Hello all - we needed to get rid of our Traverse after 110,000 so after 2 weeks of looking at and test driving the VW Atlas and Honda Pilot - we chose to go with the Atlas - 2019 SE 4-motion with towing. We received the vehicle last Tuesday and the first shake-down mission would be a spring break run from Wisconsin to Gulf Shores, AL starting Thursday evening. Some things I noticed during test driving was the transmission - but was thinking it was just my perception of going from a 6 speed to 8 speed gearbox. On the trip seemed to not downshift as needed when trying to pass - and when it did it would downshift too far and just wind out at 5 grand. at lower speeds the transmission was very eager to up shift - to the point of feeling and hearing the engine laboring. I played around with the driving modes and could not find a preset that helped - have not dabbled into a custom setting as we haven't even had a moment to program the home link or take change the key chains. Spent the first night in IL and headed to Nashville Friday - the temps got warmer as we headed south so went to cool things down in the car with the AC - but the system did not cool. Spent the last 8 hours of the drive down and the first 8 hours of the drive back sweating with the windows down and our backs stuck to the seats. Also on a pit stop i could hear/feel the front brakes grinding - and the front wheels are black with brake dust after 2,300 mile round trip. So between the transmission, AC issue, and brakes it is not a good first impression - makes me already regret our decision. I will be dropping it off at the dealer on Monday so they can go thru all of the issues i have with it. Has anyone encountered similar issues?