2020 Subaru Ascent vs Outback Comparison Information in Shingle Springs, CA

Subaru SUVs are known far and wide for their remarkable versatility, their award-winning safety, and their long-lasting quality. And while the Subaru Ascent and Subaru Outback have these things in common, they also have some key differences.

At Byers Airport Subaru, we want to help you find out which Subaru model is best for you. That's why we've put together pages like this one that compare different Subaru models. Below, we'll go through some key differences between the Subaru Ascent and the Subaru Outback. Both are available in our huge inventory, so feel free to come take one--or both!--for a spin.

2020 Subaru Ascent vs Outback Exterior

Size Comparison

Perhaps the most immediately noticeable difference between these two SUVs is their size. The Subaru Ascent is a three-row SUV with seating for up to eight occupants, while the Subaru Outback can seat up to five people. Though the first and second rows have similar space, the Ascent has a full, three-seat third row that can comfortably seat up to three people. The Ascent also gives you the option to choose second-row captain's chairs that provide increased comfort while still holding up to seven people.

Technology Comparison

While both of these SUVs are equipped with impressive technology, the 2020 Subaru Outback is truly cutting-edge. The entry-level Outback model comes with two 7-inch touchscreens; upgrading to the next trim level will get you an impressive 11.6-inch touchscreen! The Subaru Ascent, by comparison, comes with a 6.5-inch touchscreen, with the ability to upgrade to an 8-inch touchscreen. However, the Subaru Ascent does come standard with a six-speaker audio system, while the Outback starts off with just four speakers.

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2020 Subaru Ascent vs Outback Interior

Performance Comparison

Both of these SUVs are powered by SUBARU BOXER® engines; the Ascent has one engine, while the Outback has two choices. Choose the 2020 Subaru Ascent and you'll get a turbocharged engine that generates 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque. The Outback starts off with a standard BOXER® engine that makes 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque, but it offers an available turbocharged engine that's identical to the standard engine in the Ascent.

Both the Subaru Outback and the Subaru Ascent have standard off-road features and 8.7 inches of ground clearance, making them a perfect choice for exploring areas off the beaten track. If you want to carry more along with you, the Outback can tow up to 3,500 pounds. The Ascent, however, can tow even more: up to 5,000 pounds when it's properly equipped.

2020 Subaru Ascent vs Outback Features

Safety Comparison

Both the 2020 Subaru Ascent and the 2020 Subaru Outback are impressively safe, with standard EyeSight® driver assist technology and available driver assist features. But the Subaru Outback offers an available feature that can't be found on the 2020 Ascent: DriverFocus™ Distraction Mitigation System. If this system notices that your driving appears less concentrated--whether through drowsiness or distraction--it will alert you so you can take steps to remedy it.

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Why Choose a New Subaru?

You've already seen a little bit about how impressive these two models are. They exemplify the greatness for which Subaru is known. Subaru has been Kelley Blue Book's Most Trusted Brand for five years in a row, and there's good reason for that. Stop by Shingle Springs Subaru to see for yourself just how impressive Subaru models are.

2020 Subaru Ascent2020 Subaru Outback
$31,995Starting MSRP*$26,645
27 Highway / 21 CityFuel Economy (MPG)33 Highway / 26 City
260Standard Horsepower182
8 OccupantsSeating Capacity5 Occupants
153.5 Cubic FeetPassenger Space109 Cubic Feet
17.8 Cubic FeetCargo Volume32.5 Cubic Feet
86.5 Cubic FeetMax Cargo Volume73.3 Cubic Feet
18" AlloyStandard Wheels17" Alloy
38 FeetCurb-To-Curb Turning Circle36.1 Feet
113.8 InchesWheelbase108.1 Inches
5,000 PoundsMax Towing Capacity3,500 Pounds

*Manufacturer's suggested retail price does not include destination and delivery charges, tax, title and registration fees. Destination and delivery includes handling and inland freight fees and may vary in some states. Prices, specifications, options, features and models subject to change without notice.