2019 Volkswagen Atlas on Beach

The critics have spoken! MotorWeek has honored the Volkswagen Atlas SUV with the Drivers’ Choice Award for the ‘Best Large Utility Vehicle of 2019,’ marking the second year in a row the Atlas has earned this distinction. Read on to learn what the award means and the fierce competition the Atlas had to overcome to earn it twice.

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Driver’s Choice Awards

Each year, the experts at MotorWeek review the latest vehicle models to see which have the greatest appeal to modern consumers. They judge cars, trucks, CUVs, and SUVs based not only on criteria like price, practicality, performance, and fuel economy but style and safety, too.

For 2019, MotorWeek began with more than 150 vehicles, including several large three-row SUVs like the Atlas. Each vehicle is road-tested to evaluate handling in a variety of circumstances and to see how efficient the vehicle is during heavy use, as well as light driving. Vehicles are also inspected, and the interior, exterior materials, and design are evaluated for placement, quality, and ease of use. Examiners also explore the vehicle’s available options, assessing whether the standard and optional systems perform as they should, as well as how intuitive they are to use.


Using these tests, the field is gradually narrowed, until a single, clear winner is left in each category. In spite of heavy competition in this popular class, the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas was chosen as the victor, because, according to the organization, “None offer the total, roomy, easy to drive package for growing families quite like the Atlas.”

Volkswagen Atlas Specs

Given everything the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas offers Brentwood-area families, it’s little wonder critics love it so much:

  • Two Engine Options: Choose from the 235-hp 2.0L 4-cylinder motor or the 276-hp 3.6L V6 powerplant.
  • Impressive Towing: The 2019 Atlas is rated to tow as much as 5,000 pounds while offering up to 1,495 pounds of payload capacity.
  • Three-Row Seating: There’s room for seven passengers including three side-by-side child safety seats in the second-row.

The Atlas is ready to handle whatever your family throws its way.

Test Drive the 2019 VW Atlas at Volkswagen Santa Monica!

To learn more about the Volkswagen Atlas awards, or to schedule a Los Angeles-area test drive of any of the Volkswagen SUVs in our lineup, contact the VW experts at Volkswagen Santa Monica today.