How Does the 2021 Subaru Ascent Compare to the Top Midsize SUVs?

The new Ascent is the newest and largest addition to the Subaru lineup. Whether you're planning a family road trip, bringing a trailer along in the Clifton Park area, or just commuting, the new 2021 Ascent is an excellent choice. The new Ascent comes with innovative safety, rugged performance, and advanced technology for a robust driving experience.

At Capitaland Subaru, we serve Schenectady and beyond by carrying all the popular new Subaru models. While the new Ascent is undeniably impressive, the midsize three-row SUV segment is highly competitive. See how the Ascent fairs against other top SUVs.


2021 Subaru Ascent vs. Toyota Highlander

  • Performance

    When it comes to standard engine options, the Ascent has the Highlander beat. The Highlander comes with a 2.7-liter engine that produces 185 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. Meanwhile, the Ascent offers a 2.4-liter turbocharged engine that delivers 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque. This extra power gives a boost in confidence when merging or passing on the highways in the Clifton Park area.

  • Towing

    The Ascent and Highlander share the same maximum towing capacity of 5,000 pounds. However, at the base level, the Ascent delivers a towing capacity of 2,000 pounds while the Highlander offers 1,500 pounds.

  • Cargo Volume

    Cargo space is essential for any midsize SUV to ensure that you have space for your next trip or adventure in the Ballston Lake area. The Ascent has the advantage in cargo space with a maximum of 86.5 cubic feet to the Highlander's 83.7 cubic feet.

2021 Subaru Ascent vs. Honda Pilot

  • Passenger Volume

    When you drive a three-row SUV, every inch counts towards comfort. The Pilot offers a maximum of 153.1 cubic feet, but the Ascent holds a slight edge with 153.5 cubic feet of passenger volume.

  • Connectivity

    Both the Ascent and Pilot come with hands-free Bluetooth® connectivity. However, if you want smartphone integration, the Pilot will make you pay for a higher trim level to get it. The Ascent comes with standard Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ on all trim levels. 

  • Stability and Traction

    If you plan to take your three-row SUV off the pavement or want extra confidence in all driving conditions, then the Ascent is the right choice for you. The Pilot makes you pay extra for all-wheel drive. The Ascent not only comes with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, but it also features Active Torque Vectoring, Trailer Stability Assist, X-MODE®, and more. 



Take the Short Drive from Burnt Hills

When you come to Capitaland Subaru in Glenville, we offer everything from the latest Subaru models to expert auto service. If the new 2021 Ascent seems like the right fit for you, contact our sales team, and they would be happy to schedule a test drive for you!