Subaru Ascent Comparison

Subaru Ascent

Compare the Subaru Ascent to its Peers

It takes a special driver to need a spacious three-row crossover. It takes another driver altogether to need one that brings a unique style and unmatched performance to the road. That is exactly what you get when you get behind the wheel of the all-new 2021 Subaru Ascent. This large SUV brings a sophistication to your drive, while providing the power and comfort you want when you hit the road with your family. Nothing drives like a Subaru, and the Ascent is no different. Wagner Subaru wants to show you how the largest member of the Subaru lineup fares against some of its three-rowed competition. So we put together a little comparison on what you can expect.

Notable Features

The standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive is a Subaru speciality. When paired with its 260-horsepower four-cylinder and 8.6 inches of ground clearance, the Subaru Ascent is ready to take you anywhere, no matter the climate. It might just be the perfect family SUV. It seats up to eight people, or seven if you opt for the second-row captain's chairs. You'll find everyone can stretch out in the 153 cubic feet of passenger space. Standard infotainment features include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and complimentary Wi-Fi hotspot, so no one is ever bored. There is plenty of storage both in the rear and located throughout the cabin so you can hold all of your precious items.

Safety Features

The safety of your family is important. That is why you drive the Subaru Ascent. The standard Subaru EyeSight driver-assist package brings you all of the collision-avoidance technology you need to protect your passengers on the road. You'll enjoy the peace of mind that comes with the seat-belt alarm and LED Headlights that turn with the steering wheel, to illuminate your corners.

Subaru Ascent

Toyota Highlander

Honda Pilot

Kia Telluride

Chevy Traverse

Base MSRP$32,295$34,600$31,550$31,990$31,000
Fuel Capacity19.3 gal.17.9 gal.19.5 gal.18.8 gal.21.7 gal.
MPG (City/Highway)21 / 2721 / 2918 / 2620 / 2617 / 25
Cargo Space86.5-cubic-feet84.3-cubic-feet83.9-cubic-feet87.0-cubic-feet98.2-cubic-feet
Engine Power260-horsepower295-horsepower280-horsepower291-horsepower310-horsepower
UpholsteryClothClothClothSimulated LeatherLeather
Parking AssistanceStandardStandardAvailable UpgradeStandardStandard
Roadside Assistance36/36,000 Warranty24/Unlimited36/36,0005-year/60,00036/36,000
Remote Engine StartAvailableNot AvailableAvailableAvailableAvailable
Back-Up CameraStandardStandardStandardStandardStandard
Headroom41.3/40/36.3 inches39.4/39.9/36.1 inches40.1/40.2/38.9 inches39.5/40.2/38.1 inches39.6/39/38.2 inches
Legroom42.2/38.6/31.7 inches40.4/41.0/27.7 inches40.9/38.4/31.9 inches41.4/42.4/31.4 inches41/38.4/33.5 inches

The Award Winning Subaru Ascent

The Subaru Ascent is a popular model that has received many accolades from the automotive community. Wagner Subaru is proud to offer the Subaru Ascent to Dayton, OH drivers.

2020 IIHS Top Safety Pick

A 2020 IIHS Top Safety Pick with Steering Responsive Headlights. All 2020 Subaru models with EyeSight also receive the highest possible rating for front crash prevention from IIHS.

5-Star Safety

The 2020 Subaru Ascent earned top marks with a 5-star overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

IIHS Superior Front Crash Prevention

The 2020 Subaru Ascent received the highest possible rating for the front crash prevention from IIHS.

Built to Last

97% of Subaru vehicles sold in the last 10 years are still on the road today, based on Experian Automotive vehicles in operation vs. total new registrations for model years 2010-2019 as of December 2019.

J.D. Power 2020

Subaru is number 1 in brand loyalty in the automotive industry for two years in a row.

Best Selling

Subaru has the best-selling all-wheel-drive cars in America of the past 10 years based on IHS Markit total registrations among all-wheel drive vehicles from January 2009-December 2018.

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Subaru Ascent Goes Up Against the Competition

Drivers shopping in Fairborn OH for the right three-row SUV have lots of options, but only one can truly accommodate your life. The Subaru Ascent near Dayton goes head to head with others in its segment that offers seating for seven or eight passengers. Compare the Subaru Ascent, Chevy Traverse, Honda Pilot, and Toyota Highlander and see which has what it takes.


Subaru Ascent vs. Chevy Traverse


With the Ascent, you get 153.5 cubic feet of passenger volume and 86.5 cubic feet of maximum cargo space. While the Traverse offers up to 157.3 cubic feet of passenger volume and 98.2 cubic feet of cargo space, it doesn't have the same comfort features as the Subaru SUV. The Ascent can offer heated seats on the Premium trim, but the Traverse has you upgrade to the RS trim, which would cost you a minimum of $10k more than the Subaru SUV. Both SUVs offer 41.3 inches of front headroom and 40 inches of rear headroom.


Whether you like an SUV's style depends on preference, and with these two models, you'll have a decision to make. With the Subaru Ascent, you're going to see a sleek profile and a grille that is a hallmark of the brand. The Ascent also offers a Power Rear Gate with an available feature to limit the tailgate's height for those cases of limited clearance. The Traverse also offers a hands-free liftgate, but whether it provides height adjustment is uncertain.


Everyone knows that a Subaru SUV is standard with a Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system with X-MODE, but to get AWD in the Chevy Traverse, Springfield drivers will need to spend more. Subaru's BOXER® engine offers generous fuel economy and towing for up to 5,000 pounds. Not every trim level of the Traverse offers that amount of towing, in fact, the base trim offers just 1,500 pounds of maximum towing, while the Subaru SUV can offer 2,000 pounds of towing standard.


Unlike the Traverse, the Ascent offers an available STARLINK Entertainment Anywhere kit with two Apple iPad® 32GB Wi-Fi models, Bluetooth headphones, and more. The Subaru Ascent also provides the  STARLINK Multimedia with standard Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™, while Chevy integrates smartphone technology with its Chevrolet Infotainment 3 System.


With the NHTSA Front Passenger Crash Test, the Subaru Ascent scored a 5-Star Rating, while the Chevy Traverse only received a 4-Star Rating. The Ascent also provides standard EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology with Automatic Pre-Collision Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control with Lane Centering, and more. The Traverse offers Rear Vision Camera standard, but the rest? It's optional. This is why the Ascent is an IIHS Top Safety Pick.


Subaru Ascent vs. Honda Pilot


With the Ascent, drivers get 153.5 cubic feet of passenger volume, while the Pilot offers 152.9 cubic feet of passenger volume. While the Pilot can offer more passenger volume than the Ascent, it can't offer as much cargo space. You'll get 16 cubic feet in the Pilot behind the third row, and 17.6 cubic feet in the Ascent. For maximum space, you'll get 86.5 cubic feet in the Ascent and 83.9 cubic feet with the Pilot.


Subaru is known for its capability, and the Ascent is no different. This SUV offers 8.7 inches of ground clearance compared to the 7.3 inches. Both of these models provide you with an available hands-free liftgate, but in the Ascent, you'll have the option to set height limits for instances of reduced clearance.


With the Subaru Ascent, you'll get an estimated 21 mpg city, while the Honda Pilot only promises up to 18 mpg city. Both models can offer you all-wheel drive standard. However, the Pilot will cost you more for this than the Ascent will. Though the Pilot offers 280 horsepower, it only delivers 262 pound-feet of torque. The Ascent can get you 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque.


Smartphone integration is the focal point of these two SUVs, and both offer an infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Pilot offers an eight-inch display on the EX trim, and the Ascent provides an eight-inch touchscreen with TomTom® for navigation. The Subaru SUV offers these features for less than the Honda SUV near Beavercreek does.


Both have excellent safety suites standard. The Pilot has Honda Sensing, and the Ascent has EyeSight. Honda's suite provides Collision Mitigation Braking System, Road Departure Mitigation System, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Lane Keeping Assist. The Ascent provides Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-Collision Braking, Lane Keep Assist with Sway Warning, and Pre-Collision Throttle Management. The Ascent has earned an NHTSA Front Passenger Crash Test Rating of 5-Stars, while the Pilot has received a crash rating of 4-Stars.


Subaru Ascent vs. Kia Telluride


Both of these models can offer comparable seating capacity and passenger volume, but the Subaru SUV shines in its front headroom and legroom. While the Kia Telluride can offer a power sunroof, it pales in comparison to the Subaru Ascent's available 54-inch power tilt/sliding panoramic moonroof. The Telluride also won't offer second-row captain's chairs until the SX trim as part of a package. The Ascent offers them on the Premium trim and higher without a package.


You can enjoy 8.7 inches of ground clearance with the Ascent, and a roof rack for your bikes, gear, and whatever else you need for a proper adventure. With the Telluride, 8 inches of ground clearance is available, and you won't get a roof rack option. A Power Rear Tailgate in the Ascent offers height adjustment for those low clearance areas, while the Telluride doesn't say for sure whether their tailgate offers height adjustment.


While the Subaru Ascent trails a bit in the horsepower department, it makes up for it in torque and fuel economy. The Kia Telluride offers 262 pound-feet of torque and 21 mpg city, while the Ascent offers 277 pound-feet of torque and 19 mpg city. While the Subaru SUV offers all-wheel drive standard, the Telluride is standard with FWD with all-wheel drive as an optional upgrade.


The Subaru Ascent near Dayton offers an available STARLINK Entertainment Anywhere kit, including two iPads, Bluetooth headphones, and tough cases for protection. The Kia Telluride doesn't have this option, and it has no rear-seat entertainment option whatsoever.


The Ascent continues to score better marks on safety than the competition, getting 5 Stars in the NHTSA Front and Passenger Crash Tests, while the Telluride score 4 Stars in each category. The Telluride can offer features identical to the Ascent, including Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane Keeping, and Automatic Braking.


Subaru Ascent vs. Toyota Highlander


While both models are considered economical brands, the Subaru Ascent has more upscale interior features than the Toyota Highlander. Fairborn OH drivers will also pay more for a base Highlander than an Ascent base trim. The Ascent also offers an available 54-inch power tilt/sliding panoramic moonroof, which is something the Highlander doesn't offer.


Raised roof rails mean you can load up your gear and get going when you're in the Ascent. The Highlander doesn't have this feature available. You also don't get height adjustment with the Highlander's hands-free rear liftgate, while the Ascent has this feature available with its hands-free power liftgate.


While Toyota can offer AWD in the Highlander, it's not standard like it is with the Subaru brand. The Toyota SUV offers less fuel economy than the Subaru SUV, and the Highlander only clears 8 inches while the Ascent offers 8.7 inches of ground clearance.


Both models offer smartphone integration from Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but drivers have to upgrade to get the option on the Highlander. The Ascent offers this feature on the base level trim. You also get TomTom® available for navigation with the Subaru Ascent, which isn't offered with the Toyota Highlander.


The Highlander comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0, which offers Pre-Collision System, Lane Tracing Assist, and Lane Departure Alert. The Subaru EyeSight suite offered on the base Ascent trim includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-Collision Braking, Lane Keep Assist with Sway Warning, and Pre-Collision Throttle Management.