Does your Atlas pull to the right?
Short of it --
My 2018 Atlas SEL Premium pulls to the right. Drive straight in the middle of the lane on the freeway at 65 mph, let go of the wheel, 4 seconds later I'm on the right lane line.
Had the car aligned, still pulls. Test drove a 2019 Atlas (no 2018 available), it does the exact same thing.
Try it next time you're on the freeway. Does your's do it too?
Long of it --
Bought a 2018 Atlas SEL Premium demo model (the GM of the dealership drove it for 8 months putting 6k miles on it).
I live in Vegas, bought the car at Capitol VW in San Jose, CA for $39,500. Smokin deal, right? Or was it? The entire drive from SJ to Vegas I had to keep pressure on the wheel to keep it in the lane.
Called Capitol VW, they sent me to my local dealership to get it aligned. They where surprised the alignment was out to begin with got got it in spec. But it didn't solve the problem at all. Took it back, they aligned it again cuz it was out again, test drove it, and it was out again. They then loosened everything underneath down to the subframe, realigned it again and test drove it. They claimed it now only pulls right due to road crown. I asked what could possibly be the cause and they said if a vehicle is tied down too tight on a transport truck it can pull parts out of alignment and that's why loosening everything down to the subframe fixed it. While it is better, it definitely still pulls right.
I drive straight in the middle of a lane on the freeway at 65 mph, let go of the wheel and 4 seconds (literally) I'm on the right lane line. My friend drove it and he said it definitely pulls right and it's not normal.
Took a road trip (that I was going on anyway) back to SJ. Took it back to Capitol VW. I test drove a 2019 Atlas and it behaved exactly the same way. They inspected the alignment and said it's in spec.
Only thing I can think is that VW considers this a safety feature: if you fall asleep the car will veer right and not left into oncoming traffic. But really? So now under normal driving I have to steer left all the time to stay in the lane? (I asked the tech at Capitol if the electronic steering can be set to drive to the left by half a degree and he said that would cause all kinds of errors and the computer would freak out.)
Yes, I took road crown into account. Only if the road is sloped to the left at just the right angle will it stay straight. Even on a slightly left sloped road will it pull right.
Yes, I turned lane assist on and off. Makes no difference.
Next time you're on the freeway, go straight on a straight section of road, let go of the wheel, how long does it take to reach either lane line?