2020 Subaru Ascent VS 2020 GMC Acadia Comparison in Salt Lake City, UT

One of General Motors' more premium brands, GMC builds trucks and SUVs a little bit more luxe than what you get from Chevy. But can the 2020 GMC Acadia compete with the capability, comfort and utility of the 2020 Subaru Ascent? Find out by comparing them side-by-side on this page! We'll show you how you get more standard capability from a tougher engine, more comfort from a more spacious cabin and more safety from an advanced suite of driver assist technologies in the 2020 Subaru Ascent.

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2020 Subaru Ascent vs. 2020 GMC Acadia: Size Comparison

The 2020 Subaru Ascent is simply bigger than the 2020 GMC Acadia, though it's not much longer or wider on the outside, so they both fit the same in your driveway. But, it does mean that the 2020 Subaru Ascent provides more cargo room so you can bring home that huge flatscreen. More legroom in the first and third rows give you and your little ones extra room to stretch their legs. It's also available with eight seats, whereas the 2020 GMC Acadia can only seat six or seven, so it's big enough for even bigger families.

Plus, you also get standard roof rails on the 2020 Subaru Ascent so you can more easily attach snowboard carriers, bike racks and cargo boxes. Roof rails will cost you extra on the 2020 GMC Acadia.


Subaru Ascent Folding Seats

2020 Subaru Ascent vs. 2020 GMC Acadia: Technology Comparison

Both these cars come standard with similar comfort and convenience features, like tri-zone automatic climate control, a six-speaker audio system and a touchscreen multimedia system with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™.

But look closer and you find some advantages in the 2020 Subaru Ascent. For instance, the 2020 Subaru Ascent features a standard height-adjustable driver's seat, unlike the 2020 GMC Acadia. It's easier to find the most comfortable seating position in the Subaru SUV. The 2020 Subaru Ascent also comes standard with cargo underfloor storage to safely stash smaller items. A similar feature will cost you extra on the 2020 GMC Acadia.

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2020 Subaru Ascent vs. 2020 GMC Acadia: Performance Comparison

The standard engine in the 2020 GMC Acadia is naturally aspirated and makes a meager 193 horsepower. Instead, select the 2020 Subaru Ascent and get a standard turbocharged BOXER® engine that puts out 260 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque. You can get a more powerful turbocharged engine in the 2020 GMC Acadia as an added option, but it's still not as powerful as the Ascent. In fact, there's even the option of a thirsty V6 engine in the 2020 GMC Acadia, and even that engine doesn't deliver as much torque as the 2020 Subaru Ascent. That's why the 2020 Subaru Ascent is rated to tow up to 5,000 pounds when properly equipped. The maximum towing capacity of the 2020 GMC Acadia is only 4,000 pounds.


Subaru Ascent On Dirt Road

2020 Subaru Ascent vs. 2020 GMC Acadia: Safety Comparison

The 2020 GMC Acadia offers all-wheel drive, but it'll cost you roughly $2,500 as an additional option. In fact, all-wheel drive is not even available on the entry-level trim, so the most affordable all-wheel drive GMC Acadia has an MSRP of $37,395! Instead, the all-weather agility and all-road capability of all-wheel drive comes totally standard on every Subaru Ascent.

Furthermore, the 2020 Subaru Ascent earned the 2020 Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Each year, the IIHS dubs only the safest vehicles in each class with their Top Safety Pick honor, and the GMC Acadia earned no such honor for the 2020 model year.


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2020 Subaru Ascent vs. 2020 GMC Acadia: Driver Assistance Comparison

Subaru EyeSight® is a suite of important driver assist features that can protect you on today's hectic roads. These include forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane keep assistance and adaptive cruise control. For your peace of mind, the 2020 Subaru Ascent comes totally standard with Subaru EyeSight®! That means you don't have to pay extra for these features. Not only are they absent from the entry level 2020 GMC Acadia, they're still an optional extra even after upgrading to the Acadia SLT trim level -- a model with an MSRP of $40,895! By contrast, you get these features on the entry-level 2020 Subaru Ascent and every trim level. Because peace of mind on busy roads should be affordable for everyone.

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Why Subaru Is The Right Choice For Life In Salt Lake City:

With a starting MSRP of $31,995, the 2020 Subaru Ascent is a bit more expensive than the 2020 GMC Acadia. But, as we've detailed above, you get so much more from Subaru! So much more that, were you to add similar functionality as options and upgrades, the GMC Acadia could cost you thousands more! Instead, you can get the durability, capability and all-weather proven reputation of Subaru and save at Nate Wade Subaru.

2020 Subaru Ascent2020 GMC Acadia
$31,995Starting MSRP*$29,800
260Standard Horsepower193
277Standard Torque (lb-ft)188
StandardAll-Wheel DriveAvailable Upgrade
5,000 lbsMaximum Towing Capacity4,000 lbs
21 MPG City / 27 MPG Highway Fuel Economy (AWD)21 MPG City / 27 MPG Highway
8 PassengersMaximum Seating Capacity7 Passengers
86.5 Cubic FeetMaximum Cargo Volume79.0 Cubic Feet
StandardAutomatic Emergency BrakingAvailable Upgrade
2020 Top Safety PickIIHS Safety AccoladeNone

*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.