2022 Outback Wilderness vs 2022 Ascent Comparisons in Shingle Springs, CA

2022 marks the arrival of an all-new family of Subaru vehicles: the Wilderness. The first of this new Wilderness line is the brand-new 2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness. This new version of the classic Subaru Outback completely redesigns the classic mid-size SUV, and it lifts it (metaphorically and literally) to new levels. However, there is a bigger SUV that costs about the same: The 2022 Subaru Ascent. So we've put these two vehicles together to see what distinguishes them from each other, and to help you decide which one is right for you.

2022 Outback Wilderness vs 2022 Ascent Exterior

Full-Size, Mid-Sized, and Overall Design

The 2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness was designed with one thing in mind: adventure. The Outback Wilderness was made for trekking into the wilderness and forging your own road. This is the framing through which all of the redesigns to the classic Subaru Outback were made. For example, the 2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness comes standard with 9.5-inches of ground clearance, 18-inch Alloy wheels, and redesigned front and rear bumpers. It also has redesigned roof-rails and an anti-glare hood.

Meanwhile, the 2022 Subaru Ascent is better equipped for family road trips. In fact, there is arguably no better SUV for family-friendly travel and recreation. The 2022 Subaru Ascent has three-row seating for up-to eight passengers and a maximum cargo capacity of 86.5 cubic feet- compared to the 75.7 cubic feet of the Outback Wilderness.

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2022 Outback Wilderness vs 2022 Ascent Interior

Convient & Safe

Both of these 2022 Subaru SUVs are equipped with some of the most high-tech and cutting-edge technology you can find. These Subaru SUVs both come standard with a powered rear-gate and steering responsive LED headlights, as well as a STARLINK Multimedia touchscreen system. However, the Outback Wilderness comes standard with an 11.6-inch screen and the Ascent comes standard with a 6-inch screen.

Such advanced technology doesn't just make travelling in these SUVs more comfortable, it also keeps you safe. For example, both the 2022 Subaru Ascent and the Outback Wilderness come standard with the EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology and High Beam Assist. Subaru is an industry leader in vehicle safety, and that prestige can be seen throughout these vehicles.

2022 Outback Wilderness vs 2022 Ascent Features

Performance

There is one area, however, where these two Subaru SUVs don't differ at all. Under the hood of both the 2022 Subaru Ascent and Outback Wilderness is the 2.4-Liter Turbocharged SUBARU BOXER 4-cylinder engine. This powerful machine generates 260 horsepower with 277 lb-ft of torque. The entry level Ascent has less towing capacity than the Outback Wilderness (2,000 lbs vs 3,500 lbs, respectively), but every upgraded trim-level of  the 2022 Subaru Ascent has a maximum towing capacity of 5,000 lbs.

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The Best Value for the Best Subaru SUVs

Both the 2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness and the 2022 Subaru Ascent offer plenty of choices and features that are sure to attract anyone searching for a new SUV, but probably the biggest appeal for these vehicles is their price point. The starting MSRP of the 2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness comes in at $36,995, and the 2022 Subaru Ascent has a starting MSRP of $32,295. If you're still unsure of which vehicle speaks to you more, give us a call! Or come visit our sales floor and take one for a test drive today in Shingle Springs, CA.

2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness2022 Subaru Ascent
$36,995Starting MSRP*$32,295
9.5-InchesGround Clearance8.7-Inches 
260 Horsepower w/ 277 lb-ft of TorquePerformance260 Horsepower w/ 277 lb-ft of Torque
3,500 lbsMaximum Towing Capacity5,000 lbs
75.7 Cubic FeetMaximum Cargo Space86.5 Cubic Feet
11.6-InchesSTARLINK Multimedia Touchscreen8-Inches
StarTex Water RepellantUpholsteryCloth
Two-RowSeatingThree-Row
StandardEyeSight Driver Assist TechnologyStandard
17-InchStandard Wheel Size18-Inch

*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.