2021 Subaru Ascent vs 2021 Chevrolet Traverse Comparison Information in Huntington Beach, CA

Family life in Southern California is full of possibilities -- from exciting adventures to humdrum freeway gridlock. For all that life throws at your family, the 2021 Subaru Ascent is up to the task. It's safer, more comfortable, better equipped and better to drive than segment rivals like the 2021 Chevrolet Traverse. Let us prove it to you in the head-to-head comparison below.

Subaru Ascent Roof Rack

2021 Subaru Ascent vs. 2021 Chevy Traverse: Design

Midsize SUVs strike the right balance between space and versatility for so many growing families. With space for up to eight passengers in three rows, the 2021 Subaru Ascent and 2021 Chevy Traverse can carry the same number of people. Both offer about 155 cubic feet of passenger volume, similar legroom and comparable cargo space. It's in the features, style and engineering where the Subaru Ascent sets itself apart.

On the exterior, the 2021 Subaru Ascent features standard roof rails for carrying extra gear and LED steering-responsive headlights are now standard across the new Ascent lineup. Not only are roof rails and LED headlamps added-cost upgrades on the 2021 Chevrolet Traverse, you can't even get steering-responsive headlights on the Traverse at all.


Subaru Ascent Interior & Dashboard

2021 Subaru Ascent vs. 2021 Chevy Traverse: Features

Inside the 2021 Subaru Ascent, you find about as much room as you get in the 2021 Chevrolet Traverse for passengers or cargo -- but with a standard power liftgate, you can save on this popular feature when you choose Subaru. A power liftgate isn't available on the new Traverse until you upgrade to a much more costly trim level. You also get X-MODE® technology standard on the 2021 Ascent, featuring dedicated driving modes for wet weather and unpaved surfaces. Selectable drive modes are also only available on more premium 2021 Traverse models.

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Subaru Ascent Tow Hitch

2021 Subaru Ascent vs. 2021 Chevy Traverse: Capability

You get plenty of practical value from the 2021 Subaru Ascent, but what truly sets it apart from the 2021 Chevrolet Traverse is performance. It boasts standard all-wheel drive, like all new Subaru SUVs, for better performance when adventuring outside of town. All-wheel drive will cost you extra on the 2021 Chevrolet Traverse, erasing its price advantage over the Subaru with a single tick box on the options sheet. Furthermore, even with all-wheel drive, the 2021 Subaru Ascent gets better fuel economy than the entry-level, front-wheel drive 2021 Chevrolet Traverse. With more standard torque and a greater standard towing capacity, the 2021 Subaru Ascent is a better value for families that need an SUV with more toughness for long road trips or the everyday drive.


Kids Riding In Back Of Subaru Ascent

2021 Subaru Ascent vs. 2021 Chevy Traverse: Safety

The 2021 Chevrolet Traverse performed admirably in its crash tests, but didn't go above and beyond when it comes to headlight quality and standard driver assist technology -- so it didn't quality for any special merit from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. By contrast, not only did the 2021 Subaru Ascent achieve the same crash test scores, it wowed the IIHS, earning their 2021 Top Safety Pick+ award! For award-winning safety to protect your family, Subaru is the name to trust in this segment.


Subaru Ascent LED Headlights

2021 Subaru Ascent vs. 2021 Chevy Traverse: Driver Assist Technology

Unlike the 2021 Chevrolet Traverse, even entry-level 2021 Subaru Ascent models feature standard driver assist technology that can help you avoid an accident. Ideal for navigating Southern California traffic, standard features include forward collision alert, automatic emergency braking, even adaptive cruise control. This handy feature adjusts your speed automatically to keep pace with traffic on the freeway, and it's one we find our customers are delighted to get at this price point. On the 2021 Chevrolet Traverse, you'll be paying extra for these features as still more optional upgrades.

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The 2021 Subaru Ascent starts at a little bit of a price premium over the 2021 Chevrolet Traverse -- but once you add all-wheel drive, LED lighting, a power tailgate and roof rails, you'll be spending thousands more than you would for a 2021 Ascent that comes with all this and more as standard equipment! We also think you'll like the full-featured multimedia system, style and comfort better, too. The only way to find out? Stop by McKenna Subaru and test drive the new 2021 Subaru Ascent for yourself.

2021 Subaru Ascent2021 Chevrolet Traverse
$32,295Starting MSRP*$30,995
StandardAll-Wheel DriveAvailable Upgrade
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.