Three-Row SUV Comparison: 2020 Acura MDX Vs. 2021 Volkswagen Atlas


Acura’s top-selling three-row luxury SUV is back for 2020 and available now at DCH Montclair Acura. The 2020 Acura MDX continues to be a popular choice for discerning drivers seeking a spacious and stylish SUV that doesn’t require a compromise between utility and a performance luxury experience.

The MDX is a well-known ride in the three-row luxury SUV segment that offers more than simply a roomy and refined ride for up to seven occupants. This Acura performance machine delivers a dynamic drive with its efficient powertrain and sharp handling.

An array of innovative Acura performance technologies are present here, including the automaker’s Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®) and even an available sport hybrid powertrain. Whether you select a 2020 Acura MDX with its potent 290-hp V6 and front-wheel drive or SH-AWD®, or the Sport Hybrid SH-AWD® model, you’ll experience highly efficient performance.

You may be wondering how the new MDX compares to other three-row SUVs in performance, utility and features, so let’s take a look!

The 2021 Volkswagen Atlas is a three-row SUV that also offers 7-passenger seating and advanced features. However, this VW SUV doesn’t match Acura’s new MDX in performance, capability or efficiency! For instance, where the 290-hp MDX boasts an EPA-estimated 23 combined city/highway mpg rating, the less-powerful 235-hp VW Atlas returns just a 22 mpg combined rating.

Both the 2020 Acura MDX and 2021 Volkswagen Atlas offer two engine choices, but the Acura comes out on top no matter how you compare them. The MDX’s 3.5-liter V6 and Sport Hybrid powertrains deliver greater efficiency than VW’s inline-4 or V6 engines in the new Atlas. With more power and efficiency plus greater standard towing capacity, the Acura MDX outshines Volkswagen’s Atlas in overall performance by a wide margin!

DCH Montclair Acura invites Newark, NJ, area motorists to shop and compare these two mid-size SUVs. See our comparison table below for more details and don’t hesitate to contact our sales team of visit us in Verona, NJ.

2020 Acura MDXVS2020 Volkswagen Atlas
Acura MDX
MSRPVolkswagen Atlas
Fuel Economy21/24
19.5 GallonsFuel Tank Capacity18.6 Gallons
3.5-liter V6
290 hp
Performance2.0-liter Turbo
235 hp
3,500 to 5,000 PoundsTowing Capacity2,000 to 5,000 Pounds
AvailableHybrid PowertrainNot Available
6 or 7 PassengersSeating Capacity7 Passengers
90.9 Cubic FeetMaximum Cago Capacity96.8 Cubic Feet
Available Features On The MDX
  • Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™
  • Collision Mitigation Braking System™
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Leather Interior
  • Acura Navigation System
  • Blind Spot Information System
  • 2nd-Row Command Center
  • Heated 2nd-Row Captain's Chairs
  • Surround-View Camera
  • Heated & Ventilated Front Seats
  • 10-speaker ELS Studio® Premium Auto System
FeaturesAvailable Features On The Atlas
  • 4MOTION® all-wheel drive
  • Remote start
  • Park Distance Control (front and rear)
  • Hands-free Easy Open liftgate
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Towing Package
  • 2nd-row Captain's Chairs
  • Leather seating surfaces
  • Overhead View Camera (Area View)

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After comparing the 2020 Acura MDX and 2021 Volkswagen Atlas head-to-head, which do you prefer? If you’d like to learn more about the full lineup of MDX three-row luxury SUVs, browse our website now.

Acura’s 2020 MDX is now available in a range of editions, from the Standard and Technology Package to Advanced and A-Spec® Package. With three powertrain configurations to choose from, there are many ways you can equip your new MDX to enhance your New Jersey family’s lifestyle.

The team at DCH Montclair Acura encourages Bloomfield, NJ, area SUV shoppers to plan a tour and test drive of the 2020 Acura MDX of their choosing at our nearby full-service auto dealership. Reach out to our Acura specialists to schedule a detailed tour of any particular Acura luxury automobile that has piqued your interest.

Our extensive selection of new MDX luxury SUVs for sale is always changing, so we encourage you to view our current inventory via our user-friendly website. Here, you can also get pre-qualified for Acura financing or view our latest lease specials.