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2021 Volkswagen Atlas features and powertrains broken down by trim level

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Volkswagen has announced the starting price of the 2021 Atlas will be unchanged from the 2020 model year - $31,545. The SUV is significantly refreshed for the new model year and features numerous upgrades and enhancements.

There are nine grades of the 2021 Atlas. All trim levels carry a destination fee of $1,020. Here's how they break down by trim level.

2021 Volkswagen Atlas S

The front-wheel drive Atlas S starts at $31,545 and features a four-cylinder turbocharged and direct-injection 2.0-liter TSI engine. The all-whzeel drive variant, the Atlas S 4Motion starts at $33,445.

Standard features include: 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels; LED headlights, daytime running lights and taillights; rain-sensing wipers; heated side mirrors; cloth seating surfaces; auto-dimming rearview mirror; LED interior lighting; a 6.5-inch infotainment touch screen, App-Connect and Bluetooth connectivity for compatible devices; and a rearview camera. Standard driver-assistance features include Front Assist and blind spot monitoring.

2021 Volkswagen Atlas SE

The SE trim builds on the offerings of the S grade and starts at $34,895 for the front-wheel drive model. The Atlas SE 4Motionn runs $36,795.

Standard features include: 18-inch machined wheels; keyless entry; leatherette seating surfaces; 10-way power driver's seat; heated front seats; tri-zone automatic climate control; an 8.0-inch infotainment touch screen, SiriusXM satellite radio (with three-month trial); wireless charging for compatible devices; two front and two rear USB ports plus one in the center console (for charging only); and a power liftgate.

2021 Volkswagen Atlas SE with Technology

Volkswagen is pricing the 2021 Atlas SE with Technology at $36,895 to start for the 2.0-liter turbo-four models, and $38,295 for Atlases with the V6. All-wheel drive adds $1,900 to both powertrain options.

Standard features include: 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels; a hands-free rear liftgate; remote start; and 115-volt power outlet in the second row. Standard driver-assistance features include front and rear park distance control and adaptive cruise control) with stop and go functionality.

2021 Volkswagen Atlas with Technology R-Line

The Atlas SE with Technology R-Line models build on the previous trim with additional R-Line content. Volkswagen has priced them to starts at $39,695 for the V6 with front-wheel drive, and $41,595 for the available all-wheel drive model.

Standard R-Line features include: 20-inch twin five-spoke alloy wheels in a dark graphite color, black accented R-Line bumpers, signature R-Line badging, and stainless-steel pedal caps.

2021 Volkswagen Atlas SEL

The Atlas SEL starts about $11,000 more than the base model at $42,295 for the V6 front-wheel drive variant and $42,395 for the four-cylinder all-wheel drive Atlas.

It builds on the SEL models build on the features of SE with Technology models and comes standard with LED headlights with an adaptive front-lighting; silver roof rails; driver's seat memory function; 8-way power passenger seat; Volkswagen Digital Cockpit; an infotainment system with navigation; panoramic sunroof; and the V6 Towing Package. Standard driver-assistance features include lane assist, traffic jam assist, and dynamic road sign display.

2021 Volkswagen Atlas SEL R-Line

The SEL R-Line adds R-Line content to the SEL trim level. Its MSRP starts at $43,995 for the V6 with front-wheel drive and $45,895 for the V6 with all-wheel drive model.

Standard features include: 21-inch machined wheels; black accented R-Line bumpers; signature R-Line badging; and stainless-steel pedal caps.

2021 Volkswagen Atlas SEL Premium

The Atlas SEL Premium, builds on the SEL rather than the SEL R-Line. It starts at $47,195 for the four-cylinder model and is $48,995 for the V6 model.

Standard features include: All-wheel drive with torque vectoring technology; 20-inch machined wheels; leather seats; ventilated/heated front seats and heated rear seats; ambient lighting and a Fender audio system. Standard driver-assistance features include park assist and an area view camera.

2021 Volkswagen Atlas SEL Premium R-Line

SEL Premium R-Line is the top-tier model in the Atlas lineup. It biuilds on the SEL R-Line model and has a starting price of $50,695 when equipped with a V6 engine and all-wheel drive.

Standard R-Line content includes: 21-inch machined wheels; black accented R-Line bumpers; signature R-Line badging; and stainless-steel pedal caps.

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Interesting backstory

Volkswagen Bus part inspired popular dog toy

The classic VW Bus inspired one of the most popular dog toys of all time.

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Product designs sometimes take inspiration from the places we expect the least. Moments of genius are driven by finding solutions to unique problems, and as it turns out, that's exactly how we ended up with KONG. The beefy, durable dog chew toy is modeled after a Volkswagen Bus part.

Joe Markham's shop Markham needed a dog for security, but he unexpectedly got a chew-crazy pet.Volkswagen

KONG's inventor, Joe Markham, adopted a German Shepherd to help with security at his auto repair shop in downtown Denver, CO. The dog, while a great addition to the shop, came with a few bad habits. The dog's most worrisome hobby was chewing, which he would do with almost anything he could find, especially rocks. As you might imagine, chewing on rocks is not good for the dog's teeth. Markham needed a durable chew toy, but nothing seemed to work, from animal bones to radiator hoses.

The solution came from an unlikely place: While working on a 1960sVW Type 2 Bus, Markham discovered that the rubber axle stop made a perfect chew toy. The dog had gotten ahold of the rubber stop, and while he was chewing viciously, neither the stop nor his teeth were damaged.

The discovery led Markham to spend the next six years experimenting with various rubbers, sizes, and shapes for his dog toy. After working with rubber experts in Germany, the design was finalized and the KONG was born. The shape for the toy ended up being very close to that of the axle stop. The funky, bulbous design meant that the toy wouldn't bounce like a ball, and would instead flop around randomly, which is similar to the way that small animals run away from predators.

VW Bus axle stop The axle stop from a VW Bus inspired KONG's shape.Volkswagen

It's worth noting that you should not intentionally let your dog chew on any part of your vehicle. Even unused automotive parts can contain chemicals and other harmful materials that could make your dog sick or worse. This isn't a pitch to buy a KONG, just a warning about the hazards of car parts being used as dog toys.

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The new Tiguan sports an all-new front-end design.

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The Volkswagen Tiguan is an interesting compact SUV with a fun-to-drive personality and plenty of style. After 14 years on sale, the Tiguan is just in its second generation, but VW has given it a significant update for the 2022 model year that brings new tech, updated styling, and a refreshed interior.

2022 Volkswagen Tiguan The rear has been massaged with new badging and standard LED taillights. Volkswagen

The restyled Tiguan is available in four trim levels: S, SE, and SE R-Line Black. All models get a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 184 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard, but VW's 4Motion all-wheel drive can be optioned in.

Styling updates are the big story for the 2022 Tiguan. The front end is entirely new and carries design cues from the larger Atlas and Atlas Cross Sport. LED headlights are now standard, and an illuminated light line is available for the SUV's grille. On the rear liftgate, the Tiguan model name lettering also mirrors that of the Atlas, with the name spelled out underneath the VW logo.

2022 Volkswagen Tiguan Most trims get an 8-inch touchscreen.Volkswagen

Inside, the Tiguan now comes standard with heated seats, while a heated steering wheel and ventilated seats are available. Cloth upholstery is standard, while mid-range trims get leatherette. The top SEL R-Line comes with leather and a perforated leather-wrapped sport steering wheel. Front-wheel drive models come standard with three rows of seating as well, making the Tiguan one of the more family-friendly vehicles in its class.

2022 Volkswagen Tiguan The top trim gets upscale leather upholstery.Volkswagen

The base Tiguan S comes with a 6.5-inch touchscreen running Volkswagen's excellent MIB 2 software, but all others get MIB 3 infotainment software running on a glass-covered 8.0-inch touchscreen. The automaker notes that it's a capacitive touch system, which functions more like a smartphone than other infotainment systems, which sometimes require pressure to register a touch input. All Tiguans get a digital gauge cluster with an 8-inch display, while the top SEL R-Line upgrades to a 10.25-inch configurable gauge cluster that offers full-screen navigation and other views.

Pricing for the 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan starts at $25,995 for the base S trim with front-wheel drive. Adding all-wheel drive pushes the prices to $27,495. All Tiguan models will see a $1,195 destination charge tacked on at the bottom line.

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