2020 Subaru Ascent vs Forester SUV Comparison Information in Shingle Springs, CA

Not sure which Subaru model is best for you and your loved ones? We'll point out the differences between the 2020 Subaru Ascent and the 2020 Subaru Forester for you -- right here, in plain English.

They're both versatile, affordable family SUVs, but one is a bit bigger and a bit more powerful to match. No matter which one you select, you'll be getting standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, STARLINK™ infotainment and EyeSight® driver assistance. And it's those features that make every Subaru a great choice.

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Size & Capacity: 2020 Subaru Ascent vs. 2020 Subaru Forester

The 2020 Subaru Forester is a two-row SUV with seating for up to five passengers. Meanwhile, the three-row 2020 Subaru Ascent can carry up to eight passengers in base spec, or upgrade to second row captain's chairs for easy third-row access and seating for up to seven.

And with all that extra room inside, you can bet the 2020 Subaru Ascent can carry more cargo than the 2020 Subaru Forester. The Forester offers a large cargo hold capacity in its own right, boasting 76.1 cubic feet of cargo volume when you fold down the second row. By contrast, the 2020 Subaru Ascent provides a whopping 86.5 cubic feet of cargo room when the second and third rows are folded. As you can see, the 2020 Subaru Ascent is a smart choice for those who need the most room for passengers and cargo alike. For those who need a bit more space than an ordinary sedan or crossover, the 2020 Subaru Forester might be the perfect fit.

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Standard Features: 2020 Subaru Ascent vs. 2020 Subaru Forester

Since it's a bit bigger and starts at a higher MSRP (more on that below), the 2020 Subaru Ascent provides a few additional standard features that are available as added options on the 2020 Subaru Forester

Adorning the top of every 2020 Subaru Ascent are standard roof rails for expandable cargo hauling potential. On the entry-level 2020 Subaru Forester, they're an additional upgrade.

Furthermore, on the inside, the 2020 Subaru Ascent gives you standard reclining second and third-row seats. The second row of the Subaru Forester reclines only on upgraded trim levels. Finally, while the 2020 Subaru Forester comes standard with single-zone automatic climate control, and dual-zone control is available as an additional upgrade, the 2020 Subaru Ascent features standard tri-zone automatic climate control.

Performance: 2020 Subaru Ascent vs. 2020 Subaru Forester

Where the smaller 2020 Subaru Forester gets a naturally aspirated BOXER® engine making 182 horsepower, the heavier 2020 Subaru Ascent gets a turbocharged engine generating 260 horses! That extra power helps the 2020 Subaru Ascent feel a lot more exciting than its size might indicate.

In tests performed by Car and Driver magazine, the 2020 Subaru Forester moved from 0-60 MPH in 8.5 seconds. The 2020 Subaru Ascent can do the same in 6.5 seconds. That said, the folks at Car and Driver enjoyed their time behind the wheel of both vehicles, adding that the Forester provides "a peppiness around town that feels similar to the more powerful Ascent's responsiveness."

When it comes to trailering, the 2020 Subaru Forester comes standard with a 1,500-pound towing capacity. The 2020 Subaru Ascent provides a 2,000-pound towing capacity as standard, while higher trim levels get a bump to 5,000 pounds.

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Pricing: 2020 Subaru Ascent vs. 2020 Subaru Forester

Starting with an MSRP of just $24,495, the 2020 Subaru Forester is an impressive value for families that don't need a third row of seats. The 2020 Subaru Ascent starts with an MSRP of $31,995. That's about the same price as the 2020 Subaru Forester Limited trim level, which gets exciting comfort features like leather-trimmed upholstery, heated front seats, reclining rear seats and a power rear liftgate.

Still need help deciding? We suggest stopping by to test drive them both!

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The Difference Is Clear At Shingle Springs Subaru

Research pages like these help you discover what makes the new 2020 Subaru models different from one another and what sets them apart from the competition. But perhaps even more important is what makes Shingle Springs Subaru different from everybody else. We've been recognized with the 2019 Subaru Love Promise Customer & Community Commitment Award. That means Subaru has honored us as one of the nation's leading dealerships when it comes to customer service and community involvement. We're a certified Eco-Friendly Retailer, and we're dedicated to keeping California beautiful.

Most importantly, our expert sales team and friendly finance specialists will help you get the price you want on the right Subaru vehicle for your needs! Our customers come first at Shingle Springs Subaru. Come find the perfect Subaru for you and your family and take a test drive at 4045 Wild Chaparral Drive, Shingle Springs, CA 95682.

2020 Subaru Ascent2020 Subaru Forester
$31,995Starting MSRP*$24,495
27 Highway / 21 CityFuel Economy (MPG)33 Highway / 26 City
StandardRoof RailsAvailable
8 OccupantsSeating Capacity5 Occupants
153.5 Cubic FeetPassenger Space111.9 Cubic Feet
17.8 Cubic FeetCargo Volume35.4 Cubic Feet
86.5 Cubic FeetMax Cargo Volume76.1 Cubic Feet
StandardX-MODE® and Hill Descent ControlAvailable Upgrade
5,000 PoundsMax Towing Capacity1,500 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.