2020 Subaru Ascent vs Forester Comparison in Olympia, WA

The SUVs made by Subaru are nothing short of amazing. While the 2020 Subaru Ascent and the 2020 Subaru Forester share the same quality, longevity, and safe design, there are also some notable differences between the two. On this Subaru Model comparison page, you'll find details on how the spacious 3-row Subaru Ascent and the popular 2-row Subaru Forester differ for the 2020 model year. Once you've narrowed down your choice, stop by our Subaru dealership in Olympia, WA to take one for a spin!

2020 Subaru Ascent vs Forester Interior Comparison

Subaru Ascent vs Subaru Forester: Space & Capacities

While the 2020 Subaru Forester is in the small SUV segment, "small" hardly seems like the right word to describe the interior. With 111.9 cubic feet of passenger volume, it's bigger than most SUVs in its class. It also has 35.4 cubic feet of cargo space, which can increase to 76.1 cubic feet when you fold down the rear seats! As spacious as it is, the Forester is still a two-row SUV.

The 2020 Subaru Ascent, on the other hand, is a three-row SUV that can seat up to eight people. It has 153.5 cubic feet of passenger volume so that even adults can sit comfortably in the second and third rows. It has 17.8 cubic feet of standard cargo volume; however, folding down the third row yields 47.5 cubic feet, while folding down the second and third rows increases the space to 86.5 cubic feet! In addition, the 2020 Subaru Ascent comes standard with roof rails so that you can bring along extra cargo. Roof rails are an available upgrade on the 2020 Subaru Forester.

Subaru Ascent vs Subaru Forester: Interior Comfort and Technology

You'll find impressive technology inside both these SUVs, including a STARLINK® Multimedia Plus system with a 6.5-inch touchscreen and smartphone connectivity through Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™, and more. The Subaru Ascent has a standard six-speaker audio system, while the Forester starts out with four speakers. They both offer premium Harman Kardon audio systems: a nine-speaker system for the Subaru Forester and a fourteen-speaker system for the Subaru Ascent. Automatic climate control is standard in both. However, the Subaru Ascent starts out with tri-zone climate control, while the Subaru Forester has single-zone (with dual-zone as an upgrade). Heated front and second-row seats are available on both, and the Subaru Ascent offers an 8-way power adjustable driver's seat, while the upgraded power driver's seat in the Subaru Forester is adjustable 10 ways.

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2020 Subaru Ascent vs Forester Exterior Comparison

Subaru Ascent vs Subaru Forester: Safety

You don't have to worry about safety with either of these SUVs! They both earned top five-star overall safety ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. What's more, they both feature standard EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology. This suite of features includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-collision Braking, Lane Departure/Sway Warning, and Lane Keep Assist, and is shown to reduce rear-end collisions with injuries by up to 85%! The 2020 Subaru Forester does offer one feature that can't be found on the 2020 Subaru Ascent: available DriverFocus™ Distraction Mitigation System. This system keeps tabs on your driving; if it notices that you seem drowsy or distracted, it will alert you with an alarm so you can grab a cup of coffee, take a power nap, get out and stretch, or do whatever else you need to avoid sleepiness.

2020 Subaru Ascent vs Forester Features

Subaru Ascent vs Subaru Forester: Performance

These two SUVs do share some important performance features. For example, they both give you the safety and capability of Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, as well as the power and balance of BOXER® engines. But there are also some key differences. The BOXER® engine in the Subaru Forester generates a healthy 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque, but that is eclipsed by the power of the BOXER® engine in the heavier Subaru Ascent. That engine distributes 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque to all four wheels! Of course, this difference in power also means that there's a difference in fuel efficiency. The larger 2020 Subaru Ascent can get up to 26 miles per gallon, while the 2020 Subaru Forester gets up to 33.

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Whichever Subaru model you choose, you're sure to be pleased. There's good reason why Subaru has such a huge following in the Pacific Northwest, and it goes beyond just following trends. Subaru cars and SUVs are known for their exceptional quality, but you don't have to take our word for it! IntelliChoice named Subaru the Popular Brand with the Best Overall Value, and the American Customer Satisfaction Index rated Subaru #1 in Owner Satisfaction. These are just a few of the many awards and accolades that Subaru has received. When you're ready to experience a Subaru for yourself, head to Hanson Subaru to take one of the cars or SUVs from our huge inventory for a test drive. We look forward to seeing you!

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.