Compare 2023 Subaru Outback vs 2023 Subaru Ascent

2023 Subaru Outback vs 2023 Subaru Ascent
2023 Subaru Outback 2023 Subaru Ascent


2.5L 4-Cylinder 2.4L Turbocharged 4-Cylinder


182 hp 260 hp

  MPG (City/Highway)

26/33 * 20/26 *

  Max Towing Capacity

3,500 lbs ** 5,000 lbs **

  Seating Capacity

5 Passengers 7-8 Passengers

  Cargo Space

32.6-75.6 cubic feet 17.8-43.5-75.6 cubic feet

2023 Subaru Outback vs 2023 Subaru Ascent

Serving Charlottesville, VA

Our mission at Umansky Subaru is to connect each of our valued customers with their ideal SUV. With premium, capable options like the 2023 Outback and the 2023 Ascent, you understandably want to get more detailed information about the possibilities. An initial review of these SUV models reveals that the two-row Outback is smaller than the three-row, midsize Ascent. What else should you know about these Subaru SUVs before you pick out your new vehicle from our inventory?


Your 2023 Outback and the Ascent test drive will reveal noticeable differences behind the wheel, but both models have been engineered to impress their drivers. In most of the 2023 Outback’s trims, a four-cylinder, 2.5-liter system pairs with an automatic continuously variable transmission to produce 182 horsepower. Another powertrain is exclusively offered in the Outback Onyx Edition, which is standard for all of the 2023 Ascent’s trims. This system is a four-cylinder, turbocharged, 2.5-liter unit with 260 horsepower. All-wheel drive is a standard feature for all Outback’s and Ascent trims for 2023.


The 2023 Subaru Outback is easy to differentiate from the 2023 Ascent, but they do have a handful of shared traits. For example, they are both designed with thick side molding, substantial ground clearance, roof rails, and crossbars. The Outback also boasts triangular headlights, bold front-end molding, and a tight grille. The Ascent’s larger grille combines light molding on the front bumper. This SUV also makes a great first impression with its stunning, LED-accented headlights.


These models leave no room for disappointment in their cabins. In fact, there are numerous shared features between the models at select trims. These shared features are a hands-free liftgate, a push-button ignition, a dual-zone climate management system, lane-keep assistance, wireless smart device app connections, forward collision mitigation, heated front seats, and adaptive cruise control. Specifically in some of the Ascent’s trim levels are heated second-row seats, three rows of seats, evasive steering assist, a larger display screen, and a tri-zone climate control unit.

Whether you are still debating between the two models or you are ready to pick out your trim, our Umansky Subaru reps are on-hand to support you. Visit our Charlottesville showroom today for professional assistance from our team.

* EPA-estimated fuel economy. Actual mileage may vary.

** Certain limitations apply. See Owner’s Manual for details.