monitor with rear traffic alert, App-Connect smartphone integration, 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and all-wheel drive.
Making a Decision - 2021 Ford Explorer vs 2021 VW Atlas
While the Volkswagen Atlas offers an attractive starting price, the real value is found in the 2021 Ford Explorer with its plethora of standard technology and driver-assist features. Few automobile manufacturers include so many standard systems in the base price. The Explorer offers drivers a smooth and controlled ride no matter the weather conditions and a comfortable interior that is both passenger and cargo friendly. In total, the 2021 Ford Explorer provides quality and value in a reliable vehicle.
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