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2021 Volkswagen Atlas vs. 2021 Subaru Ascent Review

New 2021 Volkswagen Atlas

2021 Volkswagen
Atlas

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New 2021 Subaru Ascent

2021 Subaru
Ascent

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MSRP*
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$31,545 to $50,725
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$32,295 to $45,445
Invoice* $30,251 to $48,646 $30,304 to $42,290
MPG - City 16 - 21 20 - 21
MPG - Hwy 22 - 24 26 - 27
Engine(s) Inline-4, V-6 Horizontal
Seating Capacity 7 7 - 8
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles 3 years/36,000 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 Volkswagen Atlas offers rear passengers about the same room to stretch out as the Subaru Ascent, with comparable head- and legroom. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between front seat comfort in the Volkswagen Atlas and the Subaru Ascent.

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). The Volkswagen Atlas is somewhat more expensive than the Subaru Ascent. 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 Volkswagen Atlas and the Subaru Ascent have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
Since the Volkswagen Atlas is much wider than the Subaru Ascent, finding a wide enough spot in a parking lot may be a bit more challenging. When looking at overall length, the Volkswagen Atlas takes up about the same amount of space in your garage as the Subaru Ascent.

Drivetrain
With its lower torque engine, the Volkswagen Atlas doesn't do as good a job transmitting power to its wheels as the Subaru Ascent.

Handling
The Volkswagen Atlas has the same turning radius as the Subaru Ascent, so they both maneuver the same in and out of tight spots.

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

Utility
The Volkswagen Atlas has less seating than the Subaru Ascent, making the Subaru Ascent the better choice, if you need to chauffeur many passengers. The Volkswagen Atlas has a roomier cargo area for putting your bags or other items than the Subaru Ascent.

Warranty
You'll have greater peace of mind with the more generous basic warranty of the Volkswagen Atlas than that of the Subaru Ascent.