Yeah the atlas will probably lose in a 1/4 mile but I found the handling superior to all the others you listed (except Q5 which I never drove). Keep in mind the VR6 motor is more like an inline 6 than a traditional V6 and has its own pros and cons. To be honest I found the whole segment to be lack luster and personally thought a 3.5ish liter turbo or a V8 would be better for the size and weight. I chose the Atlas because the engine was 'capable', the handling to be surprisingly sporty, a refined interior on par with luxury models and the most spacious in all 3 rows.If you do some comparisons, which I've done, the engine in the Atlas has less horsepower and a slower 0-60 time. Of course I'm not buying a sports car here but performance is still a factor. If you read many reviews online the common theme is the engine is sluggish. Here are some 0-60 times on cars I would consider comparable in price, features and size. Dodge Durango 7.6 seconds, Audi Q5 5.9, Buick Enclave 6.6 seconds, GMC Acadia 6.7 seconds, VW Atlas 7.9 seconds. The Durango (295 HP), Atlas (276 HP), Enclave (310 HP) and Acadia (310 HP) all have 3.6L V6 which is what I am comparing here. To go from 0-60 would take Durango 334 feet, Atlas 348 feet, Q5 259 feet, Enclave 290 feet and Acadia 295 feet.
Please keep in mind I'm not bashing or trying to dislike the Atlas. I would love to purchase one and am just starting my research. Test drives will be next. I've never driven an Atlas to answer one of the comments.
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Did you install the Neuspeed Atlas Power Module?I have a 2.0L Atlas SEL with Neuspeed upgrades and it pulls like freight train, very quick with a lot of torque, HP should be around 300, in about a month I will have it dynoed and will post the results. Fuel economy runs between 18 and 21, not the greatest for 120 cubic inches but the power is amazing and worth the tradeoff for fuel economy. It will wax a V6 Atlas.