Three-row SUVs and two-row crossover SUVs each offer distinct advantages. Three-row SUVs provide increased passenger capacity, typically seating seven to eight people, making them ideal for larger families or those needing frequent seating for more people. These vehicles often prioritize cargo space and can be transformed into a full cargo hauler by folding down the third row. On the other hand, two-row crossover SUVs are more compact and generally offer superior fuel efficiency due to their smaller size. They tend to be easier to maneuver and park in urban environments and provide a balance between seating capacity and cargo space. Two-row crossovers are preferred by those seeking the practicality and functionality of an SUV but don’t require the additional seats. Depending on individual preferences and lifestyle needs, both types of vehicles offer excellent features to suit various driving requirements. At Byers Airport Subaru, we know it can be daunting doing all the research to figure out which SUV offers everything you need, which is why we've put together this helpful comparison page below so you can see how the 2024 Subaru Ascent stacks up against the 2024 Subaru Outback. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us by phone, online, or stop by our showroom at 401 N. Hamilton Road in Columbus, OH.
Subaru stands out by incorporating increased ground clearance in their SUV range, distinguishing models like the 2024 Ascent and 2024 Outback. With a standard 8.7-inch ground clearance, both models exemplify Subaru's commitment to versatile performance. Notably, the Outback Wilderness raises the bar further, reaching a 9.5-inch ground clearance, enhancing its capability to navigate rugged terrains and explore the great outdoors with ease. You'll find 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels standard on the Outback or available 18-inch wheels on higher trim levels while the Ascent starts out with standard 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and offers 20-inch wheels on select models. All season tires are standard fare on both SUVs but you'll find all-terrain tires standard only on the Outback Wilderness. LED steering responsive headlights are standard fare on both SUVs but LED fog lights are only standard on the Outback while you'll have to jump trim levels of the Ascent for this feature.
You'll find 153.2 cubic feet of passenger volume inside the 2024 Ascent, giving you ample space for up to 8 occupants while swapping out the second row bench for captain's chairs changed your seating configuration to 7. The 2024 Outback offers 109 cubic feet of passenger volume and can comfortably seat up to 5. Laying the back rows flat for extra cargo space nets you 75.6 cubic feet in both the Ascent and the Outback. Heated front and rear outboard seats are available on higher trim levels of both SUVs as well as ventilated front seats and a heated steering wheel for the utmost comfort. StarTex® water-repellent upholstery is available on higher trim levels of both vehicles to keep your interior cleaner for longer while the highest models on the Ascent and the Outback offer Nappa leather-trimmed upholstery for sheer luxury. The Subaru STARLINK® multimedia system is standard fare on both SUVs; the Outback boasts standard dual 7.0-inch displays with the option to upgrade to 11.6-inch screens, which you'll find standard on the Ascent. Wireless Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ are found only on the Ascent.
The 2024 Ascent offers one potent powertrain under the hood, a 2.4-liter turbocharged BOXER®, the same engine that's available on higher trim levels of the 2024 Outback. Both produce a mighty 260 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque. The Outback delivers a standard 2.4-liter BOXER® that generates a solid 182 horsepower and 176 lb-ft of torque. Both SUVs are paired to a Lineartronic® CVT and have standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive for the best traction and balance. X-MODE®, Hill Descent Control, and Active Torque Vectoring are standard fare on both the Ascent and the Outback.
The IIHS has yet to release their 2024 ratings but if last year's models are any indication, you can bet the 2024 Ascent and 2024 Outback will bring home the awards yet again. Both 2023 models were named a Top Safety Pick+, the IIHS's top honor. Both 2024 models, however, have already been awarded a perfect five-star safety rating from the NHTSA, due in part to the standard EyeSight® suite of driver assist features. This collection of innovative technology includes Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control with Lane Centering, Lane Keep Assist, Automatic Emergency Steering, Lane Departure Warning, and much more. To keep you safe while backing up Reverse Automatic Braking is available on higher trim levels of both the Ascent and the Outback as well as the DriverFocus® Distraction Mitigation System, helping keep the driver focused on the road ahead.
If you're looking for a large SUV that can fit more people and carry more cargo, your best bet is the 2024 Subaru Ascent. With a starting MSRP of just $34,195 you'll find pure performance, award-winning safety, and amazing interior and exterior features. If something a little smaller is more up your alley, your ideal choice would be the 2024 Subaru Outback with a starting MSRP of only $28,895. This rugged crossover offers solid safety features, the latest in connectivity and driver assist technology. To see how one or both of these vehicles feels from behind the wheel, we encourage you to contact Byers Airport Subaru and set up a test drive or two today. You can reach us by phone, online, or stop by our showroom at 401 North Hamilton Road in Columbus, OH.
|2024 Subaru Ascent||2024 Subaru Outback|
|Max Tow Capacity||5,000 lbs||3,500 lbs|
|Standard Fuel Economy||26 Highway / 20 City||33 Highway / 26 City|
|Passenger Volume (Cubic Feet)||153.2||109.0|
|Max Cargo Volume (Cubic Feet)||75.6||75.6|
|LED Steering Responsive Headlights||Standard||Standard|
|Standard Wheels||18-inch Aluminum-Alloy||17-inch Aluminum-Alloy|
|Raised Roof Rails||Standard||Standard|
*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.