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2019 Subaru Forester


2019 Subaru Ascent

2.5-liter 4-cylinder


2.4-liter 4-cylinder
182 hp


260 hp
176 lb-ft


277 lb-ft

Serving Duluth, Atlanta, and Johns Creek, GA

Over the years, Subaru has earned a reputation for producing incredibly versatile SUVs. The all-new 2019 Subaru Forester remains one of the most rewarding small crossovers on the market. It has received several key improvements. Not only does the redesigned Forester provide more passenger room, but it also packs a greater number of standard safety features. If you need to accommodate a few extra passengers, the three-row 2018 Hyundai Ascent will also prove to be a great choice. Let’s see how these two crossovers compare to each other.


For 2019, all versions of the Subaru Forester come equipped with a revised four-cylinder engine. Subaru tweaked the iconic "Boxer" engine to pump out a healthy 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque. A continuous variable transmission helps ensure a smooth performance at all times. While the 2019 Subaru Forester rewards you with extra fuel savings, the 2019 Subaru Ascent has more power under the hood. Its turbocharged four-cylinder engine produces a muscular 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque. When carrying around a full load of passengers and cargo, the extra power will certainly come in handy. You can also take advantage of the Ascent’s 5,000-pound towing capacity. Subaru's renowned Symmetrical AWD system comes standard on both crossovers. Like the Forester, the Ascent is more than capable of handling an off-road adventure.

Interior and Features

The 2019 Subaru Forester now provides more legroom than ever before. It’s perfectly sized for a family of five. However, a third-row seat increases the Ascent’s seating capacity to eight people. There’s also more cargo space in the larger Ascent. Regardless of which SUV you choose, you’ll enjoy a long list of standard features. To give drivers easy access to their favorite mobile apps, Subaru includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto with its Starlink infotainment system. Luxurious upgrades, such as a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot, help keep all of your passengers happy.


Subaru ranks among the leaders in automotive safety. Both of these crossovers are expected to receive a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA. For the 2019 model year, Subaru’s EyeSight driver-assist package comes standard. While automatic emergency braking can bring you to a stop during panic situations, lane-keep assist helps prevent you from accidentally wandering into the next lane. Adaptive cruise control comes standard as well. New safety innovations have also arrived this year. The cutting-edge DriverFocus system uses facial recognition software to detect tired drivers at the wheel. Some of the other available driving aids include blind-spot monitoring, reverse automatic braking, and Steering Responsive Headlamps.

Understandably, some drivers will ultimately have a hard time choosing between the 2019 Subaru Forester and the 2019 Subaru Ascent. To find out which crossover fits your family the best, contact Subaru of Gwinnett to request a test drive.