The differences between the 2022 VW Atlas vs 2022 Toyota Highlander

2022 VW Atlas VS 2022 Toyota Highlander at Arbour VW

Demand for midsize SUVs keeps increasing. It is thus perfectly normal that we should pay special attention to this type of vehicle. This dual between the 2022 VW Atlas vs 2022 Toyota Highlander will serve to show what each vehicle has to offer and, ultimately, pick a winner!

Arbour VW, on the North Shore of Montreal, in Laval, close to Boisbriand and Blainville, tells us more about these midsize SUVs.

Esthetic differences

All experts agree that the Volkswagen Atlas has the silhouette of a full size sporty and modern SUV. As for the Highlander, we can say that it does not generate much of a reaction. Daniel Rufiange has this to say about it in the 2022 version of L’Annuel de l’automobile: “perhaps it quenches the thirst, but has no flavor… there is no wow factor!” 1

Spacious, efficient with its third row of seats, the 2022 Atlas offers a minimalist interior with loads of storage, generous legroom and large cargo space. As for the Toyota Highlander, it offers a modern and user-friendly interior with good materials. The only issue is that it is clearly less spacious than its rival, and even most of the other SUVs in its category, for that matter.

2022 VW Atlas vs 2022 Toyota Highlander: technical specifications

Both SUVs offer interesting features. Let’s take a look at these in greater detail to get a better overall idea of how they compare.

Powertrain and power

The 2022 Volkswagen Atlas has two very efficient engines:

2022 Volkswagen Atlas Powertrain Power/performance
Trendline 2.0 L 4- cylinder turbo 235 hp / 258 lb-ft.
Execline 3.6 L V6 276 hp / 266 lb-ft.

When it comes to the Toyota Highlander, it only offers one fuel engine:

2022 Toyota Highlander Powertrain Power/performance
LE AWD 3.5 L V6 295 hp / 263 lb-ft.
Limited AWD
Platinum AWD

The hybrid versions of the Highlander offer a combined power of 243 horsepower.

Safety features and driver assist technologies

When it comes to active safety features, both vehicles are well equipped. However, it is easy to notice that the Volkswagen SUV can also rely on road sign recognition and remote parking assist, which are not found on the Toyota.

Added technologies

The midsize Toyota SUV has an 8- inch touch screen (12.3- inch optional touch screen), Apple CarPlayMD and Android AutoMD connectivity, Bluetooth, voice activated text messaging and navigation. When it comes to the 2022 Atlas, it also has navigation, Apple CarPlayMD and Android AutoMD connectivity and the Bluetooth App-Connect, a phone application that allows you to control the vehicle, a wireless phone charger, etc.


As you have seen above, both midsize SUVs offer innovative features. However, in a duel like this one, there has to be a winner!

All of the above data and information only serve to show that the 2022 Volkswagen Atlas is a greater value for money, it offers more space and versatility as well. It is perfect for large families who love adventure!

Come and discover the all-new 2022 Volkswagen Atlas in Laval, with your Arbour VW dealership. A seasoned team of passionate experts is waiting for you!

The 2022 VW Atlas vs 2022 Toyota Highlander at a glance

2022 VW Atlas 2022 Toyota Highlander
Prices (MSRP) $ 41,595 - $ 57,695 $ 47,139 - $ 59,879
Versions Trendline, Comfortline, Highline and Execline + Cross Sport Version LE AWD, XLE AWD, XSE AWD, Limited AWD, Platinum AWD and hybrid
  • 2.0 L 4- cylinder turbo
  • 3.6 L V6
  • 3.5 L V6
  • Hybrid
  • 235 hp / 258 lb-ft.
  • 276 hp / 266 lb-ft.
  • 295 hp / 263 lb-ft.
  • Combined power: 243 hp
Cargo space 1,571 L (2,741 liters with seats folded) 1,370 liters (2,387 liters with seats folded)
rear 3/4 view of a 2022 VW Atlas SUV driving on a road