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10 Accessories that turn your Volkswagen Atlas into a road trip warrior

Volkswagen offers a number of road trip-ready accessories for the 2020 Atlas.

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You're more than ready for a vacation. So is everyone else in your household. This year you've decided to road trip. It takes longer, but there's less healthcare-related variables you need to consider.

Volkswagen offers a number of accessories to make road tripping in your Atlas a little more pleasurable.

Universal tablet holder

Universal tablet holder

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Rear seat occupants can set their device in an available universal tablet holder ($110) for hands-free entertainment. When paired with an existing data plan, the Car-Net Hotspot allows a 4G LTE-enabled connection on up to four compatible connected devices simultaneously, so family members can get connected and entertained. The holder also features two shopping hooks that are integrated into the base unit for added utility.

Muddy Buddy floor and cargo liners

Muddy Buddy floor and cargo liners

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Parents who like to keep their SUV clean will appreciate Muddy Buddy carpet liners ($80-$190). They're custom-molded to help protect interior carpet in the front, back and sides of the vehicle's footwell. They come with a raised edge and extend up to the third-row seat backs. The liner also features a skid-resistant finish that can stop items from shifting while on the road.

CargoTech Cargo Containment System

CargoTech Cargo Containment System

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Stop all the loose odds and ends from rolling around in your cargo area with the CargoTech Cargo Containment System ($45). The four-piece plastic block provides a stable area for bags and other road trip essentials (like a box of wine or case of beer) from tipping.

Retractable privacy cover

Retractable privacy cover

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When you stop at a gas station or restaurant, you never know who is going to see your possessions in your cargo area. Keep them hidden and keep thieves guessing with a retractable privacy cover ($180).

Tuffy security console safe

Security Console Safe by Tuffy

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If you want to store sensitive gear or personal items in your car (a few dollars for a toll booth or your house keys) you might consider a security safe ($250) to keep in the center console.

Thule trailer hitch attachments

Trailer hitch attachments by Thule

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If you aren't towing a trailer, there is a perfectly good hitch mounted option available for carrying bikes.The Thule hitch-mounted hanging rack can carry up to four bikes ($400).

Thule rooftop carriers

Thule rooftop carriers

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Roof-mounted cargo boxes, cargo baskets and various Thule attachments provide additional transport options ($150-$665) when there just isn't enough room inside the vehicle. Recreational equipment including skis, snowboards, surfboards, bikes or a kayak can be stored on top of the Atlas with Thule carrier attachments.

Urban Loader

Urban Loader

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If general storage space is needed for luggage, camping gear, or other cargo, there are a few options to choose from. The Urban Loader ($699) adds up to 17.7 cubic feet of space and has a maximum load capacity of 110 pounds.

Cargo Box Carrier

Cargo Box Carrier

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The Cargo Box Carrier ($499) has the same load capacity as the Urban Loader but features an aerodynamic design helping to limit wind noise. It adds 12 cubic feet of space.

Thule Canyon Basket Carrier

Thule Canyon Basket Carrier

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With its low-profile design, easy loading and unloading accessibility, and ability to hold up to 150 pounds, the Thule Basket Carrier ($350) is for families staying more than just a few nights. A separately sold Thule Stretch Cargo Net ensures everything stays in place while tackling the open road.

Please note: All roof rack attachments require base carrier bars sold separately. All accessories are sold separately. Proper installation of accessories is required. Professional installation may be recommended. See owner's literature and dealer for details.

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Discontinued sedan

Volkswagen nixing Passat after 2022 model year

Racing Green Metallic is one of four exclusive colors for the car.

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After five decades on sale in the U.S., Volkswagen is pulling the plug on the midsize Passat. The explosion of SUVs' popularity and the need to shift production power to electric vehicles are behind the decision, which will take place after the 2022 model year. The cars have been built at the automaker's Chattanooga, TN plant since 2011, but the facility is being repurposed as VW's North American hub for electric vehicle assembly.

Volkswagen is giving the car one last hurrah, however, in the form of the Passat Limited Edition. The car features 18-inch wheels, LED headlights with an Advanced Front Lighting System, and an easy-open trunk. Inside, the cars come with sport seats wrapped in Vienna leather, memory seating, a Fender Premium Audio System, parking assistance, and parking sensors.


2022 Volkswagen Passat Limited Edition Each car gets a special model tag with its limited production number.Volkswagen


Only 1,973 of the cars will be built, and it will only be sold in four colors, each with its own limited production numbers that have special meaning for the Passat:

  • Aurora Red Metallic with Titan Black interior: 411 units to represent the original vehicle production code
  • Racing Green Metallic with Mauro Brown interior: 423 units to commemorate the Chattanooga 423 area code
  • Pure white with Mauro Brown interior: 524 units to signify the Chattanooga plant's May 24 opening date
  • Platinum Great Metallic with Titan Black interior: 615 units to signify six generations of imported Passats, one generation assembled in Chattanooga, and five decades of U.S. sales

Pricing for the 2022 Passat starts at $31,290, which includes a $995 destination fee. Adding Aurora Red Metallic drives the price up by an additional $395. Each car will receive a special number plate to designate its place in the limited production run.


2022 Volkswagen Passat Limited Edition The Passat Limited Edition gets several upscale features. Volkswagen

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Electric vehicle features

The VW ID.4 sounds futuristic

The ID.4 is VW's first electric crossover in the U.S.

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The Volkswagen ID.4 is finally here. The electric crossover offers compelling features, decent all-electric range, and a reasonable price. On top of all that, Volkswagen focused heavily on the electric experience with the ID.4, down to the sounds it makes in everyday operation.

Where many automakers seek to humanize electric vehicles with familiar gas engine sounds, Volkswagen hasn't bothered with any of that. Instead, the automaker's ID.4 electric crossover features several sounds that embrace the EV's place in the future of transportation.

On startup, drivers are greeted with a sound that Volkswagen says will alert them that the vehicle is ready to go. It's not at all unlike the flying saucer sounds heard in sci-fi movies decades ago, but it's a nice reminder of the ID.4's future-forward drivetrain.



In motion, VW gave the ID.4 what is known as an Acoustic Vehicle Alerting System, which helps alert people to the presence of a moving electric vehicle. Since the drivetrain doesn't make the same noises that a gas engine does, EVs can move almost silently at low speeds, so it's important to have some kind of warning sound.

Even the turn signal sounds received scrutiny in the ID.4's design, and while they're still fairly traditional, the sounds are subtle and pleasing overall. Beyond that, VW says it developed a library of sounds for typical vehicle control buttons and other functions that are exclusive to its electric vehicles. The goal, according to the automaker, is that the sound aligns with the vehicles' character, visual design, and features, and that people will be able to recognize a VW EV by its unique sound.

The ID.4 is just the first of several EVs that Volkswagen plans to release here in the United States. Larger family vehicles are on the horizon, and we may even see an electric revival of the legendary VW bus.

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