For one family, winning a Volkswagen Atlas was a dream come true

When Patti Shenk signed up her family for the Four Wheel Family Face-Off contest on Disney/ABC’s syndicated daytime talk show “Live with Kelly and Ryan” she didn’t even know what the prize might be. The New Jersey mother of four was just hoping for some quality time and a fun day off from the typical busy routine.

But the day was nothing but routine.

After besting three other families, the Shenks won a 2018 Volkswagen Atlas SEL Premium. So what do they think about their newest family member now that they’ve spent a couple of months behind the wheel?

“I love it. It’s like a dream car for us,” says Patti Shenk. “I keep thinking as I’m driving that I’ll have to give it back.”

Patti Shenk says the Atlas arrived just in time for a busy summer. The family has put some 3,000 miles on the Platinum Grey Atlas since mid-July, a hefty dose of traveling thanks to competitive swimming commitments and college scouting for their oldest son Connor.

Pre-Atlas, the family’s vehicle fleet had included a minivan with 180,000 miles and another well-worn car with 140,000 miles, both busy with two working parents and four children in sports (plus one dog with car privileges.) Neither had the available panoramic sunroof or Fender audio or center-dash touchscreen of the new Atlas – along with room for soccer equipment and swim gear.

“We’ve already brought it to Virginia and Connecticut a couple of times,” Patti said. “It’s very spacious. My kids love it; they say it has more room in the seating than our old minivan did.”

And while some of Patti’s friends and coworkers know her new SUV as a TV star, the Atlas has drawn a lot of positive attention from other drivers.

“Driving it the other day, an older couple stopped me at a light and asked me how I like it,” she said. “I let my husband take it to work and a lot of people asked him about it. There’s a lot of interest in it wherever I go.”

Up next for the Shenks: the back-to-school routine, the occasional vacation, and looking forward to years of adventure in their Atlas.

“We were blessed to win a car,” Patti says. “I plan on keeping it for years.”