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Volkswagen Atlas named to PARENTS Best Family Cars 2021 list

Apr 7, 2021

  • Fourth year in a row that the three-row SUV has received a PARENTS magazine honor for its family-friendly features

Herndon, VA — Volkswagen of America, Inc. is proud to announce that PARENTS magazine has named the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas to its list of Best Family Cars 2021 as the best three-row SUV.

“The Atlas was designed and built from the ground up with American families in mind,” said Scott Keogh, president and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America. “Being named to PARENTS magazine’s Best Cars list for the fourth year running is truly an honor. It shows that Atlas provides families with the features, capability and value they need most.”

The testing team at PARENTS magazine commended the Atlas for its comfortable driving experience and safety features, its car-seat compatibility because of its bench-style second-row seating and that Atlas has available three-zone climate control, allowing passengers to adjust heating and cooling to their own needs.

PARENTS Best Family Cars 2021 recognizes a selection of new model vehicles with high-tech performance, safety, and convenience features across multiple categories to fit your family’s specific needs including Minivans, Three-Row SUVs, Two-Row SUVs, and Family Sedans. To arrive at this year’s list of honorees, PARENTS experts thoroughly tested over 50 cars from a field of new model vehicles that aced the industry’s safety tests. 24 winning models that passed test drive standards and car seat compatibility, and were designated safe and efficient for your family for years to come, made PARENTS list of Best Family Cars 2021.

The Volkswagen Atlas was introduced in Spring 2017 as the brand’s first three-row SUV. Designed specifically for the American family, the 2021 Atlas is available with two engine options—a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder and a 3.6-liter V6—and in eight trim levels: S, SE, SE w/ Technology, SE w/Technology R-Line® SEL, SEL R-Line (sold order only), SEL Premium, and SEL Premium R-Line (sold order only). Volkswagen’s 4Motion® all-wheel drive is available on every trim and standard on SEL Premium models.

All Atlas models are equipped with the next-generation Car-Net® telematics system for in-vehicle infotainment, including a long list of no-charge services for five years, and also has in-car Wi-Fi capability when drivers subscribe to a data plan. The three-row SUV also offers standard Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Monitoring (Front Assist), Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Traffic Alert on every model. Available driver-assistance technology includes Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Lane Keeping System (Lane Assist), Park Distance Control, Parking Steering Assistant (Park Assist), High Beam Control (Light Assist), and Overhead View Camera (Area View).

Atlas, along with the rest of the 2021 Volkswagen family comes with a bumper-to-bumper limited warranty and Carefree Maintenance Program. The warranty provides coverage for four years or 50,000-miles (whichever occurs first), and can be transferred to a subsequent owner throughout the remainder of its duration. The Carefree Maintenance Program provides scheduled maintenance services for 2 years or 20,000 miles (whichever occurs first) at no additional charge, and can be transferred to a subsequent owner throughout the remainder of its duration. The Atlas is assembled in Volkswagen’s state-of-the-art plant in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Pricing for the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas 2.0-liter starts at $31,545 for the S model; 3.6-liter models start at $38,295 for the SE w/ Technology FWD. The destination charge for all Atlas models is an additional $1,020.

The PARENTS Best Family Cars 2021 are featured in the May issue of PARENTS and at


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, Atlas Cross Sport, Golf, Golf GTI, ID.4, 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.

Car-Net Remote Access is available on most MY20 and newer vehicles, and are offered at no additional charge for 5 years from vehicle in-service date.  Always pay careful attention to the road and do not drive while distracted. Certain services require trial or paid subscriptions, which may have their own terms and conditions. VW Car-Net requires vehicle cellular connectivity and availability of vehicle GPS signal, and not all services and features are available on all vehicles. Standard text and data rates may apply for app and web features. Certain services may collect location and vehicle information. See Terms of Service, Privacy Statement, and other important information at

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.

4 years/50,000 miles (whichever occurs first) New Vehicle Limited Warranty on MY2020 VW vehicles. See owner’s literature or dealer for warranty exclusions and limitations. 

The Carefree Maintenance Program provides  the 10,000- and 20,000-mile scheduled maintenance services or scheduled maintenance services for two years (whichever occurs first) as stated in the vehicle’s maintenance booklet. See dealer or owner’s literature for provided  services, exclusions , and time and other limitations.  The Carefree Maintenance Program does not provide tire rotations, or other services or parts not specified in the owner’s literature.


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