VW’s 2024 Atlas Family Earns Safety Award

Volkswagen’s 2024 Atlas and Atlas Cross Sport earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s TOP SAFETY PICK+.  The refreshed Altas models have roomy interiors.  Their front have a softer feel and more upscale look.  A relatively spunky turbocharged four-cylinder engine is the sole mill; the VR6 has been discontinued.

For 2024 these SUVs get VW’s frustrating touchsensor climate and infotainment controls.  The steering wheel’s switchgear, however, retains pushbuttons.

The PICK+ award requires a vehicle to test well in the IIHS’ crash tests.  It must have standard acceptable or good headlights.  The front-crash prevention system must earn an advanced or superior score in both daytime and nighttime evaluations.

Consumer Reports cautions would-be Atlas buyers.  For 2023, all VW models scored below average in vehicle reliability.  Thus, the non-profit no longer recommends Atlas models.