Cars.com’s reigning Family Car of the Year, the Volkswagen Atlas, enters the 2021 model year with updated styling, wider all-wheel-drive availability and some new technology. We got the chance to climb around, inside and outside the revised Atlas at the 2020 Chicago Auto Show.
Styling, of course, is in the eye of the beholder, but I always thought the Atlas looked too boxy and downright crowded. For 2021, Volkswagen adds a little more rounded styling with fewer openings and slightly more rounded headlights, matching the looks of the new, smaller Atlas Cross Sport.
Inside, the changes are harder to spot, with a revised VW badge gracing the steering wheel. Something notable on the technology front is the addition of low-speed lane-centering steering — a new feature for the Atlas that debuted on the Cross Sport.
The Atlas has a lot of competition lately with the new 2020 Hyundai Palisade and 2020 Kia Telluride in particular, but the Volkswagen SUV still does a lot well and this update manages to keep it fresh. For more details on the new model year, watch the video for more.
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