VW Atlas Towing Capacity Chart & Overview

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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!

VW Atlas Towing Capacity Chart

The new Volkswagen Atlas is engineered to help you and your family draw your map of the world and bring everything you need along for the ride. If you are shopping for a new three-row, seven-passenger SUV and looking for something that delivers plenty of cargo space, passenger room, and towing capacity, look no further! The new Volkswagen Atlas checks all the boxes. If you are wondering how the Volkswagen Atlas compares to the competition or which new SUV tows the most, you'll be glad to know the Volkswagen Atlas towing capacity is designed to bring everyone and everything along for the ride.

Drivers with large watercraft or second vehicles to tow love the VW Atlas towing package because it lets them maximize their weekend adventures and bring their toys along for the ride. To learn more about the VW Atlas towing capacity, stop by our dealership in Daytona Beach, FL. Our sales team can ask about your needs and tell you how to get the most out of your new Volkswagen SUV.

Volkswagen Atlas Towing Capacity Chart

VW Atlas Towing Capacity EngineHorsepowerDrivetrain
2021 VW Atlas 5,000 lbs 2.0 L 4-Cylinder3.6L V6235 to 276 hpFWD or AWD
2020 VW Atlas 5,000 lbs 2.0 L 4-Cylinder3.6L V6235 to 276 hpFWD or AWD
2019 WV Atlas 5,000 lbs 2.0 L 4-Cylinder3.6L V6235 to 276 hpFWD or AWD
2018 VW Atlas 5,000 lbs 2.0 L 4-Cylinder3.6L V6235 to 276 hpFWD or AWD

Engine Options & Towing Capability

If you're interested in the VW Atlas towing capacity, the first thing to highlight is how the new 2021 Volkswagen Atlas SUV for sale boasts a choice of powerful engines. When you build your new Volkswagen Atlas, you can select a 3.6L V6 engine that produces up to 276 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque or the standard 2.0L Turbo engine that delivers up to 235 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.

The standard 2.0L Turbo engine can tow up to 2,000 pounds. If you opt for the Volkswagen Atlas SEL Premium R-Line, you'll gain a VW Atlas towing capacity of up to 5,000 pounds from the 3.6L V6 engine. This top-of-the-line model also comes equipped with the 4MOTIONĀ® with Active Control drive mode select system. This feature puts you in control of four different available All-Wheel Drive modes so you can choose the mode that fits your current driving situation the best. Drive modes include:

  • Snow Mode
  • On-Road Mode
  • Off-Road Mode
  • Off-Road Custom Mode

Along with a choice of engines, the new 2021 Volkswagen Atlas comes with FWD and AWD availability. When considering your active lifestyle, you might be looking for a new AWD SUV that can tow up to 5,000 pounds. In that case, the Volkswagen Atlas towing capacity delivers the performance you demand.

What is the VW Atlas towing capacity?

When equipped with the 2.0L Turbo engine and eight-speed automatic transmission, the Volkswagen Atlas towing capacity reaches up to 2,000 pounds in the base model 2021 Volkswagen Atlas S. If you need VW Atlas towing of up to 5,000 pounds to trailer a second vehicle, the new 2021 Volkswagen Atlas Premium R-Line delivers the towing capacity you need. Talk to our team about how you can add a towing package to your vehicle.

If you have any questions about VW Atlas towing, please contact our dealership. We're here to answer any questions you have about standard towing, available features, and more. Let us help you find a new SUV you'll love at our dealership in Daytona Beach, Florida.

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!


Disclosure: Maximum tow ratings when equipped with factory-installed towing hitch. Vehicle load, other accessories, and options may reduce maximum towing capacity. See vehicle Owner's Manual for details.


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