2021 Subaru Ascent

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2021 Subaru Ascent
2021 Subaru Ascent

Key specs

Base trim shown


The good:

  • Easy access to third row
  • Captain's chairs offered on lower trims
  • Classy cabin materials
  • Up to 19 cupholders and multiple USB ports

The bad:

  • Rivals have more space inside
  • Cramped third row
  • Limited cargo room behind third row
  • Engine power on highway

6 trims

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Notable features

  • More standard safety features for 2021
  • Three-row SUV with seating for seven or eight
  • 260-hp, turbo four-cylinder standard
  • All-wheel drive standard
  • Rearview camera mirror available
  • Tows up to 5,000 pounds

2021 Subaru Ascent review: Our expert's take

What Is the 2021 Subaru Ascent?

The Ascent is Subaru’s largest vehicle and an indirect replacement for the automaker’s previous three-row SUV, the unloved Tribeca. The Ascent comes standard with all-wheel drive and a 260-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder engine that works with a continuously variable automatic transmission. Pitched against popular three-row SUVs like the Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander, the Ascent can seat seven or eight depending on the second row’s seating configuration.

What’s New on the 2021 Subaru Ascent?

New standard safety features include advanced adaptive cruise control with lane-centering steering and lane-keeping assist, adaptive LED headlights with high-beam assist and a seat belt reminder for the second and third rows.     

What Features in the 2021 Subaru Ascent Are Most Important?

Standard features include: 

  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Tri-zone automatic air conditioning
  • 4 USB ports
  • 6.5-inch touchscreen multimedia system
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity
  • 18-inch aluminum wheels

Available features include:  

  • Blind spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert
  • Rear automatic braking
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Power liftgate
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Heated front seats
  • Leather upholstery
  • 8-inch multimedia screen
  • Keyless access with push-button start
  • Panoramic moonroof
  • Navigation
  • 20-inch wheels 

Should I Buy the 2021 Subaru Ascent?

The Subaru Ascent is worth a look if you’re in the market for a comfortable and capable SUV with three rows of seats. Granted, the third-row seat doesn’t have the legroom and space provided by some rivals, and while the 260-hp, turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder offers decent pep, it can get noisy and feel taxed when passing at highway speeds.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.8
  • Interior design 4.8
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value for the money 4.7
  • Exterior styling 4.5
  • Reliability 4.7

Most recent consumer reviews


Sun/moon roof not good

Had my 2021 less than a year, with less than 800 miles on started having trouble with the seal on the sun/moon roof had 5 seals and a complete sun/moon roof replaced and still having problems with the seal


Super pleased.

We have owned the 2021 Limited for a over a year and have about 28K miles on it. There have been no maintenance issues other than oil changes and replacing a cracked windshield, which is common in Alaska. The winter driving and handling is exceptional, and as of today we are completing an in-state road-trip with a bit over 29 mpg. Suspension handles rough roads well, and very good visibility. comfy seats on road trips with the angle of the drivers seat just right. If it performs this well for the next number of years it may be the best car we have owned, and we are seniors.


Love our Subaru

We just took our Subaru on a 9,600 mile road trip. The comfort was great. The Lumbar support was fantastic. Very spacious. Great suspension. Handled great at high speeds. We averaged 24 MPG. The Sirius Radio was incredible. I love the backup camera. We have no complaints and would buy a Subaru again tomorrow.

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Subaru
New car program benefits
36 months/36,000 miles
60 months/unlimited distance
60 months/60,000 miles
Roadside assistance
36 months/36,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 years/80,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
Coverage available for purchase
7 years/100,000
Dealer certification required
152-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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