2020 Volkswagen Atlas vs 2020 Subaru Forester 

With its bold design, a cavernous interior, powerful engine options, high-level safety, a wide array of advanced technologies, and the ability to head far off the beaten path, the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas is a wonderful choice for SUV shoppers. Take a look at this 2020 Volkswagen Atlas vs 2020 Subaru Forester comparison to see the advantages that the Atlas has over the SUV competition. 

For performance, the Atlas easily dominates the Forester. Its base-level 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine delivers 235 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, while the available 3.6-liter VR6 engine cranks out 276 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque. The Forester only offers a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, which produces just 182 horsepower and 176 lb-ft of torque. Do you have a boat or a camping trailer to tow? The Atlas boasts a maximum towing capacity of 5,000 pounds, compared to just 1,500 pounds for the Forester. 

2020 Volkswagen Atlas


2020 Subaru Forester

276-hp/266 lb-ft Max. Horsepower/Torque 182-hp/176 lb-ft
5,000 pounds Max. Towing Capacity 1,500 pounds
7 passengers Seating Capacity 5 passengers
96.8 cu-ft Max. Cargo Capacity 76.1 cu-ft


Compare the 2020 VW Atlas and 2020 Subaru Forester 

If you’re looking for an SUV that has plenty of interior space, then the Atlas is the more suitable choice for you. It can seat up to seven people and has a total passenger volume of 153.7 cu-ft. The Forester can only seat five people and has a total passenger volume of just 107.8 cu-ft. The Atlas also has more storage space, with a maximum cargo capacity of 96.8 cu-ft, compared to 76.1 cu-ft for the Forester. 

The Atlas provides a very safe ride, especially with its numerous safety technologies. A good example of this its Intelligent Crash Response System. If you get into an accident with the Atlas, the system will automatically unlock the doors, shut off the fuel pump, and turn on the hazard lights. The Forester doesn’t offer a similar feature. 

Feel free to get in touch with us at Pacific Volkswagen to learn more about the 2020 VW Atlas! 

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White seats in 2020 Volkswagen Atlas
Dark blue 2020 Volkswagen Atlas driving on a mountainous road
Steering wheel, gauges, and touchscreen in 2020 Volkswagen Atlas