2021 Subaru Ascent
The biggest Subaru ever.

The 2021 Ascent is built for your biggest family adventures, with three rows of flexible seating for seven or eight passengers, standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, and up to 5,000 pounds of towing capacity[1]. Standard EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology[2] gives you an extra set of eyes on the road and the confidence that your family is safe and protected. Its state-of the-art safety is recognized by the experts: The Ascent is a 2020 IIHS Top Safety Pick with Steering Responsive Headlights. 

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Ascent Touring shown with accessory equipment.

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An SUV you can count on. 

A family taking photos next to their Subaru Ascent.

Built to Last

The Ascent is well-built in the U.S.A. for long-lasting quality. And with 97% of Subaru vehicles sold in the last 10 years still on the road today[3], you can count on it being part of your family for all the adventures ahead. That legendary reliability is one reason why Subaru is Kelley Blue Book's Most Trusted Brand for six years running[4].

Standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and up to 27 MPG**

Designed for optimal balance and an even distribution of power for maximum traction, standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive makes for exceptional stability, impressive efficiency, and a quick response to driving conditions.

The standard direct-injection turbocharged SUBARU BOXER® engine combines the power of turbocharging and the efficiency of direct injection to deliver 260 horsepower. With over 500 miles of highway driving range[5], almost any destination is within reach. 

A Subaru Ascent driving on a rainy street.
A close-up of the Subaru Ascent wheels on a dirt road.

8.7 Inches of Ground Clearance and X-MODE®

Conquer rough terrain with 8.7 inches of ground clearance and standard X-MODE, which optimizes the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system for maximum traction on slippery surfaces. It’s a combination of capability features the Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander, and Ford Explorer can’t match. X-MODE also incorporates Hill Descent Control for stability and confidence when descending more difficult grades. 

Standard on: All models 

A Subaru Ascent towing a travel trailer.

5,000-Pound Towing Capacity[1]

The Ascent offers the most towing capacity of any Subaru vehicle ever, along with an available Class III trailer hitch, 277 lb-ft of torque and a wide selection of racking accessories so you can bring along all the gear you’ll need for all the places you’ll be able to go.  

Standard on: Premium, Limited, and Touring

A video showing the exterior of the Subaru Ascent. 

High-Strength Steel Frame for a Quiet Ride

The Ascent is engineered with a high-strength steel frame, which provides rigidity, long-lasting quality, and a quiet cabin. The Ascent platform is designed to provide exceptional crash safety, a quiet interior, and excellent driving feel — now and for years to come. 

Standard on: All models

Adaptable for any family adventure. 

Spacious, Comfortable Interior for 7 or 8 Passengers 

The Ascent gives you the option of second-row bench seating for up to eight or available captain's chairs with space for seven. With up to 153.5 cubic feet of passenger volume, extra-wide rear door openings, and ample cargo space plus underfloor storage, there’s room for every passenger and all their gear. 

Spacious, Comfortable Interior for 7 or 8 Passengers 

The Ascent gives you the option of second-row bench seating for up to eight or available captain's chairs with space for seven. With up to 153.5 cubic feet of passenger volume, extra-wide rear door openings, and ample cargo space plus underfloor storage, there’s room for every passenger and all their gear. 

Second-Row Captain's Chairs

Second-row captain's chairs are available for extra comfort, easy access to the third row, and space for up to seven.

Available On: Premium and Limited
Standard On: Touring

With its choice of passenger configurations and seating designed for versatility, the Ascent can adapt to almost any combination of people and up to 86.5 cubic feet of cargo. That’s more cargo space than the Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander, or Mazda CX-9.

With its choice of passenger configurations and seating designed for versatility, the Ascent can adapt to almost any combination of people and up to 86.5 cubic feet of cargo. That’s more cargo space than the Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander, or Mazda CX-9.

A close-up of a smartphone showing the Remote Engine Start with Climate Control feature available on the Subaru Ascent.

Remote Engine Start with Climate Control

The 2021 Ascent features Remote Engine Start with Climate Control so every trip can be comfortable and convenient, no matter the season, with just a few taps on your smartphone[x].

Available on: Premium, Limited, and Touring

SUBARU STARLINK® Entertainment Anywhere 

The STARLINK Entertainment Anywhere package is available to make every trip in your Ascent even more enjoyable. With two iPad® devices, you and your passengers have endless opportunities to stay connected, engaged, and entertained. Passengers can also utilize the built-in Wi-Fi capability to stream their favorite content or search the web.

This premium entertainment experience is a great value and can be enjoyed in the backseat of your Ascent or wherever else your travels take you[6].

    The kit includes:
  • 2 Apple iPad® 32GB Wi-Fi models
  • 2 Harman Kardon® Bluetooth Headphones
  • 2 OtterBox® Defender Series iPad cases
 

Available on: All models

A photo showing the STARLINK Entertainment Anywhere package.
A family loading gear into the Power Rear Gate of their Subaru Ascent.

Power Rear Gate

A Power Rear Gate is available to allow automatic opening even when your arms are full, and for added convenience, a single touch on the gate button lets it close and lock the entire vehicle. The opening height can also be adjusted when clearance is limited.

Available on: Premium
Standard on: Limited and Touring 

A close-up of the rear cup and bottle holders standard on the Subaru Ascent.

19 Cup and Bottle Holders 

With 19 cup and bottle holders, everyone's beverage is secure and close at hand.

Standard on: All models 

A video showing the panoramic moonroof available on the Subaru Ascent.

Panoramic Moonroof

Bring in more fresh air with the available 54-inch power tilt/sliding panoramic moonroof to make the already impressive passenger space feel even more open and bright.

Available on: Premium and Limited
Standard on: Touring 

A close-up showing two mountain bikes mounted with an available rack accessory to the standard raised roof rails on the Subaru Ascent. 

Raised Roof Rails 

As one of the only vehicles in its class with standard raised roof rails and offering an extensive line of Thule® racking accessories — from kayak and bike carriers to rooftop containers and more — the flexible Ascent lets you secure a wide variety of cargo for all your family's expeditions.

Standard on: All models 

Advanced safety and connectivity.

A photo illustration showing the active safety sensors on the Subaru Ascent. 

Standard EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology 

EyeSight has been found to reduce the rate of rear-end crashes with injuries by up to 85%[7]

EyeSight monitors traffic movement, optimizes cruise control, and warns you when you're swaying outside your lane. The Automatic Pre-Collision Braking feature can even apply full braking force and bring you to a complete stop in emergency situations[8]. It’s just one of the reasons why the 2020 Ascent received the highest possible rating for front crash prevention from IIHS.

Standard on: All models

LEARN MORE ABOUT EYESIGHT

SUBARU STARLINK Multimedia 

The 2021 Ascent features STARLINK Multimedia with standard Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto integration. Wireless pairing and hands-free smartphone operation allow for safe and easy connection to your favorite apps and content. Access news, navigation, music, podcasts, and more through available cloud-based STARLINK apps and SiriusXM®[9]. Plus, a built-in and voice-activated navigation system powered by TomTom is available, as well as an 8-inch touchscreen. 

Learn more about SUBARU STARLINK Multimedia

A close-up of the SUBARU STARLINK Multimedia touchscreen on the Subaru Ascent. 
A close-up of the SUBARU STARLINK Safety and Security buttons on the Subaru Ascent. 

SUBARU STARLINK Safety and Security

STARLINK Safety and Security[10] offers an array of connected services to help keep you and your Ascent safe whether you're in your vehicle, at your computer, or on your mobile device. Advanced Automatic Collision Notification will alert an operator in the event of an accident. SOS Emergency Assistance can get you roadside help at the push of a button. And there’s even more features for added convenience and peace of mind, including Stolen Vehicle Recovery, Vehicle Alerts, and Remote Services. There's also STARLINK Concierge services for personal assistance with tasks like navigation, restaurant reservations, and scheduling service appointments.

Available on: Premium, Limited, and Touring
Learn more about SUBARU STARLINK Safety and Security

Active Safety for Added Awareness

A suite of active safety features is available on the 2021 Ascent, all working together to keep you and your family safe. The available Blind-Spot Detection[11] system warns you with a visual indicator in each side mirror if it senses a vehicle in your blind spots. Available Rear Cross-Traffic Alert[11] helps warn you of traffic approaching from the side as you are backing up. And with available Reverse Automatic Braking, the Ascent can even stop itself to help avoid objects behind you[12]

Blind-Spot Detection and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert Standard on: Premium, Limited, Touring
Reverse Automatic Braking Standard on: Limited, Touring
Reverse Automatic Braking Available on: Premium 

A photo illustration showing the active safety sensors on the Subaru Ascent. 
A close-up of the available Front-View Monitor on the Subaru Ascent. 

All-Around Awareness

The available Smart Rear-View Mirror uses a dedicated camera to maintain visibility when the view behind is obstructed, while a standard Rear-Vision Camera provides extra safety when reversing. And an available 180-degree Front-View Monitor gives the same confidence that your path ahead is safe and clear.

LED Steering Responsive Headlights and High Beam Assist 

Get a clearer look around every bend with standard LED Steering Responsive Headlights, which actively track in the direction of a turn to enhance visibility. Available High Beam Assist can automatically switch the headlights between the high and low settings when an oncoming vehicle is detected, enhancing safety for both you and other drivers on the road. 

Standard on: All models 

A close-up of the standard LED Steering Responsive Headlights on the Subaru Ascent.