2021 Subaru Ascent

MSRP range: $32,295 - $45,445
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2021 Subaru Ascent Review

  • Substantial list of standard and optional driving aids
  • High-quality interior materials
  • Generous ground clearance and standard all-wheel drive
  • Easy-to-use infotainment system
  • Accelerator pedal is too touchy
  • Invasive engine and tire noise
  • Not much second-row shoulder room, and third row is tight
  • Rolling over bumps at higher speeds sends vibrations through the cabin
  • Subaru's EyeSight suite of advanced driver aids now includes adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assist
  • Steering-responsive LED headlights are now standard
  • A second- and third-row seat-belt reminder is now standard
  • Part of the first Ascent generation introduced for 2019

The 2021 Subaru Ascent is a decent choice in the midsize three-row SUV class, but it's far from being a top contender, currently sitting in seventh place in Edmunds' rankings. For 2021, the Ascent gets a full suite of standard safety features including adaptive cruise control, along with lane keeping assist and steering-responsive LED headlights. But even with those additions, it still falls behind the top-rated Kia Telluride, Hyundai Palisade and Honda Pilot in a number of areas. We give credit to the Ascent's long list of standard features, refined interior and easy-to-use infotainment system. Yet the positives are tempered by an oversensitive gas pedal, noticeable in-cabin noise, a somewhat restrictive third-row seat and slightly stiff ride quality.

EdmundsEdmunds' Expert Rating
Rated for you by America’s best test team
The Ascent is Subaru's best three-row SUV to date. We like its standard all-wheel drive, useful technology features and solid build quality. A roomier third-row seat and a smoother-shifting transmission would make it better, but overall this is an appealing family hauler.
The Ascent's turbocharged engine packs a strong punch, making it one of the quicker vehicles in the segment when you mash the gas. For typical driving, however, you'll need a fine touch to make the CVT automatic work smoothly. Even moderate throttle inputs result in surging acceleration, which can make passengers uncomfortable.

The Ascent has standard all-wheel drive and includes software-controlled traction and hill descent control. Combine those features with its 8.7 inches of ground clearance, and you've got an effective combination for taking on snow and dirt. The Subaru really is a four-season SUV.
The Ascent's interior seating is comfortable and inviting for the most part. Third-row passengers might long for softer seats over longer distances. The climate control works well to keep the cabin environment pleasant, and rear passengers will appreciate the ceiling-mounted vents that provide good coverage.

On the downside, driving over cracks and seams in the pavement sends a lot of tire noise and vibration into the cabin. There's also the issue of engine noise, which can grow from a muted hum to a loud groan as the rpm climb to redline. The Ascent doesn't feel floaty, but overall ride comfort falls below the class leaders.
Get the seven-seater for full-size adults or eight-seater for cargo and/or kids. The Ascent is an approachable and easy-to-use crossover, and it fits drivers both big and small. Everything is clearly labeled, though there are a few acronyms that may require you to crack open the instruction manual.

The large windows and door-mounted side mirrors allow excellent side visibility. A high-def rear camera helps supplement an already large rear window. The one downside is the way the hood slopes down, which makes it hard to place the front edges of the bumper.
Subaru's Starlink system is in full force here. It features a crisp and responsive touchscreen and multiple ways to integrate your smartphone, and it is easy to use with minimal setup. A smattering of USB ports help keep your passengers' devices charged.

Our test car was equipped with a responsive and easy-to-use touchscreen navigation system. Otherwise, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard and can handle nav needs for those without it. Subaru's EyeSight suite of driver aids is comprehensive and standard on all trim levels. Adaptive cruise control works all the way to a full stop.
The Ascent has an average amount of space for cargo, with 17.6 cubic feet behind the third row and up to 86 cubic feet with the second and third rows folded. The third-row seats have to be folded from the back, and the second row must be done from the rear passenger doors. The resulting load floor isn't perfectly flat but should be sufficient in most cases. There are a lot of places for small items up front, but few are generous in size.

Most Ascent models provide 5,000 pounds of maximum towing weight. Standard Trailer Stability Assist helps minimize excess trailer sway. Towing requires the addition of an optional trailer hitch assembly that includes a wiring harness, which can be covered by a panel when not in use.
We achieved 23.6 mpg on our 115-mile test loop, which slightly betters the Ascent's 22 mpg combined estimate (20 city/26 highway). Our best overall tank was 25.2 mpg after logging nearly 200 miles of highway driving while our test average came out to 21.7 mpg. That's not bad, and neither is the engine's requirement for 87 octane ― no premium required.
The cabin's interior design looks a bit busy, but its build quality is on par for the segment and price-competitive. Also on par are the warranty and roadside assistance offerings. As for value, you get all-wheel drive as standard, which impresses buyers who regularly deal with inclement weather.
The Ascent is comfortable, fun and capable when the going gets dirty. It's also smartly designed to carry four adults with all of their gear. Opting for the second-row bench seat makes for easy child-seat duty. Think of it as the golden retriever of three-row crossovers.

Which Ascent does Edmunds recommend?

We recommend the Premium trim level, just one notch up from the base Ascent. The Premium balances affordability with feature availability. It comes standard with the larger 8-inch touchscreen and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and it offers options such as navigation and a panoramic sunroof.

Subaru Ascent models

The 2021 Subaru Ascent is available in base, Premium, Limited and Touring trim levels. All use a turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine (260 horsepower, 277 lb-ft of torque) paired with a CVT automatic. All-wheel drive comes standard across the lineup.

Base
Equipment for the base Ascent includes:

  • Three-zone climate control
  • 6.5-inch infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility
  • Six-speaker stereo with Bluetooth connectivity
  • Steering-responsive LED headlights
  • Rearview camera
  • Manual tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Adaptive cruise control (maintains a driver-set distance between the Subaru and the car in front)
  • Lane keeping system (makes minor steering corrections to help keep the vehicle centered in its lane)

Buyers interested in the base trim level should know that it's only available in an eight-passenger configuration and the tow rating is limited to 2,000 pounds.

Premium
With the Premium, the tow rating is increased to 5,000 pounds. You also get:

  • Upgraded interior materials and a power-adjustable driver's seat
  • 8-inch infotainment touchscreen and 4G LTE Wi-Fi capability
  • An optional seven-passenger seating configuration
  • Heated front seats
  • Blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert (warns you if a vehicle is in your blind spot during a lane change or while reversing)
  • Keyless entry and a power rear liftgate

Options for the Premium include:

  • Power rear tailgate
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Rear automatic braking (brakes if sensors detect an imminent collision with an object behind the vehicle)
  • Navigation
  • Panoramic sunroof

Limited
The Limited trim comes with most of the Premium's optional features as standard. Other standard equipment for the Limited includes:

  • LED foglights
  • Heated steering wheel and heated second-row seats
  • Perforated leather upholstery
  • 14-speaker Harman Kardon audio system

Touring
The Touring trim simplifies things even further, sold only in the seven-passenger seating configuration and coming standard with all of the previously optional equipment. Also standard are some creature comforts such as:

  • Ambient interior lighting and a 120-volt power outlet
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Forward parking camera

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2021 Subaru Ascent.

Average user rating: 4.1 stars
15 total reviews
5 star reviews: 53%
4 star reviews: 27%
3 star reviews: 0%
2 star reviews: 13%
1 star reviews: 7%

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Most helpful consumer reviews

4/5 stars, Fantastic engine, sketchy CVT
Joe Mama,
Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT)
Pros: 2.4L Turbo engine. A far less spartan interior than Subarus are known for. Great head and legroom. Mostly quiet ride. Limited on up trims provide a manual mode with paddle shifters. Definitely a must for slow speeds and stop and go traffic. Cons: 20" wheels with 245/50 tires are harsh riding. A hesitant and indecisive CVT squanders the power band of the engine. Touchscreen is primitive, circa 2015. Annoying, too bright indicators for the compass and passenger airbags.
5/5 stars, Big BANG for the Buck!
Ahmadski Ha-Hanif,
Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT)
Okay, so my wife and I have been driving INFINITI vehicles since 2006 and because we usually lease our cars, we've had pretty much all of their models from G series to the Q/QX models. After 2 INFINITI QX60 AWD SUV's we decided to change things up a little and go with a 2021 Subaru Ascent Touring AWD SUV. I want to break this into sections as I have a ton to write about, so here we go: COMPARISON: Surly there are some obvious differences between the two SUV’s like 3.5L 295HP/270lb – tq V6 engine in the QX60 and a 2.4L Turbo charged 260HP/277lb – tq 4 cylinder engine in the Ascent, the Ascent also offers captain seats in the 2nd row vs. QX60’s only bench seat option, “luxury” brand vs. non luxury, and the small features here and there, but there are a lot of similarities as well, one of the main feature being the CVT transmission. Cargo space and seating functionality is very similar. I do like the option of captain seats in the 2nd row of the Ascent for those who do not necessarily need or like the bench seats. Another difference in the QX60, the 3rd row seat is for 2 passengers vs. the Ascent’s 3 passengers. It does make it a bit tight squeezing 3 people back there. I wouldn’t say it’s ideal for 3 adults but kids shouldn’t have any issues. The steering feel in the INFINITI QX60 is a bit tight/hard compared the a somewhat “lose” yet very responsive steering on the Ascent. It also “drives/feels” a bit heavy even though they both weigh about the same around 4500lbs. Maybe I need to get used to driving the Ascent but I felt a bit “safer” in the QX60. TECHNOLOGY: Both of the INFINITI QX60 SUV’s that we had in the past had the (what they called the packages back then) Premium/Premium plus and the Driver’s Assist packages. The features and technology are pretty similar but there are some differences as well. One of the main features that both my wife and I got so used to is the around view, 360-degree monitor cameras. In the Ascent you only get a rear and an optional fish-eye front camera in the Touring model. INFINITI’s ProActive package gives you all of the available safety features for about $12000 more than a fully loaded Subaru Ascent. I personally think the Ascent’s Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control with Lane Centering, Lane Departure and Sway Warning, and the Pre-Collision Throttle Management systems work much better than INFINITI’s Intelligent Cruise Control with the Lane Departure Warning and Prevention systems. Ascent keeps the vehicle lane centered and has an amazing steering correction that can take on 30-40 degree angles without deactivating the Lane Centering feature. PERFORMANCE: The engine specs are available for everyone to see and compare but it’s when you drive that you get feel of handling, road noise, throttle performance, braking, and the safety features etc. I’m split between the two on this one. Bigger engine doesn’t necessarily mean more HP, it’s the performance at different speeds and different acceleration needs. I loved the V6 response but Subaru engineers are not dummies, they combined the 2.4L 4 cylinder engine with a turbo charger which makes up for the difference. While the turbo charger is a good additive to an engine, the decrease in displacement has an affect in the “feel” of the engine. At slow speeds the Ascent seems to be screaming and gasping for air, and at higher speeds, the throttle becomes a bit sensitive and a slight increase raises the RPM where you can hear it going up and down if you play with it. That can be a bit annoying but it can be solved by activating the Advanced Adaptive Cruise control. AT THE END OF THE DAY: A lot of people complain that the INFINITI QX60 does not have either of the carplay feature. My take on that, it has pretty much everything you’d use the carplay for so what’s the big fuss about having a carplay? Another thing I noticed leaving your phone plugged in all the time, especially on a longer trip, is not good for your phone. You can feel it getting hot. Can we get over not having the around view monitor cameras of the QX60 SUV? Sure we can… there are bunch of other features that supersedes in the Subaru Ascent that will make you forget those small features of the QX60. Do we miss having the 6-way power front passenger seat? We sure do! Do we miss the aggressive yet luxurious exterior design of the INFINITI QX60 compared to a “safe” laid back, not taking much risk styling of the Ascent? It’s a personal preference but yes we do. You have to put everything on a scale and weigh your options but keep one thing in mind that my opinion and views will not do anything but to help you find the common grounds and make a decision on your next family SUV. Were we happy with the INFINITI QX60 SUV? We were… would we have gotten our 3rd one? I’m 80% sure we would’ve! Are we happy with the Subaru Ascent – ABSO-FLIPPIN-LUTELY! Good luck ~
4/5 stars, Love it but !!
1hammer1,
Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT)
This is the best handling and rideing suv that I have ever owned ( this is my 9th Subaru ) 2021 Subaru Ascent touring ( BUT ) The front passinger seat has no up and down ajustment ( strange for a high end touring ) and it is just plain noisey lots of wind and road noise and only a 19.2 gas tank with a turbo that really sucks the gasoline and the front seat bottoms are too hard & firm for a long trip. I really wish that I could give this Subaru Ascent 5 stars but I can not, When going down the interstate @ 65mph we ( my wife and I ) Can not hear and understand the radio and barely each other just a bunch of noise because of the road and wind noise (SAD ) for almost $50,000 so as a loyal Subaru owner I only give ( 4 stars ) and because of the above I am trying out other brands now, I demand good ride and comfort AND QUIET.
4/5 stars, More Power
Michael Pinard,
Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT)
After trading from 3.6 liter Outback to the Ascent very disappointed in engine performance. Much less power and much more interior cabin engine noise. After 7000 miles there is still hesitation during acceleration especially when engine is cold and we live in Florida. Dealership says it is the nature of this model. Too bad because I like all the features put into this model. But in the end engine performance , smooth acceleration is what counts.

2021 Subaru Ascent video

[MUSIC PLAYING] MARK TAKAHASHI: If you have a growing family, there's a really good chance you're looking at mid-sized three row SUVs. Subaru got back into the segment with this, the Ascent. It's a strong choice in a very competitive class. But it's not our top pick. The Ascent maintains Subaru's tradition of letting outward bound families get off the beaten path. We're here to show you where it shines, as well as where it could use a little improvement against our favorite, the Subaru Ascent. [MUSIC PLAYING] ELANA SCHERR: Oh, man, I thought I was your favorite. MARK TAKAHASHI: On paper, both SUVs are very similar. Both start right at $33,000 and remain comparably priced up to these top trims, that cost about $45 grand before options. The Ascent Grand is estimated at 21 miles per gallon, barely edged out by the Ascent's 22 miles per gallon. Both have a long list of advanced safety features and get similarly high safety scores from NHTSA and IIHS too. ELANA SCHERR: The Ascent has a horsepower advantage, but the Ascent has more torque. So we'll call that basically even. That's confirmed by our test results, where the Ascent was a tenth quicker to 60 miles per hour, but the Ascent crossed the quarter mile 3/10 ahead. If you're concerned about towing, well, that is dead even between them, at 5,000 pounds, when properly equipped. MARK TAKAHASHI: Here at Edmunds, we test over 300 vehicles a year at our private test track, as well as real world evaluations on public roads. As close as these vehicle specs are to each other, you'd expect them to be tied for first place in our rankings. Instead, the Ascent trails in a number of areas, which are best demonstrated with more than graphics. [MUSIC PLAYING] Elana, we spent a lot of time with both vehicles. What do you think of the Ascent? ELANA SCHERR: Well, I am a Subaru fan. I just, I've always liked the brand. I think it has a good vibe, and I can picture the engineers really wanting people to go out in their cars and have fun. The Ascent is a turbo four instead of the more classic six. But it is not slow or underpowered. I would say maybe that it's a little, is unrefined fair? MARK TAKAHASHI: That's a fair statement. ELANA SCHERR: Yeah. In fairness, it's only compared to the Ascent, which is smooth. MARK TAKAHASHI: Agreed, totally. [MUSIC PLAYING] ELANA SCHERR: I kind of liked the Subaru's rugged ride quality, but I know that you, fancy Mark, had some quibbles. MARK TAKAHASHI: I wish there was a little more extension from that steering column, because as it is, I have to slide my seat just a little further forward than I prefer. Then there are the seats themselves. They're oddly cushioned. A little too squishy on top. And oddly, too firm below that. The biggest difference between the two though is noise. You hear a lot more road and engine noise in the Subaru than you do with the Subaru. [ENGINE RACING] ELANA SCHERR: That's what the radio's for, you just turn it up. MARK TAKAHASHI: Fair enough. ELANA SCHERR: I mean, speaking of infotainment. [MUSIC PLAYING] I really liked the dual screen setup in the Ascent. I mean, I like the way that it looked. Usability, on the other hand, it's not great. Controls are all over the place. I mean, there's like controls on the ceiling, and it is not intuitive at all. MARK TAKAHASHI: The Ascent's infotainment gets high marks for its inclusion of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. We also like that it has plenty of USB ports that are well-placed. The screen resolution is very sharp, and its responses are very quick. Furthermore, the menus are logically laid out and easy to use without ever having to consult a manual. ELANA SCHERR: A bigger complaint might be that compared to the Ascent, the Ascent is a big three-row SUV, but it doesn't have that much space. [MUSIC PLAYING] Like the backseat, the third row, you cannot put adults back there. And really, it's not that comfortable for kids either. It's also a little bit difficult to get those seats up and down. It's like a multi-step process. So again, little stuff that just makes it slightly less useful. MARK TAKAHASHI: The good thing, though, is that the Ascent has 19 cup holders, which Subaru was so proud to tout when they introduced it. Now that seems a little excessive for a vehicle that can only seat eight passengers, but those cup holders are grouped together so you can put much larger objects in them. ELANA SCHERR: Yeah, I did actually think that the Subaru had better small item storage than the Ascent. MARK TAKAHASHI: Yeah, marginally. Now none of these drawbacks for the Subaru are so critical that we consider them deal breakers. Collectively though, they subtract just enough points to drop it down to seventh place in our rankings. ELANA SCHERR: It's kind of a death by 1,000 cuts thing. MARK TAKAHASHI: Yeah, totally agree. ELANA SCHERR: Especially when the Ascent just keeps pulling ahead in rankings, no matter what we compare it to. I mean, some of that is that it has like a longer warranty and more cargo space. Compared to the Ascent, the Ascent has 3.4 cubic feet more cargo room, which is about the size of a medium suitcase or like a Cocker Spaniel, depending on how it is that you measure size. You know which one I would pick. MARK TAKAHASHI: Yes, I do, The suitcase. ELANA SCHERR: And this is subjective, but style-wise, inside and out, the Ascent looks great. The materials look really expensive. And outside, it's just the perfect mix of kind of like elegance and truckiness, so it looks tough, but it also looks fancy. I just took it on a road trip and never in all my years of driving have I ever got a thumbs up from someone on the highway while driving an SUV. It happened twice in the Ascent. At one point, I pulled into a racetrack and the security guard was like, what is it. And he wanted to look at it, and I had to open the windows and let him look inside. And to quote him after he had checked it out, Subaru is stepping it up. MARK TAKAHASHI: Well, it makes perfect sense that the Ascent had a waiting list for shoppers for its first year of production. As close as the performance specs are between the Subaru and the Subaru, the Ascent simply is a better SUV to drive. It gathers speed more smoothly. That standard V6 sounds great doing it too. ELANA SCHERR: Yeah, it is little things, but they all add up to make the Subaru feel really special. And you add that to the fact that it will also do all the day-to-day business things that you need it to do, and you have just a really great vehicle. MARK TAKAHASHI: Agreed. It's abundantly clear that the Subaru Ascent deserves its top spot among SUVs. For the same price as rivals, it exceeds expectations. The Ascent, on the other hand, meets expectations, but it is a big step in the right direction. Even if the Ascent didn't exist, it would still have to contend with the likes of the Honda Pilot, the Hyundai Palisade, the Volkswagen Atlas and the Mazda CX9, all of which got higher Edmunds rankings. ELANA SCHERR: Yeah, this is a busy segment, which makes it that much more impressive that the Ascent came in and went straight to the top. MARK TAKAHASHI: Indeed. Let us know what you think in the comments below. For more information on the Ascent or the Ascent, head on over to edmunds.com. That's edmunds. ELANA SCHERR: Dot com.

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NOTE: This video is about the 2020 Subaru Ascent, but since the 2021 Subaru Ascent is part of the same generation, our earlier analysis still applies.

Features & Specs

Base MSRP
$32,295
MPG & Fuel
21 City / 27 Hwy / 23 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 19.3 gal. capacity
Seating
8 seats
Drivetrain
Type: all wheel drive
Transmission: Continuously variable-speed automatic
Engine
Flat 4 cylinder
Horsepower: 260 hp @ 5600 rpm
Torque: 277 lb-ft @ 2000 rpm
Basic Warranty
3 yr./ 36000 mi.
Dimensions
Length: 196.8 in. / Height: 71.6 in. / Width: 76.0 in.
Curb Weight: 4430 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 17.8 cu.ft.
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Ascent safety features:

Reverse Automatic Braking
Automatically applies the vehicle's brakes if an obstacle is detected while reversing.
EyeSight Assist Monitor
Provides a head-up display of the EyeSight system's status and warnings on the windshield.
Blind-Spot Monitoring
Scans vehicle blind spots and alerts the driver of vehicles on either side via mirror-mounted indicators.

NHTSA Overall Rating 5 out of 5 stars

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Driver5 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Side Crash RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Side Barrier RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Driver5 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front Seat5 / 5
Back Seat5 / 5
RolloverRating
Rollover4 / 5
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of Rollover17%

IIHS Rating

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

Side Impact Test
Good
Roof Strength Test
Good
Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
Good
IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
Moderate Overlap Front Test
Good


Subaru Ascent vs. the competition

2021 Subaru Ascent

2021 Subaru Ascent

2021 Kia Telluride

2021 Kia Telluride

Subaru Ascent vs. Kia Telluride

These two are essentially the same size on the outside, but the Telluride offers more cargo space and more rear legroom than the Ascent does — making it a bit more useful for larger families. We're also big fans of the Telluride for its plush ride and smooth V6. The Ascent is a bit less comfortable on the open road with a stiffer ride quality and a sensitive gas pedal. The Ascent has a slight edge when it comes to EPA fuel economy estimates, but just about everywhere else, the Telluride has it beat.

Compare Subaru Ascent & Kia Telluride features 

Subaru Ascent vs. Honda Pilot

Sensible, spacious and full of smart interior storage options, the Honda Pilot is one of our top picks in the three-row SUV segment. Like the Telluride, the Pilot offers a smooth highway ride and a powerful V6, but the Pilot is a bit cramped on cargo space. Even compared to the Ascent, the Pilot is lagging when it comes to how much stuff you can fit behind the third row. The small differences in cargo storage, however, aren't enough to deter us from picking the Pilot over the Ascent.

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Subaru Ascent vs. Mazda CX-9

The CX-9 and the Ascent are very closely matched when it comes to available features, interior space and overall performance. Both use turbocharged four-cylinder engines and return an EPA estimate of 23 mpg combined (that's if you get your CX-9 with all-wheel drive). Both offer a sporty driving experience and easy-to-use infotainment systems. But both are a bit short on third-row space — something worth noting before you pass up the Pilot and the Telluride.

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FAQ

Is the Subaru Ascent a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 Ascent both on the road and at the track, giving it a 7.6 out of 10. You probably care about Subaru Ascent fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Ascent gets an EPA-estimated 22 mpg to 23 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that carrying capacity for the Ascent ranges from 17.6 to 17.8 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Subaru Ascent. Learn more

What's new in the 2021 Subaru Ascent?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Subaru Ascent:

  • Subaru's EyeSight suite of advanced driver aids now includes adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assist
  • Steering-responsive LED headlights are now standard
  • A second- and third-row seat-belt reminder is now standard
  • Part of the first Ascent generation introduced for 2019
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Is the Subaru Ascent reliable?

To determine whether the Subaru Ascent is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Ascent. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Ascent's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2021 Subaru Ascent a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Subaru Ascent is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 Ascent and gave it a 7.6 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 Ascent is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2021 Subaru Ascent?

The least-expensive 2021 Subaru Ascent is the 2021 Subaru Ascent 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $32,295.

Other versions include:

  • Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) which starts at $39,595
  • Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) which starts at $34,795
  • Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) which starts at $45,445
  • 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) which starts at $32,295
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What are the different models of Subaru Ascent?

If you're interested in the Subaru Ascent, the next question is, which Ascent model is right for you? Ascent variants include Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT), Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT), Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT), and 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT). For a full list of Ascent models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2021 Subaru Ascent

2021 Subaru Ascent Overview

The 2021 Subaru Ascent is offered in the following submodels: Ascent SUV. Available styles include Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT), Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT), Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT), and 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT).

What do people think of the 2021 Subaru Ascent?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Subaru Ascent and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2021 Ascent 4.1 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 Ascent.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 Subaru Ascent and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 Ascent featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

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What's a good price for a New 2021 Subaru Ascent?

2021 Subaru Ascent 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

The 2021 Subaru Ascent 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $33,967. The average price paid for a new 2021 Subaru Ascent 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) is trending $2,695 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,695 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $31,272.

The average savings for the 2021 Subaru Ascent 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) is 7.9% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 2 2021 Subaru Ascent 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

2021 Subaru Ascent Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

The 2021 Subaru Ascent Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $38,460. The average price paid for a new 2021 Subaru Ascent Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) is trending $3,157 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,157 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $35,303.

The average savings for the 2021 Subaru Ascent Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) is 8.2% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 20 2021 Subaru Ascent Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

2021 Subaru Ascent Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

The 2021 Subaru Ascent Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $43,946. The average price paid for a new 2021 Subaru Ascent Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) is trending $3,661 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,661 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $40,285.

The average savings for the 2021 Subaru Ascent Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) is 8.3% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 29 2021 Subaru Ascent Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

2021 Subaru Ascent Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

The 2021 Subaru Ascent Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $47,851. The average price paid for a new 2021 Subaru Ascent Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) is trending $3,901 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,901 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $43,950.

The average savings for the 2021 Subaru Ascent Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) is 8.2% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 8 2021 Subaru Ascent Touring 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

Which 2021 Subaru Ascents are available in my area?

Shop Edmunds' car, SUV, and truck listings of over 6 million vehicles to find a cheap new, used, or certified pre-owned (CPO) 2021 Subaru Ascent for sale near. There are currently 55 new 2021 Ascents listed for sale in your area, with list prices as low as $37,493 and mileage as low as 0 miles. Simply research the type of car you're interested in and then select a car from our massive database to find cheap vehicles for sale near you. Once you have identified a used vehicle you're interested in, check the AutoCheck vehicle history reports, read dealer reviews, and find out what other owners paid for the 2021 Subaru Ascent. Then select Edmunds special offers, perks, deals, and incentives to contact the dealer of your choice and save up to $3,238 on a used or CPO 2021 Ascent available from a dealership near you.

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Should I lease or buy a 2021 Subaru Ascent?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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