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

When selecting your next vehicle, you understandably may focus on finding a model that can hold up well to your daily activities. For drivers who need a spacious interior, modern comforts, and robust capabilities, the 2023 Subaru Outback and the 2023 Subaru Ascent could stand out. The two-row Outback is a smaller crossover, and the midsize Ascent has three rows. This is only one of many key differences between these popular models that could steer your buying decision.


The 2023 Outback and the 2023 Ascent are both engineered to deliver the power you need, but their capabilities are different. The lower Outback trims are outfitted with a 182-horsepower, 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine and a CVT. The higher Outback trims have a 260-horsepower, four-cylinder, turbo 2.4-liter engine with a CVT. Across the 2023 Ascent lineup, this same 260-horsepower engine drives the vehicle. All 2023 Ascent and Outback trims have all-wheel drive.


The Outback and the Ascent carry several Subaru design language elements, such as thick molding from end to end, roof rails, crossbars, and excellent ground clearance. The 2023 Outback stands apart with its triangle-shaped LED headlights, thicker molding on the nose, and a compact grille design. It also has a forward-facing stance and thicker side molding. The 2023 Ascent, on the other hand, has a larger grille, thinner molded elements, a more upright stance, and larger headlights that are partially wrapped by an LED light ribbon.


Regardless of which of these Subaru models you prefer, you could find features like adaptive cruise control, a hands-free liftgate, heated front seats, a push-button engine starter, forward collision mitigation, a two-zone climate control system, wireless smart device connectivity, and lane-keeping assist in select or all trims. The Ascent has a few features of its own, including the option for a three-zone climate control system, a larger central display screen, heated seats in the second row, and evasive steering assist.

At Umansky Subaru, we invite you to continue exploring these popular crossovers and their trims in person. Stop by our Charlottesville dealership soon to take a closer look at our current inventory.

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

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