2023 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport

2023 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport
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2023 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport Review: Space Over Seating

For those with large families, the VW Atlas is respected for its particularly spacious third row, but not everyone needs quite that much space. More conservative consumers will be happy with the 2023 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport. It enjoys excellent levels of practicality thanks to less space being taken up by a third row, and the tech offering isn't too bad, either. However, its engines aren't as strong as you'd find in competitors like the Hyundai Santa Fe, though it makes up for this with decent fuel economy figures and a generous tech offering. Still, up to 276 horsepower is enough to get you around town without too much fuss, and the 2023 Atlas Cross Sport is backed by a superb safety rating, which helps to make it one of the names to beat in the midsize SUV racket.

Read in this review:

  • Exterior Design 8 /10
  • Performance 7 /10
  • Fuel Economy 7 /10
  • Interior & Cargo 9 /10
  • Infotainment & Features 9 /10
  • Reliability 8 /10
  • Safety 9 /10
  • Value For Money 8 /10
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2023 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport Changes: What’s The Difference vs The 2022 Atlas Cross Sport?

Very little changes for the new VW Atlas Cross Sport SUV, with only the SE with Technology trim receiving any new standard features. In fact, it is only a 10.25-inch configurable Digital Cockpit Pro, which is added from the SE with Technology upwards. The regular SEL R-Line is gone, too, but the SEL R-Line Black remains.

Pros and Cons

  • A trim for every lifestyle
  • Impressive passenger and cargo space
  • Well-built and quiet cabin
  • Generous standard specifications
  • The available V6 engine can tow 5,000 lbs
  • Weak standard engine
  • Fuel economy could be better
  • Few ways to customize beyond trim upgrades

What's the Price of the 2023 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport?

With five trim levels and two engines to choose from, the price of a new 2023 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport spans from the mid-$30k mark to over $50k. Starting things off with the base SE, you'll be spending just $34,460, while the SE with Technology with set you back $38,630. The SEL is a noticeable jump up to $44,230, with the R-Line Black variant adding $1,950 for its better looks. At the top of the range is the SEL Premium R-Line, which will cost you $51,625. Upgrading to the V6 engine in the SE with Technology or SEL trims adds $1,750 to the final price. Keep in mind that these are the MSRP prices for the VW Atlas Cross Sport and do not include the $1,295 destination fee in the USA.

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2023 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
2.0T SE
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$34,460
2.0T SE w/Technology
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$38,630
3.6L V6 SE w/Technology
3.6L V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$40,380
2.0T SEL
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$44,230
3.6L V6 SEL
3.6L V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$45,980
See All 2023 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport Trims and Specs

2023 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport Handling and Driving Impressions

Don't let its name or looks fool you, the Altas Cross Sport is not an athletic car. In fact, it is one of the largest midsize SUVs out there, so it can be quite unwieldy. Luckily, it has light steering that makes maneuvering all that bulk around bustling city streets or cramped parking lots a little easier. However, there is not much in the way of feedback, though the available Sport driving mode does tighten things up a bit. If you take a corner too quickly, you'll feel some body roll, but not overly much for the size of the vehicle.

The suspension is definitely more tuned toward comfort, though it is a little stiff for a vehicle that is meant to transport entire families on the regular. Still, it will take a relatively large bump to unsettle the cabin, especially when fully loaded. The interior is also well-insulated against wind and road noise. In review, the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport is best suited to casually cruising the streets and delivering its passengers in comfort from point A to B.

Verdict: Is The 2023 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport A Good SUV?

It takes a lot to stand out in the midsize SUV market, but in a market where bigger is often seen as better, the VW Atlas Cross Sport has a bit of an edge over the competition. It has more passenger and cargo capacity than its leading rivals, as well as more standard tech. This, along with excellent build quality, has helped it to achieve a top-notch safety rating, though a few recalls in recent years mar its otherwise impressive reputation. Further weaknesses include a somewhat underpowered engine for a car this size, and the handling is a bit detached. Luckily, this doesn't detract from the appeal of a comfortable family hauler. Fun isn't part of the equation, but safety is guaranteed, and there are enough comfort and convenience features that you won't resent those long family trips.

What 2023 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport Model Should I Buy?

A choice of five trims gives buyers the opportunity to find the perfect fit for their lifestyle. Even though the base SE is well-equipped, it doesn't allow you to spec the stronger V6 engine. This is a necessity since the large car feels underpowered without it. Still, we don't think you really need to aim any higher than the SEL, even if it does lack some of the nice-to-haves found higher up the trim levels.

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