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Taking driver confidence
to new heights

Taking driver confidence to new heights

The 2021 Subaru Ascent scales new heights with a turbocharged SUBARU BOXER® engine, high-torque Lineartronic® CVT and the Subaru Global Platform (SGP). This family-sized SUV also showcases the legendary Subaru Symmetrical Full-Time AWD system and a long-travel independent suspension system developed over decades of motorsport competition. The combination of proven core technology and the latest advances creates genuine all-road/all-weather performance, surprising handling prowess and a level of confidence behind the wheel unmatched in this class.

A power infused SUBARU BOXER® engine

During development of this turbocharged, direct-injection 2.4L SUBARU BOXER® 4-cylinder, the focus was on improving low-end torque, generating superior towing capacity and reducing weight overall. The result: an engine with the performance of a 6-cylinder, the fuel efficiency of a 4-cylinder and the freedom to pursue bigger adventures.

2021 Subaru Ascent An all-new SUBARU BOXER engine
2021 Subaru Ascent 2.4L 4-cylinder

2.4L 4-cylinder


2.4L 4-cylinder (Direct injection)

Dual Overhead Cam

260 hp @ 5600 rpm

277 lb-ft @ 2000-4800 rpm

Dual Active Valve Control System

Meets LEV3 standards

2021 Subaru Ascent 2.0L 4-cylinder

Fuel Economy

Automatic Transmission (CVT)


City / Hwy

(L/100 km)


City / Hwy

(Imperial MPG)

2021 Subaru Ascent Transmissions + Symmetrical AWD

Transmission + Symmetrical AWD

The reliable high-torque Lineartronic® continuously variable transmission (CVT) has been tailored to provide improved acceleration, fuel efficiency and towing capacity through a new set of transmission ratios. This CVT is linked to a multi-plate transfer clutch AWD system that creates predictable handling and automatically shifts torque to the rear wheels to balance power distribution under hard acceleration or in low-traction conditions.

High-Torque Lineartronic® CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission)

This high-torque Lineartronic® CVT incorporates a broader set of transmission ratios optimized for overall performance, fuel efficiency and towing capability. The use of lightweight parts helps reduces noise, reduce vibration and increase responsiveness. The Auto Stepped Speed Control feature, which mimics the gearshifts of a traditional automatic transmission, creates superior driveability, as does the 8-speed manual mode with paddle shifters, which are available on all trim levels.

2021 Subaru Ascent Lineartronic<sup>®</sup> Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)
2021 Subaru Ascent X-Mode


With the push of a button, X-MODE® automatically controls the engine, AWD system and braking system to help tackle the trickiest of driving conditions. By managing the torque distribution to all four wheels, X-MODE® delivers added confidence and stability, even on uneven surfaces and during challenging climbs. The system also incorporates Hill Descent Control, perfect for descending steep inclines.

Hill Descent Control

With the X-MODE® system activated, Hill Descent Control automatically maintains a constant speed when the vehicle is going down steep inclines. With this system in play, the driver is free from the demands of controlling the gas or brakes, and can focus exclusively on steering and negotiating curves in the road.

2021 Subaru Ascent Hill Decent Control

Designed for dynamic handling and heavy lifting

The lightweight, ultra-rigid chassis is engineered to create a smooth and comfortable ride, combined with unsurpassed capability over rough roads. The suspension system was designed for optimum balance between on-road agility and off-road capability, while the long wheelbase and wide track ensure increased stability overall. All of these qualities combine to create surprisingly precise steering, class-leading handling and a level of comfort normally found at a much higher price point.


Subaru Global Platform (SGP)

The Subaru Global Platform (SGP) delivers greater rigidity than comparably sized SUVs through the increased use of high-tensile materials, as well as a strengthened structure at the sides and rear of the vehicle. This proprietary design sets the stage of excellent straight-line stability, superior driving dynamics and quick steering response, all while delivering incredible levels of comfort.

Learn more about the SGP
2021 Subaru Ascent Subaru Global Platform (SGP)
2021 Subaru Ascent Front Suspension

Front Suspension

The MacPherson® strut-type front suspension features a long-stroke design, new springs and new mounts, all engineered for superior ride comfort. This design helps ensure tremendous stability, steering response and driver feedback. When paired with the 220 mm of ground clearance, this suspension system also provides excellent capability over rough roads and represents an inspired choice for all kinds of adventures.

2021 Subaru Ascent Rear Suspension

Rear Suspension

The double-wishbone rear suspension system utilizes stabilizer bars for a smooth ride and a truly stable feeling, especially in the corners—rare for a mid-size SUV. The system has been engineered to create superior rigidity, reduce noise and reduce vibration, while increasing control and stability. The rear stabilizer bar is mounted to the body instead of through rubber bushings to help reduce body roll, creating a composed driving experience.