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Subaru Forester vs. Subaru Outback vs. Subaru Ascent: Compare Subaru SUVs near Boston, MA

There are lots of reasons Massachusetts Subaru SUV owners love what they drive-practical versatility, all-weather capability, and a proven safety reputation, to name a few. Other reasons include comfortable accommodations, plenty of cargo space, and advanced yet easy-to-use technology.

People  from all walks of life trust Subaru SUVs when they need something that can stand up to the elements and keep up with their busy schedule. And because different people have distinct requirements, Subaru offers SUVs for a variety of needs and lifestyles, with the three largest models being the Forester, Outback, and Ascent. If you're in the market for a new Subaru SUV and need help deciding which one best fits your specifications, we invite you to check out this quick comparison of their distinguishing characteristics.

Subaru SUV Standard Features

While Subaru SUVs offer different feature sets based on their nameplate, a few notable attributes are common to all models. For example, all models come standard with 8.7 inches of ground clearance, Symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive, and smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Plus, all models with a Lineartronic® continuously variable transmission include EyeSight® driver-assistance technologies aids like Pre-Collision Braking, Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control, and Lane Keep Assist.

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Subaru Forester

  • What are the Subaru Forester's trim levels? Base, Premium, Sport, Limited, and Touring

  • What are the Subaru Forester's dimensions? The Subaru Forester measures 182.1L x 71.5W x 68.1H.

  • How many seats does the Subaru Forester have? Forester provides ample room for five riders.

  • How much headroom and legroom does the Subaru Forester have? Front seat passengers have 40.2 inches of headroom and 43.3 inches of legroom, while rear-seat accommodations measure 37.7 and 39.4 inches, respectively.

  • Does the Subaru Forester have lots of cargo space? Yes! In fact, Forester has one of the roomiest cargo areas in the compact crossover segment. In its Base trim level configuration, Forester offers 31.1 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 74.3 cubes with the second row folded. All other trim levels have 28.9 and 69.2 cubic feet behind the second and first rows, respectively.

  • How much horsepower does the Subaru Forester have? Forester finds its motivation in a 2.5L BOXER engine that makes 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque. Premium models and above enhance the standard Symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive system with X-MODE traction and hill-descent control.

Subaru Outback

  • What are the Subaru Outback's trim levels? base, Premium, Limited, Touring, Onyx Edition XT, Limited XT, Touring XT, Wilderness™

  • What are the Subaru Outback's dimensions? The Subaru Outback measures 191.3L x 73W x 66.4H.

  • What is the Outback Wilderness™? The Outback Wilderness™ is an all-new trim level and the most rugged and capable Outback ever. It features elevated ground clearance (9.5 in.), increased approach, departure, and ramp breakover angles, and a revised final drive ratio (4.44:1) for more available low-end torque. The Outback Wilderness™ rolls on exclusive matte-black 17-inch wheels wrapped in Yokohama GEOLANDAR® all-terrain tires and comes standard with a full-size spare. 

  • What are the Outback's seating and cargo capacities? The Subaru Outback comfortably accommodates five occupants, with 32.5 cubic feet to spare for your luggage, groceries, or other gear. With the second row folded, the cargo area expands to 75.7 cubic feet.

  • How spacious is the Subaru Outback? Outback offers plenty of space for passengers no matter which seat they take. Front and rear headroom measures 40.1 and 39.1, respectively, while front and rear legroom measures 42.8 and 39.5 inches.

  • What powertrains are available for the Subaru Outback? Standard power comes from a 2.5L BOXER engine producing 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque. XT and Wilderness trim levels feature a 2.4L turbocharged powerplant making 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque. X-MODE comes standard across the lineup, while Onyx Edition XT and Wilderness trims get a special dual-function X-MODE with an extra Deep Snow/Mud setting.


Subaru Ascent

  • What are the Subaru Ascent's trim levels? Base, Premium, Onyx Edition(2022), Limited Touring

  • What are the Subaru Ascent's dimensions? 196.8L x 76W x 71.6H

  • How much headroom and legroom does the Subaru Ascent have? Headroom in the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd rows measures 41.3, 40.0, and 36.3 inches, respectively. Legroom measures 42.2, 38.6, and 31.6 inches.

  • How much cargo space is in the Subaru Ascent? With all seats in use, the Subaru Ascent retains 17.8 cubic feet for your luggage or groceries. When you need more cargo space, the third row folds easily to reveal 47.5 cubic feet. And with all rear seats folded, available capacity grows to 86.5 cubic feet.

  • Does the Subaru Ascent offer captain's chairs? The Ascent's base trim level comes standard with a second-row bench and seating for 8 riders. Ascent Premium also comes standard with 8 seats but offers an optional 7-seat configuration with second-row captain's chairs. And Limited models are available in either a seven- or eight-seat configuration at no extra cost. And the Touring trim comes standard with captain's chairs and 7 seats.

  • What is the Ascent Onyx Edition? The Ascent Onyx Edition is an all-new trim level for 2022. It builds on the 7-seat Premium tier with a black-out exterior appearance package and 20-inch alloy wheels. Other feature add-ons include a hands-free liftgate, proximity keyless entry, a heated steering wheel, and reverse automatic braking.

  • What engine does Subaru Ascent have? All Subaru Ascent models are powered by a 2.4L BOXER turbo-four that generates 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque. X-MODE traction control is standard on all models.

Test-drive Subaru SUVs at Cityside Subaru near Boston

For more information about the latest Subaru SUVs and their available trim levels, options, and financing offers, please reach out to Cityside Subaru at your convenience. And if you'd like to explore the amenities, accommodations, and performance for yourself, we welcome you to visit us here in Belmont, MA, where you can get behind the wheel for a test drive. We'd love to give you a tour.

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