It may now end up costing more to get the version you want.
Volkswagen is streamlining the number of configurations it's offering for the Atlas. That could be good news for customers potentially bewildered by a wider array of choices. But it could also mean you'll end up spending more to get the one you want.
The reason, according to CarsDirect, comes down to the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Where VW has, until now, offered that turbo four in all three trim levels, it'll only offer it now in the base S spec. So if you want your Atlas in a higher level of trim, you'll need to step up to the V6.
What's more is that the German automaker won't be offering the V6 in base trim with front-wheel drive. So if you want your Atlas with a V6 but don't need all-wheel drive, you'll have to go for the SE or SEL trim. And all those changes are reflected in the adjusted pricing.
For 2019, the base Atlas S with the 2.0T engine starts at $31,890 (delivered). Go for the V6 and you'll have to spend an extra $3,200 for a total of $35,090 for the all-wheel-drive Atlas S V6. But if you want that in front-drive, you'll be looking at $36,490 for the SE V6.
So odd as it may seem, the cheapest front-drive V6 Atlas is actually $1,400 more expensive than the cheapest all-wheel-drive V6 version. That makes for a rather strange ordering guide, but it'll help Volkswagen cut costs by reducing the number of configurations it has to keep available while maintaining the big crossover's low entry price.
At $31,890, the base Atlas is cheaper than the base four-cylinder 2019 Toyota Highlander LE ($32,375) and the 2.3-liter EcoBoost version of the 2019 Ford Explorer ($33,360). But if you want anything more than what the base version offers, expect to pay for it.