2021 Subaru Forester vs 2021 Subaru Ascent
2021 Subaru Forester 2021 Subaru Ascent


2.5L 4-Cyl 2.4L Turbo 4-Cyl


182 260

  MPG (City/Highway)

26/33 * 21/27 *

  Seating Capacity

5 Passengers 8 Passengers

  Cargo Space

76.1 cu. ft. 86.5 cu. ft.

2021 Subaru Forester vs 2021 Subaru Ascent

Serving Fairfax, VA

The 2021 Subaru Forester is a crossover SUV with two rows of seating. The 2021 Ascent is a midsize SUV that has three rows of seating. Both family-friendly models have lots of patented technologies, like the BOXER powertrain and STARLINK infotainment.


The 2021 Forester gets up to 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque from a normally aspirated 2.5 L engine block. Paired with an intercooled turbocharger, the 2021 Ascent's 2.4 L engine block generates up to 260 hp and 277 lb-ft. This turbo propulsion system has a peak towing capacity of 5,000 pounds. These versatile vehicles also have the Lineartronic CVT system with the Adaptive Control for optimal handling. When navigating slippery roads, the Forester and Ascent maintain excellent traction with a boost from the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. Standard on the Forester, the Subaru Intelligent Drive optimizes the engine and transmission in response to real-time demand for traction. Both Subaru cars have superb cornering attributes thanks to the X-MODE, which controls the AWD, gearbox, and other mechanical systems.


As a two-row model, the 2021 Forester measures slightly more than 182 inches long. Featuring three rows of seating, the 2021 Ascent measures approximately 197 inches long. This premium SUV also has a wheelbase of just less than 114 inches for good stability. The Forester's wheelbase measures slightly more than 105 inches. Both Subaru models have innovative exterior lighting fixtures, such as the LED Steering Adaptive Headlights and LED fog lights. Folding side mirrors with body-colored designs are optional for these premium family cars. Speaking of exterior colors, the 2021 Forester is sold in Jasper Green Metallic, Crimson Red, Sepia Bronze, and other appealing designs. The Ascent arrives at the dealership in Crystal Black, Cinnamon Brown, Ice Silver, and other sophisticated finishes. This three-row SUV also has raised roof rails, and chrome door handles.


The STARLINK Multimedia System delivers lots of connectivity options inside the 2021 Forester and Ascent. Available with an 8.0-inch display that can be controlled with taps and swipes, the patented infotainment console offers GPS navigation, SiriusXM Travel Link, and lots of other cloud-based applications. Both Subaru cars offer a 4G LTE Wi-Fi network, Bluetooth, and USB ports. You can also connect compatible smartphones with Near Field Communication technology inside the Ascent. Additionally, this three-row SUV flaunts a 14-speaker sound system with the GreenEdge digital amplifier.

Visit our Subaru auto dealership to test drive the 2021 Forester and Ascent. We offer both models in the Limited, Touring and other trims.

* EPA fuel economy estimates. Actual mileage will vary with driving conditions and your vehicle’s condition.