What is the Difference between Subaru SUVs?
An In-Brand Comparison of Subaru’s Finest Fleet of Crossovers
If you’re in the market for a new SUV, consider getting an adventure-ready crossover from new Subaru. Not only are they stylish, but all Subaru SUVs are equipped to help you take on the off-roads in Westerville with confidence. Boasting high ground clearance and legendary Symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive capability, Subaru’s fleet of new SUVs is laden with reliable options that you’re bound to love. But when it comes time to decide which model is best for you, how can you be sure you’re getting the right choice?
We’ve Got the Answers You Need
At Byers Subaru Dublin, our team is here to help you compare Subaru’s exciting lineup of crossovers. Start by exploring our new SUV inventory online and discover popular models from the comfort of your home in Hilliard, including the Subaru Crosstrek, Subaru Forester, Subaru Outback, and Subaru Ascent.
The Subaru Crosstrek features a 2.0-liter flat four-cylinder gas engine that cranks out over 152 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque. Compare that to the more powerful Outback, which utilizes a larger capacity 2.5-liter flat four-cylinder engine producing 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque. Both SUV models offer impressive fuel-efficiency ratings, with the Subaru Outback outperforming the Crosstrek with its EPA-estimated 33 mile-per-gallon highway fuel economy. The Outback also boasts a larger fuel tank capacity and tow up to 1,200 pounds more than the Crosstrek.
Compared to the more powerful Forester, the Subaru Crosstrek features more customizable exterior options, including vibrant colors like Plasma Yellow Pearl and Pure Red. Designed to help you stand out from the crowd in Columbus, the eclectic Crosstrek may be more colorful but lacks the Forester’s power and fuel efficiency. Paired with the same standard engine as the Outback, the Forester effortlessly achieves an impressive 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque. Sporting a similar curb weight, the Crosstrek and the Forester both offer the same maximum towing capacity of 1,500 pounds, albeit the Forester being much more fuel-conscious.
One of the biggest differences between these two SUVs is the starting MSRP price. At $22,245, the base model Crosstrek is much more affordable than the Ascent, which costs a whopping $10,000 more. Boasting a larger fuel tank but less fuel-efficient capability, the Crosstrek actually outperforms the Ascent with its EPA-estimated fuel economy of 29 miles-per-gallon on the highway. In terms of sizing, the larger Subaru Ascent can fit up to eight passengers while the Crosstrek’s interior capacity is limited to only five. Longer, wider, and taller than the Crosstrek, the Subaru Ascent is a commanding force on the roads in Dublin, OH. Paired with an invigorating 2.4-liter Turbo engine, the Ascent delivers an impressive 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque. Engineered for families who desire peak power and cargo capacity, the Subaru Ascent is clearly the more engaging and accommodating SUV.
The Subaru Outback and Subaru Forester are probably the two most similar SUVs highlighting Subaru’s new crossover lineup. Boasting the same exact engine, both models offer up to 182 horsepower, 176 pound-feet of torque, and a combined EPA-estimated fuel economy of up to 29 miles-per-gallon. These two competent crossovers differ in size and cruising range; the Forester commands a larger presence in Delaware, OH, sporting an additional one-inch of height, even though the Outback is nearly ten inches longer. With both models boasting seating for up to five passengers, the Outback does feature a larger fuel tank which adds to its estimated cruising range on both the highway and in the city.
The Subaru Ascent is one of the largest SUVs in its class, but that doesn’t always translate well into tangible performance. Looking at the Subaru Outback, it’s highly-efficient fuel economy tops out at an EPA-estimated 33 miles-per-gallon on the highway, while the Ascent barely reaches up to 27 miles-per-gallon. Albeit larger and more accommodating, the Ascent is actually less efficient on the roads in Upper Arlington. As you cruise around town, you’ll get more distance traveled on a single tank of gas behind the wheel of the Subaru Outback, which conveniently offers up to an additional 75+ miles of cruising range in the city. Channel that same power and apply it to the highway, and the Outback’s cruising range nearly adds 90+ miles of additional range.
It’s hard to beat the power and performance offered by the Ascent’s 2.4-liter Turbo engine. Both models come standard with all-wheel-drive and feature a continuously variable transmission, but the Ascent adds nearly 100 pound-feet of more torque and almost more than 80 horsepower. Both of these options are rather bleak in terms of vibrant exterior color options; however, both do come standard with an array of luxurious interior amenities, including bucket seats, power mirrors, and steering wheel audio controls. For the most pristine interior experience while driving through Powell, OH, the Forester comes standard with premium leather seats.
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Learn more about your favorite Subaru SUVs models and schedule a test drive at Byers Subaru Dublin today! Please call or contact us online for more comparison specs and ask to speak with a sales representative to help you determine which SUV is best suited for you and your family. Browse our new Subaru specials and happy shopping!