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2020 Subaru Ascent vs. Its Competition

2020 Subaru Ascent
Andrew Ganz Andrew Ganz Senior Editor

The Ascent brings a lot of value to the table, especially when it comes to standard safety tech not matched by some rivals.

The Honda Pilot is starting to show its age, but it’s still tops for interior packaging and its refined V-6.

The latest Ford Explorer comes in a myriad of configurations and drives well, though it may be too big for some buyers.

We could say the same about the new Toyota Highlander, which promises impressive fuel economy in hybrid guise.

Chevy’s Traverse is short on standard safety gear that makes it hard to recommend even though it is a terrific design.

Look for big discounts on the Nissan Pathfinder, one of the oldest crossover SUV designs on the market.

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Quick Specs
6.8
The 2020 Subaru Ascent is nearly as rational a family hauler as a minivan.
5.8
The 2020 Chevy Traverse is a three-row family mainstay with plentiful interior space.
6.8
The 2020 Ford Explorer rediscovers its capable, outdoorsy side without becoming trucklike in any other respect.
6.3
The 2020 Honda Pilot is a three-row family crossover at the top of its class.
6.2
The 2020 Nissan Pathfinder three-row crossover steers into the middle lane among rivals with just-enough for most families.
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The 2020 Toyota Highlander puts practicality above all else, but handling and styling make worthwhile cameos.
MSRP From     
$31,995$29,800$32,765$31,650$31,980$34,600
Gas Mileage     
20 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded H-4Gas V6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6
EPA Class     
Small Sport Utility Vehicles 4WDSport Utility VehiclesStandard Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD
Style Name     
8-PassengerFWD 4-Door LBase RWDLX 2WDFWD SL FWD (GS)
Drivetrain     
All WheelFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
887878
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Transmission     
CVT w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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