2018 VW Atlas vs GMC Acadia Indio CA

2018 Volkswagen Atlas


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2018 Volkswagen Atlas

2018 GMC Acadia


8-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

Roof rails


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Base horsepower @ rpm

276 @ 6,200

194 @ 6,300

Turning diameter, feet



2018 Volkswagen Atlas vs 2018 GMC Acadia near Palm Springs, CA

Are you seeking a large, roomy SUV? If so, you are in luck because there are multiple SUVs out there that meet that criteria. We'll discuss a couple of them here. The VW Atlas offers space for tall passengers, and has an easily-accessible and roomy third row. The GMC Acadia offers different seating configurations. New for the Acadia's 2018 model year are available features like Tire Fill Alert, 20-inch wheels and a heated steering wheel. The Atlas is all-new for the 2018 model year. Continue reading to learn all about how the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas and the 2018 GMC Acadia face off!

2018 Volkswagen Atlas Power & Handling

One available engine for the Atlas is a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4. It produces up to 235 horsepower @ 4,500 rpm and 258 lb-ft of torque @ 1,600 rpm. For fuel economy you may expect up to 26 mpg highway and 22 mpg city. There is another available engine, which is a 3.6-liter V6. It produces up to 276 horsepower @ 6,200 rpm and 266 lb-ft of torque @ 2,750 rpm. For fuel economy with this engine you can expect up to 25 mpg highway and 18 mpg city with front-wheel drive, and up to 23 mpg highway and 17 mpg city with all-wheel drive.

2018 GMC Acadia Power & Handling

The 2018 GMC Acadia is available with a 2.5-liter inline-4 engine. Its horsepower and torque numbers are 194 @ 6,300 and 190 lb-ft @ 4,400, respectively. For fuel economy with front-wheel drive expect up to 26 mpg highway and 18 mpg city. With all-wheel drive you can expect good fuel economy numbers as well. The Acadia's top towing capacity is disappointing compared to its rivals, coming in at 4,000 pounds.

2018 Volkswagen Atlas Features & Design

The 2018 VW Atlas S trim provides a six-speaker audio system, a 6.5-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, CarPlay/Android Auto, power mirrors, two-zone climate control and cruise control. The S also provides 18-inch aluminum wheels, front LED lighting and cloth-covered seats. Standard safety equipment includes--but is not limited to--automatic post-collision braking and six airbags.

2018 GMC Acadia Features & Design

The 2018 GMC Acadia offers a Drive Mode Selector that lets a driver control how the suspension and engine behave. The Drive Mode Selector includes a Trailer/Tow mode, but as indicated above the Acadia's towing capacity is disappointing. The vehicle's base SL trim automatically gets you numerous power assists, tri-zone automatic climate control, a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot, five USB ports and a rear-seat reminder system. If you need excellent maximum cargo space then the GMC Acadia will not leave you impressed; instead, seek out an alternative, like the Atlas!


As we have discussed above, both the 2018 VW Atlas and the 2018 GMC Acadia offer many great things to prospective buyers. While the 2018 GMC Acadia offers a lot of great features on its base trim, we highly recommend you choose the 2018 VW Atlas over it, because the Atlas offers tons of space to make passengers comfortable, even for the long rides. Contact us today to discuss the 2018 VW Atlas! We cannot wait to assist with your vehicle search right here at Coachella Valley Volkswagen!

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