Traverse has a bit more cargo area, but the 96.8 cubic feet in the Atlas is second largest in the class by our count.
The second-row seats slide forward by a latch on the top of the seat. Sliding them back into position also requires pulling the latch, which might be a struggle for younger grade schoolers. This is a safety feature, so that when the seat is pushed up it locks into place, so it won't slam back into those grade schoolers when the car starts moving. The design also enables the seat to shift forward without removing a booster seat. The second row can fit three booster seats. It's very easy to get in and out of, and six adults can fit comfortably.
From the rear, third-row seats flip down with a latch on the inside of the cargo area without any reaching or folding of headrests. Very easy, very convenient, very good, Volkswagen.
2018 Volkswagen Atlas V6 SEL at a glance
Vehicle type: Three-row SUV
Base price: $42,690
As tested: $42,690 (excluding $925 destination)
Mpg: 17 city, 23 highway
Engine: 3.6-liter V-6
Transmission: Eight-speed automatic in AWD
Parting shot: Welcome addition to crowded family class.
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