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 Fairfax, VA

With impressive SUV models like the 2023 Subaru Ascent and the Outback available in our vast inventory at Farrish Subaru, you understandably could feel torn by the options. For many years, the two-row Outback has held strong appeal among adventure-minded SUV shoppers in the Fairfax area. The Ascent is a larger model with three rows that is equally appealing. With our Fairfax Subaru’s sales reps standing by to tell you more about the Outback and the Ascent, you will be well-supported with your search for a new SUV.


Regardless of the SUV model and trim selected, you will be delighted by your new Subaru’s capabilities. All trims for the 2023 Ascent and the 2023 Outback are equipped with all-wheel drive. The engine found in most of the Outback’s trims is a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder unit with a continuously variable automatic transmission. It delivers 182 horsepower. If you opt for the Outback Onyx Edition, your SUV will benefit from 260 horsepower from its four-cylinder, turbo 2.4-liter system. This same engine is standard across all 2023 Ascent’s trim levels.


Both of these Subaru SUVs show off their confident, powerful sides through their exterior styling. On the Outback, you can appreciate a small grille, triangular headlights, and a tall, molded bumper. Thick molding also flows over the door panels and wheel wells. Raised roof rails, crossbars, and high ground clearance are defining features on both models. The Ascent’s look shows taller, wider LED headlights, thick side molding, and a prominent grille. This model has a larger grille and a thin bumper. The headlights are larger and accented by an innovative LED light ribbon.


With many shared cabin and safety features between the 2023 Ascent and the 2023 Outback, you will enjoy a great ride in both models. Their common features are forward collision mitigation, lane keeping assistance, adaptive cruise control, a push-button ignition, a hands-free liftgate, a dual-zone climate control system, wireless connections for the smart device apps, and heated front seats. If you opt for the Ascent, your SUV may also have three rows, heated second-row seats, a steering assist, a three-zone climate control system, a larger central display screen, and other gear.

Which of these well-equipped SUVs will you make your own? Our Farrish Subaru reps are thrilled to help you wrap up your comparison through a model test drive soon. Connect with our Subaru team online, by phone, or in person at the dealership to make arrangements.

* EPA-estimated fuel economy. Actual mileage may vary.
** Certain limitations apply. See Owner’s Manual for details.