2023 Volkswagen Atlas  RealSafeCars92Safety Rating

#18 of 2023 SUVs

#22 of all 2023 vehicles

Pictured: 2020 Volkswagen Atlas
The Atlas, introduced by Volkswagen in 2018, is a three-row midsize SUV with seating up to 7. With optional all-wheel drive (AWD), it handles mud, snow, and sand with ease. The Volkswagen Atlas has some real zest, surpassing typical horsepower for its class. Volkswagen offers a 6-year, 72,000-mile basic/powertrain warranty on its lineup.

The 2023 Volkswagen Atlas is very 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 2023 Volkswagen Atlas has a score of 92, implying a 0.027% chance of driver death (2.4% chance of injury).

We estimate that the 2023 Volkswagen Atlas has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.0267% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 3.0539%, meaning the average driver has a 0.0267% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 3.0539% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2023 Volkswagen Atlas is 43% less likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other suvs, the 2023 Volkswagen Atlas is 34% less likely to result in a fatal accident.

Active safety features on the 2023 Volkswagen Atlas can protect loved ones by reducing accident severity and preventing accidents. The following active safety system is included even on lower trims/versions of the 2023 Volkswagen Atlas: Front Assist. Optional safety features on the 2023 Volkswagen Atlas which we recommend include Lane Assist and Blind Spot Monitor.

Other safety technologies seem simpler but should still be considered. Side mirror turn signals are standard on the Volkswagen Atlas. They alert other vehicles of your intention to switch lanes, which allows the other vehicle's driver to prevent an impending accident with you. Cornering Headlights / Leveling Head Lamps, which is optional on the 2023 Volkswagen Atlas, points headlights towards the direction that the vehicle is heading, even on turns. Optional Light Assist on the 2023 Volkswagen Atlas automatically switches off high beams headlights when another vehicle is nearby.

And it is safer than many comparable models.

9776Chrysler PacificaToyota TacomaKia CarnivalBuick EnclaveHonda RidgelineFord ExplorerMazda CX-9Volkswagen AtlasHonda OdysseyV. Atlas Cross SportNissan PathfinderHonda PassportComparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2023 Volkswagen Atlas with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 76 to 97. The 2023 Volkswagen Atlas is safer than the 2023 Chrysler Pacifica, the 2023 Toyota Tacoma, the 2023 Kia Carnival, the 2023 Buick Enclave, the 2023 Honda Ridgeline, and the 2023 Ford Explorer. It is about as safe as the 2023 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport, the 2023 Honda Odyssey, and the 2023 Mazda CX-9.

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