2022 Subaru Ascent vs. Its Competition

2022 Subaru Ascent Onyx Edition
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The Ascent fights against cutthroat three-row competitors.

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

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

The Kia Telluride is exceptional in value, technology, and taste—it should be on every family’s shortlist to drive.

2022 Subaru Ascent Onyx Edition2022 Subaru Ascent2021 Chevrolet Traverse2021 Chevrolet Traverse
#14 in Large SUVs
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2021 Ford Explorer Timberline2021 Ford ExplorerGet Your Price2021 Honda Pilot2021 Honda Pilot
#10 in Large SUVs
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2021 Kia Telluride2021 Kia Telluride
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Quick Specs
6.7
The 2022 Subaru Ascent sets up a great basecamp for any active family, even sedentary types will approve of its safety and value.
5.7
The 2021 Chevrolet Traverse is a big family mover with an update on the way next year.
7.0
The 2021 Ford Explorer is recognizable, but new. It should be on every family SUV shopper’s list.
6.3
The 2021 Honda Pilot does a solid impression of a minivan, minus the cultural baggage.
7.5
The 2021 Kia Telluride earns our Best Car To Buy nod with its excellent features, warranty, space, and style.
MSRP From    
$32,295$29,800$32,925$32,550$32,190
Gas Mileage    
20 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded H-4Gas V6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6
EPA Class    
Standard SUV 4WDSport Utility VehiclesStandard SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WD
Style Name    
8-PassengerFWD 4-Door LBase RWDLX 2WDLX FWD
Drivetrain    
All Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
88788
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
Sport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Transmission    
CVT w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2022 Subaru Ascent vs. 2021 Chevrolet Traverse2022 Subaru Ascent vs. 2021 Ford Explorer2022 Subaru Ascent vs. 2021 Honda Pilot2022 Subaru Ascent vs. 2021 Kia Telluride