NEWSROOM: Road trip in style with the right Volkswagen Atlas accessories

Jun 9, 2020

As shelter in place orders are beginning to lift across the country, vacation planning is becoming a reality for many. According to a recent poll, 24% of Americans say they are planning a vacation and 35% say that their first trip after stay-at-home orders lift will be a day trip or experience of some kind that is close to home.

It’s no secret that the Volkswagen Atlas has plenty of standard and available features that make it a standout when it comes to comfort, technology, safety, and visibility among other things. For Atlas owners, now is the time to ensure your family hauler is equipped with road-trip accessories that can make the family vacation go from okay to awesome.

Universal Tablet Holder – Rear seat occupants can set their device in an available universal tablet holder for hands-free entertainment. When paired with an existing data plan,[1] the Car-Net Hotspot[2] allows a 4G LTE-enabled connection on up to four compatible connected devices simultaneously, so family members can get connected and entertained. The holder also features two shopping hooks that are integrated into the base unit for added utility.

Floor and Trunk Liners – Muddy Buddy® floor liners are custom-molded to help protect interior carpet in the front, back and sides of the vehicle’s footwell. To help protect the cargo area from dirt and spills, the Muddy Buddy® Cargo Liner is molded and designed with a raised edge and extends up to the third-row seat backs. These easy-to-clean surfaces help keep interior carpets mess-free. The liner also features a skid-resistant finish that can stop items from shifting while on the road.

Cargo Organization – For added practicality, a four-piece CargoTech® Cargo Containment System is available and sold separately. These strong plastic blocks are helpful in keeping items in place that may otherwise roll around in the expansive cargo area. A retractable Privacy Cover is also available to keep luggage and other packed items hidden. To further protect contents, a Security Console Safe by Tuffy® holds sensitive gear and personal items securely while away from the vehicle.

Trailer Hitch Attachments – If you aren’t towing a trailer, there are two hitch mounted options[3] available for carrying bikes. Both by Thule®, the modern platform hitch bike rack can carry up to two bikes, while another hitch-mounted hanging rack can carry up to four bikes. If towing is planned, Atlas can handle up to 5,000 lbs. on a factory-installed hitch.[4]

Rooftop Cargo Options – Roof-mounted cargo boxes, cargo baskets and various Thule® attachments provide additional transport options when there just isn’t enough room inside the vehicle. Recreational equipment including skis, snowboards, surfboards, bikes or a kayak can be stored on top of the Atlas with Thule® carrier attachments.

If general storage space is needed for luggage, camping gear or other cargo, there are a few options to choose from. The Urban Loader® attachment adds up to 17.7 cubic feet of space and a maximum load capacity of 110 lbs.

The Cargo Box Carrier has an aerodynamic design to help limit wind noise, adds 12 cubic feet of space and shares the same load capacity as the Urban Loader®.

And finally, the Thule® Canyon Basket Carrier has a low-profile design, easy loading and unloading accessibility, and can hold up to 150 lbs. A separately sold Thule® Stretch Cargo Net ensures everything stays in place while tackling the open road.

All roof rack attachments require base carrier bars sold separately. All accessories sold separately. Proper installation of accessories is required. Professional installation may be recommended. See owner’s literature and dealer for details.


[1] Requires pre-existing wireless data plan. Pairing feature not available with all wireless service providers, and eligibility is determined by wireless service provider. Wireless service provider terms and conditions apply.

[2] The Wi-Fi 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.

[3] Requires optional towing package. Proper installation required. See your authorized VW dealer for details.

[4] Maximum tow rating when equipped with V6 engine and factory installed towing hitch. Vehicle load, other accessories and options may reduce maximum towing capacity. See vehicle owner's manual for details.