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 Troy, MI

We are thrilled to show off some of our most popular SUV models at Suburban Subaru. For shoppers who demand functionality and style from their next vehicle, both the Ascent and the Outback hold exceptional appeal. The Outback boasts two rows of seating, while the more significant Ascent offers three rows. What else should you know about the 2023 Outback and the 2023 Ascent before you finalize your next SUV selection?


The Subaru brand is well-recognized for producing models with stellar performance capabilities, and the 2023 Ascent and the Outback both live up to this reputation. The Outback’s primary engine offered in most trims is a 182-horsepower, 2.5-liter, four-cylinder system. It is combined with an auto continuously variable transmission. The Outback Onyx Edition for 2023 has the same powertrain you will find in every trim for the 2023 Ascent. This is a 260-horsepower, turbo 2.4-liter, four-cylinder system. All-wheel drive is standard for all Ascent and Outback trims in the 2023 model year.


During your next visit to Suburban Subaru, you can conveniently compare the 2023 Outback directly to the 2023 Ascent. By doing so, you will see that both of these Subaru models have tall ground clearance, roof crossbars and rails, and thick molding rolling across the wheel wells and sides. The smaller Outback has a compact grille, substantial molding on the nose, and triangular headlights. Conversely, the Ascent has a larger grille with only a touch of molding on the nose. The standout headlights are larger, and a thin LED ribbon beautifully accents them.


You will feel pampered on the road in these Subaru SUV models. This is because they have many shared safety and cabin features for you to enjoy. These include adaptive cruise control, heated front seats, forward collision mitigation, wireless smart device app connectivity, lane-keeping assist, a dual-zone climate control system, a push-button ignition, and a hands-free liftgate. The 2023 Ascent is offered with a few features that are not available in the Outback. These include a three-zone auto climate control system, three rows, a larger display screen in the center stack, evasive steering assist, and heated seating in the second row.

Are you looking forward to continuing your comparison of the 2023 Ascent and the 2023 Outback in person? Contact our sales office at Suburban Subaru today by phone or via the website to schedule your showroom visit.

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