2020 Subaru AscentFeatures & Specs2020 Chevrolet Traverse
277 lb-ftEngine torque260 lb-ft
All-wheel driveDrivetrainFront-wheel drive
23 mpgFuel economy combined21 mpg
8Seating capacity8

2020 Subaru Ascent vs Chevy Traverse

Finding the right midsize three-row SUV doesn't have to be such a big challenge. We know there are many options out there, and at first, they all sound like they are the right fit for you. We are looking at two of the top competitors, and see which one comes out on top! The first is the 2020 Subaru Ascent, which adds a rear-seat reminder alert system, power-folding side mirrors, and other unique options that help to further boost an already impressive vehicle. The 2020 Chevrolet Traverse is the other vehicle we're looking at, which debuts the next-generation infotainment system, and expands the availability of driving-assistance technology. Keep reading to find out which one you should bring home!

2020 Subaru Ascent Power & Handling

There is one standard engine that is in charge of powering the 2020 Subaru Ascent. This engine is a turbocharged 2.4-liter flat-4, which is able to crank out 260 horsepower, and even 277 pound-feet of torque. The transmission that you'll find is a CVT, which has a simulated eight-speed stepped transmission. You will also be getting Subaru's Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system, which includes Active Torque Vectoring, and hill-descent control. As you can see, the 2020 Ascent was created with all weather conditions in mind, and even works well off-the-road!

2020 Chevrolet Traverse Power & Handling

One engine is underneath the hood of the 2020 Chevrolet Traverse. This engine is a 3.6-liter V6, which can punch out 266 pound-feet of torque, and up to 310 horsepower.The drivetrain varies, depending on whether you're looking for front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. No matter which drivetrain you get, you will also find a nine-speed automatic transmission. All-in-all, this is a nice system, but we can't help but feel let down that all-wheel drive isn't standard like it is on the Ascent. For anyone that wants comfort when driving in bad weather conditions, the Traverse might not be for you.

2020 Subaru Ascent Features & Design

The Subaru Ascent is available in four different trim levels. The base trim, simply called base, comes with tri-zone climate control, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. You will also find Subaru's EyeSight driver assist technology, which gives you all of the safety aids you could ever need. Another option is Premium, which includes a larger infotainment touchscreen, upgraded interior materials, 20-inch wheels, and a few options like a power rear liftgate, and keyless entry. Sitting at the top of the lineup is touring, which includes a Harman Kardon audio system, the seven-passenger configuration, and a power liftgate. It's hard to go wrong with such a comfortable and safe vehicle.

2020 Chevrolet Traverse Features & Design

The Traverse has its own trim lineup that gives you a few solid options. The base trim, L, comes with heated side mirrors, automatic headlights, cruise control, a rear-seat reminder system, and tri-zone automatic climate control. Another trim to look at is LT Cloth, which adds roof rails, fog lights, second-row captain's chairs, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Once you hit the High Country trim, you'll get a dual-pane glass sunroof, adaptive cruise control, Hitch Guidance with Hitch-View technology, and a trailering equipment package. While the Traverse certainly hasn't skimped, we are much happier with the safety of the 2020 Ascent.


Between these two SUVs, the winner is clear. The 2020 Subaru Ascent not only has a more reliable engine, but it gives you all-wheel drive as standard, along with a long list of safety features that will work hard to give you peace of mind. It's impossible to compete with this machine, and we hope you'll stop by our dealership to check out the models that we have in stock!

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