2022 Ascent vs 2022 Forester Comparison in Salt Lake City, UT 

Subaru SUVs are a popular choice among drivers for their high safety ratings, standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, and spacious interiors. When living so close to the Wasatch Mountains there's no better vehicle to get you outdoors to answer the call of nature than a Subaru SUV. Two notable models include the 2022 Ascent and the 2022 Forester. The Ascent is the largest Subaru SUV with three-rows of available seating while the Forester is a smaller, two row compact crossover. It can be hard to decide which Subaru is right for you, which is why we've done the heavy lifting for you. Below you'll find a side-by-side comparison between the Ascent and the Forester. You can learn why drivers love these SUVs and what sets them apart. When you're ready to schedule a test drive, contact us at Nate Wade Subaru where our team of experts will help you find the perfect Subaru.

2022 Ascent vs 2022 Forester Exterior  

2022 Subaru Ascent vs 2022 Forester: Design and Exterior Features

Both the 2022 Ascent and Forester are similar in shape and style, the main difference being the Ascent is the larger of the two. Raised roof rails standard across all trims of the Ascent, while they're available on higher trims of the Forester. Both SUVs offer an available panoramic power moonroof that lets you see more of Utah's natural beauty. The 2022 Ascent comes standard with 18 inch aluminum alloy wheels with a silver finish, whereas the 2022 Forester has slightly smaller 17 inch steel wheels standard across all trims. Regardless of which Subaru SUV you decide on, there is no wrong choice.

2022 Subaru Ascent vs 2022 Forester: Interior Features and Technology

It's easy to see that the 2022 Ascent is a large spacious ride. With three rows of spacious seating, this SUV comfortably holds up to eight passengers, with air vents in each row of seats, as well as 19 cup and bottle holders. With ample cargo space, the Ascent offers a vast 75.6 cubic feet of room behind the first seat. The 2022 Forester delivers similar features on a smaller scale but with the same high quality. With seating for up to five and 74.2 cubic feet of cargo room with the rear seat laid flat, there's room for luggage, groceries, sporting equipment, and more. The Forester and Ascent both offer a convenient underfloor storage area for extra space.

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2022 Ascent vs 2022 Forester Interior

The 2022 Ascent and the Forester feature a 6.5-inch STARLINK® multimedia display screen, which allows users to use Apple CarPlay® or Android Auto™ to pair their phone for handsfree usage. Use it to navigate to that new restaurant you've always wanted to try, listen to your favorite music and podcasts, and so much  more. An 8-inch display screen is available on higher trims in both vehicles as well as a Harman Kardon® Premium audio system.

2022 Subaru Ascent vs 2022 Forester: Performance

Besides size, this is where you'll find the biggest difference between the 2022 Ascent and the 2022 Forester. The three-row Ascent boasts a 2.4L turbocharged BOXER® engine under the hood that generates a mighty 260 horsepower and 277 lb/ft of torque. The smaller Forester comes standard with a 2.5L BOXER® that produces a solid 182 horsepower and 176 lb/ft of torque. While both SUVs come with standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and a Lineartronic® automatic transmission, only the Forester offers standard Subaru Intelligent Drive (SI-DRIVE). This feature reduces emissions while providing a smoother ride. If you're looking for a weekend getaway vehicle that will easily pull your jet ski trailer or boat, the 2022 Ascent can tow up to 5,000 lbs while the 2022 Forester only tows up to 3,000 lbs. SInce the Forester is a smaller SUV, you'll get better gas mileage: 33 highway MPG as opposed to the 27 MPG on the highway from the Ascent.

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2022 Subaru Ascent vs 2022 Forester: Safety and Driver Assist Features

You can always count on Subaru to deliver solid safety features and the latest in driver assist technology. The 2022 Ascent and Forester continue this award-winning legacy by receiving five star overall safety ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This is thanks in part to the EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology that comes standard on both SUVs. This suite of features includes Sway Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-Collision Throttle Warning, and much more. Both vehicles also come with standard LED Steering Responsive Headlights for better visibility.

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2022 Ascent vs 2022 Forester: Summary

There is no wrong choice when deciding between the 2022 Subaru Ascent and the 2022 Subaru Forester. The 2022 Ascent, with a starting MSRP of only $32,295 is our largest SUV with enough room for up to eight passengers. The 2022 Forester has a starting MSRP of just $25,195 and is one of our most popular models among families and adventurers. Stop by the dealership today or contact us to schedule a test drive of the Ascent, Forester, or both!. Our talented team at Nate Wade Subaru in Salt Lake City is ready to help you find the Subaru of your dreams!

Feature2022 Subaru Ascent2022 Subaru Forester
Starting MSRP*$32,295$25,195
Torque277176 lb/ft
Max Towing Capacity5,000 lbs.3,000 lbs (Wilderness Model)
Standard Fuel Economy (MPG)27 Highway - 21 City33 Highway - 26 City
Passenger Volume153.5 Cubic Feet (Seats Up To 8)111.6 Cubic Feet (Seats Up To 5)
Max Cargo Space86.5 Cubic Feet74.2 Cubic Feet
LED Steering-Responsive HeadlightsStandardStandard
Standard Wheels18" Alloy17" Alloy
Raised Roof RailsStandardAvailable

*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.

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