Volkswagen Atlas Towing Capacity


We all know that the Volkswagen Atlas is a lean, mean, bumper-kicking machine. We're sure you also know that the Atlas can haul an admirable amount of weight behind it, but how much weight are we talking exactly? And what can you do to make sure your equipment stays safe on the road, no matter how much you're towing? If you've ever wondered any of these things, you're in luck. Our incredible team at Gunther Volkswagen has put together a handy article outlining everything you could possibly want to know about the VW Atlas towing capacity. If you don't have an Atlas yet, but you want to be able to tow boats and campers with the big dogs, check out our new Volkswagen Atlas to get in on the fun!

How Much Can a VW Atlas Tow?

This is the end all, be all of questions when regarding the VW Atlas towing capacity. Here, we're going to cover Atlas models dating back to the 2018 VW Atlas, so pull on your boots and get ready to wade into the details.

On the 2018 VW Atlas, every trim with a 3.6L engine can tow up to 5,000 lbs. If you have a model with a 2.0L engine, then you'll get up to 2,000 lbs. towing capacity.

On the 2019 VW Atlas, the story is exactly the same. If you know you're going to be towing enough to invest in towing trailers, it might be a safe bet to go with the 3.6L engine since it gives you 5,000 lbs. towing capacity. With the 2.0L, you can still tow an admirable 2,000 lbs.

So, what about if you have a 2020 VW Atlas or a 2021 VW Atlas? You guessed it! The Volkswagen Atlas towing capacity is actually the same across all iterations. When properly equipped and in possession of the 3.6L engine, you're going to get up to 5,000 lbs. towing capacity.

Open to a little perspective? You can tow just over 65 adult Golden Retrievers, around 50 porcelain thrones, 510 Xbox Series X consoles, or around 102 55" T.V.s. Now, if you actually did carry that much of any one thing above, you might get some funny looks (maybe that's because they're jealous). But at least you know you have the power to tow just about anything you want to! Long story short, the VW Atlas towing capacity is more than enough to suit your fancy.

How Can I Keep My Cargo Safe?

Carrying all that weight behind you, it's only natural to be a little worried about keeping your cargo and yourself safe. It's just another thing that you have to worry about on the road. Thankfully, Volkswagen Cars offers some great tools to help you stay as safe as possible while carrying everything you need. Let's take a look at what they offer.

First is the VW Atlas Towing Package. In the V6 towing package, Volkswagen Cars gives you the tools you need to keep your haul secure. You'll get a special VW Atlas trailer hitch and ball mount designed to withstand the most brutal forces of towing without compromising your safety. The hitch is a 7-pin connector, so you know it's up to that 5,000-lb. task.

The VW Atlas towing capacity is also made safer thanks to the six, stability-enhancing systems that come standard. That's right! Not only are they useful for your everyday commute in Dayton Beach, FL, but a new or used VW Atlas is also made infinitely safer when towing thanks to these systems. These stability features include Electronic Brake-pressure Distribution (EBD) and Electronic Stability Control (ESC) to help you maintain control even with 5,000 lbs. pushing up behind you.

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We hope you found this information about the Volkswagen Atlas towing capacity useful. If you happen to have any remaining questions about the VW Atlas towing capacity, feel free to give us a call or send an email our way. And, if you're interested in another VW car that has equally impressive towing capacity, you might want to lease a VW Atlas Cross Sport instead. Whatever your final decision is, we'll be here to help you along the way, from answering your questions to guiding you through the proper way to set up your towing equipment!

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