2020 Subaru Ascent vs. 2020 Forester SUV Comparison in Huntington Beach, CA

Subaru SUVs set themselves apart from the competition with standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, award-winning safety and legendary durability. But how do they compare to one another? Find out below where we're comparing the 2020 Subaru Forester and the 2020 Subaru Ascent side-by-side! At a glance, it can be tough to tell what the differences are, but we'll lay them all out for you here. Then head to McKenna Subaru in Huntington Beach to test drive the model that best suits your needs.

2020 Subaru Ascent vs. 2020 Forester Exterior

Interior Size & Comfort

The Subaru Forester has been a favorite of busy families for decades, while the Subaru Ascent is the newest Subaru model to join the lineup. The 2020 Subaru Ascent features three spacious rows of seating for up to eight occupants. You'll find two rows and five seats in the 2020 Subaru Forester. They both offer comparable, comfortable legroom, but there are a few feature differences, too:

In the 2020 Subaru Ascent, the second and third rows of seats recline as standard. Reclining rear seats are an available upgrade on the 2020 Subaru Forester. And while you can get ventilated seats in the 2020 Subaru Ascent for those sweltering Southern California summers, ventilated seats aren't available on the 2020 Subaru Forester.

Technology & Connectivity

Both these comfortable, capable Subaru SUVs offer the latest infotainment technology. Subaru STARLINK™ multimedia comes standard on both models, complete with a 6.5" standard touchscreen display. Connect your smartphone through standard Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™, and enjoy high-fidelity audio from standard HD Radio® and SiriusXM® Satellite Radio.

Due to its larger cabin, the 2020 Subaru Ascent comes standard with six speakers, instead of four like the 2020 Subaru Forester. The 2020 Ascent also comes standard with tri-zone automatic climate control. The 2020 Subaru Forester offers dual-zone automatic climate control as an available upgrade.

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2020 Subaru Ascent vs. 2020 Forester Interior

Performance & Capability

Both the 2020 Subaru Forester and Ascent will provide similar road manners and acceleration. The lighter 2020 Forester makes 182 horsepower from a naturally-aspirated four-cylinder BOXER® engine. The 2020 Ascent is bigger, and thus its equipped with a turbocharged four-cylinder BOXER® that delivers 260 horsepower.

If you're looking for the most efficient option, the 2020 Subaru Forester achieves up to 33 MPG! The 2020 Subaru Ascent will earn up to 27 MPG, which is more than respectable for a three-row AWD SUV. When it comes to towing, the 2020 Subaru Ascent is even more capable, with a maximum towing capacity of 5,000 lbs. The 2020 Subaru Forester can tow 1,500 lbs when some light towing is in order.


Both the 2020 Subaru Ascent and 2020 Subaru Forester earned the 2019 Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and a five-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In fact, both models earned flawless scores in every single crashworthiness test carried out by the IIHS and NHTSA! That means they'll both be able to protect what matters most.

To help you see around corners, the 2020 Subaru Ascent is available with a 180° Front-View Camera, a feature you can't get on the 2020 Forester. That said, the 2020 Subaru Forester offers the available DriverFocus™ distraction mitigation system, which you won't find on any 2020 Ascent.

2020 Subaru Ascent vs. 2020 Forester Features

EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology

In addition to class-leading strength and durability in the event of a crash, both the 2020 Subaru Ascent and Forester come standard with Subaru EyeSight®. It's a suite of advanced driver assist technologies like adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking and lane keeping support. No matter which SUV is right for your family, you'll get the advanced protection today's families demand.

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Which Subaru SUV Is Right For You?

When your family needs a safe, reliable and capable companion, you'd do well to consider any of the SUVs from Subaru! The three-row Subaru Ascent is ideal for bigger families, while the Subaru Forester is a great choice when you need a little more room than a sedan or coupe.

Want to compare these Subaru models side-by-side? Head to 18801 Beach Blvd, Huntington Beach, CA 92648 to test drive them both! A new Subaru has the rare combination of adventurous capability and everyday practicality that makes them perfect for life in Southern California.

2020 Subaru Ascent 2020 Subaru Forester
$31,995 Starting MSRP* $24,495
27 Highway / 21 City Fuel Economy (MPG) 33 Highway / 26 City
260 Horsepower 182
Standard Roof Rails Available
8 Occupants Seating Capacity 5 Occupants
153.5 Cubic Feet Passenger Space 111.9 Cubic Feet
17.8 Cubic Feet Cargo Volume 35.4 Cubic Feet
86.5 Cubic Feet Max Cargo Volume 76.1 Cubic Feet
Standard X-MODE® and Hill Descent Control Available Upgrade
5,000 Pounds Max Towing Capacity 1,500 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.