2020 Subaru Ascent vs Outback in Beaverton, OR

Maybe you know you need a three-row SUV for your growing family, and you want Subaru toughness and capability. That means you'd do well to check out the 2020 Subaru Ascent. Or, if you only need two rows and the most rugged name in small SUVs, the 2020 Subaru Outback is all-new with more features and tech than ever! But maybe you're not sure you need that third row. Maybe you want some extra cargo room even if that third row will be mostly empty. On this page, we'll help you decide between the midsize 2020 Subaru Ascent and the smaller, more affordable 2020 Subaru Outback. They may be different vehicles, but they're both built with Subaru quality and durability. That's what sets them apart from everything else on the market.

2020 Subaru Ascent vs Outback Exterior Comparison

Passenger & Cargo Space: 2020 Subaru Ascent vs. 2020 Subaru Outback

In base configuration, the 2020 Subaru Ascent features two rows of bench seats plus the driver and passenger seats up front for a total of eight passengers. In the two-row 2020 Subaru Outback, you'll find a single rear bench and seating for up to five. For an even more spacious cabin and easy third row access, the Subaru Ascent can also be outfitted with second row captain's chairs.

Because there's no third row of seats, the 2020 Subaru Outback provides more cargo room with all seats in place: 32.5 cubic feet compared to 17.8 cubic feet behind the rear seats in the Subaru Ascent. However, when you collapse both rear rows, the 2020 Subaru Ascent offers up to 86.5 cubic feet of maximum cargo volume. In the 2020 Subaru Outback, you'll get 75.7 cubic feet of maximum cargo space.

If you only need to transport a family of five or fewer, the 2020 Subaru Outback just might strike the perfect balance between a compact, easy-to-park wagon and a family SUV. For bigger families or those big hardware store hauls, the 2020 Subaru Ascent is the largest Subaru we've ever offered.

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2020 Subaru Ascent vs Outback Interior Comparison

Performance & Capability: 2020 Subaru Ascent vs. 2020 Subaru Outback

The smaller, lighter 2020 Subaru Outback is equipped with a naturally aspirated, four-cylinder BOXER® engine cranking out 182 horsepower for an efficient yet confident drive. When you want more power for highway cruising, rock crawling and overlanding, the new 2020 Subaru Outback XT configurations get a turbocharged BOXER® engine that delivers 260 horsepower and a peppy 277 lb-ft of torque! By contrast, this turbocharged engine comes totally standard in the bigger 2020 Subaru Ascent, making the same 260 horsepower.

That said, both vehicles provide comparable all-terrain performance and balance thanks to standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. And with standard X-MODE® traction technology and Hill Descent Control, they're both capable of tackling terrain that lesser crossovers and SUVs couldn't.

The 2020 Subaru Outback with the standard engine can tow up to 2,700 lbs; the 2020 Subaru Outback XT can pull up to 3,500 lbs. For even bigger trailers, select the 2020 Subaru Ascent, available with a 5,000 lbs maximum towing capacity.

Features & Technology: 2020 Subaru Ascent vs. 2020 Subaru Outback

At the entry level, the 2020 Subaru Ascent comes standard with some family-ready features, while the entry-level 2020 Subaru Outback boasts some exciting new technology. Every 2020 Subaru Ascent provides tri-zone automatic climate control, so everyone can enjoy a comfortable drive. Single-zone automatic climate control comes standard on the 2020 Subaru Outback.

The 2020 Subaru Ascent also provides a standard 6.5" infotainment display -- you'll find two 7" touchscreens inside the 2020 Subaru Outback, or a single 11.6", portrait-oriented touchscreen on upgraded Outback trim levels. On both vehicles, Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ smartphone connectivity come standard. The all-new Outback is also available with StarTex water repellent upholstery, so wet gear from your fishing trip or muddy hiking boots won't harm your seat fabric.

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Price & Value: 2020 Subaru Ascent vs. 2020 Subaru Outback

The all-new 2020 Subaru Outback comes at an incredible price for the cutting-edge technology and all-terrain prowess you expect from the Outback name. The 2020 Subaru Outback starts at just $26,645 MSRP. The noticeably larger 2020 Subaru Ascent starts at $31,995 MSRP.

Got room in your budget for the Subaru Ascent, but don't need all that space? Consider upgrading to the 2020 Subaru Outback Limited. Starting at $33,445 MSRP, that trim level comes with upmarket features and materials like genuine leather upholstery, heated seats, a hands-free power liftgate and a Harman Kardon premium audio system.

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Why Buy From Carr Subaru In Beaverton, OR?

Carr Subaru is proud to be one of Oregon's leading Subaru dealers in sales and customer service year after year. In fact, Subaru recognized our dealership with the 2019 Subaru Love Promise Customer Commitment Award. Subaru knows the relationship between its dealers and its customers is crucial, and the Subaru Love Promise is our commitment to respect your time, your budget and your needs. Our goal isn't just to sell you a car -- it's to be your transportation partner for years to come.

That's why every new Subaru sold at Carr comes with our Carr Care lifetime warranty! As long as you carry out all the manufacturer's recommended maintenance, we'll cover your vehicle's powertrain for the whole life of the vehicle. You'll also get 10 years of roadside assistance, additional parts and repair discounts in our service center and a whole lot more. There are lots of different places to go to buy a new Subaru, but there's only one Carr Subaru. Experience a better car buying experience today at 11635 SW Canyon Rd, Beaverton, OR 97005.

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.

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