Cars.com’s reigning Family Car of the Year, the Volkswagen Atlas, enters the 2021 model year with updated styling, wider all-wheel-drive availability and some new technology. We got the chance to climb around, inside and outside the revised Atlas at the 2020 Chicago Auto Show.
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Styling, of course, is in the eye of the beholder, but I always thought the Atlas looked too boxy and downright crowded. For 2021, Volkswagen adds a little more rounded styling with fewer openings and slightly more rounded headlights, matching the looks of the new, smaller Atlas Cross Sport.
Inside, the changes are harder to spot, with a revised VW badge gracing the steering wheel. Something notable on the technology front is the addition of low-speed lane-centering steering — a new feature for the Atlas that debuted on the Cross Sport.
The Atlas has a lot of competition lately with the new 2020 Hyundai Palisade and 2020 Kia Telluride in particular, but the Volkswagen SUV still does a lot well and this update manages to keep it fresh. For more details on the new model year, watch the video for more.
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