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2023 Volkswagen Atlas vs 2023 Subaru Ascent Comparison in Columbus, OH

When you search for what the benefits are to buying a 3-row SUV, the first thing you'll see is they all offer ample space and versatility. While this is true, you get so much more when you make that SUV the 2023 Volkswagen Atlas. Recommended by Consumer Reports as safe and reliable, you can take your family on a weekend excursion or drop the kids off at school with extra peace of mind. Parents® magazine named the Atlas "Best Value" SUV in their 2022 Best Family Cars shopping guide. With room to seat up to 7 comfortably plus extra leftover for shopping bags, backpacks, and sporting equipment, the 2023 Volkswagen Atlas just might be your best bet for your next family cruiser. Here at Byers Volkswagen, we believe that's true but we also want to show you why we believe that but comparing the Atlas to the 2023 Subaru Ascent 3-row SUV so you can see how it stacks up against the competition. Take a deep dive into the specs and features of both vehicles and when you're ready to take the Atlas for a spin, contact us here and we'll get you set up for a test drive.

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2023 Volkswagen Atlas vs 2023 Subaru Ascent: Design & Exterior Features

Both the 2023 Atlas and the 2023 Ascent offer standard 18-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires and while you can upgrade both to 20-inch wheels, only the Atlas offers the option of more athletic 21-inch wheels. While the Ascent comes with available windshield wiper de-icers, only the Atlas offers standard heated side mirrors, rain-sensing front wipers, and available heated washer nozzles. Both SUVs offer a power rear liftgate but it's hands-free only on the Atlas. For extra cargo room, both the Atlas and the Ascent have standard roof rails. Only the Atlas offers the innovative Poor Weather Lights for improved visibility while driving during inclement weather as standard fare as well as the available adaptive front lighting system with dynamic cornering lights. The power panoramic sunroof is available on higher trim levels of both SUVs.


Make your day brighter with the Atlas' panoramic sunroof.

2023 Volkswagen Atlas vs 2023 Subaru Ascent: Comfort & Technology

The 2023 Atlas and 2023 Ascent are very close when it comes to passenger volume with the Atlas just squeaking out the win by less than one cubic foot but it wins hands down in cargo volume, offering almost 30% more room when the rear seats are all laid flat. Heated front seats are standard fare on the Atlas, while only available on the higher trim levels of the Ascent, as are leatherette seating surfaces. Both the Atlas and the Ascent offer available heated second row outboard seats and ventilated front seats for the epitome of comfort. When it comes to connectivity, Ascent may offer a larger display screen but both come standard with Bluetooth®, Apple CarPlay®, and Android Auto for convenient access to seamlessly streamed music and podcasts plus your favorite apps. Wireless charging is available on the higher trim levels of the Atlas while it's optional on the Ascent, which means spending more money.

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With the turbo engine under the hood, the Atlas will take you on an exciting drive every time.

2023 Volkswagen Atlas vs 2023 Subaru Ascent: Performance

The 2023 Atlas boasts a 2.0-liter turbo engine under the hood that generates a mighty 235 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. Mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic®, the Atlas is front-wheel drive but you have the option of all-wheel drive for better balance and traction. If you're looking for more power, you can upgrade to the available 3.6-liter V6 and get a whopping 276 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque. The 2023 Ascent only comes with one powertrain option: the 2.4-liter turbocharged BOXER®, which produces 260 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque. Both the Atlas and the Ascent can handle up to 5,000 lbs when it comes to towing.


The award-winning safety features of the 2023 Atlas mean extra peace of mind.

2023 Volkswagen Atlas vs 2023 Subaru Ascent: Safety

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awarded both the 2023 Atlas and the 2023 Ascent a perfect overall 5-star safety rating. Both SUVs offer standard Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking while the Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Traffic Alert are standard only on the Atlas. Park Distance Control, Dynamic Road Sign Display, and Traffic Assist are exclusive driver assist features found only on the Atlas. Lane Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, and High Beam Control are found on both SUVs for extra peace of mind.

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2023 Volkswagen Atlas vs 2023 Subaru Ascent: Overall Value

With a starting MSRP of just $35,150, the 2023 Volkswagen Atlas offers a value-laden ride with premium standard and available features both inside and out, award-winning safety, and two powertrain options so you can find the Atlas that checks all your boxes. The 2023 Subaru Ascent has a starting MSRP of $33,895 and while it's a little less than the Atlas, you won't find the latest in connectivity and you only have one engine option. To see how the Atlas feels from behind the wheel, we invite you to stop by our Byers Volkswagen showroom or simply call or contact us online to set up your test drive. We're excited to see you behind the wheel of a new Volkswagen SUV!

Feature 2023 Volkswagen Atlas 2023 Subaru Ascent
Starting MSRP* $35,150 $33,895
Standard Torque (lb-ft) 258 277
Max Tow Capacity 5,000 lbs 5,000 lbs
Seating Capacity 7 8
Passenger Volume (Cubic Feet) 154.0 153.0
Max Cargo Volume (Cubic Feet) 96.8 75.6
Apple CarPlay® & Android Auto Standard Standard
Bluetooth® Standard Standard
Engine Start-Stop System Standard Unavailable
Blind Spot Monitor Standard Available

*Prices exclude transportation, taxes, title, other options, and dealer charges. Dealer sets actual price.

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