2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport vs. 2020 Toyota Rav4

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Safety

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Both the Atlas Cross Sport and the Rav4 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, lane departure warning systems and around view monitors.

The Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport weighs 448 to 1041 pounds more than the Toyota Rav4. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

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The Atlas Cross Sport comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Rav4’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The Atlas Cross Sport’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Rav4’s (7 vs. 5 years).

Reliability

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The Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport’s engines use a cast iron block for durability, while the Rav4’s engine uses an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

Engine

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The Atlas Cross Sport’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 32 more horsepower (235 vs. 203) and 74 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 184) than the Rav4’s 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder. The Atlas Cross Sport’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 73 more horsepower (276 vs. 203) and 82 lbs.-ft. more torque (266 vs. 184) than the Rav4’s 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder.

Fuel Economy and Range

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Regardless of its engine, the Atlas Cross Sport’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) Toyota only offers an automatic engine start/stop system on the Rav4 LE AWD/XLE/XLE Premium.

The Atlas Cross Sport has 4.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Rav4 (18.6 vs. 14.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Atlas Cross Sport’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Rav4:

Atlas Cross Sport

Rav4

Front Rotors

13.2 inches

12 inches

Rear Rotors

12.2 inches

11.1 inches

The Atlas Cross Sport’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Rav4 are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Atlas Cross Sport has larger standard tires than the Rav4 (245/60R18 vs. 225/65R17). The Atlas Cross Sport R-Line’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Rav4 (265/45R21 vs. 235/55R19).

The Atlas Cross Sport’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Rav4 LE/XLE’s standard 65 series tires. The Atlas Cross Sport R-Line’s tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Rav4 XLE Premium/Adventure/Limited’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Atlas Cross Sport has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Rav4 LE/XLE. The Atlas Cross Sport R-Line’s 21-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels on the Rav4 XLE Premium/Adventure/Limited.

Suspension and Handling

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The Atlas Cross Sport has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Rav4 doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Atlas Cross Sport’s wheelbase is 11.4 inches longer than on the Rav4 (117.3 inches vs. 105.9 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Atlas Cross Sport is 4.3 inches wider in the front and 4.2 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Rav4.

Passenger Space

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The Atlas Cross Sport has 13.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Rav4 (112 vs. 98.9).

The Atlas Cross Sport has .6 inches more front legroom, 3.7 inches more front shoulder room, 2.6 inches more rear legroom and 4.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Rav4.

Cargo Capacity

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The Atlas Cross Sport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Rav4 with its rear seat up (40.3 vs. 37.6 cubic feet). The Atlas Cross Sport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Rav4 with its rear seat folded (77.8 vs. 69.8 cubic feet).

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Atlas Cross Sport. The Rav4 doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Towing

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The Atlas Cross Sport’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Rav4’s (2000 vs. 1500 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Toyota Rav4 4WD is only 3500 pounds. The Atlas Cross Sport offers up to a 5000 lbs. towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

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The Atlas Cross Sport uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Rav4 uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

Ergonomics

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The Atlas Cross Sport’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Rav4 LE’s standard fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Atlas Cross Sport SEL to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Rav4 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

The Atlas Cross Sport has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Rav4 has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the XLE/XLE Premium/Adventure/Limited/TRD Off-Road.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the Atlas Cross Sport offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Rav4 doesn’t offer cornering lights. The Atlas Cross Sport SEL also has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

Manual rear side window sunshades are available in the Atlas Cross Sport to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The Rav4 doesn’t offer rear side window sunshades.

The Atlas Cross Sport’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Toyota charges extra for heated mirrors on the Rav4.

When the Atlas Cross Sport SEL is put in reverse, the passenger rearview mirror tilts from its original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirror into its original position. The Rav4’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Atlas Cross Sport SEL Premium’s Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Rav4 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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