The Volkswagen Atlas has just been named Family Car of the Year by Cars.com, after beating out its competitors: the Hyundai Santa Fe and the Ford Expedition.* This award is given out yearly to the vehicle that the website judged to have the most well-rounded design and offerings, from its performance to its offered features.

What helped the Atlas nab the prize was undoubtedly its numerous driver assistance tools, roomy interior, and a variety of other factors. The Atlas has a lot going for it - let's see what gave it the edge in this competition.

Performance

The VW Atlas is a very drivable car, with intuitive handling and a lightning-fast response time. Its maneuverability has drawn a lot of praise from a number of sources and is a big reason why it's viewed so favorably.

With two engine choices, it gives potential owners the opportunity to decide between a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (available with front-wheel drive), and a 3.6-liter V6 engine. The latter can be used with both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive, so just take your pick!

The Atlas also has four available drive modes available with the 3.6-liter engine - these drive modes make navigating difficult terrain in the Atlas much more manageable. These modes are Snow, On-Road, Off-Road, and Off-Road Custom Mode. Each mode has settings that can be adjusted further for maximum performance.

We should also mention that the Volkswagen Atlas has a towing capacity of up to 5,000 pounds with the 3.6-liter engine option, as long as it's properly hooked up with a factory-installed hitch. This makes the Atlas an incredibly versatile vehicle, which definitely made it look good in this competition.

Interior

Another factor that gave the VW Atlas big points in the competition was its well-outfitted interior. With ample room for both heights and widths of all sizes, this interior was clearly designed with comfort and inclusivity in mind. It also doesn't sacrifice any cargo space in exchange for passenger comfort—the Atlas offers 77.8 feet of cubic space when the third row's folded down.

It's also worth mentioning that the Atlas comes boasting an interior with front and rear heated seats, a panoramic sunroof, and a ton of other amenities. Available features like wireless charging for devices, personalized driver profiles, and a premium 480-watt audio system from Fender, all help secure the Atlas as a vehicle that's easy to have fun in.

Advanced Technology

One piece of technology worth mentioning is the Atlas's available Car-Net mobile application. With this app, you can use your smartphone to control certain functions in your vehicle, from locking and unlocking its doors or turning off its light to alerting you when the car is being taken out for a drive. If anything, this application can give you peace of mind - which furthers its reputation as a go-to family vehicle.

Safety & Driver Assistance

The last things we'll be discussing are the Atlas's safety ratings and driver assistance features - there are many things to discuss for both of these. The Atlas obviously scored highly on all recorded crash tests and evaluations, but that should be a given anyway, right? What really helped this SUV catch attention was for its safety technology and features.

Features like the Intelligent Crash Response System act for you in a hazardous event by turning off the engine, unlocking doors, and activating the Atlas's hazards. This helps ensure that you can leave the vehicle safely if need be. However, the sheer engineering of the Atlas helps guarantee its safety. With six stability-enhancement systems, the Atlas strives to ensure that in a situation that calls for you to slam on the brakes you'll stay in control.

Driver assistance features worth mentioning include Adaptive Cruise Control, which monitors traffic to ensure you're going an appropriate speed when in use - it adjusts to the vehicles around you! The Blind Spot Monitor helps you get a better sense of the area surrounding your vehicle so that you always know what's going on. Finally, Lane Assist helps you stay in your lane and avoid drifting off.

Get Your Family In a New Volkswagen Atlas in Bayamon, PR

Call or email the sales team at Flagship Volkswagen in Bayamon, PR to schedule a time to take the 2020 VW Atlas for a test drive today!

* https://www.cars.com/awards/2020/family-car-of-the-year/

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