What you experience is turbo lag. Power is there, but it will have bit if turbo lag.I’m 6’4” and actually needed to slide the atlas seats up from the full back position. Not much, but still not fully back. I never do that in any car.
Someone said to you that the 2.0T had plenty of power down low. In my opinion (not trying to cause problems, just my opinion) it did not have plenty down low, but that’s just my opinion. The v6 had plenty. And I don’t just hate 4cylinder…I’ actually in favor in order to make maintaining it cheaper and easier…we just drove a 2.4T Highlander today and it seemed fine. The atlas just felt more gutless to us.
2.4 T in Toyota is 310lb-ft compared to 258lb-ft in Atlas. New 2024 Atlas is 269hp and 273lb-ft.
But, if you like VR6 in Atlas, go with it. It is unique engine and no one in that class has that sound.