Adam it sounds like you will be towing. What size and weight is your trailer, and how far do you want to go? I posted some of my towing experience with my SEL V6 4Motion, but I will summarize here that it is capable for the rated 5000 lb capacity after a 1-hour highway drive. I have not yet fully loaded my 19’ camper and gear in the back of the Atlas though, so I don’t have real-world results. All-around my family loves the Altas. We had a 2013 Buick Enclave before this, and I prefer the Atlas for its crisper handling, transmission tuning settings, and more interior space.
I would like to know what the previous commenter was basing his transmission complaint on. The 8 gears seem to work well matching engine speed to peak RPM’s when towing in sport mode. I know it got hot after a trip, but not enough to make me concerned (no burning smell or excessive heat). Better than I can say my old ‘94 F150 handled half this tow weight.