2019 Subaru Ascent vs. 2019 GMC Acadia Comparison
2019 Subaru Ascent
Starting Price: $32,970 | Price yours
Above Average: Upscale, roomy enough for 8 people, tech loaded and sportier than most midsize SUVs. Standard all-wheel drive.
Below Average: Only one engine option and no hybrid.
Consensus: The 2019 Subaru Ascent is pretty much everything you could want including, comfort, safety, practicality and sportiness. If you only need to use the third row for tiny humans, it’s a great buy.
2019 GMC Acadia
Starting Price: $29,995 | Price yours
Above Average: A stand out in the crowded midsize SUV market, the 2019 GMC Acadia offers an array of safety features, a range of powertrains, a variety of seating configurations, constantly variable suspension and an urban-looking exterior.
Below Average: If you need seating for 8, you have to upgrade to the GMC Yukon. Towing capacity leaves something to be desired.
Consensus: The 2019 GMC Acadia comes in a variety of seating configurations (5, 6, or 7-passenger) and gets a bevy of safety features packed into a sharp looking design.
The 2019 Subaru Ascent is a great first entry into the crowded midsize SUV market and comes standard with AWD. It offers a good combination of sportiness thanks to the 260 horsepower 4-cylinder engine, comfort, safety (EyeSight comes standard), and versatility. It comes with 3-zone climate control and rear doors that open to 75-degrees making getting into the second and third rows a less acrobatic move.
The 2019 GMC Acadia is the next size down from the GMC Yukon, that falls in line with GM’s strategy of right-sizing the SUV for its customers. For 2019 GM has upped the game by including available Wi-Fi connectivity and upgrading the infotainment system to include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The GMC Acadia comes in a variety of engine options and front-wheel or all-wheel drive versions. The GMC Acadia is nimble and relatively quick on winding roads and overall, offers a good, solid, midsize SUV driving experience.
Well tuned chassis on both vehicles make them pleasant to drive and rather nimble for their size.
Subaru Ascent Advantages
AWD standard, USB ports for every row and 19 (19!) cup holders make the cabin of the Subaru a very comfortable place to be.
GMC Acadia Advantages
Sharp good looks and a variety of seating configurations make the Acadia a customizable midsize SUV that can meet a variety of needs.
The GMC Acadia should be considered for its variety of customizable features and layouts, is well-behaved on the road and has a unique look that makes it stand out in a crowd. Though pricier, the Subaru Ascent has standard AWD and stronger resale value.
|2019 Subaru Ascent||2019 GMC Acadia|
|Engine||2.4-liter, 4-cylinder, Turbo||2.5-liter 4-cylinder|
|Horsepower||260 hp @ 5600 rpm||194 hp @ 6300 rpm|
|Torque||277 lb-ft @ 2000 rpm||190 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm|
|Transmission||Automatic, CVT||Automatic, 6-speed|
|Fuel Economy||23 mpg (21 city, 27 hwy)||23 mpg (21 city, 26 hwy)|
|Also Available||NA||3.6-liter, V6|
|Warranty||3 years/36,000 miles||3 years/36,000 miles|
|NHTSA Overall Safety Rating||NA||4 Stars|
|Max Seating Capacity||8 passengers||5,6, or 7 passengers|
|Wheelbase||113.8 inches||112.5 inches|
|Overall Length||196.8 inches||193.6 inches|
|Width||76.0 inches||75.4 inches|
|Height||71.6 inches||66 inches|
|Turning Diameter||38.0 feet||38.7 feet|
|Headroom, Front||41.3 inches||40.3 inches|
|Headroom, 2nd row||40 inches||39.6 inches|
|Headroom, 3rd row||36.3 inches||37.2 inches|
|Legroom, Front||42.2 inches||41.0 inches|
|Legroom, 2nd row||38.6 inches||39.7 inches|
|Legroom, 3rd row||31.7 inches||31.1 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Front||61.1 inches||59.4 inches|
|Shoulder Room, 2nd row||60.3 inches||58.7 inches|
|Shoulder Room, 3rd row||57.2 inches||37.2 inches|
|EPA Passenger Volume||153.5 cu. ft.||NA|
|EPA Cargo Volume||72.6 cu. ft.||79.0 cu. ft.|