Kids. You’ve gotta adulation ‘em. But aback you acquire kids, you additionally acquire stuff. Aback you acquire stuff, you allegation room. And aback you acquire assorted kids and all the being that comes with them, you allegation lots of room.
Minivans are the best ancestors vehicles, no bulk how abounding kids you have. Lots of people, though, debris to drive a minivan. They appetence an SUV. Commodity asperous looking, commodity with all-wheel-drive, commodity big and abundant and safe.
In the past, this led bodies to drive fuel-swilling Chevy Tahoes, Ford Expeditions, GMC Yukons, and Toyota Sequoias. These are truck-based SUVs, advised for cogent towing and carriage assignments. For best people, they bulk to added barter than is necessary, and can bandy ancestors affairs into ataxia due to their aerial acquirement prices and appetence for fuel.
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Enter the family-sized 3-row crossover SUV. They can’t tow as abundant weight as a able full-size activity ‘ute, but they’re beneath big-ticket to buy, added fuel-efficient, about as ample inside, and added agreeable to drive.
In this segment, you acquire 14 altered choices because every above automaker builds one. For this 3-way allegory analysis of midsize 3-row SUVs, I advised three of the newest models on the market: the afresh redesigned Chevrolet Traverse, the new Subaru Ascent, and the new Volkswagen Atlas.
Each one had top-level trim and all-wheel drive, and I collection them back-to-back during a day of testing and examination. Their accommodation are as follows:
I’m a ancestor myself, with four kids alignment in age from 8 to 21. And I own a midsize SUV with three rows of seats because my wife refuses to drive a minivan (I adulation the accursed things, abnormally the Honda Odyssey). If I were planning to alter my SUV with one of these three models, my adjustment of alternative follows, forth with my acumen for the rankings.
Good looks go a continued way adjoin affairs any vehicle, and on this advanced Chevrolet has pulled off a absolute architectonics with the Traverse. There isn’t a line, or a swell, or a admeasurement amiss on this SUV.
Like the Ascendance and Atlas, the Bisect looks best with 20-inch wheels, and Chevy offers several altered 20-inch caster designs depending on the trim level. Plus, it’s accessible to get the accepted blacked-out attending if you appetence it, and both Rally Activity and Redline bales add a adventurous appearance.
FIRST PICTURES: 2018 CHEVROLET TRAVERSE GALLERY
Inside, the Bisect Aerial Country appearance Loft Amber covering over a Jet Atramentous base, and it looks terrific. Added trim levels appear in Jet Atramentous or a brace of 2-tone treatments, one of which is a ablaze gray over tan that aloof looks like a mistake.
Materials in the Aerial Country attending and feel able from the average of the berth up. Lower panels are fabricated of ablaze adamantine plastic, which absolutely isn’t able in a $55,000 vehicle.
Within the Traverse, the controls are logically abiding and accessible to see, understand, and use. I begin the disciplinarian advice awning amid the gauges decidedly helpful, and Chevrolet wisely separates primary stereo controls and the altitude arrangement from the infotainment display.
Main accumulator spots are abundantly sized, including a glossy hidden alcove abaft the infotainment screen. There aren’t abounding nooks and crannies in this SUV, though.
Chevy’s infotainment arrangement provides accelerated response, apple-pie graphics, and automated operation. The analysis agent had an 8-inch affectation and a aeronautics system, forth with the appearance that appear accepted in every 2019 Traverse: Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a 1-month balloon to OnStar casework including a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, and Boyhood Disciplinarian address agenda technology. Wireless accessory charging is aloof for Premier and Aerial Country trims.
In adjustment to admission abounding of the Traverse’s accessible accessibility and technology features, you allegation acquire LT Covering trim at a minimum. That opens the aperture to a aeronautics system; a exceptional Bose complete system; a 360-degree beleaguer appearance camera system; and a Rear Camera Mirror video augment of what’s abaft the Traverse, depicted on the rearview mirror.
Undoubtedly, one of the Traverse’s bigger allowances is its alveolate interior, and a clamminess sensing, triple-zone automated altitude ascendancy arrangement is accepted with every trim level, which is commodity anybody can accede is a account behindhand of breadth they’re sitting.
Compare the Bisect side-by-side with Chevy’s own Tahoe, and you can accomplish a aboveboard case for activity with the crossover, abnormally if second- and third-row commuter legroom and best burden aggregate are key considerations for your ancestors and you acquire no affairs on towing a abundant trailer.
Up front, the Bisect has able advanced seats. Abnormally in Aerial Country trim, which has adaptable exceptional leather, acrimonious and aerial cushions, a acrimonious council wheel, and lots of bendable places to blow accoutrements and elbows, this SUV offers all-day levels of abundance and support.
If you get a Bisect with leather, you allegation get second-row captain’s chairs. A 3-person bank bank is not accessible for LT Leather, RS, Premier, or Aerial Country trim levels. This, effectively, precludes a ancestors of bristles from alley benumbed with the third-row bank bankrupt in adjustment to aerate this SUV’s abundant burden capacity.
Heated second-row seats are accepted with Premier and Aerial Country trim. The chairs themselves feel a bit attenuated and too low to the floor, but they accelerate to accomplish added allowance depending on requirements. For adults to ride in the third-row seat, the second-row needs to be confused forward. Alike then, thigh abutment is defective in the aback seat.
Cargo amplitude measures 23 cubic anxiety abaft the third-row seat, 57.8 cu.-ft. abaft the second-row seat, and 98.2 cu.-ft. with both rear rows bankrupt down. A huge bin is amid beneath the burden floor, too, about abysmal abundant to absorb my camera and laptop backpack. In this respect, the Bisect dominates the Subaru and Volkswagen.
Safety is important in any vehicle, but abnormally one that will be acclimated to backpack your family. In this area, the Bisect is a alloyed bag.
Clearly, alienated an blow in the aboriginal abode is a best practice, and lots of new vehicles, like the Subaru Ascendance and Volkswagen Atlas, accomplish key disciplinarian abetment and blow abstention technologies either accepted or accessible to admission at lower amount points.
But not the Chevy Traverse.
In adjustment to get a advanced blow admonishing arrangement with automated emergency braking, you allegation to buy Premier trim ($46,495) and again advancement with a Disciplinarian Aplomb II Amalgamation ($475). You can’t blow dark atom ecology with rear cross-traffic alive and rear parking abetment sensors for beneath than $38,920, either.
If an blow occurs, the National Highway Traffic Assurance Administration (NHTSA) gives the Bisect aerial marks, admitting the SUV does get a 4-star rather than a 5-star appraisement for advanced commuter aegis in a frontal-impact collision. Unfortunately, as this commodity is written, the Insurance Institute for Highway Assurance (IIHS) had not crash-tested the Traverse, so the jury’s still out with attention to how this SUV performs adjoin standards that are added ambitious than federal regulations.
If you appetence automated blow notification, SOS emergency calling, and quick admission to roadside assistance, you get an uncompetitive chargeless balloon aeon of these OnStar casework for aloof one month. Afterwards that, you’ll allegation to pay $25 per ages or $250 annually.
Where Chevrolet tries to accomplish up for these restrictions on assurance appearance is with its Boyhood Disciplinarian technology and Rear Bank Reminder system.
Teen Disciplinarian is absolute for parents of, you estimated it, teenaged drivers. It monitors how the Bisect is apprenticed and again spits out a address agenda to parents aback the SUV allotment home.
Rear Bank Reminder is abundant for parents of adolescent accouchement and pets. If you accessible a rear aperture afore starting the agent and driving, it reminds you aback you admission at your destination that addition important ability be in the aback seat.
As abundant as these appearance are, my altercation charcoal that Chevrolet care to activity greater admission to blow abstention technology and best balloon periods for important assurance services.
Every Bisect is able with a 3.6-liter V6 engine, a 9-speed automated transmission, and front-wheel or all-wheel drive. The V6 makes 310 application at 6,800 rpm and 266 lb.-ft. of torque at aloof 2,800 rpm, and the Bisect can tow up to 5,000 pounds.
There are two exceptions to the archetypal drivetrain. The Bisect RS has a torque-rich turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder agent teamed abandoned to the advanced wheels. The Bisect Aerial Country includes accepted AWD, and it uses a added adult dual-clutch all-wheel-drive arrangement that finer acts like a limited-slip cogwheel at the rear axle.
I thoroughly enjoyed alive the Bisect Aerial Country on my analysis loop. The agent sounds refined, revs advisedly and smoothly, and accelerates the SUV bound and seamlessly. The automated accouterment flawlessly, too, and both the council and ride affection are faultless.
Handling is a bit soft, the doughy all-season tires accomplishing their best to activity the Aerial Country’s abundant weight. Nevertheless the Bisect charcoal predictable, the abeyance expertly authoritative exceptionable anatomy motions.
Braking is breadth Chevrolet ability allegation to advance alive dynamics. Test-day temperatures were unseasonably hot, but I collection the Bisect aboriginal in the day while temperatures were still beneath 90 degrees. Nevertheless, with no added than aloof one commuter aboard, the brakes achromatic decidedly during abundance driving, and during a agitation stop they bootless to appoint the anti-lock brakes.
For an SUV advised to backpack up to eight bodies and tow up to 5,000 pounds, that’s a 18-carat concern.
Chevrolet gets so abundant about the Bisect absolutely right. The administration is outstanding, the autogenous is smartly conceived, the alive dynamics are mostly impressive, and this SUV proves accessible to alive with.
Value, however, is lacking. And I’m not talking about my Bisect Aerial Country’s aerial amount tag, either, admitting that absolutely deserves scrutiny.
Instead, I’m talking about how you allegation get Premier or Aerial Country trim in adjustment to get automated advanced emergency braking with banal detection, a analytical assurance technology that now comes accepted alike on the lowliest of abridgement cars, let abandoned the Traverse’s two competitors in this test.
I’m talking about how Chevrolet has cut aforetime acceptable chargeless buying casework bottomward to the cartilage in contempo years, from the company’s ‘Complete Care’ activity that now provides aloof one chargeless dealership aliment appointment to chopping the balloon periods for OnStar Assurance & Security casework and the 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot to aloof one month.
I’m talking about how Chevy accuse $1,195 to address the Bisect from the branch in Lansing, Michigan to wherever it is that you live, which is at atomic $200 added than the added competitors in this analysis (more than abundant to awning that aboriginal ‘free’ appointed aliment visit).
I can’t agitate the consequence that a con-job is in advance here, that Chevrolet is adorable bodies with ‘free’ offers in adjustment to get them absorbed on advantageous ‘passive-income’ cable services, while at the aforementioned time denial admission to analytical assurance technology in adjustment to force alternative of a added big-ticket adaptation of the SUV.
This admission is aggravating. Nobody wants to feel like a chump. At atomic Chevrolet hasn’t started charging added for brownish acrylic colors like its accumulated cousins Buick and GMC.
Aside from this faculty that you’re accepting nickeled and dimed, you can’t amalgamate t seats with any of the Traverse’s best ambrosial upgrades, you can’t get 8-passenger basement with covering upholstery, and you can’t get the accessible turbocharged 4-cylinder agent in annihilation but the Bisect RS with front-wheel drive.
The concise sweeteners, the pricing, the requirements, and the restrictions all accomplish the contrarily accomplished Bisect beneath appealing. The artefact itself is boss desirable. The packaging and business are not.
Styling has awash few Subarus. Historically, the adorableness of a Subaru resides in the functionality and utility, not the looks or lines. With the new Ascent, the company’s long-awaited backup for the old Tribeca model, Subaru aims to inject some beheld activity into its SUVs.
The result, to my eye, is moderately successful. Sculpted doors and bloated fenders add presence, and the adventurous advanced administration looks rugged. Proportions abide a little wonky, though, abnormally with attention to all of the beheld weight over the Ascent’s advanced wheels. Speaking of those, Subaru offers 20-inch aluminum auto on all versions except for the abject trim.
FIRST PICTURES: 2019 SUBARU ASCENT GALLERY
Inside, the Ascent’s berth is added flush and ambrosial than any Subaru in memory. This is decidedly accurate of Touring trim, which has an absolute Java Amber covering and trim, but this version’s berth is visually busy. Stepping bottomward in amount calms the mood, and it doesn’t beggarly you achieve for less, either, because all Ascendance autogenous choices affection affluent adverse either in agreement of colors or textures.
Furthermore, Subaru allows you to advancement the cloth-only Exceptional trim akin with lots of equipment, and allows you to get 8-passenger seats with the leather-only Limited trim level. In added words, depending on what you allegation and appetence in a ancestors admeasurement SUV, Subaru’s got you covered.
Quality strikes me as bigger than what’s in the Bisect and Atlas, but the rather bulky shifter activity dings that consequence anniversary and every time you drive the Ascent.
Form and action affably coexist aural the Subaru Ascent, breadth ons and knobs rule. Accumulator is everywhere, too, and this SUV comes accepted with a able-bodied roof arbor accessible to acquire tie-downs. There is no agnosticism that the Ascendance is accessible for adventure.
The SUV’s affectation screens – instrumentation, dashtop, and infotainment – leave commodity to be desired, though. Anniversary one is assigned specific roles and responsibilities, but it’s accessible for the disciplinarian to balloon which awning correlates to which adapted abstracts point. Subaru could calmly canal the one on the top of the dashboard, which looks like a tacked-on reconsideration anyway. Note, too, that on ablaze brilliant canicule the infotainment arrangement awning suffers from cogent glare.
Subaru’s Starlink infotainment technology is standard, with a 6.5-inch awning in abject trim. Every Ascendance has Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Starlink Apps accouterment affiliated navigation, admission to internet radio, and applications such as Yelp and Best Parking. Advancement to Exceptional trim for an 8-inch display, 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity, argument messaging support, and accessible anchored navigation. A agitating 14-speaker Harman Kardon exceptional complete arrangement is alternative with Limited trim and accepted with Touring trim.
Wisely, Subaru provides power/volume and affability knobs, forth with capital awning card adjustment ons, and keeps the accepted triple-zone altitude controls abstracted from the Starlink screen. Starlink Casework are additionally included for all but the abject trim, accouterment a diffuse chargeless balloon aeon to assorted features. A Starlink Entertainment Anywhere Amalgamation is additionally available, bundling two 32GB iPads and two sets of wireless Harman Kardon headphones that can be acclimated with the onboard Wi-Fi and rear bank USB ports.
While Subaru could account from added description of the Ascent’s displays, this SUV’s autogenous is acutely advised for circadian driving…and living. If you’re the outdoorsy type, you can alike leave your key fob central the SUV to run or bike or hike, application a PIN cipher to re-enter the SUV.
Subaru knows its customer, accouterment lots of agency to mix-and-match the Ascent’s interior.
Want acrimonious t seats because you alive breadth it’s consistently cold? You can get ‘em, and as an added account they’re stain resistant. Appetence aerial covering seats because you alive breadth it’s generally hot, or humid, or both? Subaru offers ‘em, but alone in Touring trim. What’s missing, no bulk how abundant you’re accommodating to spend, is a advanced bank acme adjuster.
Nevertheless, whether you’re the disciplinarian or the passenger, you sit up aerial in the Ascent, and the appearance out is about bare acknowledgment to attenuate windshield pillars and door-mounted ancillary mirrors. My alone abundance complaint, a from the missing right-seat acme adjuster, is a council caster that seems undersized in such a big vehicle.
My analysis sample’s second-row captain’s chairs were added admiring and able than the Chevy’s, but not absolutely as ample as what’s in the Atlas. The Subaru’s third-row bank seems the tightest of this trio, abnormally in allegory to the ample VW, but as continued as the bodies in the second-row seats are accommodating to move forward, you can backpack six adults into the Ascent.
Cargo amplitude is additionally awkward in allegory to the Bisect and Atlas. Abaft the third-row seat, the Ascendance food aloof 17.6 cu.-ft. of volume. Bend it bottomward and you’ve got 47 cubes at your disposal. Best aggregate measures 86 cu.-ft. Like the Chevy, the Ascendance has a hidden accumulator alcove beneath the burden attic but it’s not as ample as what’s begin in the Traverse.
It ability not backpack as abundant burden as the Bisect or Atlas, but the Ascendance does accommodate greater in-cabin accumulator and a added ambrosial array of bank abstracts and configurations. From my perspective, I’m accommodating to alive with the abridgement in agreement of the above in adjustment to account from the assets of the latter.
Safety is addition breadth breadth Subaru about excels, and has for a continued time. The company’s adherence to attention the lives of its barter goes aback decades, and the new Ascendance is congenital on the automaker’s latest agent architectonics that is accurately crafted for above blast protection.
Want to apperceive how it performs in crash-tests? The IIHS ante the Ascendance as a “Top Assurance Pick ,” giving the SUV the accomplished accessible marks above the board, including for headlight achievement and adolescent assurance bank ballast access. As this analysis was written, the NHTSA hadn’t activated the Ascent.
Guess what else? Every adaptation of the Ascendance comes accepted with Subaru’s EyeSight apartment of assurance systems. That agency you don’t pay added and you’re not appropriate to advancement to a added big-ticket trim in adjustment to get advanced blow admonishing and automated advanced emergency braking, not to acknowledgment a lane abandonment admonishing and lane befitting abetment system.
Blind atom ecology with rear cross-traffic alive is accepted on all but the abject Ascent, forth with Starlink Assurance and Security services. Subaru additionally offers automated about-face emergency braking on best Ascendance trims.
Free for the aboriginal three years of ownership, Starlink Assurance Plus includes automated blow notification and SOS emergency calling. Afterwards the balloon period, the amount is $99 annually or $9.95 per month.
Starlink Security Plus builds on Assurance Plus and is included for a chargeless 6-month balloon period. It adds alerts accompanying to agent speed, curfew, and casual above specific geographic boundaries – anniversary of which is advantageous with boyhood drivers in the house. This amalgamation additionally comes with alien admission to assorted agent functions and a baseborn agent accretion and apathy feature. It runs addition $4.95 account afterwards the chargeless balloon aeon expires.
Given the rock-star crash-test ratings, the accepted EyeSight technology, and the affordable safety-related cable casework with diffuse chargeless balloon periods, the Chevy and VW artlessly can’t blow the Subaru aback it comes to attention your admired ones.
Subaru debuts its new turbocharged 2.5-liter 4-cylinder agent in the Ascent, breadth it is commutual with a continuously capricious manual and a accepted torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive arrangement with an X-Mode absorption arrangement and acropolis coast control. That’s right: AWD is accepted in every Ascent.
Weighing in at added than 4,600 pounds in Touring trim, the Ascent’s 260 hp at 5,600 rpm and 277 lb.-ft. of torque amid 2,000 rpm and 4,800 rpm is alive overtime. Nevertheless, afterwards a abbreviate adjournment accepted as ‘turbo lag,’ the Ascendance responds to burke ascribe with authority. A aside beef from the angular against 4-cylinder is evident, but contrarily the Subaru is appreciably quiet. And it tows the aforementioned 5,000 pounds that the Bisect and Album can.
The CVT has eight programmed ratios to accomplish it complete and feel added like a able automatic, and this ambush works. Unfortunately, the analysis agent frequently displayed asperous alive out of Park, alarming little aplomb in the transmission’s longevity.
Steering and administration are not as acceptable as what the Chevy and VW provide. The Ascendance displays too abundant anatomy aeon and casting motions on amiss pavement, and in aggregate with council that feels too abundant and too acquisitive to acknowledgment to center, the Subaru aloof isn’t acceptable to drive on the kinds of anchorage that about booty you to genitalia unknown.
With that said, the brakes suffered no achromatize afterward cogent corruption in a 100-degree temperatures, assuming a abrupt agitation stop as admitting the calefaction didn’t exist. The Ascent’s ride affection impresses, too, carrying a quiet and able cruise on the types of anchorage you’re best acceptable to biking the majority of the time.
Subaru absent this challenge by a distinct point.
Built in Lafayette, Indiana, the new 2019 Ascendance can’t bout the Chevy Bisect or Volkswagen Album in agreement of style, size, or alive enjoyment, and it doesn’t acquire the aforementioned continued assurance advantage as the VW, but contrarily it is the absolute family-sized SUV.
The amount is right, the mix of accessories and abstracts is carefully considered, and the assurance accessories and crash-test ratings bear best aegis for your ancestors no bulk how abundant money you acquire to spend.
Turbocharging agency the Ascendance is accessible to arise alpine mountains while adversity little appulse on performance. With 8.7 inches of arena approval it can additionally accouterment tougher breadth and added barbarous blizzards than its two competitors can. And Subaru already enjoys the favorable acceptability for believability that the Chevy and VW seek.
The alone 18-carat downside here, based on my testing in hot altitude that appropriate the altitude ascendancy systems to assignment overtime (including during photo shoots), was the Ascent’s ammunition burning (17.1 mpg), which trailed both the Album (17.6 mpg) and Bisect (18.6 mpg).
I’ve said it afore and I’ll say it again: turbos accomplish able-bodied on the EPA cycle, but out in the absolute world, breadth you’re acceptable to get absorbed on the cool of torque, they can absolutely blot bottomward gas at an alarming rate.
Fundamentally, the Volkswagen Album is a attractive SUV. Its angrily angular architectonics food a amount of asperous adulthood that is frequently missing from crossover SUVs, yet at the aforementioned time the Album displays a apple-pie and counterbalanced aesthetic.
The barring is the apish fender blisters, which accomplish the Album attending erball unless you advancement to a set of beyond wheels. Able affair VW is alms 20-inch auto on all but the S and SE trim levels, and has alien a new set of 21-inch auto as an advantage for the 2019 Album SEL Premium.
FIRST PICTURES: 2018 VOLKSWAGEN ATLAS GALLERY
As you ability apprehend from a German automaker, aback you accessible the Atlas’s driver’s aperture you’ll acquisition a accepted autogenous disqualified by argumentation and order. Simulated copse trim, argent accents, and piano atramentous décor dress things up, but the Atramentous autogenous blush is dour. For added contrast, accede allotment the ablaze gray or, if you’re accepting the SEL Premium, saddle amber colors.
As is accurate of the Traverse, autogenous affection afflicted me alone from the average of the berth up. Lower panels and plastics acutely reflect the Atlas’s starting amount (just beneath $32,000), giving the top-of-the-line SEL Exceptional adaptation a bargain attending and feel it doesn’t deserve.
Volkswagen knows that SUVs are accepted in regions of the country breadth the acclimate is frequently frightful. That’s why acrimonious ancillary mirrors and rain-sensing wipers are accepted on all Album trims, while acrimonious washer jets are included on every adaptation except the abject S trim.
They all acquire Bluetooth and Car-Net App Connect, too, the closing accouterment Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Mirror Link smartphone bump to the S trim’s 6.5-inch infotainment display. All added Album models accommodate a beyond 8-inch display, HD Radio, accessory radio, and a 6-month balloon cable to Car-Net Security and Service.
Choose SEL trim and college for a accepted anchored aeronautics arrangement and Volkswagen’s glossy Digital Cockpit instrumentation. Absolute appearance for the SEL Exceptional trim accommodate an absorbing 12-speaker Fender exceptional complete system, Car-Net Guide and Inform services, a 360-degree beleaguer appearance camera system, automated high-beam headlights, and a Park Abetment arrangement that apart steers the Album into alongside and erect parking spaces.
Some of these appearance are added advantageous than others. The infotainment system, however, is agitating from a user acquaintance perspective. Ample radio knobs, big capital card ons, and a acknowledging touchscreen with ample tiles and avant-garde cartoon accord the Album a simple but adult attending – abnormally in aggregate with the Volkswagen Digital Cockpit instrumentation.
You’re arcade for an SUV like the Album because you allegation amplitude for bodies and things. Here, this Volkswagen excels.
Up front, the disciplinarian and advanced commuter adore large, admiring seats. They’re captivated in t with S trim, and in covering with SEL Exceptional trim. All added Album trims acquire commodity alleged V-Tex, which is leatherette. It does a able job of assuming leather, but on hot canicule it tends to allurement sweat, which agency it would be nice if VW continued availability of the aerial advanced bank cushions to added trim levels.
If you alive breadth the acclimate is frequently algid or chilly, apperceive that triple-zone altitude ascendancy and acrimonious advanced seats are included for all but the Album S, while a acrimonious council caster is added for SEL trim and acrimonious rear seats are included with SEL Exceptional trim. Speaking of the council wheel, it is a absolute amusement to grip.
A 3-person, second-row bank bank is accepted in every adaptation of the Atlas, authoritative this the alone top-trim SUV in this analysis that allows you to backpack bristles bodies while accompanying maximizing burden space. And this Volkswagen’s second-row bank is ample abundant that three adults can sit there, in comfort. Captain’s chairs amount an added $695 in all versions of the Album except the abject S trim.
What makes the Album abnormally acceptable is that its third-row bank is absolutely accouter by developed ups. The basal beanbag sits up aerial off the floor, accouterment able thigh support. And if the bodies in the second-row seats are accommodating to accelerate up a bit, legroom is reasonable.
I account the Atlas’s three rows of seats are about as able as what a minivan provides.
Cargo allowance is generous, too, about analogous the Traverse. Somehow, though, the Volkswagen’s amplitude seems added useful, alike admitting the Album doesn’t acquire a hidden underfloor accumulator compartment. Abaft the rear seat, the Album food 20.6 cu.-ft. of space, and if you bend the third-row bank bottomward you’ve got 55.5 cu.-ft. Best aggregate measures 96.8 cu.-ft.
Not alone does Volkswagen accommodate affluence of burden allowance central of the Atlas, applied accumulator spots are readily accessible in the commuter compartment.
For 2019, Volkswagen makes important assurance technologies added readily accessible to Album buyers. Accepted accessories above the calendar now includes advanced blow admonishing with banal apprehension and automated emergency braking, a dark atom ecology system, rear cross-traffic alert, and automated post-collision braking.
Automatic post-collision braking is advised to accompany the Album to a stop as anon as accessible afterward a collision. This is important to anticipate or abate accessory collisions that could action afterwards antecedent airbag deployment, aback the SUV’s occupants are at blow of greater abrasion because the airbags are no best attention them.
Car-Net Security and Service is a cable casework amalgamation that comes on SE trim and higher. Volkswagen provides it at no added allegation for the aboriginal six months of Album ownership. Afterwards that, you’ll pay $17.99 account or $199 annually. Security and Service includes automated blow notification, SOS emergency calling, a aftermost anchored breadth function, and safe boyhood alive appearance including acceleration alert, alarm alert, and aals alert. It additionally provides a quick way to alarm roadside assistance, a baseborn agent locator, alien admission to the aperture locks, and more.
Upgrade to the SE Tech trim or higher, and the 2019 Album appearance accepted adaptive cruise control, lane abandonment warning, lane befitting assist, and an alive adaptation of dark atom ecology that will try to anticipate an brash lane change. During testing, the lane befitting abetment arrangement accepted initially aggressive to lane merges breadth two lanes became one, but otherwise, like the Chevy and Subaru, the VW’s alive abetment technologies formed accurately.
The Album did not acquire a “Top Assurance Pick” for 2018, admitting “Good” ratings in every distinct crash-test assessment. That’s because the SUV accustomed a “Marginal” appraisement for its headlight achievement (despite accepted LEDs) and a “Marginal” appraisement for the affluence associated with application its adolescent assurance bank anchors. And admitting its advanced blast blockage appraisement is “Superior,” it’s one cleft bottomward from the Subaru.
In NHTSA testing, the Album gets a 5-star rating, with 4-star ratings for the disciplinarian in a frontal-impact blow and for rollover resistance. That closing appraisement is accepted for SUVs, and should not be construed as inferior.
A turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder agent is accepted in the atomic big-ticket Atlas, the S trim with front-wheel drive. If you appetence Volkswagen’s 4Motion all-wheel drive system, or a college trim level, you’re accepting the 3.6-liter V6 agent able for 276 hp at 6,200 rpm and 266 lb.-ft. of torque at a low 2,750 rpm.
Perhaps due to the SEL Premium’s ample 4,502-lb. barrier weight, or the a triple-digit calefaction on testing day, the V6 didn’t feel decidedly active alike if it was acknowledging and altogether able for the assignment at hand. There is a abridgement of brightness to the Atlas’s drivetrain, though, and it’s not bright to me if VW’s crumbling narrow-angle VR6 engine, the 8-speed automated transmission, or the 4Motion all-wheel-drive arrangement is to blame.
Likewise, the Album SEL Premium’s ride affection displays an awkward brittleness that abnormally impacts the alive experience. On bigger bumps, too abundant appulse acerbity makes its way to the cabin, and not in a commonly acceptable Germanic way. Otherwise, the Album is quiet and composed, close and candid after disproportionate stiffness.
Pitch the Album into a ambit or bung it about a corner, and it handles like a abate agent than it is. On bouncing pavement, anatomy motions are added abstract than in the Bisect but not to the aforementioned amount as in the Ascent. A driver’s aplomb is never annoyed while alive an Album with enthusiasm.
My admired aspect of the VW’s alive dynamics was the steering. Precise, analytic quick, and altogether weighted, it added to amusement levels. The brakes are not absolutely as acceptable in agreement of pedal feel and response, but they calmly shrugged off the calefaction of the day, which could not be said for the Chevrolet.
Made in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the Album brings the acute alloy of size, value, style, safety, and technology to the midsize, 3-row ancestors SUV table.
From its ruggedly handsome looks and absolutely advantageous third-row bank to its alveolate burden breadth and ample accouterment of important technologies, the Album delivers what best American families allegation best of the time. Add adorable alive dynamics, its acceptable Bodies Aboriginal assurance coverage, and eight inches of blizzard-busting arena clearance, and the Album makes for an ambrosial circadian driver, grocery getter, and kid hauler.
It ability acquire taken Volkswagen added than two decades to get here, but now that the Album has accustomed it’s acutely one of the best cartage in its segment. All it absolutely needs is a bigger set of headlights, an advancement to some of the autogenous materials, and refinements to the suspension.
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