The Subaru Ascent and Subaru Outback: Which SUV is Right For You?


With so many great Subaru SUVs and crossovers available, it can be confusing figuring out which one accommodates your needs the most. Beginning in 2019, Subaru added the Ascent to its lineup; however, the first generation of Outback has been a favorite since 1995. While both the 2020 Subaru Ascent and 2020 Subaru Outback are great choices, we’re here to help you make the best choice for your family. Both come standard with EyeSight Driver Assist Technology and have earned a 2019 IIHS Top Safety Pick+, earning the highest safety rating when equipped with Steering Responsive Headlights. Both models will keep your family safe, however, they offer different advantages designed to help a variety of families.


Size Says it All

The Subaru Ascent is the largest Subaru ever made. This model features 7 and 8 passenger configurations so you can carpool to soccer practice or pack in the whole family for road trips. The Subaru Outback offers enough space for 5 passengers to sit comfortably. The Ascent offers 153.5 cubic feet of passenger volume and a maximum cargo space of 86.5 cubic feet. The Outback offers 109 cubic feet of passenger volume and 75.7 cubic feet of cargo space. Both offer ample room, but if you have a bigger family or carpool your kid’s friends often, the Ascent offers the space you need.


Advanced Tech features

Both SUVs offer many tech features including access to USB ports, offering the Starlink Multimedia infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, and available Keyless Access with Push-Button Start and Pin Code Vehicle Access. However, if you’re looking for the model that offers a little more, the Outback is the way to go. Only the Outback offers a Hands-Free Power Rear Gate for easier accessibility. Also all-new to the 2020 Outback is the Subaru DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation System. This system monitors your driving behavior and will alert you if it senses you have become distracted or drowsy. This system, however, is not available yet on the Subaru Ascent. If you’re someone who enjoys a larger screen to view your directions and information with ease, then you’ll love the 11.6 inch Starlink Multimedia color touchscreen only offered on the Outback. The infotainment touchscreen provided on the Ascent is available in either a 6.5-inch or 8-inch screen. Enjoy the latest tech on the 2020 Subaru Outback!


Power and Efficiency

Both the Subaru Ascent and Subaru Outback feature high-performing Subaru Boxer engines. The 2020 Ascent boasts standard the 2.4L Turbocharged Subaru Boxer engine producing 260 horsepower and 277 lb.-ft. of torque. The 2020 Outback comes standard with the 2.5L Subaru Boxer engine producing 182 horsepower and 176 lb.-ft. of torque; however, the 2.4L Turbocharged Subaru Boxer engine is available on the Outback Onyx and higher trim levels producing 260 horsepower and  277 lb.-ft. of torque. When both the Ascent and Outback are equipped with the 2.4L Turbocharged Subaru Boxer engine, the Ascent can tow up to 5,000 pounds and the Outback can tow a maximum of 3,500 pounds. While both offer the same power, the Ascent beats the Outback in capability. If your someone who likes to fill up less at the pump, the Ascent offers 23 combined mpg and the Outback features 29 combined mpg. When both are equipped with the 2.4L Turbocharged Subaru Boxer engine, the Ascent is estimated to see 27 highway mpg and the Outback still maintains 30 highway mpg.


Need more help figuring out which Subaru SUV is right for you? Stop by Haldeman Subaru in Hamilton today and our knowledgeable sales team will be happy to answer any questions you may have. 


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