Feb 14, 2018

Good Housekeeping Institute engineers praised the three-row SUV for its exceptional handling,
spaciousness and practicality


HERNDON, VA (February 14, 2018) — Volkswagen of America, Inc. is pleased to announce that the Volkswagen Atlas has earned Good Housekeeping magazine’s 2018 Best New Car Award in the midsize SUV category. Teaming up with experts at Car and Driver magazine, engineers from the Good Housekeeping Institute (GHI) Lab rated its top picks on value, safety, reliability, smoothness, handling, interior design, comfort and onboard technology after driving the vehicles more than 3,000 miles on test tracks and open roads.

“We are extremely proud that Good Housekeeping magazine has honored the Atlas with this award,” said Derrick Hatami, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Volkswagen of America, Inc. “The Atlas packs incredible value. Its combination of design, space, connectivity, and handling represents the best of what Volkswagen has to offer.”

“The Atlas gives you the best of both worlds — an effortless drive and an interior spacious enough for a carload of kids and adults,” said Good Housekeeping. “It has much better storage than others in the category — tons of space in the center console and third row, and more with the seats folded down. We were also wowed by its solid braking and handling around corners.”

The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas was introduced in Spring 2017 as the brand’s first three-row SUV. Designed specifically for the American family, the 2018 Atlas is available with two engine options—a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder and a 3.6-liter V6—and in five trim levels: S, SE, SE w/ Technology, SEL, and SEL Premium. Atlas also offers 4Motion® all-wheel drive on a variety of trims and is assembled in Volkswagen’s state-of-the-art plant in Chattanooga, Tenn. Prices start at $30,750.

For more on Good Housekeeping’s 2018 Best New Car Awards, click here.


About Volkswagen of America, Inc.
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc., an operating unit of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWoA) is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. VWoA’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. VWoA sells the Atlas, Beetle, Beetle Convertible, e-Golf, Golf, Golf Alltrack, Golf GTI, Golf R, Golf SportWagen, Jetta, Passat, Tiguan, and Tiguan Limited vehicles through more than 650 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen of America online at or to learn more.

About Good Housekeeping:

Celebrating 130 years, Good Housekeeping ( is a leading lifestyle media brand inspiring a monthly audience of 30+ million readers to discover genius innovations, delicious ideas, style-savvy trends, compelling news and best-in-class products for their homes, families and themselves. The Good Housekeeping Institute’s state-of-the-art labs combined with Good Housekeeping’s seasoned editorial talent is unparalleled. Staffed by top engineers, scientists and technology experts, the GH Institute tests and evaluates thousands of products each year for the magazine, website and for the Good Housekeeping Seal and the Green Good Housekeeping Seal, which are among the most recognized and trusted consumer icons in the world today.  Good Housekeeping, which also has five international editions, is published by Hearst Magazines, a unit of Hearst, one of the nation’s largest diversified media, information and services companies. With 21 titles in the U.S., Hearst is the leading publisher of monthly magazines in terms of total paid circulation, and reaches 79.5 million readers and 68 million unique site visitors each month (comScore). Follow Good Housekeeping on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and on the Inside the Institute blog. Follow Jane Francisco on Twitter and Instagram.             

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