2021 Subaru Ascent vs 2021 Chevrolet Traverse Comparison in Salt Lake City, UT

When your family needs an extra row of seats for more passengers, or extra room in back for more camping gear, suitcases or shopping bags, the midsize SUV is a popular option. Still compact and agile enough for city driving, you get so much room inside these machines for kids to get a little more personal space and parents to stretch out. When you look closely at the features and options, you'll also find that the 2021 Subaru Ascent gives you a whole lot more for your money compared to something like the 2021 Chevrolet Traverse. Discover what we mean in the side-by-side comparison we've put together below.

New Subaru Ascent drives in the rain


More modern technology and convenient equipment come standard on the 2021 Subaru Ascent for even greater versatility. Standard equipment includes roof rails, an extra option on the 2021 Chevrolet Traverse, so you can more easily carry bikes, skis and snowboards. LED Steering-Responsive Headlights are also standard on the new Ascent; LED lights are optional on the new Traverse, but steering-responsive headlights aren't an option at all. Lastly, every new 2021 Subaru Ascent comes with a power rear liftgate, so you can more easily stash groceries, extract the stroller or load up for the big road trip. This, too, will cost you extra on the 2021 Chevrolet Traverse when you pay for a more premium trim level. Entry-level Traverse models feature a manual liftgate.

New Subaru Ascent interior with car seats.


Keeping a family car clean isn't always easy, but the 2021 Subaru Ascent gives you a helping hand in the form of available stain-resistant cloth upholstery. You even get a whopping 19 cupholders in the new Ascent, the most in this class, so you can securely store more stuff than you could in the Chevy Traverse.

You can also get exclusive, premium touches like woodgrain interior trim on the 2021 Subaru Ascent for an upscale look, also not available on the 2021 Chevy Traverse.

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New Subaru Ascent towing Airstream trailer.


With more torque and a greater standard towing capacity, entry-level 2021 Subaru Ascent models are more capable when heavy-laden with gear. They also get better fuel economy than the 2021 Chevrolet Traverse, and that's comparing entry-level models. All 2021 Subaru Ascent models feature all-wheel drive for better grip and control in wet or snowy weather. On the Traverse, all-wheel drive will cost you quite a lot more as an upgrade, and you'll get even worse fuel economy from the Traverse when you do! It all adds up to more value from the 2021 Subaru Ascent. With the help of X-MODE® technology, the Subaru Ascent has all-wheel drive capability for tricky conditions and unpaved surfaces. So you can go further and see more of what life has to offer in the Ascent.

Loading cargo in a new Subaru Ascent


Unlike the 2021 Chevrolet Traverse, the new 2021 Subaru Ascent comes totally standard with driver assist technology. Subaru EyeSight® features automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assistance, adaptive cruise control and more -- on every single new Ascent. By contrast, you'll have to upgrade to a higher trim level for these features on the 2021 Chevrolet Traverse.

The 2021 Subaru Ascent even earned the 2021 Top Safety Pick + accolade from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. That's an honor the 2021 Chevrolet Traverse didn't achieve.

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With a starting MSRP of $32,295, the 2021 Subaru Ascent might look more expensive at first glance. Now you see how a closer look reveals that you in fact get more value from the Ascent than the 2021 Chevrolet Traverse. That's because it gives you more standard features, better standard capability and superior standard technology. To get everything on the Chevy Traverse that you find on an entry-level Subaru Ascent model, you'd have to spend thousands more on options and upgrades! That makes the 2021 Subaru Ascent a better choice for life in Salt Lake City.

2021 Subaru Ascent2021 Chevrolet Traverse
$32,295Starting MSRP*$30,995
StandardAll-Wheel DriveNot Available
27 Highway/21 CityFuel Economy (MPG)27 Highway/18 City
277 lb-ftTorque266 lb-ft
2,000 lbsStandard Towing Capacity1,500 lbs
StandardRoof RailsAvailable Upgrade
StandardAdaptive Cruise ControlAvailable
StandardSteering Responsive LED HeadlightsNot Available
StandardAutomatic Pre-Collision BrakingAvailable Upgrade
Available UpgradeReverse Automatic BrakingNot Available

*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.