SUVs offer an array of benefits that cater to diverse lifestyles and needs. These vehicles are known for their versatility, providing ample space, comfortable interiors, and a robust, reliable design that suits a variety of purposes. Their larger cargo capacity makes them perfect for families, road trips, and daily commuting, offering both ample room for passengers and substantial storage for belongings. SUVs often have increased ground clearance and available all-wheel or four-wheel drive, making them suitable for varied terrains, from city roads to off-road adventures. Additionally, many come equipped with advanced safety features and technologies, ensuring a secure and confident driving experience for drivers and passengers alike. The elevated seating position not only provides a better view of the road but also a sense of safety and control. Overall, the versatility, comfort, and safety features make SUVs a compelling choice for those seeking a well-rounded and reliable vehicle. With SUVs making up over half of the vehicles on the road today, we know it can be difficult to figure out which one is right for your needs. That's why Byers Airport Subaru has put together this handy comparison page below so you can take a deep dive into the specs and features of two amazing Subaru SUVs to see which one truly checks all your boxes. Keep reading to see how the 2024 Subaru Ascent stacks up against the 2024 Subaru Forester.
The 2024 Ascent has 7 impressive trim levels to choose from while the 2024 Forester offers 6, one of which is the ruffed, outdoorsy Wilderness model. While both the Ascent and the Forester boast a standard 8.7-inch ground clearance, the Forester Wilderness comes standard with a 9.2-inch ground clearance so you can easily maneuver trickier terrain. 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels are standard fare on the Forester while upgrading trim levels will net you 18-inch wheels, the standard size you'll find on the Ascent. For a sportier look, you can jump trims on the 3-row Ascent for 20-inch wheels. LED steering responsive headlights are standard on both SUVs as well as available LED fog lights and the helpful windshield wiper de-icer. Heated side mirrors are exclusive to the Forester to help get you going quicker on frosty mornings. Roof rails are standard on the Ascent for extra cargo room and available on the Forester but only the Forester Wilderness offers roof rails with a static capacity of 700 lbs, ideal for a rooftop camping tent or extra sporting gear.
If you're looking for extra passenger space and cargo volume, the 2024 Ascent is the perfect choice with standard seating for 8 or you can replace the second row bench with captain's chairs and change the configuration to seat 7. The 2024 Forester offers comfortable seating for 5 and a vast 74.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the front seat, just 1.4 cubic feet less than the maximum offered by the Ascent. Heated front seats are standard on every trim level of both vehicles above the base model while select models of both SUVs offer heated rear outboard seats and a heated steering wheel. Only the Ascent offers available ventilated front seats and second row climate control. Staying connected is easy no matter where you roam with the standard Subaru STARLINK® multimedia system. The Forester comes with a standard 6.5-inch touchscreen display with the option to upgrade trim levels for an 8-inch screen. The Ascent comes with the standard STARLINK Multimedia Plus System matched to an 11.6-inch display with wireless Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™. Navigation is available on higher trim levels of both SUVs as well as the Harman Kardon® Premium Audio System for the audiophiles out there.
With the iconic BOXER® engine under the hood of both the 2024 Ascent and the 2024 Forester, you know you're in for a powerful ride no matter which SUV you choose. The Ascent has a 2,4-liter turbocharged powertrain under the hood that makes a mighty 260 horsepower while the Forester boasts a 2.5-liter engine with 182 horsepower. Both SUVs are mated to a Lineartronic® CVT but only the Forester offers the option of a seven- or eight-speed manual mode. SI-DRIVE® is standard fare only on the Forester while you'll find Hill Descent Control standard only on the Ascent. X-MODE® and Active Torque Vectoring are standard on both vehicles while you'll get up to 25 MPG on the highway in the Ascent and up to 33 MPG on the highway behind the wheel of the Forester.
Subaru is synonymous with safety and the 2024 Ascent and 2024 Forester are perfect examples. While the IIHS has yet to rate either SUV, the 2024 Forester was named a Top Safety Pick and the 2024 Ascent was given their highest honor of Top Safety Pick+. Both 2024 models have been awarded an overall five-star safety rating from the NHTSA, mostly due to the standard EyeSight® suite of driver assist features, including Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control with Lane Centering, Pre-Collision Braking asd Lane Departure and Sway Warning. You'll find Lane Keep Assist and Automatic Emergency Steering exclusive to the Ascent while only the Forester offers Pre-Collision Throttle Management. Both SUVs offer available Reverse Automatic Braking and the innovative DriverFocus® Distraction Mitigation System.
With a starting MSRP of only $34,195, the 2024 Subaru Ascent is a three-row beast of an SUV that easily seats up to 8 plus has plenty of cargo room for shopping bags, sporting equipment, and more. The 2024 Forester starts at an MSRP of just $27,095 and boasts comfortable room for up to 5 as well as almost as much cargo room as its bigger sibling. Both vehicles have potent power, award-winning safety, and the latest in connectivity. No matter which SUV you choose, you can't go wrong. We encourage you to contact Byers Airport Subaru today by phone, online, or stop by our dealership to schedule a test drive or two. We're excited for the opportunity to serve you.
|2024 Subaru Ascent
|2024 Subaru Forester
|Max Tow Capacity
|Standard Fuel Economy
|26 Highway / 20 City
|33 Highway / 26 City
|Passenger Volume (Cubic Feet)
|Max Cargo Volume (Cubic Feet)
|LED Steering Responsive Headlights
|Raised Roof Rails
*MSRP 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. Select colors may be subject to an additional charge. See your retailer for more information.