2021 vs 2022 Volkswagen Atlas SUVs in Colorado

2022 Volkswagen Atlas SUV

2022 VW Atlas vs. 2021 VW Atlas

With the removal of the S trim from the lineup, the 2022 Volkswagen Atlas SUV makes the more loaded SE trim from the 2021 lineup the base level option. This means that all the premium amenities from last year’s SE are available from the get-go in the 2022 version of the SUV. To complement this change in lineup, the Atlas also receives new package options for 2022. Select trims are also given new standard features to keep the Atlas at the top of the list for sporty and modern northern Colorado SUVs.  

Performance Differences

While the previous base trim has been replaced for the 2022 model year, the same engine options remain from the 2021 versions of the SUV. Led by a 235-hp 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the Atlas provides plenty of on-demand performance to make any trip around Boulder and the rest of northern Colorado enjoyable. The SUV also maintains its standard FWD drivetrain, with AWD also being available for those who prefer more handling prowess when wintertime hits. Despite having the same powertrain as the 2021 model year Atlas, the 2022 Atlas actually enjoys greater highway efficiency than its 2021 counterpart.  

Exterior & Interior Differences

While the interior of the 2022 VW Atlas has been kept similar other than a new digital gauge cluster in the base SE trim, the exterior of the SUV has been given noteworthy options to add even more personalization. This includes having 20-inch wheels available on the base SE trim while being the standard equipment for the mid-range SEL trim level. However, deluxe 21-inch wheels make the SEL Premium trim of the 2022 VW Atlas fitting of its title as the premium choice. Families planning on using their baseline Atlas equipped with the optional V6 engine for towing trailers across the state will enjoy the available Technology Package that adds a trailer hitch to the SUV.  

Safety & Driver-Assistance Differences

Being a premier family cruiser option in northern Colorado, the 2022 Volkswagen Atlas maintains its great selection of standard safety features. Frontal accident likelihood is greatly reduced while both Forward Collision Warning and Automatic Emergency Braking are operational. Additionally, drivers will be able to react accordingly to the information gleaned from the Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert systems. Optimal driver attention should always be placed on the road while these various systems are in use.  

Shop for the 2022 Volkswagen Atlas SUV at Emich VW of Boulder

Trips around Boulder and the rest of northern Colorado are much more enjoyable when you are behind the wheel of a capable family SUV like the 2022 Volkswagen Atlas. Equipped with a sporty powertrain and plenty of interior amenities, everyone in the vehicle will appreciate the ride they have available to them. Stop by Emich VW of Boulder today and find out from one of our sales team members how we can help you own or lease a new Atlas.  

Vehicle Name  2022 VW Atlas  2021 VW Atlas 
Base MSRP  $35,095  $31,545 
Horsepower  235 HP  235 HP 
City Est. MPG  21  21 
Highway Est. MPG  25  24 

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