The VW Atlas Cross Sport is priced at $51,210. Red paint, $395. Everything else noted is standard with the trim level.
Let’s say you have around 50 grand to blow on an SUV, and you can’t decide whether you want something sportily rugged or just plain sporty. Two wildly different paths could be the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport R-Line and the Toyota 4Runner.
A five-seater version of VW’s largest SUV, the roofline rakes down in the rear a little more than the Atlas.
Thanks to the 3.6-liter V-6’s 276 horsepower, the Atlas gets to 60 mph in 8.4 seconds, according to MotorWeek. Car and Driver estimates it would be under 8 seconds, based on its test of the larger Atlas.
The Cross Sport comes with a 2.0-liter four standard, though, so this is a pricier model.
Even compared to the 4Runner, the Atlas definitely wins the handling contest, if you’re