Compare the 2020 Subaru Ascent to the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas: Discover Which is the Best Family SUV for Surprise, AZ

In just its sophomore year, the 2020 Subaru Ascent is making a name for itself as the ideal SUV as you head out for adventure. A powerful three-row SUV that takes the very best of the heart of a Subaru and expands it to fit your lifestyle. Immense power, supreme comfort and state-of-the-art technology away anyone who accepts the challenge of climbing behind the wheel of this luxurious explorer.

But Subaru Superstore of Surprise knows you have other options when searching for the large SUV for your family. Competition like the 2020 VW Atlas give the 2020 Subaru Ascent an opportunity to compare features. Let's see how these two rates against each other as you find the perfect SUV for you.


2020 Subaru Ascent vs 2020 VW Atlas: Interior Dimensions & Seating

When it comes to hauling, both have seating for an entire crew of passengers. The Subaru Ascent has room for as many as eight passengers, while the Atlas maxes out at seven. If you are talking passenger volume, you are looking at a difference of a fraction of a cubic foot. The Ascent gives you the option for the second row of captain's chairs for seating up to seven. The Atlas doesn't give you the seating options unless you opt for a two-row version and skip out on the entire third row. If it is legroom you are looking for, you will love the 38.6 inches of room to stretch out in the rear seat of Subaru Ascent. You get an inch less in the Atlas.

2020 Subaru Ascent vs 2020 VW Atlas: Comfort & Tech Features

When you need to cool off the back row during your drive through Buckeye, AZ, the standard tri-zone climate control of the Subaru Ascent comes in handy. The Volkswagen Atlas takes some creativity to redirect the cool air from its dual-zone climate control system. You have to upgrade to the mid-range trim to get the tri-zone system. Both SUVs provide stellar standard infotainment features, like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto through a 6.5-inch touchscreen display and have an available 4G LTE Wi-Fi system for ultimate connectivity.

2020 Subaru Ascent vs 2020 VW Atlas: Performance

Subaru Boxer engine is a tough powertrain to compete with. Not only does it churn out 260-horsepower of energy and 277 pound-feet of torque, but it is also teamed up with the reliably smooth and fuel-efficient continuously variable automatic transmission. Turbocharged four-cylinder engine the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas comes standard with generates 235 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The VW Atlas does offer an available V6 that has more horsepower than the engine in the Subaru Ascent. However, it has less torque (266 pound-feet) and considerably worse gas mileage. Any way you slice it the EPA-estimated 21 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway to Goodyear, AZ of the Subaru Ascent is more economical than anything the Atlas can produce.

Another item that sets the Subaru Ascent apart, and this is part of Subaru's design, is the inclusion of Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, a powerful AWD system that's perfect for all kinds of terrain. With the Ascent, you also get Hill Descent Control and X-MODE. This powerful system improves traction on lower-friction surfaces. The VW Atlas, by comparison, comes standard as a front-wheel drive vehicle, with AWD being an available upgrade.

2020 Subaru Ascent vs 2020 VW Atlas: Safety Accolades

The Subaru Ascent must be doing something right when it comes to safety. For the consecutive years, the Ascent was named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and an overall Five-Star Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Atlas also earned Five Stars from the NHTSA. The Ascent comes packed with Subaru EyeSight driver-assist technology and a host of standard safety features. Available cornering headlights rear-vision mirror camera and front-view camera eliminate any potentially dangerous surprises on the streets of Avondale. The Atlas does not offer these particular features.

Explore the 2020 Subaru Ascent in Surprise, AZ

What is there not to love about the 2020 Subaru Ascent? With a long list of standard technology and superior performance, it stands head-and-shoulders above the Volkswagen Atlas, as the best option for families from Avondale to Buckeye. It gives your riders more comfort and versatility as you hit the road. Discover the difference for yourself by visiting the Subaru Superstore of Surprise and take it for a test drive. You are in for an exciting experience.

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