2019 Subaru Ascent vs 2018 Subaru Outback

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2019 Subaru Ascent

vs.

2018 Subaru Outback

21 city / 27 hwy

Fuel Economy

25 city / 35 hwy
260 hp

Horsepower

175 hp
277 lb-ft

Torque

174 lb-ft

Serving Duluth, Atlanta, and Johns Creek, GA

The Subaru Ascent is an all-new three-row crossover model that will appeal to families. Scheduled for release in 2018, this is actually a 2019 model that offers more interior space than the popular Outback. The 2018 Subaru Outback is a smaller, five-passenger crossover that blends stylish interior comfort with all-wheel drive performance.

Those who have inspected the Outback inside and out may feel they want a larger vehicle, and the new Ascent promises good gas mileage and a long list of standard features. Both models are available in a variety of trims, and each can be purchased with an additional convenience or safety package. Below, some similarities and differences between the two models are outlined in greater detail.

Trim Options

The Subaru Ascent is available in a total of four trims. The base trim is simply call the Ascent and includes such standard features as standard symmetrical all-wheel drive, the EyeSight driver assist systems, and a turbocharged 260-horsepower Boxer engine. The Ascent Premium has variable seating configurations available and comes with a standard All-Weather package that includes heated seats. The Ascent Limited has leather upholstery and a power rear gate. The Ascent Touring has second-row captain's chairs and a premium Harman Kardon sound system. The 2018 Subaru Outback comes in six different trims, from the base 2.5i to the luxurious 3.6R Touring. The 2.5 models come with a four-cylinder engine and all-wheel drive, and the 3.6 versions have a more powerful V6. Standard features on all trims include a rearview camera, roof rails, and the Subaru Starlink interface.

Interior Comfort

The new Subaru Ascent is designed with underfloor storage and boasts up to 153 cubic feet of cargo space when the mid-row and rear-row seats are folded. The cabin is full of soft-touch materials, and there are a total of 19 cup and bottle holders. The rear door open extra-wide for ease of entry and exit from the third row. Depending on trim, there are up to eight USB ports. Wi-Fi connectivity is built-in. The panoramic moonroof is 54 inches in width, one of the largest in the entire automotive world. The 2018 Subaru Outback provides total comfort thanks to the cushiony, wide seats in both front and rear. This vehicle offers one of the smoothest rides of any small crossover, with bumps and dips hardly noticeable at low speeds. Outward visibility is tops in its class. The navigation screen is easy to use and features huge icons for quick recognition.

Safety Features

These two models are tops in the safety department. All-wheel drive makes for easy travel in poor weather conditions. The EyeSight safety suite is worth it, and buyers will see the drop in their insurance rates. Both the Ascent and Outback have front and front-side airbags, side-curtain bags, child safety seat anchors and tethers, and a rearview camera. The Outback even comes with standard hill start assist and hill descent control across the trim lineup.


Check out the 2018 Subaru Outback at Subaru of Gwinnett today, and while at the dealer lot, ask about the all-new, exciting Subaru Ascent, the highly anticipated full-size crossover. Both models deserve a close inspection, and both promise a comfortable, safe ride.

All figures are EPA estimates. Actual mileage may vary.

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