With three rows of seating and all the latest in family-friendly tech gear, the 2019 Nissan Pathfinder and Volkswagen Atlas have undoubtedly caught your attention. But which is the right crossover for your daily drive? Our comparison guide is here to help answer all of your questions.
Comfiest Crossover: 2019 Nissan Pathfinder
The 2019 Nissan Pathfinder is our first choice for plush, modern comfort. The front seats, with their NASA-inspired Zero Gravity design, simply can’t be beat. They were engineered to fit the contours of your body as if you were floating in space, and it shows. In addition to the otherworldly comfort of the front seats, the Pathfinder’s rear rows delivers the space your family needs for a pleasant trip across state lines. No matter how long you plan to stay inside your Pathfinder, comfort levels just never seem to drop.
The Volkswagen Atlas is also nicely suited to road trips. The Atlas even offers air conditioning vents for all three rows of seating, so everyone stays nice and chill. Although the Atlas can’t quite match the Zero Gravity seats for comfort, seating support is respectable. Some taller drivers may wish the front seats offered more adjustability.
Most in Standard Safety: 2019 Volkswagen Atlas
This year, the Atlas gives you the most high-tech safety aids without forcing you to pay extra for them. That means you get lots of peace of mind in every single trim model. Among the newly standard systems are the forward collision mitigation and blind-spot monitoring systems, both of which have lifesaving potential.
On the flip side, the 2019 Nissan Pathfinder does offer some standard safety features. Namely, automatic emergency braking and reverse parking sensors will help keep you out of a jam. But, if you want blind-spot monitoring or rear cross-traffic alert, you must pay extra and upgrade to the midrange SV trim.
Best Gas Mileage: 2019 Nissan Pathfinder
Want plenty of muscle without going over on your fuel budget? We highly recommend the Pathfinder. This three-row crossover has utility in mind, but it also makes every effort to conserve fuel, giving you up to 20 city and 27 highway mpg.
Of course, the Volkswagen Atlas also makes a good showing in this department. Its base engine isn’t quite as powerful as the Pathfinder, but it earns almost the same fuel mileage, with up to 20 and 26 mpg.
Heftiest Towing Performance: 2019 Nissan Pathfinder
If you’ve got an especially big boat or camper at home, you’ll need the Pathfinder. This hefty crossover can tow max loads of 6,000 pounds, making it the right choice for families with big toys. The Volkswagen Atlas is capable in its own right, just not as capable, peaking at 5,000 pounds.
The Pathfinder hits every single mark with ease. In this segment, you definitely want the most capable crossover. But you also don’t want to overspend on fuel. That’s why the Pathfinder represents the best of both worlds. And, inside, this Nissan delivers everything from the latest smartphone integration features to best-in-class comfort.