2021 Subaru Ascent vs Forester Comparison in Huntington Beach, CA

Life in Southern California demands a seriously tough breed of family car, and Subaru is up to the challenge. With proven reliability, capability and safety, a Subaru takes you further than rival SUVs. Find out below what distinguishes the 2021 Subaru Ascent from its little brother the 2021 Subaru Forester. We'll show you what they have in common and what makes them unique. One of them is sure to be up to the challenges of everyday life and any adventures that might take you far from home.

2021 Subaru Ascent vs Forester Exterior

Exterior: 2021 Subaru Ascent vs. 2021 Subaru Forester

Generous ground clearance, rugged black lower body cladding and a certain sporty aesthetic set a Subaru apart from the more commonplace SUVs you might see around Southern California. Their LED Steering Responsive Headlights vividly light the way, and even pivot as you steer for a better view on dark streets at night. And with standard roof rails on the 2021 Ascent and most 2021 Forester trim levels for carrying more gear, they're ideal for any adventures out of town.

When it comes to differences, the 2021 Subaru Ascent also comes standard with a power tailgate, which is an available option on the 2021 Subaru Forester that makes loading up the cargo area easy. The 2021 Forester also comes with steel wheels and covers at the entry level, where the 2021 Ascent comes standard with more premium alloy wheels.

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2021 Subaru Ascent vs Forester Interior

Interior: 2021 Subaru Ascent vs. 2021 Subaru Forester

The 2021 Subaru Ascent is a three-row SUV with comfort for up to 8 passengers throughout 153.5 cubic feet of passenger volume -- that's almost 15 cubic feet more space than a competing Toyota Highlander. It even provides more cargo room than the Highlander. You also get more cup and bottle holders than any other family SUV: 19 total places to stash all sorts of small and/or spillable items!

By contrast, the 2021 Subaru Forester seats up to 5 passengers in two rows, in 111.9 feet of passenger volume -- nearly 10 cubic feet more than a competing Honda CR-V. And with optional features like a Sport trim level that adds orange contrast cloth stitching, orange trim accents inside and out and paddle shifters, the Forester is the smaller, sportier of these two SUVs.

Both vehicles feature standard touchscreen multimedia with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ capability, so you can stay connected safely while you drive, stream tunes from your phone and more. They can also both be optioned with luxurious features like leather upholstery, heated seats and a premium audio system by Harman Kardon®.

Performance: 2021 Subaru Ascent vs. 2021 Subaru Forester

A Subaru BOXER engine delivers a more premium ride than a typical inline or V-shaped engine you might find in similar cars. This engine's horizontally opposed-piston design allows it to be situated low and back in the engine bay for a lower center of gravity. The result is confidence inspiring, car-like handling, even at highway speeds. You won't feel buffeted about by strong cross winds or a passing semi trailer.

In terms of raw power, the 2021 Subaru Ascent makes more horsepower, thanks to its turbocharged engine. But both vehicles get outstanding gas mileage for their segments while providing plenty of zip for highway merging and passing. The 2021 Subaru Ascent is able to tow 2,000 pounds at the entry level, or up to 5,000 pounds when you upgrade to a premium trim level with the towing package. Meanwhile, every 2021 Subaru Forester can tow up to 1,500 pounds.

2021 Subaru Ascent vs Forester Features

Safety: 2021 Subaru Ascent vs. 2021 Subaru Forester

With standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, all roads are safer. Even wet, unpaved and snowy roads if that's where your journey leads. All wheels can recieve engine power, so you have control and traction on just about any road surface.

The 2020 Subaru Ascent and the 2020 Subaru Forester also won 2020 Top Safety Pick+ awards from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. That identifies them as some of the safest cars on the road, thanks to durable crash frame engineering and the advanced protection of Subaru EyeSight® Driver Assistance. Since the 2021 Subaru Ascent and 2021 Subaru Forester are structurally identical to their predecessors, you can expect the 2021 models to provide the same award-winning level of safety.

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If your family doesn't need the size of a three-row SUV, the 2021 Subaru Forester is a great choice. With all-wheel drive capability and more space at comparable MPG and price to its rivals, it's the best value in its segment for families in the Los Angeles area. But, if you need a three-row SUV with more utility and toughness for unpaved roads and other outdoor adventures, the 2021 Subaru Ascent can get you and your whole crew where you're going. Find out more at the links below!

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.