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In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Tahoe are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Atlas doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.
The Tahoe has a standard front seat center airbag, which deploys between the driver and front passenger, protecting them from injuries caused by striking each other in serious side impacts. The Atlas doesn’t offer front seat center airbags.
Both the Tahoe and the Atlas have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.
Chevrolet’s powertrain warranty covers the Tahoe 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Volkswagen covers the Atlas. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Atlas ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.
There are almost 5 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Volkswagen dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Tahoe’s warranty.
To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Tahoe has a standard 800-amp battery (900 Diesel). The Atlas’ 680-amp battery isn’t as powerful.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 28 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 25th, below the industry average.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 12th.
From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Chevrolet 2 places higher in reliability than Volkswagen.
The Tahoe’s standard 5.3 V8 produces 120 more horsepower (355 vs. 235) and 125 lbs.-ft. more torque (383 vs. 258) than the Atlas’ standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder. The Tahoe’s 5.3 V8 produces 79 more horsepower (355 vs. 276) and 117 lbs.-ft. more torque (383 vs. 266) than the Atlas’ optional 3.6 DOHC V6. The Tahoe High Country’s standard 6.2 V8 produces 144 more horsepower (420 vs. 276) and 194 lbs.-ft. more torque (460 vs. 266) than the Atlas’ optional 3.6 DOHC V6.
The Tahoe’s 3.0 turbo diesel produces 42 more horsepower (277 vs. 235) and 202 lbs.-ft. more torque (460 vs. 258) than the Atlas’ standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder. The Tahoe’s 3.0 turbo diesel produces 1 more horsepower (277 vs. 276) and 194 lbs.-ft. more torque (460 vs. 266) than the Atlas’ optional 3.6 DOHC V6.
An engine control system that can shut down some of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Tahoe V8’s fuel efficiency. The Atlas doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.
A 10-speed automatic is standard on the Chevrolet Tahoe, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the Atlas.
For better traction, the Tahoe has larger standard tires than the Atlas (265/65R18 vs. 245/60R18). The Tahoe’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Atlas (275/65R20 vs. 265/45R21).
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Tahoe offers optional 22-inch wheels. The Atlas’ largest wheels are only 21-inches.
The Chevrolet Tahoe’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Volkswagen Atlas only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.
The Tahoe has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Atlas doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.
The Tahoe has a standard full size spare tire so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare isn’t available on the Atlas; it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.
The Tahoe has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Tahoe flat and controlled during cornering. The Atlas’ suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.
The Tahoe offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The Atlas’ suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.
The Tahoe Z71/High Country has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Tahoe’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The Atlas doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Tahoe’s wheelbase is 3.6 inches longer than on the Atlas (120.9 inches vs. 117.3 inches).
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Tahoe is 1.3 inches wider in the front and .5 inches wider in the rear than on the Atlas.
For better maneuverability, the ’s turning circle is 38.1 feet tighter than the Atlas’ ( feet vs. 38.1 feet).
The front grille of the Tahoe uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Atlas doesn’t offer active grille shutters.
The Tahoe offers optional seating for 9 passengers; the Atlas can only carry 7.
The Tahoe has 14.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Atlas (168.3 vs. 153.7).
The Tahoe has 1 inch more front headroom, 3 inches more front legroom, 4.4 inches more rear legroom and 1.2 inches more third row legroom than the Atlas.
The Tahoe’s cargo area provides more volume than the Atlas.
Behind Third Seat
25.5 cubic feet
20.6 cubic feet
Third Seat Folded
72.6 cubic feet
55.5 cubic feet
Second Seat Folded
122.9 cubic feet
96.8 cubic feet
The engine in the Tahoe is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Atlas. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because there are no rear spark plugs and the accessory belts are in front.
The Tahoe’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Atlas does not have an oil pressure gauge.
The Tahoe (except LS/LT/RST/Z71) offers an available heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Atlas doesn’t offer a heads-up display.
To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Tahoe has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Atlas only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.
The Tahoe LT/RST/Z71/Premier/High Country’s standard rear view mirror and optional side view mirrors have an automatic dimming feature. These mirrors can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Atlas has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.
The Tahoe has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the Atlas SE/SEL/SEL Premium.
The Chevrolet Tahoe outsold the Volkswagen Atlas by 24% during 2019.
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