Subaru Ascent vs Chevrolet Traverse 3-Row SUV Comparison in Huntington Beach, CA

The 2020 Subaru Ascent offers the capability that Southern California's biggest families need with comfortable seating for up to eight. Rivals like the Chevy Traverse just can't compare! With standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, EyeSight® driver assistance and an efficient turbocharged engine, it's simply the best value on the market. And we can prove it to you at McKenna Subaru. Take a look below to see how the 2020 Subaru Ascent stacks up against the 2020 Chevrolet Traverse. We've compared them side-by-side in key areas like features, performance, safety and more.

2020 Ascent With Surfboards

2020 Subaru Ascent vs 2020 Chevy Traverse: Exterior

Subaru vehicles are perhaps best known for their toughness for outdoor adventuring, and that means carrying stuff like bikes, snowboards and camping gear. That's why the 2020 Subaru Ascent comes standard with roof rails, unlike the 2020 Chevrolet Traverse.

As optional upgrades, the 2020 Subaru Ascent offers steering-responsive LED headlights and LED fog lights. These lights swivel as you turn for superior nighttime visibility. Such features aren't available on the 2020 Chevrolet Traverse at all!

2020 Ascent Interior Space

2020 Subaru Ascent vs 2020 Chevy Traverse: Interior

The 2020 Chevrolet Traverse has a larger cabin than the 2020 Subaru Ascent, but clever engineering means you get more legroom in the first and second rows of seats in the Subaru SUV. The Subaru Ascent is also wider, so you get more hip and shoulder room throughout the cabin, so every passenger enjoys a little more personal space. And with 19 cupholders, there's room for everyone's beverages, extra kid's meal toys, garbage and other loose items in the Subaru Ascent. You get just 10 cupholders in the Chevy Traverse.

If you want a more premium ride, the 2020 Subaru Ascent even has superior optional extras, like a 14-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, woodgrain trim or carbon fiber patterned trim. The premium audio system available on the 2020 Chevy Traverse has just 10 speakers, and it doesn't offer woodgrain or carbon fiber trim inside.

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2020 Ascent All-Wheel Drive

2020 Subaru Ascent vs 2020 Chevy Traverse: Performance

The 2020 Subaru Ascent makes a bit less horsepower than the 2020 Chevrolet Traverse, but greater torque, for similar everyday performance. In fact, at the entry level, the 2020 Subaru Ascent can even tow a bit more: 2,000 pounds compared to the Chevy Traverse L which can tow just 1,500 pounds.

But where the 2020 Subaru Ascent sets itself apart is with superior fuel economy and capability. It'll achieve up to 23 city MPG! The 2020 Chevy Traverse gets up to 18 MPG in the city with front-wheel drive and only 17 MPG with available all-wheel drive.

And since Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive comes standard on the 2020 Subaru Ascent, it'll provide superior poor-weather performance and all-terrain ability without costing you a penny more! All-wheel drive is an additional $2,000 option on the 2020 Chevy Traverse.

2020 Ascent LED Taillights

2020 Subaru Ascent vs 2020 Chevy Traverse: Safety

Both these SUVs received good crash test scores from leading safety authorities, but the 2020 Subaru Ascent impressed them even more.

Both vehicles earned five-star overall safety ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, but the 2020 Chevy Traverse got just four stars in the frontal crash category. The 2020 Subaru Ascent earned five-stars overall as well as in every crash test category! It was so safe it even earned a 2020 Top Safety Pick selection from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The 2020 Chevrolet Traverse got no safety awards from the IIHS.

2020 Ascent LED Steering Responsive Headlights

2020 Subaru Ascent vs 2020 Chevy Traverse: Driver Assistance

Subaru EyeSight® is a cutting-edge driver assistance suite that comes standard on every 2020 Subaru Ascent. EyeSight® comes with forward collision alert, pre-collision emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist and adaptive cruise control. These features are available on the 2020 Chevrolet Traverse, but they're not standard. In fact, adaptive cruise control isn't even available on the 2020 Chevrolet Traverse save for the High Country trim level that starts at a whopping MSRP of $50,900! You can spend half as much and get all the same driver assist technology on the Subaru Ascent.

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Why Choose The Subaru Ascent At McKenna?

The 2020 Chevrolet Traverse has a starting MSRP of $29,800 -- but, in order to upgrade to all-wheel drive, you'll have to step up to the LS trim level and add the $2,000 all-wheel drive system for a starting MSRP of $34,900. The 2020 Subaru Ascent brings all-wheel drive, superior comfort, class-leading safety and legendary Subaru durability for the low MSRP of just $31,995.

2020 Subaru Ascent2020 Chevrolet Traverse
$31,995Starting MSRP*$29,800
StandardAll-Wheel DriveAvailable Upgrade
27 Highway/21 CityFuel Economy (MPG)27 Highway/18 City
277 lb-ftTorque266 lb-ft
2,000 lbsStandard Towing Capacity1,500 lbs
StandardRoof RailsAvailable Upgrade
StandardAdaptive Cruise ControlAvailable
Available UpgradeSteering Responsive LED HeadlightsNot Available
StandardAutomatic Pre-Collision BrakingAvailable Upgrade
Available UpgradeReverse Automatic BrakingNot Available

*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.