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Volkswagen Atlas Earns Top Safety Pick Rating

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Volkswagen Atlas Earns Top Safety Pick Rating

Volkswagen is expanding its crossover lineup in 2018 with the release of the all-new Atlas. Today, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety revealed the results of its bang-up test of this new seven-passenger crossover.

The Atlas aced all the major crash tests — frontal impact moderate overlap, frontal impact small overlap, side impact, roof strength, and head restraints — with “Good” ratings. This is no surprise for a modern crossover of the Atlas’ size. What is impressive is its “Superior” rating in the front-crash prevention test, which puts the automatic emergency braking system through its paces.

These ratings earned the Atlas a Top Safety Pick rating from the IIHS. That’s the second-highest rating the IIHS has — the Top Safety Pick Plus rating is the top of the heap. So, where did the Atlas fall short? Well, it received a “Moderate” rating in the newly required headlight test.

While it’s almost expected that current models will struggle with this new headlight test, it’s a tough break when a brand-new model can’t pass it. Hopefully, VW will find a way to fix this to get that all-important Top Safety Pick Plus rating, but that seems unlikely for now.

While this rating is great for sales, there is one caveat: It doesn’t apply to the base model. The lowest trim that has the Front Assist system, which includes the required automatic emergency braking, is the SE with Technology, which starts from $37,090 — $6,590 more than the base trim.

The 2018 VW Atlas is available at dealers now.

After years of handling problem cars in repair shops, Justin regained his love for cars by writing about them. Many years later and countless hours of banging on the keys trying for formulate sentences that actually make sense, he has managed to parlay a hobby into a career. Justin is a bit of a petrol-head and has a severe weakness for lightweight sports cars and insanely powerful supercars.

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