2021 Subaru Ascent

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  • Standard driver-assistance tech
  • All-wheel drive is standard
  • Versatile seating configuration


  • Limited trunk space
  • Not enough head- and legroom in the third row
  • Underwhelming engine power

Mileage (EPA estimate)

20 city, 26 highway, 22 combined

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Plenty of space and standard features.

Are you looking for a vehicle that can shuttle your family and friends around in all weather? If so, the 2021 Subaru Ascent is a good choice. This midsized SUV comes with seating for seven to eight people, as well as a host of standard features that will help you get where you're going. Those include standard all-wheel drive and driver-assist features, such as steering-responsive LED headlights that illuminate your path even as you're turning. While we currently do not have many 2021 Subaru Ascents on our lots, we look forward to selling more in the future. If you love the 2021 model, you should also consider prior model years of the Subaru Ascent with similar features.

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What is new for the 2021 Subaru Ascent?

  • Power Folding Third Row features are now available as options on select trims.

2021 Subaru Ascent trims

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  • 260-hp, 277-lb-ft of torque 2.4L
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Cruise Control
  • Rear View Camera
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Rear Defroster
  • Third Row Seat
  • Fold-Away Third Row
  • Power Mirrors
  • View our Subaru Ascent inventory



  • Includes all features available on the Premium
  • Smart Key
  • Rear Sunshade
  • Memory Seats
  • Leather Seats
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Rear Seat Heaters
  • Power Hatch/Deck Lid
  • 20 Inch Plus Wheels
  • View our Subaru Ascent Limited inventory


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5 reasons to buy the 2021 Subaru Ascent

1. Room for everyone

Subaru Ascent Review: Front Seats | CarMax

The Subaru Ascent comes with seating for eight people, so you can bring your whole crew. If you're traveling with older kids or teens you might appreciate the option for bucket seats in the second row, to give everyone a bit more space and easy access to the third row. But, if you need to prioritize the number of passengers, the standard bench seats in the second and third row will do just fine.

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2. Features for large groups

Subaru Ascent Review: Trunk | CarMax

With the Subaru Ascent, travelling with your crew goes beyond just the number of seatbelts. The Ascent comes standard with 19 cup holders, so your passengers won't be searching for their drinks in the footwell. The back of the Ascent is big enough to fit a stroller or sports gear, even when the third row is in use, making it practical for both errands and leisure trips. If you find yourself in need of more space, standard under-floor storage in the cargo area can provide a bit of extra storage room.

3. Standard all-wheel-drive

If you live in a colder climate or regularly find yourself on dirt roads, having all-wheel drive is essential. A capable vehicle provides peace of mind but it also allows you to go off the beaten path, which is handy if you love the great outdoors. Standard all-wheel drive will ensure that you can get where you want to go, year-round.

4. Driver-assist features

Subaru Ascent Review: Dashboard | CarMax

The 2021 Subaru Ascent comes with lots of features to help you reach your destination. The car comes standard with Subaru's EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology. The suite of assistance features includes pre-collision braking, adaptive cruise control, and lane centering. Together, they go a long way toward helping you feel comfortable on the road.

5. Tech-ready

Subaru Ascent Review: Tech | CarMax

If you and your passengers like to stay connected, the Subaru Ascent can make that possible. All trim levels of the 2021 Ascent come standard with USB-ports in the first and second row, while the Touring and Limited trims also offer ports in the third row. Every trim except the base trim comes with 4G LTE Wi-Fi capability to keep you connected to the internet even while you're traveling.

Similar vehicles

If you're interested in the 2021 Subaru Ascent, you should also check out these similar vehicles from Previous generation years.

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The Chevrolet Traverse is a midsize SUV with a high cargo capacity and plenty of standard tech features. It handles smoothly and offers a quiet and pleasant ride. Models from 2017–2021 have 23 cu-ft of cargo space behind the third row, which opens up to 57.8 cu-ft with the third row folded for a total of 98.2 cu-ft of total interior volume.

Standard features on the Chevrolet Traverse model years 2017–2021 include:

  • Chevrolet MyLink interface

  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto connectivity

  • Seven-inch touchscreen

  • 60/40 split-folding second-row bench seat

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

Subaru Ascent features and specs

Limited 4WD/AWD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • 20 Inch Plus Wheels
  • 4WD/AWD
  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Cruise Control
  • Fold-Away Third Row
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leather Seats
  • Memory Seat(s)
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Hatch/Deck Lid
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Air Conditioning
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear Seat Heaters
  • Rear Sunshade
  • Rear View Camera
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Third Row Seat
  • Traction Control
  • Turbo Charged Engine
  • Fold-Away Third Row
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Harman Kardon Sound
  • Navigation System
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Power Folding Third Row
  • Rear Sunshade
  • Remote Start
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

All Wheel (4WD/AWD)

Engine size




Torque (ft-lbs)


Engine type

Turbo Gas

Fuel capacity




Overall length






Leg room

F 42.2"/M 38.6"/R 31.7"

Head room

F 41.3"/M 40"/R 36.3"

Front tires


Rear tires


Seating capacity


Max towing capacity

500/5000 lbs.



2021 Subaru Ascent FAQ

More about the 2021 Subaru Ascent

Color options

Exterior colors:

  • Abyss Blue Pearl

  • Brilliant Bronze Metallic

  • Cinnamon Brown Pearl

  • Crimson Red Pearl

  • Crystal Black Silica

  • Crystal White Pearl

  • Ice Silver Metallic

  • Magnetite Gray Metallic

Interior details

  • 17.8 cu-ft of cargo space behind the third row; 47.5 cu-ft behind the second row; 86.5 cu-ft behind the first row; standard under-floor storage.

  • Standard seating for 8; seating for 7 with optional bucket seats in the second row.

  • Standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto; USB ports; 4G LTE Wi-Fi capability available on all except the base trim

  • 19 cup holders standard; stain-resistant cloth upholstery on Premium trim; leather upholstery on Limited and Touring trims.

NHTSA Safety Ratings

The 2021 Subaru Ascent received an overall 5/5 rating by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Find out more about this rating and how NHTSA’s 5-Star Safety Ratings program evaluates the crash protection and rollover safety of new vehicles.

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