What's The Difference Between The 2022 Volkswagen Atlas & Subaru Ascent?

2022 Volkswagen Atlas vs 2022 Subaru Ascent Comparison in Columbus, OH

From growing families to those looking for a bit more room in their ride, a midsize SUV is a popular enough choice that it seems like every brand has one to offer. Naturally, we think that the German-engineering behind every Volkswagen model is best, but we hear that Subaru models are also a popular choice. So, how does the new 2022 VW Atlas carry the competitive weight of the Subaru Ascent? To start, the new VW Atlas is bigger, but there's so much more to it than that. Check out the details below to get a better idea of what separates these respected midsize SUVs, then come get a closer look with us at Byers Volkswagen in Columbus, OH.

Front view of 2022 VW Atlas

Distinct Styles & Features

The new 2022 Volkswagen Atlas and Subaru Ascent are both well equipped with standard LED headlights, eighteen-inch alloy wheels, and roof rails. But there are a few important distinctions, like the standard heated mirrors on the new VW Atlas to make those frosty winter mornings safer and more convenient. Those will cost more as an upgrade on the Subaru Ascent, which isn't available with rain-sensing windshield wipers -- another feature that's standard on every VW Atlas. Step inside, and you'll start to notice other differences.

Finding that perfect driving position is easy in the entry-level Volkswagen Atlas thanks to standard 10-way power-adjustability. The Subaru Ascent starts out with a 6-way manual driver's seat adjustment, and you'll have to go all the way to the top of the lineup to get similar 10-way power seats. We mentioned above that the VW Atlas was larger, and here's where that really shows: there is over ten cubic feet more cargo space when you fold the rear seats down. What's more, heated front seats are standard on every new VW Atlas. The Subaru Ascent will charge you more for those as an additional upgrade.

VW Atlas dash

Technology & Connectivity

A modern SUV is almost certain to have a touchscreen infotainment system, but the quality and capabilities of those systems vary widely. The new VW Atlas and Subaru Ascent come standard with a 6.5-inch touchscreen and a larger version is available for both. These systems do provide connection to most smartphones along with certain app connectivity. The real difference here is just how easy the system is to use. If two occupants' phones are connected, how does the system determine which to connect to? Is it easy to customize the home screen so you can easily navigate the system without distraction? These are all important questions, and we'd love to show you how the new VW Atlas makes your drive easier than the competition at Byers Volkswagen.

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New 2022 Volkswagen Atlas going up a hill and around a corner

Which Midsize SUV Offers Better Performance?

Whether it's winter in central Ohio or you're headed on a summer road trip, there's no need to suffer a midsize SUV that falls short on performance. You certainly won't have that issue with the new VW Atlas or the Subaru Ascent. They provide a similar amount of power, fuel economy, and they're both rated to tow up to 5,000 pounds. So, what's the difference? For starters, the new Volkswagen Atlas gives you the choice between front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive while the new Subaru Ascent requires you to go with AWD. The new VW Atlas is nearly 200 pounds lighter than the Subaru, and we think you'll agree that the midsize SUV from Volkswagen rides quieter with less noise, vibration, and harshness.

World-Class Safety

We're pleased to report that the new Volkswagen Atlas and Subaru Ascent are among the safest SUVs on the road. However, we urge you to consider what you're getting for your money. Both models come standard with modern safety technology that includes automatic pre-collision braking, but the new VW Atlas also comes with a host of safety features like blind spot detection and rear traffic alert. These features and others will cost you more as upgrades in the new Subaru Ascent. What's more, the digital cockpit in the new VW Atlas presents information in a customizable way where you typically see analogue gauges like in the new Subaru Ascent. Come see the new Volkswagen Atlas in person with us in Columbus, OH.

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2022 Volkswagen Atlas vs Subaru Ascent: Summary

At first glance, it may seem like the Subaru Ascent is cheaper, but consider just what you're getting for the money. Where Subaru has a respectable 3-row midsize SUV that's competitive with the rest of the market, the new Volkswagen Atlas is far better equipped. That means, you're getting a lot more for your money. We invite you to come see the latest VW Atlas firsthand with us at Byers Volkswagen in Columbus, Ohio. 

Feature2022 Volkswagen Atlas2022 Subaru Ascent
Starting MSRP*$33,475$32,295
Max Cargo Capacity96.8 Cubic Feet86.5 Cubic Feet
Passenger Volume154 Cubic Feet153.5 Cubic Feet
Seating Capacity7 Passengers8 Passengers
Fuel Economy (MPG)25 Highway - 21 City27 Highway - 21 City
Max Towing Capacity5,000 lbs.5,000 lbs.
Heated MirrorsStandardAvailable Upgrade
Rain-Sensing WipersStandardNot Available
Standard Driver's Seat10-Way Power Adjustable8-Way Manually Adjustable
Heated SeatsStandardAvailable Upgrade

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