There's probably a reason you're on the search for a full-size SUV for your travels around Bloomfield, Newark, and Clifton, NJ, whether that's because you need something large enough to fit all your friends and family, or because you're looking for something with excellent powertrain and towing ability. Two of the most popular models around that you may be considering are the Subaru Ascent and the Chevy Traverse.

Here at Lynnes Subaru, we're dedicated to helping our drivers find the right vehicle for their lifestyle, and we know that starts right here with the research process. That's why we've created this handy breakdown of the 2020 Subaru Ascent vs. Chevy Traverse, so you can figure out which is perfect for your lifestyle. Now, let's see how these two stack up!

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Powertrain and Performance Features

To get started, let's dive right into the performance features you can expect to find in these two SUVs.

The Subaru Ascent comes with a standard 2.4-liter DOHC turbocharged engine that produces 277 lb-ft of torque. Over in the Chevy Traverse, you're going to get a 3.6-Liter V6 engine, but it ultimately falls short, producing just 266 lb-ft of torque.

In both of these SUVs, you're going to get a maximum towing capacity of 5,000 pounds when properly equipped with towing packages. In the base level for the Ascent, you'll get a towing capacity of 2,000 pounds when properly equipped. Over in the base trim level for the Traverse, it again falls short, providing just a 1,500-pound towing capacity when properly equipped.

We know how snowy and icy those Northeast winters can be. Luckily, the 2020 Ascent comes equipped with standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. The 2020 Traverse, on the other hand, comes standard with front-wheel drive, and an all-wheel drive system is just an available add-on.

If you want something with excellent performance features, it's clear the Subaru Ascent is going to be the choice for you.

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Fuel Efficiency and MPG Rating

Next, we'll look into the fuel-efficiency and MPG ratings. This is an important category to pay attention to because it will provide you with an idea of how often you'll need to stop for gas to fuel up.

In the Subaru Ascent, you're going to get an EPA-estimated 21 MPG city and a 27 MPG highway rating. Over in the Chevy Traverse, you're going to get an 18 MPG city and a 27 MPG highway rating.

2020 Subaru Ascent


2020 Chevy Traverse

21 MPG

City MPG

18 MPG

27 MPG

Highway MPG

27 MPG

While these two have similar highway ratings, the Ascent beats out the Traverse in city MPG rating, which is important because you'll be navigating those Newark city streets often.

The Verdict: 2020 Subaru Ascent vs Chevy Traverse

 We hope you found our 2020 Suabru Ascent vs. Chevy Traverse comparison review helpful as you continue your search for the perfect vehicle for your commutes around Bloomfield, Newark, and Clifton, NJ. While both of these vehicles are a great choice, ultimately the Ascent comes out on top in crucial categories, like performance features and MPG ratings.

Here at Lynnes Subaru, we're dedicated to helping you find the perfect vehicle for your lifestyle. Call or stop by to learn more about our lineup! Schedule your test drive today!



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