2021 Subaru Ascent  RealSafeCars88Safety Rating

#16 of 2021 SUVs

#24 of all 2021 vehicles

Pictured: 2019 Subaru Ascent
The Ascent, introduced by Subaru in 2019, is a three-row midsize SUV with seating up to 8. Having better than average EPA (miles per gallon) for its class, it reduces fuel costs and pollution. It has technology that is now expected: Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. With standard all-wheel drive (AWD), it bypasses mud and snow with ease. Subaru offers a 3-year, 36,000-mile basic warranty, and a 5-year, 60,000-mile powertrain warranty on its lineup.

The 2021 Subaru Ascent is safe compared to all vehicles.

Comparison to all vehicles.  This plot shows RSC safety scores on the horizontal axis vs. the number of vehicles with each safety score (depicted by bar height and percentages at the bottom). Colors reflect vehicle safety, ranging from red (not that safe) to green (safer). For reference, a score of 0 implies a 0.15% chance of driver death (13% chance of driver injury) over 15 years, and a score of 100 reflects a 0.016% chance (1.4% chance of driver injury). The 2021 Subaru Ascent has a score of 88, implying a 0.031% chance of driver death (2.8% chance of injury).

We estimate that the 2021 Subaru Ascent has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.0311% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 3.5529%, meaning the average driver has a 0.0311% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 3.5529% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2021 Subaru Ascent is 33% less likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other suvs, the 2021 Subaru Ascent is 23% less likely to result in a fatal accident.

Active safety features greatly enhance occupant safety by reducing the likelihood of a crash. An active safety system that is standard on the 2021 Subaru Ascent is EyeSight Driver Assist Technology (Forward Collision Warnings / Automatic Emergency Braking & Lane Departure Warnings).

Some advanced safety features --- while not cutting edge --- can still improve vehicle safety. Optional side mirror turn signals alert others of your intention to turn or switch lanes allowing them to react accordingly, which can prevent accidents caused by not seeing a vehicle in the blind spot. Optional Adaptive Headlights points head lamps towards where the vehicle is heading, better lighting the road ahead. High Beam Assist are standard on the 2021 Subaru Ascent. This feature recognizes oncoming traffic and shuts off high beam headlights until the oncoming traffic has passed.

But it is about as safe as many comparable models.

9676Nissan MuranoChevrolet BlazerGMC AcadiaVolkswagen AtlasHyundai PalisadeDodge DurangoMazda CX-9Toyota HighlanderFord ExplorerSubaru AscentHonda PilotKia TellurideComparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2021 Subaru Ascent with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 76 to 96. The 2021 Subaru Ascent is safer than the 2021 Nissan Murano, the 2021 Chevrolet Blazer, and the 2021 GMC Acadia and less safe than the 2021 Mazda CX-9. It is about as safe as the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas, the 2021 Hyundai Palisade, the 2021 Dodge Durango, the 2021 Kia Telluride, the 2021 Honda Pilot, and the 2021 Ford Explorer.

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