2021 Subaru Ascent vs 2021 Chevrolet Traverse Comparison in Columbus, OH

Thinking about saving some scratch by choosing the 2021 Chevrolet Traverse over the 2021 Subaru Ascent? We think you should think again. Not only is the 2021 Subaru Ascent better equipped and more capable than its rival from Chevy, it's got the standard safety equipment you need most to protect what's most important. With standard Subaru EyeSightreg; technology, the 2021 Subaru Ascent has eyes all around your car, helping keep you safer. It's just one of many reasons we'll detail below that show why the 2021 Subaru Ascent is a better investment for you and your loved ones.

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2021 Subaru Ascent vs. 2021 Chevrolet Traverse: Size & Utility

The 2021 Subaru Ascent and 2021 Chevrolet Traverse are among the roomiest SUVs in this class. The Traverse gets a little bit more available cargo volume, while the Ascent provides more room in the front seats. However, with standard roof rails, the 2021 Subaru Ascent makes it easy to carry sporting goods and other cargo on the roof instead. You don't get roof rails on the 2021 Chevrolet Traverse until you upgrade to the LT trim level for a whole lot extra.

While both vehicles can bring you and all your stuff along for the ride, the 2021 Subaru Ascent takes you further! With standard all-wheel drive, wet weather and unpaved roads won't stand in your way. Adding all-wheel drive will cost an additional $2,000 on the 2021 Chevrolet Traverse. Furthermore, only the Ascent offers dedicated all-wheel drive modes for wet or icy conditions, courtesy of Subaru X-MODE®. That's a level of confidence on tricky terrain you don't get from Chevy.

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2021 Subaru Ascent vs. 2021 Chevrolet Traverse: Features

When it comes to standard equipment, you get a whole lot more for your money when you choose the 2021 Subaru Ascent. For example, in addition to standard roof rails, the 2021 Subaru Ascent also comes with stylish and practical LED headlights and a convenient power rear liftgate. All of those features will cost you extra on the 2021 Chevy Traverse as options.

On the inside, both vehicles come with touchscreen multimedia systems complete with Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™, tri-zone automatic climate controls and USB charging. But there is one standard feature the 2021 Chevy Traverse can't compete with: 19 standard cupholders! The 2021 Subaru Ascent has more cupholders than any other car in its class. Because Subaru understands that interior storage is important in a family car, and cupholders can hold way more than just cups.

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2021 Subaru Ascent vs. 2021 Chevrolet Traverse: Performance

With less standard horsepower than its Chevy rival, you might expect the 2021 Subaru Ascent to feel more sluggish around town. However, the Ascent generates more torque. That means, whether leaving a stoplight or merging with traffic on the highway, the 2021 Subaru Ascent provides more low-end grunt than the 2021 Chevrolet Traverse. What's more, entry-level models can tow an additional 500 pounds. If you're looking for an affordable entry-level three-row SUV with a little extra utility for weekend getaways, you get more for your money from the 2021 Subaru Ascent.

Furthermore, despite coming with all-wheel drive, the 2021 Subaru Ascent gets better MPG around town so you spend less time and money at the pump. Compared to the 2021 Chevrolet Traverse, even with two-wheel drive, the Ascent is more efficient. That gap only grows once you add optional all-wheel drive to the Traverse.

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2021 Subaru Ascent vs. 2021 Chevrolet Traverse: Safety & Technology

Unlike the 2021 Chevrolet Traverse, the 2021 Subaru Ascent features standard driver assist technology! Every 2021 Subaru Ascent comes with features like automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection and adaptive cruise control. On the Traverse, you'll have to add a pricey options package or upgrade all the way to the Premier trim level which costs nearly $15,000 more than an entry-level Subaru Ascent. Furthermore, for adaptive cruise, you'd have to upgrade all the way to the Traverse High Country model which costs more than $50,000! When you choose Subaru, you get the safety technology you demand from a modern car at a much more affordable price.

Outstanding crash test scores for the 2021 Subaru Ascent also mean the best protection for your family. In the event of an accident, the Ascent provides award-winning toughness, dubbed a 2021 Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. With headlights rated poorly and child seat anchors rated more cumbersome to use, the 2021 Chevrolet Traverse earned no such accolade from the IIHS.

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On paper, with a starting MSRP of $32,295, the 2021 Subaru Ascent might appear a bit more expensive than the 2021 Chevrolet Traverse. Still, when you consider the features you're looking for most in your next family SUV, it's clear that you'll get them for less from a dynamic and durable new Ascent. Test drive a new 2021 Subaru Ascent today at Byers in Columbus! Find out more on our site, or give us a call if you have any additional questions.

2021 Subaru Ascent2021 Chevrolet Traverse
$32,295Starting MSRP*$30,995
StandardAll-Wheel DriveAvailable Upgrade
27 Highway/21 CityFuel Economy (MPG)27 Highway/18 City
277 lb-ftTorque266 lb-ft
2,000 lbsStandard Towing Capacity1,500 lbs
StandardRoof RailsAvailable Upgrade
StandardAdaptive Cruise ControlAvailable
StandardSteering Responsive LED HeadlightsNot Available
StandardAutomatic Pre-Collision BrakingAvailable Upgrade
Available UpgradeReverse Automatic BrakingNot Available

*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.