Compare 2022 Subaru Outback vs 2022 Subaru Ascent

2022 Subaru Outback vs 2022 Subaru Ascent
2022 Subaru Outback 2022 Subaru Ascent


2.5L 4-Cylinder 2.4L Turbocharged 4-Cylinder


182 hp 260 hp

  MPG (City/Highway)

26/33 * 21/27 *

  Seating Capacity

5 Passengers 8 Passengers

  Max Cargo Space

75.7 cu. ft. 86.5 cu. ft.

  Max Towing Capacity

3,500 lbs ** 5,000 lbs **

2022 Subaru Outback vs 2022 Subaru Ascent

Serving Harrisonburg, VA

Finding a spacious SUV that can live up to the demands of your active lifestyle is easy to do when you take a closer look at the Subaru lineup. The Outback is a midsize crossover with two rows of seating and all of the features and functionality you may want. It is often compared to the 2022 Subaru Ascent, a midsize SUV with three rows of seating. The 2022 Outback and the 2022 Ascent have many shared traits, but they have bold differences that could sway your final selection. At Bob Wade Subaru, our auto sales team is available to help you get more familiar with these SUVs.


Two powertrains are available for the 2022 Outback. The first few trim levels are paired with a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine, and a continuously variable transmission. The result is an output of 182 horsepower. The Outback’s other trim level is a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine that creates 260 horsepower. It is linked to a CVT. The 2022 Ascent is outfitted with this same 260-horsepower engine and CVT. The Outback and the Ascent have all-wheel drive across their full trim lineups.


While the Outback is a midsize SUV, it has the lean look of a hatchback wagon with an extended, aerodynamic profile. Its dark, lower-body molding highlights the Outback’s functional ground clearance. The sides are smoothly defined. The front end is accentuated with column-like foglamps, extended and angled headlights, and a skid plate. The Ascent is a tall vehicle with a relatively flat roof and a short, angled nose. The sides are smooth with pronounced definition over the fenders. The black body molding thickens as it crosses over the lower door panels. The chrome-outlined grille on the nose is slightly detached from the large LED headlights.


The primary interior difference between the Outback and the Ascent is the Ascent's extra row of seating. These models are offered with a multi-zone climate control system, USB ports, heated seats, a touch display screen, smart device connections, Starlink, keyless entry, EyeSight driver’s aids, and a keyless ignition.

Are you eager to finalize your comparison of the 2022 Outback and the 2022 Ascent? Connect with a sales associate at Bob Wade Subaru to request a test drive.

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