Atlas towing a heavy cargo
Atlas towing a heavy cargo
Atlas towing a heavy cargo
Atlas towing a heavy cargo

Atlas Towing Capacity

Atlas Towing Capacity

June 27, 2019

Summer road trips get rolling with the hauling power of the AWD Atlas SUV.

Summer is here, and for many Canadians, it’s time to hit the roads and explore. Whether you’re heading to a cottage or camping, driving down south or anywhere in between, the summer road trip has become a family-sized rite of passage – and a tale of towing.

Lucky for us, the rise of the SUV has made long-distance driving comfortable and easy. The midsize Volkswagen Atlas, for example, features customizable seating and cargo space, with room for up to seven people, and plenty of legroom to boot. Add in impressive fuel economy, a suite of advanced safety features and the latest in media connectivity, and you’ve got everything you need on four wheels.

But it’s the Atlas’ towing capacity that sets it apart and makes it the ultimate road-trip vehicle. When properly equipped, the Atlas can tow up to 5,000 pounds. Or, in more practical terms, the Atlas is strong enough to haul a camper trailer, a small boat, a pair of jet skis, motorcycles, four-wheeled vehicles – are we missing anything?

Powerful Engine, Big Torque

The Atlas’ towing prowess comes from the family SUV’s robust 3.6-litre VR6 engine. Big and brawny with plenty of power, it’s capable of kicking out a whopping 276 horsepower and, most importantly from a towing perspective, 266 lb-ft of torque.

For those looking for something slightly smaller, the Atlas also offers a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine. With 235 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, the towing capacity is reduced to 2,000 pounds. Or, enough to tow a trailer outfitted with a canoe, kayaks, bikes or a small boat.

AWD Adventure

Summer road trips often require driving on rough country roads. The Atlas will keep you moving smoothly with its available 4MOTION® All-Wheel Drive system. Designed to provide added traction right when you need it most, 4MOTION® automatically directs power to the wheel or wheels in need of extra power.

The Atlas AWD system also includes other customized driver modes, including Off-Road, Custom Off-Road, Snow and On-Road. The On-Road mode includes sub-settings for Sport, Eco and Normal, while the Custom Off-Road includes Hill Hold Assist, for helping you start on a steep incline or decline.

Cargo King

Of course, a road-tripping vehicle is only as good as its cargo capacities. And here, the Atlas truly shines. Depending on your seating configuration, this midsize SUV offers up to 20.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats. Fold down the second-row and third-row seating, and you’ve got a whopping 96.8 cubic feet. What does this mean? Trust us when we say you can fit it all in, and then some.

But that’s just in the back. The Atlas also includes under-floor storage with felt lining, four trunk tie-down hooks, plus the ability to add a roof rack. Because really, you can never have too much stuff.

Now all you need to do is figure out where you’re going. Oh, and the Atlas can help with that, too. Just activate its available on-board navigation and pick your destination. Happy summer!

Discover where the Atlas can take you.

Disclaimer by Volkswagen

  • All prices are MSRP in Canadian dollars. MSRP is the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price and excludes taxes, freight and PDI ($1,950 for the Atlas, Atlas Cross Sport and Tiguan/ $1,850 for the Passat and Arteon/ $1,750 for the Jetta, Jetta GLI, Golf, Golf GTI and Golf R/ $1,685 for all other models), levies, fees, optional equipment, license, insurance, registration, and any dealer or other charges, where applicable. Environmental or related levies and taxes may vary by jurisdiction. Dealer may sell for less. European or American models may be shown. Specifications, equipment, options and prices are subject to change without notice. Although we endeavour to ensure that the information contained on the website is accurate, as errors may occur from time to time, customers should contact their local Volkswagen dealer for details. Photos for illustration purposes only. Some items, such as wheels, may be unavailable on some trim levels when vehicle is built or may not be available in Canada.

    Fuel consumption ratings are estimates based on Natural Resources Canada’s (NRCan) fuel consumption criteria and testing methods for 2020 and 2021 model year vehicles and are provided for comparison purposes only. Please note that comparisons to seemingly similar vehicles pre-2015 model year will show discrepancies due to the difference in NRCan approved calculation methods for 2014 model year and older vehicles. Please refer to NRCan’s Fuel Consumption Guide 2020 and 2021 for estimated fuel consumption figures. Actual fuel consumption will vary based on driving conditions, driver habits and the vehicle’s condition, weight carried and additional equipment. Tires are supplied and warranted by their manufacturer. Most vehicles are sold equipped with four all-season tires. For vehicles sold equipped with summer performance tires, note that appropriate all-season or winter weather tires are required for driving during cold, snowy or icy weather conditions. Please remember that the use of winter tires may be mandatory in your province or territory. Airbags are supplemental restraints only and will not deploy under all accident scenarios. Always use safety belts and seat children only in the rear seats, using restraint systems appropriate for their size and age. The navigation system depends upon signals from the GPS network and is designed to provide you with suggested routes only. Discrepancies may occur between the mapping and the actual location due to changes in street names, construction or other road system changes which are beyond the control of Volkswagen Canada. Please rely on your individual judgment in determining whether or not to follow a suggested navigation route.

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