2020 Subaru Ascent vs Forester: Which New Subaru SUV Is Right For You?

2020 Subaru Ascent vs Forester in Beaverton, OR

If you're not familiar with the Subaru lineup, the recently introduced three-row Ascent is a big deal. It's not the first three-row SUV from Subaru, but it is the largest SUV Subaru has yet offered. Of course, this isn't the only impressive all-wheel drive SUV that you'll find in this lineup, and we want to make your shopping experience even easier. So, how does the new Subaru Ascent compare to the popular Subaru Forester for the 2020 model year? That's exactly what we'll look at in the information below. Once you have an idea at what separates these two AWD SUVs, please swing by our dealership to get a firsthand look at the differences. We're conveniently located at 11635 SW Canyon Rd, Beaverton, OR 97005, and at Carr Subaru, we'll be With you all the way. Every mile. Every day.

2020 Subaru Ascent vs Forester Exterior Comparison

2020 Subaru Ascent vs 2020 Subaru Forester: Size & Accommodations

Before you step inside either of these renowned SUVs, you're likely to first notice the difference in price. While there is roughly a $7,000 difference in the price tags, consider that the new 2020 Subaru Ascent is a spacious and well-equipped three-row SUV while the Subaru Forester is among the most comfortable two-row SUVs available.

Inside the recently-introduced three-row SUV from Subaru, you'll find comfortable seating for up to eight passengers, or go with the available captain's chairs in the second row and seat up to seven passengers. All told, you'll have up to 153.5 cubic feet of passenger space. Behind the rear seat is 17.8 cubic feet of cargo space or fold the third row down for up to 47.5 cubic feet of cargo space while still having room for up to five passengers. With all the rear seats folded flat in the new Subaru Ascent, you'll get a cavernous 86.5 cubic feet of rear cargo space, and roof rails are standard to carry even more.

Inside the recently-redesigned 2020 Subaru Forester, you'll still find a lot of comfort and versatility without a third row of seats. In fact, you'll be hard pressed to find another two-row SUV that offers nearly 112 cubic feet of passenger space like what comes in the latest Subaru Forester. Behind the 60/40 split rear seatback is 35.4 cubic feet of cargo space and folding the rear seatbacks flat reveals up to 76.1 cubic feet of cargo space at the start of the lineup. For more versatility, roof rails are standard on all but the entry-level configuration.

2020 Subaru Ascent vs Forester: Features & Technology

As these are both Subaru SUV models, there are certainly some similarities that you can count on. For instance, they both come standard with the intuitive and state-of-the-art STARLINK® multimedia system. However, there are a few differences that you might expect when comparing SUVs like these. The larger Subaru Ascent comes standard with tri-zone automatic climate control while the smaller Subaru Forester comes standard with automatic climate control that can be upgraded to dual-zone. The Subaru Ascent also comes standard with six audio speakers, which is an upgrade for the Subaru Forester.

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2020 Subaru Ascent vs Forester Interior Comparison

Compare The 2020 Subaru Ascent vs Forester Performance

Once again, comparing Subaru AWD SUVs means that you can count on certain similarities. For instance, both the Subaru Ascent and Forester come standard with the renowned traction of Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. That's great for exceptionally safe traction no matter what the road or trail looks like. Each of these Subaru SUVs also come standard with the flat BOXER® engine that provides a low center of gravity for handling unlike any other SUV. You will find a bit more power from the larger Subaru Ascent, but you likely won't notice much difference in the throttle since it is heavier than the Subaru Forester. However, if you're looking for a slightly sportier drive and don't need to carry more than five passengers at a time, you may appreciate the Subaru Forester SI-DRIVE, which allows you to choose between Sport and Intelligent driving modes. If you're looking to tow more than a small trailer, you may be better off with the more powerful Subaru Ascent capable of towing up to 5,000 pounds compared to the 1,500-pound towing capacity of the Subaru Forester.

2020 Subaru Ascent vs Forester Safety

If you've followed the story of Subaru much, you probably know that safety is at the core of everything this company does. Subaru was among the first affordable automotive brands to offer driver assist technology nearly a decade ago, and these two AWD SUVs are great examples of the Subaru dedication to safety. Both models are built on the Subaru Global platform, which was recently introduced as a lighter, stronger, and quieter platform that will soon underpin every Subaru model. The results for this advanced platform are evident in top crash test safety ratings from independent experts from the IIHS and the NHTSA. Of course, it's always better to avoid an accident in the first place, and that's why every new 2020 Subaru Ascent and Forester SUV comes equipped with EyeSight® technology.

2020 Subaru Ascent vs Forester Comparison Features

The 2020 Subaru Ascent & Forester Come Standard With EyeSight® Driver Assistance

You may have heard that today's vehicles can now detect certain imminent collisions and automatically apply the brakes to reduce damage or avoid the collision completely. This advanced safety technology has proven to be incredibly effective, and it's just one part of what makes up the Subaru EyeSight® driver assist technology. It's standard in both the new 2020 Subaru Ascent and Forester, which means you'll also enjoy advanced safety and convenience features such as adaptive cruise control as well as Lane Departure and Sway warning. You'll also have the advantage of Lane-Keep Assist in either of these AWD Subaru SUV models.

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Why Does Subaru Stand Above The Competition In Beaverton?

When it comes to a vehicle that offers outstanding value and longevity for your money, it makes sense to take a good, long look at Subaru. This is the brand that was recognized by Kelley Blue Book as their 2019 Most Trusted Brand, and that was the fifth year in a row that Subaru earned this distinction. It's no wonder that J.D. Power recognized Subaru as the #1 for Brand Loyalty among mainstream auto brands. We could continue at some length about the independent industry awards that Subaru continues to own, but what we think is even more important is the unprecedented commitment to safety that comes with every Subaru. Come see us to find out more and test drive the latest Subaru models at our dealership that proudly serves the greater Portland area and beyond.

2020 Subaru Ascent2020 Subaru Forester
$31,995Starting MSRP*$24,495
27 Highway / 21 CityFuel Economy (MPG)33 Highway / 26 City
260Horsepower182
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.

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