2020 Subaru Forester vs Subaru Ascent Comparison in Salt Lake City, UT

Choosing the right family SUV for your life in Salt Lake City begins with choosing Subaru. That's because every Subaru SUV comes standard with STARLINK™ multimedia to keep you connected on the day's commute and Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive for when the road ahead gets treacherous. A little ice and snow won't stand in your way!

For more than 20 years, families have loved the two-row Subaru Forester. But for families who need three rows of seats, the Subaru Ascent has arrived, and it's the biggest Subaru model yet. Find out how they compare and what features set them apart below. Then, once you've decided which Subaru is a fit for your family, head to Nate Wade Subaru for your test drive.

2020 Subaru Forester vs Subaru Ascent Exterior

Exterior Differences

Many Subaru vehicles are equipped with roof rails which make it easy to attach all sorts of accessories like bike racks, ski carriers and cargo boxes. The 2020 Subaru Ascent comes standard with factory roof rails, but they're an additional option on the 2020 Subaru Forester. The 2020 Subaru Ascent also comes standard with sculpted alloy wheels, as opposed to steel wheels with covers on the 2020 Subaru Forester.

And while both models can be equipped with steering-adaptive LED headlights for superior nighttime visibility, the 2020 Subaru Ascent comes standard with halogen bulbs. Stationary LED headlights come standard on the 2020 Subaru Forester. The new Subaru Forester is also available in a special Sport trim level with matte black wheels and orange accents on the roof rails, rocker panels, bumpers and interior.

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2020 Subaru Forester vs Subaru Ascent Interior

Interior Differences

The 2020 Subaru Ascent is a three-row SUV with seating for up to eight passengers. The 2020 Subaru Forester can seat up to five. That also means, when you collapse all the rear seats, the 2020 Ascent gives you more cargo space than the 2020 Forester: 86.5 cubic feet in the Ascent vs. 76.1 cubic feet in the Forester.

There are some feature differences, too: the 2020 Subaru Ascent comes standard with reclining second- and third-row seats. Reclining second-row seats are available on the 2020 Subaru Forester when you step up to an upgraded trim level. The 2020 Ascent also comes standard with tri-zone automatic climate control. You can get dual-zone automatic climate control on the 2020 Subaru Forester as an option.

2020 Subaru Forester vs Subaru Ascent Features

Performance & Capability Differences

With 182 horsepower from its BOXER® engine, the 2020 Subaru Forester provides plenty of power for all your daily driving needs. Naturally, the 2020 Subaru Ascent is a bit bigger and heavier and requires a bigger engine. It gets a turbocharged BOXER® engine that delivers 260 horsepower! With a Lineartronic® CVT transmission sending power to the wheels on both models, they'll provide similar acceleration and throttle response.

And since they both come standard with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and generous ground clearance, they can both handle frozen dirt roads and rain-slick streets better than ordinary crossovers. When tackling some particularly tough terrain, Hill Descent Control makes coming down steep slopes stress-free and X-MODE® optimizes the all-wheel drive system for loose, low-friction surfaces like dirt, sand and gravel. These technologies come standard on the 2020 Subaru Ascent, and they're available on premium 2020 Subaru Forester trim levels as well.

Safety Differences

Both the 2020 Subaru Ascent and Forester come standard with Subaru EyeSight® driver assistance which can help you avoid an accident before it happens! Features of this system include pre-collision automatic braking, adaptive cruise control and lane keeping functions.

On the 2020 Subaru Ascent, you can also get a 180-degree Front View Monitor, handy for maneuvering this big family vehicle in tight spaces. Meanwhile, the 2020 Subaru forester can be equipped with the DriverFocus™ Distraction Mitigation System, which can alert a distracted or drowsy driver to keep their eyes on the road ahead where they belong.

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Why Nate Wade Subaru Is The Place To Go For Quality New & CPO Subaru Cars, Crossovers & SUVs

For more than 50 years, Nate Wade Subaru has been serving the Salt Lake City community, selling and maintaining the latest Subaru vehicles. We're the nation's first exclusive Subaru dealer! The all-wheel drive performance, rugged durability and clever engineering of a Subaru makes them ideal for the Rocky Mountains.

But that's not all. At Nate Wade, we strive to earn you business not just with a quality product, but with a customer-centric sales experience. Our award-winning sales team will make sure you enjoy the process, and get exactly what you're looking for at a price that suits your budget.

With our More To Love customer benefits program, you'll get exciting perks that help you save money and take great care of your Subaru for years to come. And if you're looking for a reliable pre-owned Subaru with a factory-backed warranty, Nate Wade Subaru is the #1 Subaru Certified Pre-Owned dealer in the nation. Come see all that we have to offer at 1207 South Main St, Salt Lake City, UT 84111.

2020 Subaru Ascent2020 Subaru Forester
$31,995Starting MSRP*$24,495
27 Highway / 21 CityFuel Economy (MPG)33 Highway / 26 City
StandardRoof RailsAvailable
8 OccupantsSeating Capacity5 Occupants
153.5 Cubic FeetPassenger Space111.9 Cubic Feet
17.8 Cubic FeetCargo Volume35.4 Cubic Feet
86.5 Cubic FeetMax Cargo Volume76.1 Cubic Feet
StandardX-MODE® and Hill Descent ControlAvailable Upgrade
5,000 PoundsMax Towing Capacity1,500 Pounds

*Manufacturer's suggested retail price does not include destination and delivery charges, tax, title and registration fees. Destination and delivery includes handling and inland freight fees and may vary in some states. Prices, specifications, options, features and models subject to change without notice.