As we bid “auf wiedersehen” to our long-term Volkswagen Atlas, we’ve had few qualms about VW’s three-row SUV. The Atlas dominated rival three-row SUVs in a Cars.com comparison test in 2017 before going on to win our top vehicle award for 2018 — and, since December 2017, we’ve owned an all-wheel-drive SEL example with Tourmaline Blue Metallic paint and Shetland (gray) vinyl upholstery.
It’s served us well, though with a few annoyances.
After a full year and nearly 12,000 miles of driving, out-of-pocket maintenance and repairs amount to some extra coolant, one tire repair and a regular service appointment with an oil change, at a total cost of about $155. Add atop that the $1,888 we spent on fuel. At no cost to us were a handful of recall repairs and a sunshade repair for the panoramic moonroof. The sunshade was really the only thing out of the ordinary, but Volkswagen covered it under warranty.