Comparing the 2019 Atlas to the 2019 Toyota Highlander

When choosing a midsize SUV, you want to find one that is right for your lifestyle. The 2019 Atlas and 2019 Toyota Highlander will both fit your family, but diverge when it comes to interior space, performance and assistance features. Make sure you’re fully knowledgeable of the characteristics that are offered by each model with help from the Trend Motors Volkswagen blog.

Interior Space

Whether you’re hauling a car full of people or packing for a trip, having plenty of room is essential. Luckily both vehicles boast spacious interiors, with the Highlander featuring an eight-person capacity, while the Atlas can seat up to seven people. However, the two-person third row in the Atlas offers six inches more leg room than the Highlander so your passengers stay comfortable and happy. If you’re towing gear instead of people, the 2019 Atlas edges ahead with its 96.8 cubic feet of cargo space available with the second and third rows folded down, compared to the 83.7 cubic feet offered by the Highlander. If you need a mix of space for both passengers and cargo, the Highlander has a 60/40 folding split for both the second and third rows, while the Atlas features a 60/40 split in the second row and a 50/50 split in the third row.


You never know where life will take you, making it important to have a vehicle that can stand up to whatever terrain you encounter. The eight-speed automatic transmission featured in all models of the 2019 Atlas helps you drive efficiently and adapt to your surroundings. If you want to take control, the Tiptronic mode in the Atlas allows you to fully shift manually without a clutch. In contrast, the 2019 Highlander is available with an eight-speed automatic transmission in the top-level trims, but comes standard with a six-speed transmission. Similarly, the Highlander has a sequential shift mode that cuts off access to certain gears and only lets you switch gears in a specific order.

Additionally, being able to adapt to all types of weather is critical. The available Toyota Highlander Dynamic Torque-Control All-Wheel Drive controls the braking system from side to side and distributes engine power from the front to the rear. Meanwhile, the available 4MOTION Active Control in the Atlas similarly distributes power from the front to the back for stability, while also providing four different all-wheel-drive modes that you can change to best match your current surroundings.

Assistance Features

Driving with a car full of people can be distracting, so it’s nice to have some help to keep you focused. Both the Highlander and Atlas are loaded with automatic features that make your life a little easier, including:

  • Blind Spot Monitors: Let you know when there is a car in the lane next to you that you can’t see in your mirrors
  • Lane Assist: Makes small corrections to keep you from inadvertently drifting out of your lane
  • Dynamic Cruise Control: Automatically adjusts your speed to keep you a certain distance away from cars in front of you

On top of that, the Atlas comes with available Park Assist that sees if you can fit in a space and helps steer into the spot, as well as available Park Distance Control that lets you know how much room you have between cars when trying to exit your parking spot. The Highlander is not equipped with similar features.

Find Out For Yourself

Greater storage space, more control over performance and additional assistance features set the 2019 Atlas ahead of the 2019 Toyota Highlander. Want to experience firsthand what it’s like operating all of these features in the 2019 Atlas? Visit Trend Motors Volkswagen in Rockaway, New Jersey, where the 2019 Atlas is available. To find out more information or schedule a test-drive, contact us online.