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 Harrisonburg, VA

Throughout Subaru’s SUV line, you can find smaller and larger models designed for drivers with active lifestyles. The Forester is Subaru’s compact crossover that has been a leading contender among local drivers for more than two decades. The Subaru Ascent joined the lineup a few years ago as a midsize crossover with three rows of seats. Which 2021 Subaru model will you select?


The 2021 Forester and the 2021 Ascent are both engineered with symmetrical all-wheel drive, X-Mode, hill descent control, and vehicle dynamics control as standard features. The Forester’s five trim levels receive 182 horsepower from a Boxer 2.5-liter engine. In comparison, the Ascent’s 260 horsepower is pulled from a Boxer 2.4-liter turbo engine. Both engines are mated with a Lineartronic continuously variable transmission.


The smaller Forester expresses its confident capabilities with proud dimensions, an angled nose, and balanced contouring through the side doors. The ground clearance is highlighted by black body molding. On the front end, the Forester has a four-sided grille featuring a chrome accent bar. The headlights are outlined on three sides by an LED ribbon. The 2021 Ascent is visually similar to the Forester in many areas. However, it has raised roof rails, a six-sided grille, tapered LED headlights, and a unique lower-front fascia.


The Forester and the Ascent share many features in various trim levels. For example, they both come with leather seats, a power liftgate, StarLink, a sliding panoramic moonroof, a push-button ignition, and other interior gear. EyeSight safety tech is standard in both models throughout all trims.

Our Bob Wade Subaru team strives to ensure that each customer leaves our dealership satisfied with their experience and excited about their new car or SUV. Are you available to explore the trim lines, capabilities, and features for the 2021 Forester and the 2021 Ascent? Call our sales department today to make arrangements for your Forester and Ascent test drives at Bob Wade Subaru.

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