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Compare 2021 VW Atlas Cross Sport vs 2022 Nissan Pathfinder

Compare 2021 VW Atlas Cross Sport vs 2022 Nissan Pathfinder
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2021 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport Overview

Comparing the 2021 VW Atlas Cross Sport vs 2022 Nissan Pathfinder provides an interesting contrast. Both of these vehicles are midsize crossover SUVs by automakers who have built their reputations on being innovative and delivering a great deal of value over the life of their vehicles. The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder is more of the traditional midsize CUV that has dominated the U.S. market over the past decade in that it has third-row seating and can seat either six or seven people. The 2021 VW Atlas Cross Sport that has proved to be a top seller at Ancira Volkswagen of San Antonio is reflective of a more recent consumer trend: it eliminates the third row in favor of more cabin spaciousness.

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Exterior – Volkswagen Dealer serving San Antonio TX

The 2021 VW Atlas Cross Sport and 2022 Nissan Pathfinder share similarities in terms of aesthetics because both automakers opted for a boxier and more rugged design. A defining difference is that Volkswagen went with a fastback-style roof whereas Nissan opted for a straighter roof more common to SUVs than crossovers. The Cross Sport wheelbase is 117.3 inches, and the length is 195.5 inches, which puts it at just more than 16 feet. The Pathfinder is a tad longer at 197.0 inches but actually has a shorter wheelbase at 114.2 inches. The Pathfinder is taller without roof rails: 70.9 vs 67.8 inches. The Cross Sport is wider without mirrors: 78.4 vs 77.9 inches. It also has a higher minimum ground clearance—8.0 vs 7.1 inches—and boasts a taller rider position as well, which is a popular characteristic of CUVs.

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Interior – 2021 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport in San Antonio TX

As mentioned in the introduction, a fundamental difference in this 2021 VW Atlas Cross Sport vs 2022 Nissan Pathfinder comparison is that the Pathfinder has three rows and can seat either six or seven. Capacity depends on whether you opt for captain’s chairs in the second row. If you determine that the third row is important to you, we suggest you compare the Pathfinder to the Atlas, which is similar to the Cross Sport in most ways except that it has the third row of seating. Both models offer more than 40 inches of front legroom, but Volkswagen provides extra shoulder room by more than 3 inches. The Cross Sport also provides more second-row legroom by almost 3 inches, and the difference in dedicated cargo space is substantial. The Cross Sport provides more than 40 cubic feet and the Nissan less than half that.

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Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport Mechanical specs

With both the 2021 VW Atlas Cross Sport and the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder, front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available with all trim levels. All Pathfinder models have the same powertrain. It pairs a nine-speed automatic transmission with a 3.5L V6. Volkswagen offers a 3.6L V6, but drivers who do not need the added power and want better fuel performance can opt for a 2.0L turbo four-cylinder. A properly equipped Pathfinder can tow up to 6,000 pounds. With the V6 engine and trailering equipment, the Cross Sport can tow up to 5,000 pounds, and it can tow up to 2,000 pounds with the four-cylinder.

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Tech – Volkswagen Dealership in San Antonio TX

Each of these models come with a modern infotainment system with color HD touchscreens and bells and whistles like Android and Apple smartphone integration. The base model in both cases features a rearview camera system, forward collision detection with automatic emergency braking and blind-spot monitoring. Both automakers offer additional driver-assistance tech as you move up trim levels. There are several items that are available on the Cross Sport but not the Pathfinder. These include an intervention system for the blind-spot monitor, traffic sign recognition for the adaptive cruise control system and an automated parking assistant that can even parallel park

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The 2021 VW Atlas Cross Sport is a special vehicle that has taken the automotive world by storm, and you will find it in your backyard at Ancira Volkswagen of San Antonio. Drop by our location at your convenience, or schedule a test-drive online or by phone. You can also reach us via text and email for quotes and other details and to be kept up to date when new information arrives. Prefer to shop online? Explore our website. Our entire inventory is listed there. You can compare trim levels and options, explore current specials, pre-apply for financing, value your trade-in and get assistance via live chat.


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