2020 Subaru Ascent vs 2020 Nissan Pathfinder in Boulder CO

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Vehicle Overview

If you are in the market for a three-row sports utility vehicle in Boulder, then you are likely considering both the 2020 Subaru Ascent and the 2020 Nissan Pathfinder. The Ascent is one of the newest options on the market, and its immediate success has forced other automakers to take notice. Nissan, however, has opted not to make any major changes. The 2020 model is still largely the same as when the fourth generation was introduced for the 2013 model year. Within that context, let us look at what each of these SUVs bring to table, what sets them apart from each other and why both are so popular.

Boulder CO - 2020 Subaru Ascent's Overview

Exterior - 2020 Subaru Ascent

Both the Ascent and Pathfinder have a sleek and modern designed rather than the traditional SUV look, which is boxier. In both cases, the base wheel size is 18 inches, you have the option of 20 inches, and you have to move beyond the base trim to get the power liftgate. A sunroof is available for both models, and each brand offers various exterior enhancements, including roof rails.

Boulder CO - 2020 Subaru Ascent's Exterior

Interior - 2020 Subaru Ascent in Boulder CO

The Highlander can seat seven. The Ascent can seat eight, but many of the configurations available reduce that number to seven due to the upgraded rear seating. The Subaru offers quite a bit more passenger volume overall at 153.5 cubic feet compared to 137.8. While legroom is similar up front, the Ascent provides more legroom for passengers in the second and third row. Both vehicles have similar space in the core compartment area. The Pathfinder actually has more behind the second row - 51.1 vs. 47.6 cubic feet-but the Ascent provides more behind the first row at 82.5 vs. 78.9.

Boulder CO - 2020 Subaru Ascent's Interior

Mechanical - Subaru Ascent specs in Boulder

The 2020 Subaru Ascent is an all-wheel drive SUV. The 2020 Toyota Highlander is front-wheel drive standard but available with all-wheel drive at all trim levels. Both automakers offer a single powertrain. Subaru offers a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a continuously variable transmission. Nissan offers a 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to a CVT as well. Both vehicles have factory-installed trailering packages available, and both are respectable haulers than can tow more than 5,000 pounds.

Boulder CO - 2020 Subaru Ascent's Mechanical
Technology - Subaru Ascent specs in Boulder CO

The age of the current Highlander generation shows a bit in which technologies are offered. Subaru outfits every Ascent with its EyeSuite safety group that includes most of the popular driver assistance technologies, and you only need go up one trim level to get blind-spot monitoring. The standard package offered by Nissan is not nearly as robust. While you do get blind-spot monitoring by moving up a level, there are less options available overall. Something both vehicles do well is including a triple-zone automatic climate control system in the standard equipment.

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Flatirons Subaru in Boulder is your local Subaru dealer, and we have experts on hand who can tell you everything you need to know about the Ascent. Want to test-drive it? No appointment is needed. Just visit us at your convenience. You can also call us for the latest details or visit us online. Our entire inventory is perusable via our website. We also offer email and live chat so that you can request custom quotes, get preapproved for loans and leasing, discuss your trade-in and much more.