2020 Subaru Outback vs 2020 Subaru Ascent
2020 Subaru Outback 2020 Subaru Ascent


2.5L 4-Cylinder 2.4L Turbo 4-Cylinder


182 260

  MPG (City/Highway)

26/33 * 21/27 *

2020 Subaru Outback vs 2020 Subaru Ascent

Serving New Bern, NC

Today's line at Riverside Subaru is filled with well-equipped models that have exciting capabilities. As you compare the possibilities on display, your attention may understandably be captured by the Outback and the Ascent. The Outback is a station wagon that sits in its sixth generation for the 2020 model year, and it offers seating for five adults. The Ascent is a midsize crossover SUV that has only been provided for one year, and this 3-row SUV is already getting plenty of attention. Which one of these Subaru models has the functionality and features necessary to meet your high expectations?


The overall performance capabilities of these two Subaru models are identical in most areas. This is because they are both outfitted with the same BOXER 2.4-liter, 4-cylinder engine connected to a Lineartronic CVT, and this duo produces 260 horsepower. Both of these Subaru models also come with symmetrical all-wheel drive, hill start assist, X-Mode, power steering, anti-locking brakes, and other equipment. While the performance features in the Ascent and the Outback are comparable, you may find that the handling is unique because of the differences in weight and body shape between these two vehicles. The best way to determine which car you would prefer to drive is to compare them with a behind-the-wheel test.


The 2020 Ascent is the larger of these two models across most dimensions. As a 3-row SUV, it has substantial height, and its roof angles only slightly as it flows toward a small spoiler at the rear. The Ascent's grille has a hexagonal shape with defined corners, and this grille is directly connected to the flared LED headlights. Black and chrome accents are found across all sides of the Ascent. In comparison, the 2020 Subaru Outback has a lowered stance with thick lower-body molding across most of the perimeter. The Outback's grille is thinner, and its sharp points at the side are separated from the LED headlights. The grille also carries a solid accent bar with a chrome finish across the top.


These two Subaru models share many interior features across their various trims, but their center stack and console designs differ. The Outback has a larger display screen than the Ascent has, and its center console angles upward. The Ascent's console remains horizontal, and it has a concealed storage area. The shared equipment between these two vehicles includes an auto climate control system with multiple zones, a power sunroof, a push-button ignition, USB ports, a sound system, smart device integration, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with mounted functional tabs, powered front seats, and many other items.

When you are ready to get more details about the Ascent, and the Outback, head to Riverside Subaru, our associates are looking forward to assisting you with a test drive comparison of these models and their beautiful trims.

* EPA-estimated fuel economy. Actual mileage may vary.