The Subaru Ascent vs. The Competition

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Compare the New 2021 Subaru Ascent to the Competition at Island Subaru

Are you looking for the right large SUV to travel with the whole family around Staten Island comfortably? The new 2021 Subaru Ascent is designed for families or anyone who needs more space and versatility. Enjoy three-rows of spaciously comfortable seating for up to eight passengers and ample cargo space to fit everyone and everything on your weekend trips into NYC. With tremendous Subaru capability to boast, it doesn't matter what the weather looks like in Brooklyn, you'll be able to conquer it all with confidence and ease. Enjoy cutting-edge technology and safety features in every model so that everyone can stay connected on the go and you can enjoy peace of mind behind the wheel.

At Island Subaru, we want to help make your car shopping process as simple and enjoyable as possible. That's why, to help make it easier for you to choose the right vehicle, we're going to compare the new 2021 Subaru Ascent to the 2021 Toyota 4Runner and 2021 Honda Pilot, allowing you to see some of many reasons why the new Ascent is an ideal option for you.

2021 Subaru Ascent vs. 2021 Toyota 4Runner

  • Although both vehicles are known for their off-road prowess and ability to take on any weather, only the Subaru Ascent comes equipped with standard all-wheel drive. The Ascent comes with standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive on every model, while the 4Runner comes with standard 2-wheel drive.
  • If you're looking for affordability, the Ascent offers it with a starting price of under $32,500. The new Toyota 4Runner starts at just over $36,590, allowing you to choose a higher Ascent trim level for a comparable price as the base 4Runner.
  • If you need space to fit the whole family on your daily trips around Jersey City, the new Ascent offers more of it. The Ascent offers standard seating for up to eight passengers throughout three-rows, compared to the 4Runner which offers standard seating for five passengers throughout two-rows. If you need extra seating, the 4Runner is available with three-row models that seat seven passengers, but those are on higher trim levels that will cost extra.
  • The new 4Runner gets a slight leg up in terms of engine horsepower with 270 over 260-horsepower in the Ascent. However, that also translates into greater fuel economy in the Ascent with an estimated 23 mpg combined, compared to 17 mpg combined in the 4Runner, allowing you to save more at the pump during daily commutes to Avenel.

2021 Subaru Ascent vs. 2021 Honda Pilot

  • Every new 2021 Subaru Ascent model comes equipped with standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive to help you enjoy greater freedom, performance and confidence behind the wheel. The Honda Pilot comes equipped with standard front-wheel drive, with all-wheel drive available for extra across the board.
  • Both the Ascent and Pilot offer cutting-edge features in every model. However, only the Ascent comes equipped with a Starlink multimedia system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, allowing you to connect and control your mobile device while you're on the go in Woodbridge. The Pilot offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, but neither feature comes standard.
  • The new Ascent delivers more cargo space than the Pilot does. Behind the third-row, the Ascent delivers 17.8 cubic feet of cargo space, with up to 86.5 cubic feet with the rear seats down. The Pilot offers 16.5 cubic feet of cargo space with the seats up, and up to 83.9 cubic feet with the rear seats down.
  • Although the Pilot gets a slight nod in terms of standard horsepower, the Ascent delivers more torque with 277 pounds-feet, compared to 262 pounds-feet in the Pilot.

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The Subaru Ascent vs. the Toyota 4Runner


These two SUVs could not be more different in most of the facets we will compare. Featuring almost a $10,000 difference in MSRP, the Toyota 4Runner will set you back further than the Subaru Ascent.

The 4.0L V-6 of the 4Runner offers 270 horsepower, 278 lb.-ft. of torque, and gets this SUV from 0-60 in just 7.3 seconds. Comparatively, the Subaru Ascent features a 2.4L H-4 engine that can put out 260 horsepower and 277 lb.-ft. of torque.


Despite the victory of the Toyota's engine and capability over that of the Ascent's, Brooklyn buyers can expect to get better fuel efficiency at 27 highway mpg than the 20 highway mpg 4Runner has to offer.


The Subaru Ascent is slightly lighter in weight and less agile, sporting a curb weight of 4,430 lbs. and a turning radius of 19 inches. The Toyota 4Runner is heavier with a curb weight of 4,675 lbs., but more agile with a turning radius of 18.7 inches.


Overall, the Subaru Ascent seems to be a more versatile and safer vehicle choice than the Toyota 4Runner. Coming in with higher safety ratings, the Ascent is a great choice for Jersey City drivers.

Performing an In-Person Comparison


Our dealership, Island Subaru offers a wide variety of new and used inventories for Woodbridge buyers with any interests or constraints. We offer competitive financing on vehicles like the Subaru Ascent, Toyota 4Runner, and Mazda CX-9, among many others. If you are interested in comparing these vehicles for yourself, stop by for a test drive or speak with one of our knowledgeable team members. Our experts at Island Subaru can help lead you through selecting, buying, and taking home a new or used vehicle. Loan and lease options are also available for qualified buyers and potential for special offers. Come in and see us today at Island Subaru.

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