The Taming of the Turbo

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience
Volkswagen Atlas S
Starting MSRP: $30,750
The Atlas S has the performance potential of a turbo living in harmony with a family-size SUV. Volkswagen has equipped its newest SUV, the big-named Atlas, with a 4-cylinder base engine: the company’s venerable 2.0-liter turbo. A zippy powerplant in the Jetta or Passat, the 235-horse version of the engine has its hands full in the 4,400-pound Atlas. Want more power? The V6 S version costs $1,400 more and boasts a 276-horsepower 3.6-liter V6. The 2.0-liter version returns 22 mpg city / 26 mpg highway, while the V6 returns 18 mpg city / 25 mpg highway — it’s up to buyers if the V6 is worth the extra coin.

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