2021 Subaru Ascent vs. 2021 Hyundai Palisade | Head-to-Head Comparison

2021 Subaru Ascent Driving in Snow

Relax and enjoy the comfy ride inside the roomy, three-row, 2021 Subaru Ascent SUV. Versatile seating lets you choose your interior space for seven to eight passengers, or for transporting bulky items such as an area rug or garage sale treasure.

Search our new Ascent inventory at Subaru of Rochester in Rochester, MN, and take a look at our current lease deal for an attractive offer. Give us a call at (888) 541-2994 or reach out to us online if you'd like to set up a test drive.


Performance Specs & Towing Capacity

If all-season capability is important to you, you may want to consider the benefits of the Ascent with symmetrical all-wheel drive (AWD) over the Hyundai Palisade with front-wheel drive (FWD). While FWD is often preferred due to its fuel efficiency, it doesn't bypass the ability of the Ascent to achieve some respectable MPG numbers.

2021 Subaru Ascent


2021 Hyundai Palisade

2.4L Turbocharged BOXER 4-cylinder


3.8L V6

Lineartronic® CVT


Eight-speed automatic transmission

Symmetrical AWD with X-MODE®

Standard Drivetrain


260 HP


291 HP

277 lb.-ft.


262 lb.-ft.

21 city/27 hwy MPG

Fuel Economy

19 city/26 hwy MPG

5,000 lbs.

Max. Towing Capacity

5,000 Lbs.

Size & Cargo Capacity

The 2021 Subaru Ascent is the largest vehicle Subaru offers, comfortably seating up to eight passengers. Total passenger volume is 153.5 cubic feet. Flexible seating offered on the Ascent lets you configure the interior to expand cargo capacity up to 86.5 cubic feet when the second and third row bench seats are folded down. With extra wide rear door openings, an underfloor storage solution, and the option to change the second row bench seat to captain's chairs, you'll be able to create an optimal driving experience for you and your family.

The 2021 Hyundai Palisade is comparable in size, offering a maximum cargo capacity of 86.4 cubic feet and a passenger volume of 155.3 cubic feet.

2021 Red Subaru Ascent with the Trunk Open

Interior & Exterior Design

Inside, the 2021 Subaru Ascent is comfortable, stylish, and practical, offering features across the trim options that include:

  • Cloth, leather-trimmed, or perforated Java Brown leather upholstery 
  • Six-way, eight-way, and power adjustable driver and front passenger seats
  • Second row bench seat or captain's chairs
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Heated second row seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Wood grain accents 
  • Reclining third-row 60/40 split flat-folding seatbacks

The 2021 Palisade also delivers a stylish interior with premium-level seating.

Outside, the 2021 Ascent provides 8.7 inches of ground clearance to help you tackle challenging terrain. Ground clearance on the 2021 Palisade measures 7.9 inches.

Depending on the trim level you choose, exterior features on the new Ascent include:

  • LED steering responsive headlights
  • LED fog lights
  • 18- and 20-in. aluminum alloy wheels with machine finishes
  • Folding side mirrors
  • Raised roof rails
  • Rear window wiper
  • Body-color door handles
  • Panoramic glass moonroof

Safety & Technology Features

Equipped with a high-strength steel frame, the 2021 Subaru Ascent is built to provide exceptional crash safety. Standard, too, is a suite of EyeSight® driver assist technologies that support you when you're faced with challenges while driving. These features include:

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Blind spot detection
  • Lane keep assist and sway warning
  • Pre-collision braking
  • Pre-collision throttle management
  • Automatic pre-collision braking
  • Advanced adaptive cruise control with lane centering

When it comes to entertainment and connectivity, you'll find:

  • SUBARU STARLINK® Multimedia system
  • 8-in. touchscreen display
  • SiriusXM® Satellite Radio
  • HD Radio™
2021 Subaru Ascent Lane Assist

Subaru Ascent Deals in Rochester, MN

Come see the new 2021 Subaru Ascent in person at Subaru of Rochester in Rochester, MN, and see how it rides and handles. If you prefer, search our online inventory to find the trim you love and call us at (888) 541-2994 or send us a text or chat, and we'll get it ready for you to take it for a test drive.

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