Which Subaru SUV Is The Right Size For You?

There is a lot to love about every new Subaru SUV, like standard safety features, long-lasting performance, and the impressive ability to adapt to all of your adventure needs. To help our customers near Frisco easily decide if the Ascent, Forester or Outback is the right Subaru SUV for them, we have highlighted the differences that make each Subaru SUV unique.

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All three Subaru SUVs have a BOXER engine under the hood and come with standard  Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, in true Subaru fashion. Even though it doesn't snow here in Plano, TX the standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive provides a commanding grip on the road at all times regardless of terrain or conditions. X-Mode with Hill Descent Control is another performance feature shared by all three SUVs to deliver enhanced off-road performance.

  • Ascent: The Ascent is a family-sized three row SUV with a powerful 2.4L turbocharged BOXER engine under the hood that generates 260 horsepower. The 2.4L turbo BOXER is also impressively fuel-efficient and gets up to 27 highway mpg, but does not slack on power, towing up to 5,000 lbs and making Ascent the most powerful Subaru SUV available.
  • Outback: The 2020 Outback has two BOXER engines to choose from, one being the same 2.4L turbocharged, 260 horsepower BOXER engine powering the Ascent. The Outback models powered by the turbo BOXER are capable of towing up to 3,500 lbs., which makes this Outback the most powerful iteration of the Outback ever. The standard BOXER engine is the revamped 2.5L four-cylinder BOXER with Auto Stop-Start Technology and 182 horsepower to tow up to 2,700 lbs. while getting 33 highway mpg. The 2020 Outback has a new special adventure trim level, Outback Onyx, that features a new dual-function X-Mode with deep snow, dirt, and mud driving modes.
  • Forester: The Subaru Forester is also powered by the same 182 horsepower, 2.5L four-cylinder BOXER engine as the standard for the Outback and also gets 33 highway mpg. However, the Forester is capable of towing up to 1,500 lbs. The Forester Premium, Sport, Limited and Touring trims come equipped with X-Mode and Hill Descent Control. The Forester Sport and Touring include paddle shifters.
  • Advanced Safety Features:

    Richardson, TX and surrounding area drivers will find there is no shortage of advanced safety features on the Ascent, Outback, and Forester. All three Subaru SUVs come with Subaru's highly award-winning EyeSight Driver Assist Technology, which includes Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control and Pre-Collision Braking, as standard features. Other safety features that all three Subaru SUV models share include LED Steering Responsive Headlights, Reverse Automatic Braking, Blind-Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, and Subaru STARLINK Safety & Security with Automatic Collision Notification.

    While the Forester, Ascent, and Outback share many of the same advanced safety features, there are a few differences. The Forester and Ascent come standard with Subaru Rear Seat Reminder to alert drivers when there may be a child or pet in the backseat. The Outback and Forester have the Subaru DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation System available on select trims which is not available on the Ascent. The Ascent and Outback are both available with a 180-degree front-view camera.

    Interior Dimensions:

    The biggest difference between the three amazing Subaru SUV models is their size. The Ascent is the 3-row SUV perfect for Dallas area families while the Forester and Outback are spacious mid-size crossover SUVs.

    • Total Passenger Space - 153.5 cubic feet
    • Seating Capacity - 7 or 8
    • Headroom Front/Rear/3rd - 41.3/40/36.3 inches
    • Legroom Front/Rear/3rd - 42.2/38.6/31.7 inches
    • Cargo Room 1st/2nd - 20.8/47.5 cubic feet
    • Maximum Cargo Room - 86.5 cubic feet
    • Total Passenger Space - 109 cubic feet
    • Seating Capacity - 5
    • Headroom Front/Rear - 40.1/39.1 inches
    • Legroom Front/Rear - 42.8/39.5 inches
    • Cargo Room - 32.5 cubic feet
    • Maximum Cargo Room - 75.7 cubic feet
    • Total Passenger Space - 111.9 cubic feet
    • Seating Capacity - 5
    • Headroom Front/Rear - 41.2/39.6 inches
    • Legroom Front/Rear - 43.4/39.4 inches
    • Cargo Room - 35.4 cubic feet
    • Maximum Cargo Room - 76.1 cubic feet

    Multimedia & Features:

    Since the Forester, Outback, and Ascent are all Subaru vehicles, they share many of the same features. However, there are a few differences. The Outback has the largest touchscreen display of the three SUVs at 11.6-inches. The Forester and Ascent both have 6.5 and 8-inch screens. All three SUVs come standard with STARLINK multimedia that includes Apple CarPlay & Android Auto and available 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity. The Ascent, being built for families, has up to 8 USB ports and the Forester and Outback both have up to 4. One feature that is exclusive to the Outback is roof rails with integrated crossbars, while the Forester and Ascent have roof rails.

    There is no better way for Carrollton area drivers to discover which Subaru SUV is just the right size for their next adventure than from behind the wheel. Make your way down to Ewing Subaru of Plano today to test drive the Ascent, Forester or Outback that you have your eye on. Also, speak to a member of our team to see how much you can save with current leasing and financing offers.