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 Troy, MI

For the last few decades, the Subaru Forester has been a strong contender among local SUV shoppers. This smaller crossover has a substantial and well-deserved reputation for blending functionality with modern appeal. The Subaru Ascent is a three-row crossover that was released only a few years ago. As a midsize crossover, it sits above the Forester in the 2021 Subaru lineup. Like the Forester, it has the contemporary styling and practical features that you may be searching for. Which of these Subaru crossovers is a better fit for you?


A test drive comparison will reveal other differences that could influence your selection. The 2021 Subaru Forester is outfitted with a 2.5-liter, 182-horsepower engine. It is linked to Subaru Intelligent Drive and a Lineartronic CVT. The 2021 Ascent has a 2.4-liter turbo engine that comes with the same transmission and delivers 260 horsepower.


Because of the Forester’s smaller size and profile, it has an upright, proud stance. For 2021, the Forester has a small grille accented with chrome trim. It is separated from the prominent headlights that are outlined by LED light ribbons. Additional discerning features on the Forester are raised roof rails, thick body molding, a well-defined front bumper, and stacked fog lamps. The 2021 Ascent, on the other hand, has a lean, tapered look. There liftgate has a modest angle and is topped by a spoiler. The Ascent has a larger grille with less substantial molding on the front bumper. The LED headlights are long and prominent.


From a design perspective, the 2021 Ascent and the 2021 Forester have comparable materials with a two-tone color scheme. The Forester is a two-row model with folding seats in the rear. The center stack angles slightly, and the console has molded edges. The 2021 Ascent is a three-row model that has folding functions in both rear rows. This crossover’s center stack has a unique curve through the middle, and the center console is relatively flat. These models come with a navigation system, an auto climate control system, assistive safety features, and more.

Our Suburban Subaru reps are thrilled to support your review of the 2021 Forester and the 2021 Ascent. To inquire about their trims and book a time with our sales reps for a test drive, call or email Suburban Subaru today.

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