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Subaru Ascent vs. Volkswagen Atlas

In comparing the Subaru Ascent to the Volkswagen Atlas, the Subaru Ascent has the advantage in the areas of typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars and base engine power. The Volkswagen Atlas has the advantage in the areas of new vehicle base pricing, fuel efficiency and interior volume. Based on this comparison of the Subaru Ascent versus the Volkswagen Atlas, the Volkswagen Atlas is a better car than the Subaru Ascent.

Subaru Ascent versus Volkswagen Atlas Pricing

A one- to five-year-old used Subaru Ascent ranges from $26,744 to $38,997 while a used Volkswagen Atlas from the same model year range is priced between $27,235 to $41,000. For a new model, the Subaru Ascent's price is between $38,345 and $49,420, with the Volkswagen Atlas priced between $37,663 and $54,449.

Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison

For engine performance, the Subaru Ascent’s base engine makes 260 horsepower, and the Volkswagen Atlas base engine makes 235 horsepower. The Ascent is rated to deliver an average of 22 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 502 miles. The Atlas is rated to deliver an average of 23 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 465 miles. Both models use regular unleaded.

Passenger Space Comparison

While both models are crossover/midsize SUVs, the Volkswagen Atlas has the advantage of offering more front head room, front shoulder room, rear head room, rear shoulder room, and trunk space. The Subaru Ascent has the advantage in the areas of front leg room and rear leg room.

Hauling, Towing, and Off-Road Capabilities Comparison

The Subaru Ascent has the advantage of offering higher ground clearance and payload capacity than the Volkswagen Atlas.

Safety Ratings Comparison

When comparing crash test ratings from NHTSA, both the Subaru Ascent and the Volkswagen Atlas have the same average safety rating of 5 out of 5 Stars. When comparing IIHS evaluations, the Subaru Ascent has the advantage with a Top Safety Pick+ award.

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2023 Subaru Ascent

2023 Volkswagen Atlas

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$38,345 - $49,420

Used Asking Price:

$26,744 - $38,997

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

40.5%

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$37,663 - $54,449

Used Asking Price:

$27,235 - $41,000

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

46.4%

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

Not available

Reliability:

Not available

Retained Value:

7.9 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

7.6 / 10

Reliability:

5.7 / 10

Retained Value:

7.1 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Rankings

8 / 25
9 / 31
13 / 25
16 / 61
16 / 31
49 / 61

iSeeCars Rankings

7 / 25
8 / 31
12 / 25
14 / 61
15 / 31
15 / 25
16 / 25
20 / 31
22 / 31
33 / 61
37 / 61
48 / 61

Summary Review

The Subaru Ascent joined the crossover SUV lineup at Subaru in 2018. It quickly earned the praise of reviewers.

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Summary Review

Not yet available

Pros and Cons

  • Excellent on-road and off-road capability
  • Seven or eight-seat configurations available
  • Class-leading diver-assist technology

  • Below-average reliability scores (unusual for a Subaru)

Pros and Cons

Not yet available

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Trim Levels

Base, Premium 8-Passenger, Premium 7-Passenger, Onyx Edition, Onyx Edition Limited, Limited 8-Passenger, Limited 7-Passenger, Touring

Trim Levels

SEL 4Motion, V6 SEL 4Motion, SE, V6 SEL Premium R-Line 4Motion, SE 4Motion, V6 SE 4Motion, V6 SE, V6 SEL R-Line Black 4Motion

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

3 years / 36000 miles

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

TOP SAFETY PICK +

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

Not yet available

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

260 hp @ 5600 rpm

Torque:

277 foot-lbs @ 2000 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.059 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

Not yet available

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

235 hp @ 5400 rpm

Torque:

258 foot-lbs @ 1600 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.055 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

Not yet available

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2.4 liters

Engine Configuration:

Flat/Horizontally Opposed

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT Automatic)

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

20 / 26 / 22

Range (city/hwy):

386 / 502 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD / AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

21 / 25 / 23

Range (city/hwy):

391 / 465 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Available

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Standard

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Available

Heated Seats:

Standard

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Standard

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

N/A

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Available

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Available

360-Degree Camera:

Available

Rear Seat Reminder:

Standard

Driver Attention Monitoring:

N/A

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Available

Lane Keeping Assist:

Available

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Standard

360-Degree Camera:

Available

Rear Seat Reminder:

N/A

Driver Attention Monitoring:

N/A

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

41.2 inches

Front Leg Room:

42.2 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

61.1 inches

Rear Head Room:

40 inches

Rear Leg Room:

38.6 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

60.3 inches

Cargo Space:

17.8 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

75.6 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

171.0 cubic feet

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

41.3 inches

Front Leg Room:

41.7 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

61.5 inches

Rear Head Room:

40.4 inches

Rear Leg Room:

37.6 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

60.8 inches

Cargo Space:

20.6 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

96.8 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

174.6 cubic feet

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

4421 lbs

Width:

85.7 inches

Height:

71.6 inches

Length:

196.8 inches

Wheelbase:

113.8 inches

Ground Clearance:

8.7 inches

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

4261 lbs

Width:

78.4 inches

Height:

70.1 inches

Length:

200.7 inches

Wheelbase:

117.3 inches

Ground Clearance:

7.1 inches

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

18.0 x 7.5 inches

Wheel Type:

aluminum alloy

Tire Size:

245/60R18

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

18.0 x 8.0 inches

Wheel Type:

alloy

Tire Size:

P245/60R18