Atlas Towing Capacity
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.
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.
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!
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