2022 Subaru Ascent vs 2022 Subaru Forester Comparison in Huntington Beach, CA

A good question to ask when you're shopping for a new SUV is how much space do I need? If you're looking for a comfortable, practical SUV, the 2022 Subaru Forester offers two rows of plentiful room. The 2022 Subaru Ascent ups the ante and offers a third row of seating, delivering abundant passenger volume plus impressive versatility. Both SUVs give you a plethora of desirable standard features, award-winning safety technology, and standard all-wheel drive. While we believe you can't go wrong with either vehicle, we also understand how important it is to choose the Subaru that best fits your family's needs. To help you with that task, we've put together a side-by-side comparison below. When you've finished reading, we invite you to stop by our McKenna Subaru dealership to see both exciting SUVs in person.

2022 Subaru Ascent vs 2022 Subaru Forester Exterior

2022 Subaru Ascent vs 2022 Subaru Forester Design & Capability

Both the 2022 Subaru Ascent and the 2022 Subaru Forester are rugged, durable, and long-lasting. The 2022 Ascent delivers standard 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels or upgrade trim levels for sportier 20-inch wheels. The 2022 Forester is a smaller SUV with standard 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels and an 18-inch wheel is the largest available. Both SUVs offer an available power panoramic moonroof on the higher trim levels to give your cabin a more open, airy atmosphere. While the 2022 Ascent comes standard with raised roof rails for extra cargo space, they are only available on the higher trim levels of the 2022 Forester.

Speaking of space, the comfort of you and your passenger is a top priority in both the 2022 Ascent and the 2022 Forester. As a three-row SUV, the Subaru Ascent delivers a generous 153.5 cubic feet of passenger volume including an impressive 36.3 inches of third-row headroom and 31.7 inches of rear legroom. And with a massive 86.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the front seats, you'll have room for everything from luggage to sports equipment to extra room for shopping. The two-row Subaru Forester delivers a roomy 111.6 cubic feet of passenger volume and vast head and legroom in both the front and the rear. Behind the rear seat you'll find ample room for luggage or groceries with 28.9 cubic feet of space or lay the rear seat flat to find a commodius 74.2 cubic feet of room.

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2022 Subaru Ascent vs 2022 Subaru Forester Interior

2022 Subaru Ascent vs 2022 Subaru Forester Comfort & Convenience

Inside both Subaru SUVs you'll find the utmost comfort. The 2022 Ascent and the 2022 Forester offer a standard 6-way adjustable driver's seat or upgrade trim levels in the Ascent for an 8-way power-adjustable driver's seat. You can find that comfort sweet spot with a 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat on all Forester trim levels above the base model. While both Subaru SUVs offer available heated front seats, only the 2022 Ascent delivers available ventilated front seats and second-row captain's chairs. Heated second-row seats in the 2022 Ascent and heated rear outboard seats in the 2022 Forester are available on higher trim levels to keep your passengers toasty and comfortable.

Staying connected is a breeze inside both the 2022 Ascent and 2022 Forester with the standard infotainment center that delivers Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™ and Bluetooth® for seamless smartphone integration and app mirroring. Upgrade trim levels on both SUVs for a larger display screen that includes navigation so you never miss a turn. USB ports are standard in the first and second rows of the 2022 Ascent and available in the third row while the 2022 Forester offers them standard in the front row and available in the rear. Wireless charging is optional only in the 2022 Ascent. Turn your road trip into the ultimate concert performance by streaming your favorite music through the available Harman Kardon® sound system, available on the higher trim levels of both the 2022 Ascent and 2022 Forester.

2022 Subaru Ascent vs 2022 Subaru Forester Features

2022 Subaru Ascent vs 2022 Subaru Forester Performance

The 2022 Subaru Ascent is a big vehicle and it's got the power to back it up. With a 2.4L horizontally opposed BOXER® engine under the hood, you get an impressive 260 horsepower and 277 lb/ft of torque along with 2,000 lbs. of standard towing capacity. The 2022 Subaru Forester offers a 2.5L horizontally opposed BOXER® engine that makes a sturdy 182 horsepower, 176 lb/ft of torque, and 1,500 lbs. of towing capacity. Both SUVs offer standard symmetrical all-wheel drive for better traction and handling during adverse weather conditions or if you're planning an off-road adventure. Active Torque Vectoring is standard on both the 2022 Ascent and the 2022 Forester but you'll only find X-MODE® standard in the Ascent.

2022 Subaru Ascent vs 2022 Subaru Forester Safety

Both the 2022 Subaru Ascent and the 2022 Subaru Forester were awarded a five-star crash test rating by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety honored the 2021 Ascent and 2021 Forester with their highest honor, naming them both a Top Safety Pick+. This is thanks to the standard safety features and driver assist technology that Subaru installs in every vehicle. Both the new Ascent and Forester deliver standard LED Steering Responsive Headlights and available LED fog lights for better vision no matter the weather. The EyeSight® driver Assist Technology suite also comes standard and includes Pre-Collision Throttle Management, Lane Departure Warning, Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control, and much more, giving you peace of mind every time you slip behind the wheel. Only the 2022 Forester offers the available DriverFocus® Distraction Mitigation System, an innovation that alerts you if driving done while drowsy or distracted is detected. You can always count on Subaru to keep you and the ones you love safe.

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The Subaru Forester received a slight refresh for 2022: with newly designed headlamps, a modified grille, and new wheel designs, the Forester also benefits from new optional features such as gesture control for the climate control system. The 2022 Subaru Ascent is still the same reliable and versatile three-row SUV you've come to know and trust with added available features for the new year, including a hands-free power liftgate, rear automated emergency braking, and more. To see all of the exciting details that the 2022 Ascent and the 2022 Forester have to offer, stop by the McKenna Subaru showroom and speak to any of our knowledgeable, friendly team, or contact us to schedule your test drive today.

2022 Subaru Ascent2022 Subaru Forester
$32,295Starting MSRP*$25,195
2.4-Liter Turbocharged SUBARU BOXERStandard Engine2.5-Liter SUBARU BOXER
260 HP / 277 lb/ftPerformance Output (Horsepower / Torque)182 HP / 176 lb/ft
StandardSymmetrical All-Wheel DriveStandard
5,000 lbs.Max Towing Capacity (With Proper Equipment)3,000 lbs.
Not AvailableAuto Stop-Start SystemStandard
20 MPG / 26 MPGStandard Fuel Economy (City / Highway)26 MPG / 33 MPG
8 PassengersSeating Capacity5 Passengers
47.5 / 86.5 Cubic FeetCargo Volume (Behind 2nd Row / Behind 1st Row)28.9 / 74.2 Cubic Feet
StandardEyeSight® Driver Assist TechnologyStandard

*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.