2021 Subaru Ascent vs Volkswagen Atlas Comparison in Huntington Beach, CA

From growing families to those who need a bit more room in their ride for home improvement projects, a midsize three-row SUV is an ever more popular choice. As such, it seems just about everyone who makes cars wants you to believe theirs is the best. We're not different at McKenna Subaru, but we do go the extra mile to show you why a new Subaru SUV is ideal. Below, we look at some of the more significant factors separating the new 2021 Subaru Ascent and Volkswagen Atlas. Once you have an idea of why Subaru continues to be among the fastest-growing names in the business, come discover it in person at our dealership in Huntington Beach, CA.

Subaru Ascent rear climate controls & USB ports

2021 Subaru Ascent vs Volkswagen Atlas: Interior

A big part of the appeal to getting a new three-row SUV is the additional space for passengers and cargo. If you need seating for eight people, the choice is clear. That's because the VW Atlas only seats seven where the new Subaru Ascent seats up to eight. You will find a bit more cargo capacity in the rear of the new VW Atlas, but there's more to your decision than just how much space you get. Consider the features and convenience for your hard-earned money.

Every new 2021 Subaru Ascent comes equipped with generous comfort and convenience features including steering-responsive LED headlights, a power rear gate, and raised roof rails on the outside. On the inside of the new 3-row SUV form Subaru, you'll appreciate the comfort and convenience of reclining rear seats throughout the second and third rows, three-zone automatic climate control, and dual USB ports for the second row. With the new 2021 Volkswagen Atlas, you will get standard roof rails, but you'll be looking at pricy upgrades to get the rest of these features. Oh, and the new Subaru Ascent comes standard with nineteen cup and bottle holders, which is far beyond what you'll find in virtually any other SUV.

Subaru Ascent touchscreen

2021 Subaru Ascent vs Volkswagen Atlas: Technology

Modern automotive technology really is something to behold, and there's no shortage of examples in both models. Advanced touchscreen multimedia systems are standard in both models and so is convenient connectivity to most smartphones. So, which three-row SUV offers more value for your money? Aside from the second-row USB ports in the Subaru Ascent that we mentioned above, you'll also appreciate standard features like satellite radio, 3.5mm auxiliary input jack, and voice controls. These are just a few more examples of how the new Subaru Ascent provides more for your money.

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Subaru Ascent with Kayaks on the roof

2021 Subaru Ascent vs Volkswagen Atlas: Performance

Choosing a three-row family SUV for your next vehicle shouldn't mean that you must sacrifice performance, and both models are good examples of what modern SUVs are capable of. However, there are a few major distinctions to be aware when comparing the performance of the new Subaru Ascent and VW Atlas. For starters, every Subaru Ascent comes with the legendary traction, safety, and capability of Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. The new VW Atlas can be upgraded with their version of AWD, but it will cost substantially more.

When it comes to a more efficient SUV for Southern California travel, the 2021 Subaru Ascent gets up to 27 MPG compared to the VW Atlas that manages just 24 MPG at best. Even with the superior fuel economy, the new Subaru Ascent also provides significantly more power from its flat BOXER® engine. It puts 260 horsepower at your command compared to the Volkswagen Atlas that uses more gas to make 235 horsepower. This is just a preview of the performance you'll find behind the wheel of a new Subaru Ascent, and we invite you to experience it firsthand at our Huntington Beach dealership.

Child seats in back of Subaru Ascent

2021 Subaru Ascent vs Volkswagen Atlas: Safety

Modern SUVs like the Subaru Ascent and VW Atlas are among the safest vehicles the world has ever known. But when it comes to Southern California's unpredictable traffic, it's better to look beyond a vehicle that just meets industry safety standards. That's why the engineers at Subaru continue to earn their reputation for making automotive safety a top priority. The standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system we mentioned above is a great example, but it's just the beginning of the safety advantages held over the Volkswagen Atlas.

Every Subaru Ascent is also equipped with EyeSight® driver assistance technology that includes a pre-collision braking system, lane departure and sway warning, and even Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control. The new VW Atlas also comes standard with pre-collision braking, but you'll pay more for adaptive cruise control. For an even higher level of safety, consider getting a new Subaru Ascent equipped with Reverse Automatic Braking.

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With a starting MSRP of $31,555, it may seem like you can save a few bucks by going with the Volkswagen Atlas. However, when you consider all the additional standard and many of the available features that come with the new Subaru Ascent, it's clear that the three-row SUV from Subaru is the better option. With this level of value, it's no wonder that Subaru continues to lead the industry in things like resale value, safety, longevity, and low cost to own.

2021 Subaru Ascent2021 Volkswagen Atlas
$32,395Starting MSRP* $31,555
21 MPG City / 27 MPG HighwayFuel Economy21 MPG City / 24 MPG Highway
260Standard Horsepower235
277Standard Torque (lb-ft)258
RegularRecommended Fuel GradePremium
StandardAll-Wheel DriveAvailable Upgrade
StandardLED Steering Responsive HeadlightsAvailable Upgrade
StandardTri-Zone Automatic Climate ControlsAvailable Upgrade
StandardPower LiftgateAvailable Upgrade
19CupholdersUp to 17

*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.