2021 Subaru Outback vs Ascent SUV Information in Shingle Springs, CA

From growing families to individuals who just need more room and capability in their daily driver, a new SUV is a popular way to go. Thanks to unrivaled value, safety, and capability, Subaru SUVs are among the most favored options on the market. They all come standard with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, 8.7 inches of ground clearance, and award-winning safety. At Shingle Springs Subaru, we're proud to offer a wide range of models to choose from, and we want to help you pick the right new Subaru for your needs. It's why we've put together detailed Subaru comparisons like this one that looks at the differences between the new 2021 Subaru Outback and Ascent models. Once you have an idea about which of these AWD SUVs will best meet your needs, we invite you to discover more in person at our dealership in Shingle Springs, CA.

2021 Subaru Outback vs Ascent SUV Exterior

2021 Subaru Outback vs Ascent: Size

This is perhaps the most noticeable difference between these two SUVs. Now, if you're just looking at the outside, both models look to be roughly the same size with the Subaru Ascent adding a few inches to the overall dimensions of the Subaru Outback. However, it's a different story inside. There, you'll see that the new 2021 Subaru Ascent is a comfortable three-row SUV capable of carrying up to eight passengers while the Subaru Outback is a two-row SUV with seating for up to five.

The different configurations also provide different cargo capacities. Behind the second-row seats of the Subaru Ascent, you'll have 47.5 cubic feet of cargo room compared to 32.5 cubic feet behind the Subaru Outback rear seats. When you fold all the back seats flat, you'll find 75.5 cubic feet of maximum cargo space compared to 86.5 cubic feet in the back of the new Subaru Ascent.

2021 Subaru Outback vs Ascent: Features

As you might imagine, these impressive SUVs from Subaru share a variety of features. Both models come generously equipped with standard features like LED Steering Responsive Headlights, roof rails, and alloy wheels on the outside. Inside, heated power seats are standard on all but the entry-level models, and you'll find an intuitive STARLINK™ touchscreen infotainment system in each model. However, these systems are not the same.

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2021 Subaru Outback vs Ascent SUV Interior

The new 2021 Subaru Ascent starts out with a 6.5-inch touchscreen that can be upgraded to an 8-inch screen. It's the same system you'll find in the rest of the Subaru SUV lineup except the Outback. That model comes standard with dual 7-inch touchscreens at the entry level and the rest of the lineup comes standard with a tablet-like 11.6-inch touchscreen.

Other feature differences include the standard tri-zone climate control in the new Subaru Ascent compared to the Subaru Outback which only has dual-zone climate control. The Ascent also comes with a couple more speakers and 19 cup and bottle holders. Of course, this is just a preview of the differences, so schedule your test drive to learn more.

2021 Subaru Outback vs Ascent: Performance

If you're not yet familiar with Subaru engineering, you may not know that Subaru SUVs aren't engineered like the rest of the SUVs on the road. Instead of the typical inline or V-shape engines that you'll find throughout the rest of the market, Subaru models come with a flat BOXER® engine that sits low in the vehicle with horizontally-opposed cylinders. That makes for superior handling and comfort. Additionally, Subaru SUVs are all equipped with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive that provides a level of traction that can't be beat. However, there are a few distinctions when it comes to the performance of the new 2021 Subaru Ascent and Outback models.

At the start of the lineup, the new Subaru Outback is equipped with a 2.5-liter engine that generates a healthy 182 horsepower with 176 lb/ft of torque. That power and Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive is yours with up to 33 miles per gallon. If you'd like a little more power, you might consider getting a new Subaru Outback equipped with the available 2.4-liter turbocharged engine that pumps out 260 horsepower with 277 lb/ft of torque. That's the same engine that you'll find in every 2021 Subaru Ascent, which gains up to 27 MPG.

2021 Subaru Outback vs Ascent SUV Features

2021 Subaru Outback vs Ascent: Safety

A new Subaru SUV is one of the absolute safest choices you can make, and these models are great examples of why. They've both earned the highest possible safety scores from independent industry experts, but that's typical of a new Subaru. The Subaru dedication to safety means you'll also have advanced technology to help you avoid accidents in the first place. It's called Subaru EyeSight®, and it's like having an extra set of eyes on the road. Equipped standard in every new 2021 Subaru Outback and Ascent, EyeSight® includes features such as automatic pre-collision braking, adaptive cruise control, lane centering, and much more.

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Is The Subaru Ascent Or Outback Better For You?

Ultimately, the answer to this question is up to you. Whether your family requires the third row of seating in the new Subaru Ascent or you need the extra space for cargo, with a starting MSRP of $32,295 it comes standard with more than most of its three-row SUV competition. However, if a two-row SUV will meet all your needs and wants, you might appreciate the value of the new Subaru Outback with a starting MSRP of $26,795. Stop by our dealership in Shingle Springs to discover the advantages of both models in person.

2021 Subaru Ascent2021 Subaru Outback
$32,295Starting MSRP*$26,795
27 Highway / 21 CityFuel Economy (MPG)33 Highway / 26 City
260Standard Horsepower182
Up to 8  OccupantsSeating Capacity5 Occupants
153.5 Cubic FeetPassenger Space109 Cubic Feet
17.8 Cubic FeetCargo Volume32.5 Cubic Feet
86.5 Cubic FeetMax Cargo Volume73.3 Cubic Feet
18" AlloyStandard Wheels17" Alloy
38 FeetCurb-To-Curb Turning Circle36.1 Feet
113.8 InchesWheelbase108.1 Inches
5,000 PoundsMax Towing Capacity3,500 Pounds

*Manufacturer's suggested retail price does not include destination and delivery charges, tax, title and registration fees. Destination and delivery includes handling and inland freight fees and may vary in some states. Prices, specifications, options, features and models subject to change without notice.