2018 VW Atlas vs 2017 Dodge Durango

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2018 VW Atlas vs 2017 Dodge Durango- Car comparison


The Atlas has a fixed kind of Automatic Braking System. This further automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions. It moreover prevents further injuries. Besides this, the Durango doesn’t provide a post-collision braking system. Moreover, in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, there is a further possibility of more collisions without the protection of airbags that may further have already deployed.

2017 Dodge Durango

2018 VW Atlas vs 2017 Dodge Durango

Over 200 people are killing each year when backed over by motor vehicles. Further, the Atlas SEL/SEL Premium has standard Manoeuvre Braking that uses rear sensors.


It is to further monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. Further, the Durango doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

2018 VW Atlas

2018 VW Atlas vs 2017 Dodge Durango

Both the Atlas and the Durango consist of driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, and moreover height-adjustable front shoulder belts.


It moreover consists of plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, and electronic stability systems. In addition, This is to further prevent skidding, rear-view cameras, and available lane departure warning systems.


A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety further performs 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. Further in this test, you may realize that only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Volkswagen Atlas is safer than the Durango.



Above all, the Volkswagen Atlas’ engines utilize a cast-iron block for durability, while the Durango’s 3.6 DOHC V6 engine uses an aluminum block. Further, Aluminium engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack when there is a high temperature than cast iron.

Moreover, for smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the Atlas have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the 5.7 V8 in the Durango.


Besides all, The Volkswagen Atlas V6 is faster than the Durango Dual Exhaust 3.6 DOHC V6:

Zero to 60 MPH Atlas Durango
Quarter Mile 7.9 Sec 8 Sec
16 sec   16.1 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

Nonetheless of its engine, the Atlas engine automatically turns off when there is a stoppage in the vehicle. It further leads to saving fuel and reducing pollution. Further, you may see (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) Furthermore, Dodge only offers an automatic engine start/stop system on the Durango V6.

Brakes and Stopping

Moreover, For better stopping power the Atlas’ standard front brake rotors are larger than those on the Durango:

Front Rotors:

Atlas Durango
13.2 inches 13 inches

Above all, the Atlas’ standard front and rear disc brakes enable to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. Further, the rear discs standard on the Durango V6 is solid, not vented.

The Atlas stops much shorter than the Durango:

Atlas Durango
174 feet 190 feet
139 feet 142 feet

Tires and Wheels

Further, The Atlas SEL Premium’s optional tires offer better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio). It moreover provides a stiffer sidewall than the Durango’s optional 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling, and brake cooling the Atlas SEL Premium in addition offer optional 21-inch wheels. In addition, The Durango’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.


The Volkswagen Atlas further may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 450 to 700 pounds less than the Dodge Durango.


Above all, There has been comparison and further decided that the Volkswagen Atlas SEL Premium 4Motion two places higher than the Dodge Durango GT 4×4. This is due to its extraordinary features that you just cannot ignore.

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