2020 Volkswagen Atlas  RealSafeCars89Safety Rating

#15 of 2020 SUVs

#22 of all 2020 vehicles


The Atlas, which Volkswagen introduced in 2018, is a three-row midsize SUV with seating up to 7. The Atlas has technology that is now expected: Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Having better than average EPA (miles per gallon) for its class, it reduces fuel costs and pollution. With optional all-wheel drive (AWD), it can easily handle mud, snow, and sand. Volkswagen offers a 6-year, 72,000-mile basic/powertrain warranty on its lineup.


The 2020 Volkswagen Atlas is safe compared to all vehicles.

Comparison to all vehicles.  This plot shows RSC safety scores on the horizontal axis vs. the number of vehicles with each safety score (depicted by bar height and percentages at the bottom). Colors reflect vehicle safety, ranging from red (not that safe) to green (safer). For reference, a score of 0 implies a 0.15% chance of driver death (13% chance of driver injury) over 15 years, and a score of 100 reflects a 0.016% chance (1.4% chance of driver injury). The 2020 Volkswagen Atlas has a score of 89, implying a 0.03% chance of driver death (2.7% chance of injury).

We estimate that the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.0302% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 3.4519%, meaning the average driver has a 0.0302% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 3.4519% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas is 37% less likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other suvs, the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas is 28% less likely to result in a fatal accident.

Active safety features on the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas can protect loved ones by reducing accident severity and preventing accidents. All trims and versions of the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas include the following active safety system: Front Assist. There are optional safety features on the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas which may add to the cost but should be strongly considered --- Lane Assist and Blind Spot Monitor.

Safety features can still make a vehicle safer, even if not as flashy as emergency automatic braking. Standard side mirror turn signals alert others of your intention to turn or switch lanes allowing them to react accordingly, which can prevent accidents caused by not seeing a vehicle in the blind spot. Optional Cornering Headlights / Leveling Head Lamps points head lamps towards where the vehicle is heading, better lighting the road ahead.


But it is about as safe as many comparable models.

9773Nissan PathfinderChrysler PacificaKia SedonaMazda CX-9Volkswagen AtlasFord ExplorerHonda PilotKia TellurideHonda OdysseyToyota SiennaHyundai PalisadeV. Atlas Cross SportComparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 73 to 97. The 2020 Volkswagen Atlas is safer than the 2020 Nissan Pathfinder, the 2020 Chrysler Pacifica, and the 2020 Kia Sedona and less safe than the 2020 Mazda CX-9. It is about as safe as the 2020 Kia Telluride, the 2020 Honda Pilot, and the 2020 Ford Explorer.

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