You Know It’s Spacious, but How Much Can the VW Atlas Tow?

January 4th, 2018 by

VW Atlas

2018 Volkswagen Atlas towing capacity

When did the utility leave sports utility vehicles? At some point our view of full size SUVs seemed to have switched from off-road ready and highly capable models to vehicles that are akin to a robust and stylish minivan. We’ve seen models that were once considered the ultimate in off-road capability suddenly become expensive luxury models. Part of this is due to consumer demand, but what if you want both? An SUV can be perfectly spacious and convenient for your family life, while also packed with features that make it the ideal model when it’s time to take the boat to the lake. Does the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas offer enough towing capacity for your needs. Let’s explore the new model.

How much do you need to tow?

When it comes to capability, the first thing you have to question is what you will be towing, and how much it weighs. For example, a 2,000-pound towing capacity might be enough for a light trailer or a pop-up tent camper, but a larger boat would damage your vehicle. A pontoon boat, on average, weighs in at 2,200 pounds, with trailer weight coming in at 1,200 pounds. Total, you’d need 3,400 pounds of towing capacity to make it to the lake.

The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas can tow up to 5,000 pounds with V6 models that are properly equipped and have the factory-installed tow hitch. This makes the model perfect for towing trailers, light boats and small campers. Knowing exactly what you can tow involves checking the weight of your trailer, load and any gear you need to bring along, along with the tongue weight of your trailer. It’s always best to check these specs before making a purchase, as you’d hate to spend money on a 23-foot camper that weighs in at over 5,000 pounds only to find that you’d be risking the build of your vehicle by towing it.

How much towing capacity do you look for in an SUV? Share your thoughts with a comment here at the Brandon Volkswagen Blog.

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