See How the 2022 Subaru Ascent Stacks Up

Compare the 2022 Subaru Ascent to Some of Its Top Rivals

One look at the 2022 Subaru Ascent is enough to give an idea of what this incredible SUV can do. It's the biggest model in the Subaru lineup, and it features a spacious cabin with ample room for your friends and family. Plus, it's equipped with advanced Subaru safety technology and designed for durability, making it a confidence-inspiring family vehicle that you can feel good about driving with precious cargo onboard.

So, what else is it about the Ascent that makes it such a great pick? How does it stack up against some of its closest competitors? We dug into the details of the Subaru Ascent and put it up against the Toyota Highlander, Volkswagen Atlas, and Honda Pilot to see how the muscle of the Subaru lineup fared. Dive into our model comparisons to see how the Subaru Ascent soars over its rivals!

2022 Subaru Ascent vs. 2022 Toyota Highlander


Cargo Capacity

When it comes to sheer cargo-carrying ability, the Ascent has the Highlander beat. With 86.5 cubic feet of total cargo space, the Ascent offers more room for your stuff than the Highlander. Folding all the seats down grants the Ascent almost two cubic feet of space over the Highlander, which will come in handy when you need to carry more stuff. Even if you have every seat filled, the Ascent has more room behind the third row than the Highlander, making it perfect for carrying groceries and duffel bags.

More Room for Adults

The Ascent is certainly well-equipped to help you bring your young ones along for the ride, but it's also roomy enough for adults. It has more passenger volume than the Highlander, and the third row has four inches of legroom over that of the Highlander, bringing the Ascent's third-row legroom to a total of 31.7 inches for superior comfort.


All-Wheel Drive

Like most other models in the Subaru lineup, the Ascent comes standard with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, a refined AWD system that grants the Ascent enhanced stability and traction. AWD is only available on the Highlander as an option, and you'll have to pay more to get it.

2022 Subaru Ascent vs. 2022 Volkswagen Atlas


Seating Capacity

The Ascent offers more seating for your loved ones, offering a total of eight seats over the Atlas' seven. So, the Ascent is perfect if you often find yourself ferrying your family and friends around town. With high-quality materials throughout the cabin and plenty of space to stretch out, the Ascent is ideal for your everyday outings.



The Subaru Ascent is ideal for your daily drives because it's a bit slimmer than the Atlas and has a smaller turning radius. That means you'll have an easier time fitting the Ascent into tight spaces and getting around on busy streets. The Atlas is a bit more cumbersome because of its larger dimensions.



The Ascent and Atlas offer about the same estimated city mpg, but the Ascent comes out on top when it comes to highway mpg. With an estimated 21 city and 27 highway mpg, the Ascent can help you go farther for less so that you can spend more time and less gas money adventuring with your loved ones. Remarkably, the Ascent comes standard with AWD, and it still outshines the standard FWD-equipped Atlas.

2022 Subaru Ascent vs. 2022 Honda Pilot


Off-Road Ability

If you're looking for something that can hold its own on rougher terrain, you'll find that the Ascent is better suited for venturing off the beaten path than the Honda Pilot. The Ascent features standard AWD, 8.7 inches of ground clearance, X-MODE, and a variety of other features that make it the one to choose if you like something that can hold up when you abandon the pavement.



With a durable design and plenty of advanced technology features to help you avoid collisions, the Ascent is a safety powerhouse. But don't take our word for it; the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Ascent a 2022 TOP SAFETY PICK+, which they did not award to the Honda Pilot. So, if safety is at the top of your list, the Ascent has your back in a way that the Pilot can't match.


The Subaru Ascent starts at a lower price than the Pilot, coming in with a starting price a few thousand dollars below that of the Pilot. The 2022 Ascent was also recognized by Kelley Blue Book as one of the lowest five-year cost-to-own SUVs of 2022, making the Ascent a solid investment from start to finish.

Learn More About the New Subaru Ascent Today

Want to get a better look at the Subaru Ascent and see how it compares for yourself? Join us today at One Subaru of Hayward to test drive the new Subaru Ascent and learn more about what makes this dependable three-row SUV such a popular pick. Our experts can walk you through the Ascent lineup and answer questions about how the Ascent compares to its rivals, so please don't hesitate to come to us chock-full of inquiries. We're eager to assist.

Visit our Subaru dealership to get started on your next Subaru adventure today! We look forward to seeing you here at One Subaru of Hayward.

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