A comparative guide to Subaru’s three largest SUVs
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Are you shopping for a new SUV and wondering which vehicle in Subaru’s lineup is best for you? Use this comprehensive Subaru SUV comparison to determine which SUV best suits your specific lifestyle and budget.

How do the Subaru Forester, Outback, and Ascent Compare?

2021 Subaru Forester

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Starting MSRP

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Passengers

Towing Capacity: 1,500 lbs

Horsepower: 182

Fuel Economy: 33/26 hwy/city

2021 Subaru Outback

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Starting MSRP

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Passengers

Towing Capacity: 2,700 - 3,500 lbs

Horsepower: 182 - 260

Fuel Economy: 33/26 - 30/23 hwy/city

2021 Subaru Ascent

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Starting MSRP

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Passengers

Towing Capacity: 2,000 - 5,000 lbs

Horsepower: 260

Fuel Economy: 27/21 to 26/20 hwy/city

Pictured left to right the 2021 Subaru Ascent, 2021 Subaru Forester, 2021 Subaru Outback

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All three of these vehicles come with standard AWD, a 3 year / 36,000 mile basic warranty, 5 year / 60,000 power train warranty, and a standard suite of safety technology to keep you and your passengers safe!

Subaru SUV Cargo and Interiors at a Glance

  • Pictured: 2021 Subaru Outback Limited
  • Pictured: 2021 Subaru Forester Base
  • Pictured: 2021 Subaru Ascent Premium

Passenger and Cargo Space:
The Subaru Forester, Outback, & Ascent Compared

Subaru Model Standard Cargo Space Maximum Cargo Space Passenger Headroom Passenger Legroom
2021 Subaru Forester 28.9-31.1 Cubic Ft. 70.9-76.1 Cubic Ft.

Front: 40.2-41.2 in.

Rear: 37.7-39.1 in.

Front: 43.3 in.

Rear: 39.4 in.

2021 Subaru Outback 32.5 Cubic Ft. 75.7 Cubic Ft.

Front: 40.1 in.

Rear: 37.7-39.1 in.

Front: 42.8 in.

Rear: 39.5 in.

2021 Subaru Ascent 47-47.5 Cubic Ft.
(Behind 2nd Row)

17.1 Cubic Ft.
(Behind 3rd Row)
86-86.5 Cubic Ft.

Front: 40.1-41.3 in.

Mid: 38.7-40 in.

Rear: 36.3 in.

Front: 42.2 in.

Mid: 38.6 in.

Rear: 31.7 in.

How do the Subaru Forester, Outback, and Ascent Compare on Safety?

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The 2020 Subaru Forester, 2020 Subaru Outback, and 2021 Subaru Ascent all earned 2020 Top Safety Pick+ from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Top Safety Pick+ is the highest designation award given by the IIHS. To read the full reviews, click the links below:

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EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology is the culmination of everything Subaru engineers know about safety, and Subaru has sold over 1 million EyeSight-equipped vehicles. Subaru EyeSight comes standard on every 2021 Forester, Outback, and Ascent. Adding condence to every trip, EyeSight monitors trac movement, optimizes cruise control, and warns you if you sway outside your lane. EyeSight has been found to reduce the rate of rear-end crashes with injuries by up to 85%

What trim levels are available in each body style?

Trim Level Standard Premium Sport Limited Touring And More...
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2021 Subaru Outback img img img img Onyx Edition XT, 2021 Subaru Outback Limited XT, Touring XT
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