Last year was a big one for the Hyundai brand, as they not only completely redesigned one of their most popular models in the Hyundai Sonata, but they also introduced a pair of brand-new crossover utility vehicles. One of those new models was the Hyundai Palisade, which has quickly established dominance within the three-row midsize crossover segment. Back when it was first introduced a few years ago, the Volkswagen Atlas has a similar rise to fame. We thought we’d see how these two 2021 models measure up to one another by pitting them against each other in a side-by-side comparison. Check out the results below!
2021 Hyundai Palisade Limited
2021 VW Atlas SEL
Combined Fuel Efficiency
|18.0 cu. ft.|
20.6 cu. ft.
Let’s take a look through the table one row at a time. We kicked things off by looking at the power output of each crossover, an area in which the Hyundai Palisade takes the advantage. The Palisade Limited trim level generates 15 horsepower more than the VW Atlas SEL trim, which isn’t a massive difference but is certainly a significant advantage in the favor of the Palisade.
But Hyundai doesn’t slow down there, also achieving superior fuel economy ratings according to the second row. This isn’t a small advantage either, as the Palisade manages to achieve 3 miles per gallon more than the Atlas. That could translate to quite a bit of savings at the gas pump over time. However, Volkswagen fires back in the third row as the Atlas has more space behind the rear seats to fill with cargo. An extra 2.6 cubic feet of space is nothing to sneeze at.
Both of these seven-seat crossovers have plenty to offer, but we think the superior power and efficiency speaks for itself. If you think you might be interested in a 2021 Hyundai Palisade of your own, be sure to reach out to us right here at Earnhardt Hyundai of Avondale in Arizona.