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2021 Subaru Ascent vs. 2021 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport Review

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2021 Subaru
Ascent

MSRP*: $32,295 to $45,445
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2021 Volkswagen
Atlas Cross Sport

MSRP*: $30,855 to $50,025
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Invoice* $30,304 to $42,290 $29,590 to $47,973
MPG - City 20 - 21 MPG 17 - 21 MPG
MPG - Hwy 26 - 27 MPG 23 - 24 MPG
Seating Capacity 7 - 8 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space 86.0 - 86.5 ft3 77.8 ft3
Engine Horizontal Inline-4, V-6
Transmission Auto Manual Auto Manual
Drivetrain All-wheel All-wheel, Front-wheel
Horsepower 260 hp 235 - 276 hp
Towing Capacity 2,000 - 5,000 lbs 5,000 lbs
Exterior Length 196.8 in 195.5 in
Exterior Width 76.0 in 78.4 in
Leg Room Front 42.2 in
Rear 38.6 in
Front 41.6 in
Rear 40.4 in
Head Room Front 40.1 - 41.3 in
Rear 38.7 - 40.0 in
Front 39.4 in
Rear 37.8 in
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 Cross Sport, with comparable head- and legroom. The Subaru Ascent will be popular with taller drivers and passengers in the front seat, due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport.

Convenience
The Subaru Ascent requires fewer stops at the gas station than the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport, 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). Whether you pick the Subaru Ascent or the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport, it's going to cost you about the same. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Subaru Ascent carries a much lower Destination Charge than the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport.

Dimensions
Since the Subaru Ascent is much slimmer than the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport, 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 Cross Sport.

Handling
The Subaru Ascent has a smaller turning radius than the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport, 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 Cross Sport, since they have about the same towing capacity. The Subaru Ascent has a little less horsepower than the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport.

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

Utility
Soccer Moms and those who need to chauffeur around a lot of people will appreciate the Subaru Ascent more than the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport, due to its significantly greater seating capacity. The Subaru Ascent has a roomier cargo area for putting your bags or other items than the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport.

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