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2021 Subaru Ascent vs. 2022 Volkswagen Atlas Review

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2021 Subaru
Ascent

MSRP*: $32,295 to $45,445
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2022 Volkswagen
Atlas

MSRP*: $33,475 to $50,645
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MPG - City 20 - 21 MPG 17 - 21 MPG
MPG - Hwy 26 - 27 MPG 23 - 25 MPG
Seating Capacity 7 - 8 seats 6 - 7 seats
Cargo Space 86.0 - 86.5 ft3 96.8 ft3
Engine 260-hp, 2.4-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel) 235-hp, 2.0-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel), 276-hp, 3.6-liter, V6 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
Transmission Continuously Variable 8-Speed A/T
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive
Horsepower 260 hp 235 - 276 hp
Towing Capacity 2,000 - 5,000 lbs 2,000 - 5,000 lbs
Exterior Length 196.8 in 200.7 in
Exterior Width 76.0 in 78.3 in
Leg Room Front 42.2 in
Rear 38.6 in
Front 41.7 in
Rear 37.6 in
Head Room Front 40.1 - 41.3 in
Rear 38.7 - 40.0 in
Front 41.3 in
Rear 40.4 in
Overall Safety Rating** ***** Info not available
Frontal Crash Rating** ***** Info not available
Side Crash Rating** ***** Info not available

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
The Subaru Ascent offers rear passengers about the same room to stretch out as the Volkswagen Atlas, with comparable head- and legroom. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between front seat comfort in the Subaru Ascent and the Volkswagen Atlas.

Convenience
The Subaru Ascent requires fewer stops at the gas station than the Volkswagen Atlas, making it more convenient to drive.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). When looking only at MSRP, the Subaru Ascent will have less of an impact on your bank account than the Volkswagen Atlas.

Dimensions
Since the Subaru Ascent is much slimmer than the Volkswagen Atlas, it'll be much easier to find a wide enough space in a crowded parking lot. When looking at overall length, the Subaru Ascent takes up about the same amount of space in your garage as the Volkswagen Atlas.

Handling
The Subaru Ascent has a smaller turning radius than the Volkswagen Atlas, allowing you to more easily maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
If you've got something you need to pull, the Subaru Ascent will do just as well as the Volkswagen Atlas, since they have about the same towing capacity. The Subaru Ascent has a little less horsepower than the Volkswagen Atlas.

Powertrain
With somewhat higher torque, the Subaru Ascent transmits power to its wheels a bit more effectively than the Volkswagen Atlas.

Utility
The Subaru Ascent offers greater seating capacity than the Volkswagen Atlas, making it a better choice for those who find themselves chauffeuring others around. The Subaru Ascent has less cargo space than the Volkswagen Atlas, which is okay if you don't need to move a lot in one trip.