The Subaru Ascent vs. Subaru Outback

Compare the New Subaru Outback to the Subaru Ascent

Which Suits You Best?

Two classic Subaru models with their own distinct personalities. The Popular Subaru Outback wagon and three-row Subaru Ascent provide everything drivers need as they head to the beaches of Santa Barbara or wineries of Ojai. Coming from the same Subaru family, they share many of the same basic properties. But these two definitely stand out in several ways. Kirby Subaru wants to take a look at what makes one better than the other for your family's Camarillo adventures.

Subaru AscentSubaru Outback
Cargo Space47.5 cubic feet32.5 Cubic Feet
City MPG2126
Highway MPG2733
Fuel Tank Capacity18.518.5

Size and Interior

The difference between the Subaru Ascent and Subaru Outback is size. That is noticeable on first glance. For starters, the Outback is a wagon and checks in at 191.3 inches long. The Subaru Ascent is every bit the three-row crossover and is more than 5 inches longer. That translates to 109.2 inches of people room inside the cabin of the Outback and 153 cubic feet of passenger space in the Ascent.

However, the rear-row passengers enjoy 39 inches of legroom in the Outback, while the second-row passengers get slightly less in the Ascent. Third-row passengers enjoy 31.7 inches. The Ascent allows you to haul eight people around Newbury Park, in its standard configuration. Second-row captain's chairs trim that down to seven passengers but allow each rider more personal space and comfort.

Efficiency and Performance

The Outback and Ascent share a similar engine, but it isn't the base 182 horsepower BOXER engine of the Outback. The Ascent comes packed with the same 260-horsepower 2.4-liter BOXER engine you'll find in the enhanced XT trim levels of the Outback. When fuel efficiency is important to you, find the base of the Outback, with it 26/city and 33/highway EPA ratings. The 260-horsepower BOXER of the Ascent drops to 21 mpg/city and 27/highway. Both still rate lower than the upgraded engine on the Outback.

As with any Subaru, the Subaru Ascent and Outback both come equipped with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and 8.7 inches of ground clearance as you explore your adventurous side. X-Mode gives you selectable drive modes that get your ready for anything you may encounter on the Central Coast. Plan on taking the boat or watercraft out to Santa Barbara, opt for the 5,000-towing capacity of the Ascent. That is more than the 3,500 pounds you can tow behind the Outback.


infotainment technology are standard on the Outback and Ascent. Only the Outback brings you the next generation Subaru DriverFocus distraction mitigation technology.

Discover the Subaru Ascent and Subaru Outback in Ventura, CA

There are a lot of features to love in both the Subaru Ascent and Subaru Outback. Your preference will come down to your needs. Do you have a whole crew to haul? Are you bringing out the trailer? Then the Ascent is for you. But the Outback serves a special place in the hearts of Santa Barbara drivers, as well. Learn which one is perfect for you by taking a test drive at Kirby Subaru of Ventura.

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