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Good morning everyone. I am the proud owner of a new 2018 Atlas Launch Edition. I've had it for about three weeks now and so far I am very pleased with it. We became interested in the Atlas when our Nissan Rogue became too small for us because our second grandchild was born. We loved the Rogue, but it does not have a third row, and with two child seats in the back, there was only room for me and my wife and no one else. We were attracted to the Atlas because of its size (it is indeed big!) and because it is a VW, which is a solid manufacturer. Why the Launch Edition? One word. Price. We first drove a Premium Edition which was absolutely fantastic, but very expensive. As we looked at other models, the Launch Edition fit our needs and most of our wants. The sunroof was a big selling point, and it also has the nice alloy wheels and a few other features of higher end models. The trade off of course was a number of bells and whistles in the other models like additional cameras, 20 inch wheels and other electronics, but all in all, it is a very nice driving car and very comfortable and it has the 4 Motion engine and drive train. There are so few of them on the road and in dealerships that wherever we go, people want to look at it, and so far, everyone who sees it is impressed. The LED headlights are great and for such a big crossover, it drives and turns like a much smaller vehicle. My car is the VW Pure White. I've joined other forums for cars that I have owned and have found them to be very helpful, so I was happy to discover this one and hope that it will be informative and fun. Congrats to all the other Atlas owners. I think VW has a winner in this new model!
 

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We're you by any chance looking into any other models out there that rival with the Atlas? I noticed New York has a lot of Toyota Sequoia's and even Land Cruisers. Although Land Cruisers go for a bit more, there's no denying how solid of a product they are.

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OK, I've been away for a while, driving my new Atlas of course, so I apologize for not responding to the questions, but here goes. I don't have any pictures of my Atlas yet, but when I do I will post pictures. So far, I only have about 500 miles on the Atlas. We are low mileage owners. I traded in a 3 year old Rogue for this Atlas and it had less than 15,000 miles on it when we traded it. The dealership we bought it from pays their sales people a salary and not commission. They advertise "one price" as their way of selling cars. They will post the MSRP with their discount which is usually several thousand under MSRP, and they stick to that number. I have found that their price is competitive with other regional dealerships so it is legit. The place to negotiate is with your trade in and the truth is, I think they are pretty fair in that regard too. This is a dealership group with a number of dealerships with different brands and I have bought from them a number of times and always felt I was treated fairly. As for other brands, I looked at the Nissan Pathfinder, Volvo XC90 and Nissan Armada while I was eyeballing the Atlas. I really needed the third row and wanted it spacious. The Pathfinder third row was too small for my taste as was the Volvo. (not to mention the price of the Volvo) The Armada was just a tank and although I like Nissan, it was just kind of big and clunky and I don't think it is visually pleasing. Bottom line, the Atlas met all of my requirements. It is undeniably big, but very good looking. ( I really do like its "stance". I saw an article that described it as "muscular", and I tend to agree with that) It drives very well, is comfortable and I like it even more now that I've had it for a few weeks. I also trust the Volkswagen brand very much and this car has reinforced that trust.
 

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OK, I've been away for a while, driving my new Atlas of course, so I apologize for not responding to the questions, but here goes. I don't have any pictures of my Atlas yet, but when I do I will post pictures. So far, I only have about 500 miles on the Atlas. We are low mileage owners. I traded in a 3 year old Rogue for this Atlas and it had less than 15,000 miles on it when we traded it. The dealership we bought it from pays their sales people a salary and not commission. They advertise "one price" as their way of selling cars. They will post the MSRP with their discount which is usually several thousand under MSRP, and they stick to that number. I have found that their price is competitive with other regional dealerships so it is legit. The place to negotiate is with your trade in and the truth is, I think they are pretty fair in that regard too. This is a dealership group with a number of dealerships with different brands and I have bought from them a number of times and always felt I was treated fairly. As for other brands, I looked at the Nissan Pathfinder, Volvo XC90 and Nissan Armada while I was eyeballing the Atlas. I really needed the third row and wanted it spacious. The Pathfinder third row was too small for my taste as was the Volvo. (not to mention the price of the Volvo) The Armada was just a tank and although I like Nissan, it was just kind of big and clunky and I don't think it is visually pleasing. Bottom line, the Atlas met all of my requirements. It is undeniably big, but very good looking. ( I really do like its "stance". I saw an article that described it as "muscular", and I tend to agree with that) It drives very well, is comfortable and I like it even more now that I've had it for a few weeks. I also trust the Volkswagen brand very much and this car has reinforced that trust.
Just wait till car makers like VW and even others like GM get into hybrid powertains and lighter chassis and body materials, then maybe these cars that look like tanks won't perform like it. Always liked the Armada but too excessive for me, Pathfinder was perfect... just not the current Pathfinder, sadly. Did you by any chance give Toyota a look?
 
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