The Volkswagen Atlas has been a favorite of Cars.com since its introduction for 2018, when we gave it our top award of the model year. Even in 2020, the Atlas continues to gain accolades by taking home Cars.com’s Family Car of the Year award. There are more than a few Atlases ferrying around kids in my circle of friends and family because it’s my go-to recommendation thanks to its roominess and features for the money. So when it came time to buy a family truckster, I took my own advice and bought a 2021 Volkswagen Atlas.
I’ve been part of the team that helps purchase the Cars.com Editorial department’s long-term test fleet for nearly eight years running. I can confidently say this was the easiest buying experience of all my purchases — Cars.com or personal — because of how car shopping has changed during the COVID-19 pandemic. In short, I never stepped foot in a dealership to buy this car, though I did have to go to one. Also interesting (especially to me) is that deep discounts and an updated 2021 Atlas swayed me to buy a new SUV versus the used ones I was initially shopping for.