The Subaru Ascent vs the Subaru Outback: which is best for your family?

For years the Subaru wagon has been the family-friendly vehicle of choice for Subaru shoppers. With the arrival of the all-new, three-row Subaru Ascent, families have one more option to choose from! Today we'll break down some key areas of consideration: cost, space, and technology. Keep these points in mind as you browse our selection.

How does the 2019 Subaru Outback compare to the 2019 Subaru Ascent?

Cost

Since the Outback has less seats and is smaller, it has a lower manufacturer's suggested starting price. Starting costs range from $26,345 up to $38,995. The Ascent's starting costs begin at $31,995 and go up to $44,695. If price is important, you're more apt to spend less on the Outback or get higher features at a lower price tag.

Space

If you have three kids then the 5-seater Outback is probably out of the question, in which case you'll love the Ascent that can seat 7- or 8-passengers. The Ascent is also ideal for people who could use the extra seats for carpooling, and even if you mostly have the third-row folded flat you'll still have more cargo space in the Ascent than you would with the Outback whether the seats are up or down.

The Outback does have a few wins when it comes to dimensions, and the model's front and rear passengers will have more legroom than those in the Ascent. It's also much shorter and thus easier to park.

Technology

Both the Ascent and Subaru have comparable technology. All come standard with Starlink™, Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™, and the EyeSight® advanced safety technologies. Depending on which trim you choose, both models can have a premium Harman Kardon speaker system, though the Ascent has a stronger QuantumLogic version with 792-watts and 14-speakers, compared to the 576-watt and 12-speaker option on the Outback.

The 2019 Subaru Ascent and 2019 Subaru Outback have their family-forward appeal, and as long as you don't need the extra seats, both could get the job done. To decide which is best for your family, stop into Fairfield Subaru for a walkaround and test drive.

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