Seventy-five percent of full-sized SUV sales in America are three-row, and 25% are two-row SUVs. Americans have made it quite clear what they prefer. But many are still confused about which is right for them. The apparent difference is the one will carry up to eight passengers, and the smaller one will carry up to five. But what are the other differences between the two?
Jeep’s new Grand Cherokee, the most awarded SUV ever, starts at $37,390, and the Grand Cherokee L, the three-row,
starts around $39,320. A difference of $1,390. Those prices vary
greatly when you jump up to top trim levels when vehicles start at around
$60,000 for a Jeep Grand Cherokee two-row and $63,000 for a Jeep Grand Cherokee L
Alternatively, Volkswagen has the option to increase from a 2nd row to a 3rd row when you make the jump from the two-row Atlas Sport to the grown-up full-size Atlas SUV. The luxury of having a whole other row, for only $700 or as little as 3 car payments seems worth the money.
That $700 gets you a little more than you expected. The Atlas Cross sport has a total, behind the first row cargo space of over 77 cubic feet vs the Atlas which gets you over 96 cubic feet from behind the 1st row. So another row, and an additional 20 cubic feet. Seems practical.
Starting at $33,475 you can be the proud owner of the 2022 Volkswagen Atlas, oh you wanted the 3rd row? that will run a reasonable $33,475. The Cross sport won’t even begin being an option unless you are ready to start talking at $33,970. These can be built up with plenty of 3rd party and manufacture upgrades
The Volkswagen wins in the Cargo space category, with the Atlas providing 96 cubic feet of cargo with all seats down whereas the Jeep Grand Cherokee L is over 84 cubic feet. Leaving the car as-is and the 3rd row up the Atlas affords over 20 cubic feet and the Cherokee L with just slightly over 17 cubic feet.
Volkswagen wins again with the Atlas cross-sport cargo capacity, with over 77 cubic feet behind the first row, and over 40 behind the second row. Jeep Grand Cherokee coming in at just a bit over 70 cubic feet behind the first row and 37 cubic feet behind the 2nd row.
To put this in perspective, in the Atlas you could store just about four more carry-on’s in the back vs the Grand Cherokee L and the Cross sport gives you two more carry-on’s comfortably in comparison to the Grand Cherokee.
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