How do the Subaru Outback, Forester and Ascent compare?
Subaru is a popular brand among Cartelligent clients and their line rugged crossovers and SUVs are always among our top-sellers. With the advent of the all-new Ascent, a number of clients have asked for help comparing the series. To that end, we've compiled the details of the Outback, Forester, and Ascent so that you can weigh the benefits of each and decide which option is right for you.
Outback vs. Forester vs. Ascent?
In this article, we've configured a sample vehicle for each car and then examined some of the key differentiating factors. We've based our sample models on popular choices among Cartelligent clients.
2019 Outback 2.5i Limited: Our sample Outback is the Limited equipped with leather-trimmed upholstery, EyeSight Driver Assist, Harman Kardon audio, and navigation. MSRP, as configured, is $36,915.
2019 Forester Limited: We've chosen a Forester Limited equipped with leather-trimmed upholstery, EyeSight Driver Assist, Harman Kardon audio, and navigation. MSRP, as configured, is $34,330.
2019 Ascent Limited: We've equipped a sample 2019 Ascent Limited leather-trimmed upholstery, EyeSight Driver Assist, Harman Kardon audio, and navigation. MSRP, as configured, is $42,920.
We'll look at the features of each vehicle side-by-side.
|Model Type||2019 Outback 2.5i Limited||2019 Forester Limited||2019 Ascent Limited|
Engine and Fuel Economy
|Engine||2.5L Subaru Boxer 4-cyl||2.5L Subaru Boxer 4-cyl||2.5L Subaru Boxer 4-cyl|
The Outback and the Forester have comparable fuel economies. The Ascent both offers the most powerful engines of the three.
|Cargo volume (behind seats)||35.5 ft3||35.4 ft3||17.6 ft3|
|Cargo volume (rear seats folded)||73.3 ft3||76.1 ft3||86.5 ft3|
The Outback and the Forester offer the most cargo volume when all the seats are up. The Ascent has an additional row of seating and has more cargo space with all seats folded down.
|IIHS Rating||Top Safety Pick Plus||Top Safety Pick||Top Safety Pick Plus|
Subaru is known for their safety, especially the top-rated Eyesight crash prevention system, making all three vehicles an excellent choice.
Cost to purchase: Outback vs. Forester vs. Ascent
First, we'll examine the cost of each when purchased. We've assumed a 60-month term and an interest rate of 2.79%. All payments represent pricing based on market conditions at the time of writing.
|Monthly payment (inc. tax)||$630||$560||$925|
|Total of payments over five years||$39,670||$35,540||$51,175|
The Forester is around $70/month less than the Outback and saves about $4,000 in payments over the course of five years. The all-new Ascent is about $365 more per month than the Forester and costs about $20,000 more over the course of the loan.
Cost to lease: Outback vs. Forester vs. Ascent
Next, we'll compare the three vehicles on a three-year, 10,000 mile/year lease.
|Monthly payment (inc. tax)||$385||$355||$480|
|Lease disposition fee||$350||$350||$350|
|Total of payments over three years||$16325||$15,275||$23,850|
The Forester is again the lowest cost option, saving about $30/month and around $1,000 over the course of the lease vs. the Outback. The Ascent is priced higher than the Forester, leasing for a little under $125 more per month, or about $4,500 over the three-year lease.
Which to buy: Outback, Forester or Ascent
All three of these vehicles can be fantastic options depending on your personal circumstances. Your Cartelligent agent can talk you through the pros and cons of each vehicle (as well as any other brands) to help you make an educated decision.