2021 Hyundai Palisade vs. 2021 Subaru Ascent Comparison

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The 2021 Hyundai Palisade and the 2021 Subaru Ascent boast plenty of room for eight and distinctive styling. Here’s how these 3-row SUVs compare. 2021 Hyundai Palisade 2021 Hyundai Palisade Starting Price: $32,525| Price yours or View listings near you Above Average: Seating for up to eight; V6 power; spacious interior; plenty of standard […]

The 2021 Hyundai Palisade and the 2021 Subaru Ascent boast plenty of room for eight and distinctive styling. Here’s how these 3-row SUVs compare.

2021 Hyundai Palisade

2021 Hyundai Palisade in black

2021 Hyundai Palisade Starting Price: $32,525| Price yours or View listings near you

Above Average: Seating for up to eight; V6 power; spacious interior; plenty of standard features; good-looking.

Below Average: Wind noise at higher speeds; door pockets are a bit stingy.

Consensus: The 2021 Hyundai Palisade is a midsize, 3-row SUV with seating for seven or eight. This new entry from Korea blends comfort and luxury in a contemporary package.

2021 Subaru Ascent

2021 Subaru Ascent

2021 Subaru Ascent Starting Price: $33,005 | Price yours or View listings near you

Above Average: Off-road capable; standard active safety features; no extra charge for AWD.

Below Average: Just one 4-cylinder powertrain; non-linear throttle response from turbo engine and CVT; light power steering.

Consensus: The 2021 Subaru Ascent delivers the brand’s traditional virtues in a larger package and is Subaru’s first competitive 3-row offering. Its turbocharged 4-cylinder engine is spunky and economical, and all-wheel drive is standard.

Palisade vs. Ascent: Affordable Space for Eight

Hyundai Palisade

2021 Hyundai Palisade

The 2021 Palisade comes complete with an ample feature set that puts it up against other vehicles in the midsize SUV space like the Honda Pilot, Volkswagen Atlas, as well as its corporate sibling, the Kia Telluride.

It comes with a 3.8-liter V6 engine that puts out 291 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque which is plenty to merge comfortably onto quick-moving highways. While we noticed some wind noise at higher speeds, the Palisade is comfortable and quiet on the road with ample cabin space for passengers and their cargo.

The third-row seats offer enough space for an adult to sit comfortably. The second-row slides with the touch of a button so that passengers can get in the back without having to perform gymnastics. The rear bench is also powered so that should you need more cargo space, you can tuck the seats away quickly without having to fight with them. In models equipped with second-row captain’s chairs, the passenger count drops to seven.

The interior of the Palisade is full of quality materials that make it feel luxe. The cabin is functional and offers tons of storage nooks and crannies including an innovative area below the center console. It also comes at its base with standard wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Around town, the Palisade gets 19 mpg.

Subaru Ascent

2021 Subaru Ascent

The 2021 Subaru Ascent is the brand’s largest vehicle ever, with dimensions that place it in the thick of the midsize, 3-row SUV fray. The third row is standard, and a 3-passenger bench or two captain’s chairs can be had in the second row, which allows room for seven or eight. Passenger and luggage space is mid-pack.

The turbocharged flat-4-cylinder is the sole engine, but it has the muscle to hustle the Ascent along. The accelerator response with the CVT transmission isn’t always linear. The fuel economy is very good.

AWD is standard here and includes an off-road X-Mode, which, together with the Ascent’s 8.7 inches of ground clearance, allows this Subaru to travel comfortably off the beaten path.

For 2021, Subaru has added to the Ascent’s list of active-safety features and driver-assists. The Eyesight Safety suite includes automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure, sway warning, and a head-up display warning. Upgrades include blind-spot monitoring, reverse automatic braking, rear cross-traffic assist, and a front-view monitor. Ascent also earns an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award.

Similarities

Seating for up to eight passengers; NHTSA 5-star safety.

2021 Palisade Advantages

Roomy third-row seat; wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto; 3-year free maintenance.

2021 Subaru Ascent Advantages

Good ground clearance for off-road use; standard AWD.

Which One is Right for Me?

The 2021 Hyundai Palisade is one of the newer additions among 3-row SUVs. It boasts smart styling, a classy interior, and comes with three years of free maintenance to go with the long warranty.

If you absolutely need AWD, the 2021 Subaru Ascent is a great choice. It has enough ground clearance for off-road duty and decent fuel economy.

Ready to buy a Hyundai Palisade or Subaru Ascent? Shop for one on sale now near you.

2021 Hyundai Palisade 2021 Subaru Ascent
Popular Powertrains
Engine 3.8-liter V6 2.4-liter turbo flat-4
Horsepower 291 hp @ 6,000 rpm 260 hp @ 5,600 rpm
Torque 262 lb-ft @ 2,500 rpm 277 lb-ft @ 2,000 rpm
Transmission 8-spd automatic CVT
Fuel Economy 22 mpg(19 city/26 hwy) 23 mpg (21 city/27 hwy)
Also Available AWD
Specs
Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain warranty 10 years/ 100,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety 5 stars 5 stars
Max Seating Capacity 8 8
Wheelbase 114.2 inches 113.8 inches
Overall Length 196.1 inches 196.8 inches
Width 77.8 inches 76.0 inches
Height 68.9 inches 71.6 inches
Turning Diameter 38.7 feet 38.0 feet
Headroom, Front 40.7 inches 41.3 inches
Headroom, 2nd row 40.1 inches 40.0 inches
Headroom, 3rd row 37.8 inches 36.3 inches
Legroom, Front 44.1 inches 42.2 inches
Legroom, 2nd row 42.4 inches 38.6 inches
Legroom, 3rd row 31.3 inches 31.7 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 61.2 inches 61.1 inches
Shoulder Room, 2nd row 60.8 inches 60.3 inches
Shoulder Room, 3rd row 55.2 inches 57.2 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 155.3 cubic feet 153.5 cubic feet
EPA Cargo Volume 45.8 cubic feet 86.5 cubic feet
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