Exterior Dimensions: The Subaru Ascent is the largest of the three Subaru SUVs with a wheelbase of 113.8 inches. The Outback and Forester are very similar in size but the Outback is slightly longer and wider than the Forester. The Forester is also taller than the Outback by an inch. The wheelbase of the Outback is 108.1 while the Forester is 105.1 inches.

Interior Seating & Cargo Space: With three rows that seat an eight-passenger maximum, the 2020 Ascent comes out on top with 153.5 cubic-feet of total passenger volume and seating for either seven or eight. The Outback and Forester still offer spacious and comfortable seating for five passengers. The 2020 Forester offers more total passenger space than the Outback with 111.9 cubic feet. This is because the Forester has more headroom. The Outback is close behind with 109 cubic feet of passenger space.

It goes without saying that the Subaru Ascent has more maximum cargo space than the Forester and Outback as it is a full-sized 3-row SUV. Behind the 3rd row seats that Ascent has 20.8 cubic feet of cargo space and with all of the seats folded flat Columbus, OH drivers will have 86.5 cubic feet to play with. The Forester and Outback also provide flexible cargo space. The Forester has 35.4 cubic feet with the seats up and a maximum space of 76.1 cubic feet. While the Outback has 32.5 cubic feet and 75.7 cubic feet.

Powertrain: Every Subaru SUV is well-equipped for adventure with a BOXER engine and standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. There are two BOXER engines between the Ascent, Forester, and Outback that give each SUV different towing capabilities. The 2.4L turbo BOXER powering the Ascent can tow up to 5,000 lbs. The Outback is also available with the 260 horsepower, 2.4L turbo BOXER and can tow up to 3,500 lbs. The standard powertrain of the 2020 Outback is the 2.5L four-cylinder BOXER that also powers the Forester. However, the Outback with the 2.5L four-cylinder can tow 2,700 lbs. while the Forester can only tow 1,500 lbs.

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