You asked so I’m going to give my opinion and experience. We replaced a 2011 Escalade Esv with 140k miles that we got our money’s worth out of. My wife wanted a mid size and we chose the atlas over the others mainly due to the warranty and the price point for a new auto. It does drive smooth and quiet and the interior is laid out nice and spacious but it’s obnoxiously underpowered, especially for the average at best gas mileage.Just bought a Hyundai palisade and not really happy with it, looking at a 2019 atlas or 2020 ascent suburu . Is the Atlas a reliable car and would you recommend buying one to your friends? Any issues or complaints ?
I agree with all you have said here even being that I am a bitter owner. We bought for the same reasons you did however with much worse outcomes. But we didn’t starting having issues until about 28k miles.I would. Like anything else, there are good ones and bad ones. Go to any other car forum and you'll find horror stories for every mfg. Our atlas we bought used with 11,000 miles. Prior owner had no issues. We've had no real issues. Currently 17,000 miles in. There is a coolant smell, but no leak no loss, so I can't really complain too much about that.
Yes, the VR6 engine lacks power and has weak gas mileage but we knew that coming in. That said, it is more spacious than anything else in its class. Tahoe/Yukon and expedition are bigger outside but less spacious inside. Wasn't interested in an XL version and needed something that came close to a minivan in size. Atlas hit the mark. And the warranty is better than any of those.
Are there things I'd change? **** yeah. There's a lot of plastic and fake wood, but I can live with that. The engine/mpg, but I can live with that.
Go with the Subaru. We leased a new 2019 SE V6 4 Motion with Tech. It's quiet and I love the way it drives and contrary to other post, plenty of pickup. However, first 100 miles had to replace Gas Line Pressure Pump. Next 100 miles had to have the Adaptive Cruise Control realigned. Then within a few hundred miles the passenger door speaker went out and then a noise started in front end. TSB said to replace most of front suspension. Now at 7330 miles the right side Blind Spot sensor will not indicate any vehicle larger than a sedan. Not cars pulling trailers, not pickups, not 18 wheelers. Thank goodness this is a lease. One year down, 2 to go. According to Consumer Reports, VW brand is next to last in reliability. Did I say thank goodness it's leased? Get the Subaru. Yes, all cars can have problems but choose one less likely than VW.Just bought a Hyundai palisade and not really happy with it, looking at a 2019 atlas or 2020 ascent suburu . Is the Atlas a reliable car and would you recommend buying one to your friends? Any issues or complaints ?
Interesting, my wife and I own a 2019 Atlas SEL 4Motion premium, we have just about 11,000 miles on it. Been in the shop for low fluid levels on a closed system. Was toled it must not have been filled all the way from factory. After about two months the low fluid level came on again. Long story short. The Atlas is back at dealership as I write. The head gasket needs replaced. Seems some models did not have the head bolts torqued to proper settings at factory causing a very slight anti-freeze leak. Head gasket now needs replaced. two recalls so far as well, 1- drain problem with sun roof leaking, 2- a problem with a adjustment screw with headlights that Needed a cap or something placed over it. Other than that we like the car. we are thinking though of looking at the Hyundai Palisade because I don’t like the fact the head gasket is being replacedJust bought a Hyundai palisade and not really happy with it, looking at a 2019 atlas or 2020 ascent suburu . Is the Atlas a reliable car and would you recommend buying one to your friends? Any issues or complaints ?
I'm sad that others haven't had as good an experience as I have had. For my part, I have and will continue to recommend the Atlas.
Are you sure? On my SEL P one of the display options puts the digital speedo in the center.Limited ability to change screen layout – Cannot put speed in the center.
Yes, but just spend $7 on some LEDs and swap them. It literally takes 60 seconds.Terrible reverse lights - Cannot see in dark with rear view camera.
Yes, odd, but I've never needed a second one. I'm wondering if this is a case of eliminating something 99% of people don't use?Only one trip odometer, should have at least two, better three.
Yeah, this is an odd choice considering a digital display can have unlimited info. But do you really need to see your ODO all the time?Should display odometer miles all of the time. When cruise control is on it doesn’t display.
This is a cost saving measure for them and for owners. I bet a lot of mfgs move to this type. Not saying it's good or right, but I bet you see more of it. Also, you can buy the sensors and change to the standard system....it is supported by the vehicle. It just costs hundreds of dollars. Someone here or on vortex has done it. It's a factory setup and displays in the dash.TPMS - doesn’t really exist - no way to tell pressure in tires
I don't love this transmission by any means, but I don't think it's jerky. The shift points are not where I'd want them for sure. Do you drive in normal or sport shifting mode?Shift points in transmission cause jerkiness in acceleration
Talk to the EPA. I think every car with start/stop is set up this way. If it isn't the default then VW could not count on the fuel economy boost. Also, you can turn this off either by programming in the infotainment system or I believe disconnecting a single wire on the battery (the system checks voltage to enable shut off)Need to turn off start/stop function every time the car starts - very jerky when engine restarts.
I'm trying to think if I've been in a car with a digital dash that had a brightness knob. I can't remember. I don't find myself needing to adjust it though so I've never thought about this.Adjustment of interior lights at night - play with screen while driving. No control knob.
Not sure what you mean. Do you mean you can't press the lock button and can only use the key fob? I used to always hit the lock button on my way out of previous cars. Now I just tap the little indented line on the outside door handle and that locks the vehicle. It took a month of training but now it's my standard practice.Can't lock the door without a key.
Haven't changed mine yet but I noticed that you can't turn them off mid wipe. I was wondering how I'd change them....You need an instruction book to change the wiper blades.
This is a home safety feature. It ensures that if the vehicle is parked in your driveway someone can't get inside and open your garage. Makes sense. But, it is annoying when you are parked IN your garage and want to pull out. You don't want to start the car with the door closed! Again, this required me to retrain myself. Now I get in the car and, with my foot OFF the brake, press the start button to turn on ACC power. Hit the opener button, and then start the vehicle.Garage door opener only works if ignition is on.
Yup. If you build a car with shitty gas mileage you are supposed to compensate with a larger tank.Fuel range - gas tank is way too small for mileage.
Never needed this but I could see it being useful.No online access to owner's manual. Cannot download to phone or tablet.
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Again, this required an OBD device to change, but it is part of the daytime running lights. I was able to add the option to my infotainment lights section to disable DRL with the push of a button. Not a factory setting by default but it can be added. I believe you can also set them to go off when in park with the parking brake applied.Can't shut off all lights with engine running. So if you want to start it in your driveway there are exterior lights to tell everyone it is running.
Check the center console. I believe the one inside the console is always on.None of the USB circuits stay charged when the engine is shutoff. No quick charge of your cell phone.
This is one of the irritations I agree with. It does seem odd, but I've learned to live with it. It really isn't that inconvenient.
Limited ability to change screen layout – Cannot put speed in the center. *Agree but I've never had a need for it to be in the middle
Terrible reverse lights - Cannot see in dark with rear view camera. *I can say the same thing about my 2011 Minivan and 2 Jeeps. I did install LED lights (jeep) Improvement
Only one trip odometer, should have at least two, better three. *Not sure why you feel the need for 2+. I have one in my 09 Jeep. Never use it.
Should display odometer miles all of the time. When cruise control is on it doesn’t display. *But you can still use the Tripodometer, right?
TPMS - doesn’t really exist - no way to tell pressure in tires. *Never owned a car that has this. Buddy at work with a vette has this. It's always freaking out (bad readings)
Shift points in transmission cause jerkiness in acceleration *Totally agree. My first 8 speed tranny. Son's 2019 Compass does the same thing too
Need to turn off start/stop function every time the car starts - very jerky when engine restarts. *You can thank the EPA for this. Has nothing to do with VW. It's called "tapering with emissions" if you hack it.
Adjustment of interior lights at night - play with screen while driving. No control knob. *Yep. Agree. But I guess they feel people need to pay attention to the road, not little buttons or rollers on the dash
Can't lock the door without a key. *Not from the outside. Did you try the little button on the door?
You need an instruction book to change the wiper blades. *Looks like the same thing on my daughters Nissan. Not as easy as my Jeep or minivan but still, not rocket science
Garage door opener only works if ignition is on. *Really, dude, this is a SAFETY/SECURITY feature. I now park my minivan outside and I disabled the homelink so someone couldn't break into my car and open my garage door.
Fuel range - gas tank is way too small for mileage. *Agree. But I look at it another way. It costs less to fill it up. When gas hits $4 a gallon, it's a mindphuck thing.
No online access to owner's manual. Cannot download to phone or tablet.*You can go to VW's website, put in your vin and get access. But no download. If I need something, I pull out the manual that's nicely taking up space in my glove box.
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Can't shut off all lights with engine running. So if you want to start it in your driveway there are exterior lights to tell everyone it is running. *It also aids in finding your car on those dark mornings. My 2011 Minivan and 09 Jeep does the same thing, my 02 Jeep does not.
None of the USB circuits stay charged when the engine is shutoff. No quick charge of your cell phone. *Again, the USB's in my Minivan do not stay "ON". One accessory plug in the center console does stay powered.
I've not had this experience. There are several different screens. "Since Start", "Since refuel", and "extended". My extended is currently at 51 hours and 1500 miles. I don't believe this one resets unless you reset it.The problem I found with this extended odometer is that it does not persist past a few hours. It's really only temporary, and IIRC, resets after a few hours of the car being completely stopped.