Welcome to the forums and congratulations. How many miles do you have on it so far?? Post some photos!
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?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.