2021 Subaru Ascent vs Subaru Forester Comparison in Salt Lake City, UT

Subaru SUVs are popular throughout the Rocky Mountains thanks to durable and dependable Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, impressive utility, proven safety and generous standard features. In fact, we have at least four different family crossovers and SUVs to choose from here at Nate Wade Subaru. The Subaru Ascent is our largest SUV with seating for up to eight passengers. But the two-row Subaru Forester is our best-selling model. Which one is right for you? We make it easier to decide by telling you exactly what separates these two models below!

2021 Subaru Ascent vs Subaru Forester Exterior

2021 Subaru Ascent vs. 2021 Subaru Forester: Size & Design

The 2021 Subaru Forester is a typical small family SUV, with plenty of space and comfort for up to five people. And thanks to its squared-off profile, there's plenty of headroom, more than you'll find in many SUVs that attempt to look sporty. But the 2021 Subaru Ascent is even larger, with a third row of seats and room for up to eight people! Or, choose the second row captain's chairs and get seating for seven, additional comfort for the middle row and even easier access to the wayback.

Inside the Forester, you'll get an extra inch of legroom in the front and back seats compared to those same seats in the Ascent -- but most customers can't detect a difference when it comes to comfort.

And on the outside, the 2021 Subaru Ascent comes standard with expandable roof rails. Roof rails are an available upgrade on the 2021 Subaru Forester for carrying extra outdoor gear like skis and snowboards.

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2021 Subaru Ascent vs Subaru Forester Interior

2021 Subaru Ascent vs. 2021 Subaru Forester: Features & Technology

The 2021 Subaru Ascent and 2021 Subaru Forester feature basically identical touchscreen multimedia systems, powered by Subaru STARLINK™. You'll be able to control various settings from the standard touchscreen, pair your phone with standard Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™, stream audio via Bluetooth® and a whole lot more. Upgrade to the available 8-inch touchscreen with built-in navigation for even greater convenience!

When it comes to interior comfort and storage, it's hard to beat the 2021 Subaru Ascent, with a class-leading 19 cup and bottle holders! And with available stain-resistant upholstery, you won't have to worry about any of your 19 cups spilling and staining the seats. But with standard underfloor cargo area storage, cargo tie-down points and hooks and a versatile center console, the 2021 Subaru Forester offers plenty of storage in its own right. It's also available with stylish, sporty cloth upholstery with orange accent stitching for a sportier look that you just can't get from the Subaru Ascent.

2021 Subaru Ascent vs. 2021 Subaru Forester: Safety & Driver Assistance

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the best-possible five-star overall safety rating to both the 2021 Subaru Ascent and 2021 Subaru Forester! In fact, both models got flawless five-star scores in every single crash test performed by the NHTSA. That means, no matter which model you select, you'll be getting a car proven tough in the event of an accident. And one of the safest family cars on the road.

With standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive on both SUVs, you'll have greater control in winter weather for additional safety. And with standard Subaru EyeSight® on both the new Forester and Ascent, they both provide standard features like adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking for even greater peace of mind. Upgrading to a new 2021 Subaru SUV means getting one of the safest vehicles for today's busy roads.

2021 Subaru Ascent vs Subaru Forester Features

2021 Subaru Ascent vs. 2021 Subaru Forester: Performance & Utility

You'll find the 2021 Subaru Ascent and Forester provide a similar driving experience from behind the wheel. The 2021 Subaru Forester provides 182 horsepower while achieving up to 33 MPG for impressive all-wheel drive efficiency! Meanwhile, the bigger, heavier 2021 Subaru Ascent makes 260 horsepower. And since its engine is turbocharged, it provides plenty of low-end power, so this heavy vehicle gets up and goes from a stoplight like a smaller, sportier car. The Forester doesn't make as much power, but it's a lighter vehicle, so the power-to-weight ratios are similar.

When it comes to hauling more cargo or towing trailers, the 2021 Subaru Ascent is the king, with a maximum towing capacity of up to 5,000 pounds and up to 86.5 cubic feet of maximum cargo volume. The 2021 Subaru Forester offers plenty of versatile cargo space, up to 76.1 cubic feet, and can do some light towing up to 1,500 pounds.

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The affordable, best-selling 2021 Subaru Forester has a starting MSRP of $24,795. Meanwhile, the bigger and more powerful 2021 Subaru Ascent starts at an MSRP of $32,295. That means it's comparable in price to the 2021 Subaru Forester Limited trim level. If you don't need the capacity of the Ascent, but want an even more premium Forester, the 2021 Subaru Forester Limited adds desirable options like leather upholstery, a power rear gate and dual-zone automatic climate control. Find the Forester or Ascent with the features you want most at Nate Wade Subaru! Browse our inventory online or simply stop by and take your test drive.

2021 Subaru Ascent2021 Subaru Forester
$32,295Starting MSRP*$24,795
27 Highway / 21 CityFuel Economy (MPG)33 Highway / 26 City
260Horsepower182
StandardRoof RailsAvailable
8 OccupantsSeating Capacity5 Occupants
153.5 Cubic FeetPassenger Space111.9 Cubic Feet
17.8 Cubic FeetCargo Volume35.4 Cubic Feet
86.5 Cubic FeetMax Cargo Volume76.1 Cubic Feet
StandardX-MODE® and Hill Descent ControlAvailable Upgrade
5,000 PoundsMax Towing Capacity1,500 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.