2019 Subaru Ascent vs. 2019 Forester: a comparison review

We’re doing something a little different this week. A lot of you have had questions about the brand new Subaru Ascent and how it compares to the long-time Subaru favourite, the Forester. It has also been totally redesigned for 2019 and both bring something different to the table. So we’ve done a back-to-back video comparison for you this week. Check it out! And here are some of the big takeaways for each car below.

2019 Subaru Ascent:
Starting price: $35,995 + tax
As tested price: $46,995 + tax
Average fuel economy over a week: 11.8 L/100 kms (20 US MPG)
Powertrain: 260 hp and 277 ft lbs out of a 2.4 L turbocharged 4 cylinder
Second row legroom: 38.5 inches
Third row legroom: 31.7 inches
Cargo capacity: 1,345 litres (505 litres when third row is up)
Towing capacity: up to 5,000 lbs

2019 Subaru Forester:
Starting price: $27,995 + tax
As tested: $34,995 + tax
Average fuel economy over a week: 9.7 L/100 kms (24 US MPG)
Powertrain: 182 hp and 176 ft lbs out of a 2.5 L, naturally aspirated 4 cylinder (no more turbo option)
Second row legroom: 39.4 inches (bigger than the Ascent!)
Cargo capacity: 1,003 litres
Towing capacity: up to 1,500 lbs

Ascent report card:
Family Wheels driver comfort score: 4/5
Family Wheels interior layout score: 4/5
Family Wheels infotainment system score: 4/5
Family Wheels interior noise score: 3.5/5 (65 dB at 100 kms/h)
Family Wheels performance score: 3.5/5
Family Wheels rear passenger score: 3.5/5
Family Wheels trunk score: 4/5
Family Wheels fuel economy score: 3/5
Family Wheels build quality score: 4/5
Family Wheels value score: 4/5

Family Wheels overall score: 37.5/50= 75%


Forester report card:

Family Wheels driver comfort score: 3/5
Family Wheels interior layout score: 4/5
Family Wheels infotainment system score: 4/5
Family Wheels interior noise score: 3.5/5 (65 dB at 100 kms/h)
Family Wheels performance score: 3/5
Family Wheels rear passenger score: 4/5
Family Wheels trunk score: 4/5
Family Wheels fuel economy score: 3/5
Family Wheels build quality score: 3.5/5
Family Wheels value score: 4/5

Family Wheels overall score: 36/50= 72%

 

One comment

  • Matt

    Thanks, this was a great video. I’m in the US, torn between the Ascent Touring and the Forester Sport, so this was a great comparison.

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