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Volkswagen Atlas named 2020 Family Car of the Year

Jan 28, 2020

  • Ample passenger and cargo space, advanced driver-assistance features and athletic handling set the Atlas apart from competitors
  • Third Atlas award from—it was named best three-row SUV in 2017 and took top honors as the best overall model in 2018

Herndon, VA — Volkswagen of America, Inc. is pleased to announce that has named the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Family Car of the Year. The Atlas beat out nominees Ford Expedition and Hyundai Santa Fe for the top honor of 2020 Family Car of the Year, and won over judges with its spacious third row and cargo space, ample room for car seats, host of driver-assistance features, and Volkswagen’s fun-to-drive character.

“We’re so pleased for the Atlas to be recognized as’s Family Car of the Year,” said Scott Keogh, president and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America. “It was designed from the ground up for American families, is assembled here in America, and, as sales have shown over the first two model years, Atlas is resonating with American buyers.”

“The 2020 Volkswagen Atlas makes family life a little easier,” said Jenni Newman, editor-in-chief of “The three-row SUV has a cavernous interior that can easily handle hauling kids and their car seats, and unlike many of its competitors, the Atlas has a third row that’s roomy enough for taller teens or adults. It also sports a sizable cargo area, meaning families don’t have to choose between carrying people or their stuff. And although the Atlas is a big SUV, it’s nimble both on the road and in tight parking lots.”

Any 2020 vehicle is eligible for the Family Car of the Year Award regardless of when it was introduced or updated. The award’s criteria include crash test results, safety features, and the accommodation of family members and their belongings whether that be cargo or car seats. The additional family-friendly features and overall excellence of the vehicle also play an important role in the overall selection. Standout features for the Atlas include the suite of standard and available driver-assistance features and its straight-A grades in’s 2019 Car Seat Check Honor Roll. This is the third Atlas award from Previously, the 2018 Atlas took top honors in the 2017 Three-Row SUV Challenge and was named Best of 2018.

Starting at $31,545 MSRP for the 2.0 liter S model, the 2020 Atlas is available in seven trim levels—S, SE, SE w/ Technology, SE w/ Technology R-Line, SEL, SEL R-Line, and SEL Premium. Atlas is offered with a choice of two powertrains—a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder front-wheel drive, or an available 3.6-liter VR6® engine, which can be paired with front-wheel drive or 4Motion all-wheel drive. For 2020, Atlas adds next-generation VW Car-Net® services and Wi-Fi capability as standard on every Atlas model.

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About Volkswagen

Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc. is an operating unit of Volkswagen Group of America and a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, with headquarters in Herndon, Virginia. Volkswagen’s operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Volkswagen Group is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker. Volkswagen sells the Arteon, Atlas, Golf, Golf GTI, Jetta, Jetta GLI, Passat, and Tiguan vehicles through more than 600 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen online at or to learn more.

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This information and any vehicle specifications are preliminary and subject to change.

Features and technical data apply to models offered in the USA. They may differ in other countries.

All prices provided are the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price and exclude destination, taxes, title, other options and dealer charges. Dealer sets actual price.

Always pay careful attention to the road, and do not drive while distracted.

Always ensure that the child restraint system is positioned correctly, is securely attached to vehicle, and does not contact any of the safety belt buckles. See owner’s literature for details.

The Car-Net Hotspot feature is intended for passenger use only. 4G LTE coverage is not available in all areas. See materials provided for terms, privacy, data security details. Requires trial or paid Wi-Fi plan from third-party wireless provider.

Driver-assistance features are not substitutes for attentive driving. See Owner’s Manual for further details, and important limitations.