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2021 Subaru Ascent vs. Its Competition

2021 Subaru Ascent
Aaron Cole Aaron Cole Managing Editor

The Ascent fights against cutthroat three-row competitors.

The Traverse and Explorer are among the biggest in its class, although the Ford is available with a high-po or high-efficiency powertrain that the Subaru skips.

The Honda Pilot has family bona fides, but it’s relatively old.

The Kia Telluride is exceptional—it should be on every family’s shortlist to drive—but it’s hard to find.

The new Highlander is svelte, stylish, and efficient (in hybrid form) but lacks pizzazz.

2021 Subaru Ascent2021 Subaru Ascent
2021 Chevrolet Traverse2021 Chevrolet Traverse
#11 in Large SUVs
2021 Honda Pilot2021 Honda PilotGet Your Price2021 Kia Telluride Nightfall Edition2021 Kia Telluride
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2021 Toyota Highlander2021 Toyota Highlander2020 Ford Explorer ST  -  First Drive  -  Portland OR, June 20192020 Ford ExplorerGet Your Price
Quick Specs
6.7
The 2021 Subaru Ascent scales the mountain of family needs for a three-row crossover.
5.7
The 2021 Chevrolet Traverse is a big family mover with an update on the way next year.
6.5
The 2021 Honda Pilot does a solid impression of a minivan, minus the cultural baggage.
6.8
The 2021 Toyota Highlander learned new tricks to keep us entertained on the road, when we’re not asleep in the back anyway.
6.8
The 2020 Ford Explorer rediscovers its capable, outdoorsy side without becoming trucklike in any other respect.
MSRP From     
$32,295N/A$32,250$31,990N/A$32,765
Gas Mileage     
20 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded H-4N/ARegular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6N/AIntercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Small Sport Utility Vehicles 4WDN/ASmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDStandard Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDN/AStandard Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD
Style Name     
8-PassengerN/ALX 2WDLX FWDN/ABase RWD
Drivetrain     
All WheelN/AFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveN/ARear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
8N/A88N/A7
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sport UtilityN/ASport UtilitySport UtilityN/ASport Utility
Transmission     
CVT w/ODN/AAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODN/AAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2021 Subaru Ascent vs. 2021 Chevrolet Traverse2021 Subaru Ascent vs. 2021 Honda Pilot2021 Subaru Ascent vs. 2021 Kia Telluride2021 Subaru Ascent vs. 2021 Toyota Highlander2021 Subaru Ascent vs. 2020 Ford Explorer