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2021 Subaru Ascent vs. 2021 Volkswagen Atlas Review

New 2021 Subaru Ascent

2021 Subaru
Ascent

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New 2021 Volkswagen Atlas

2021 Volkswagen
Atlas

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MSRP*
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$32,295 to $45,445
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$31,545 to $50,725
Invoice* $30,304 to $42,290 $30,251 to $48,646
MPG - City 20 - 21 16 - 21
MPG - Hwy 26 - 27 22 - 24
Engine(s) Horizontal Inline-4, V-6
Seating Capacity 7 - 8 7
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** ***** *****
Frontal Crash Rating** ***** ****
Side Crash Rating** ***** *****

**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. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. Both the Subaru Ascent and the Volkswagen Atlas have similar Destination Charges.

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.

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

Handling
The Subaru Ascent has the same turning radius as the Volkswagen Atlas, so they both maneuver the same 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.

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.

Warranty
The basic warranty of the Subaru Ascent is not as nearly as extensive as that of the Volkswagen Atlas.