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The Best AWD SUVs Are Still The New Subaru Outback, Forester, Crosstrek, And Ascent

The all-wheel-drive SUV segment is full of good vehicles. The 2020 Subaru Outback, Forester, Crosstrek, and Ascent are still the best AWD models in America.
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Not many SUV owners take their vehicle off-road but there is a growing group of consumers who lead active lifestyles who do use their SUV for off-pavement pursuits. The all-new 2020 Subaru Outback, Forester, Crosstrek, And Ascent are still the best all-wheel-drive SUVs and crossovers for snow and those wanting to get away from civilization.

The other models in this category are many with the Honda CR-V, Honda Passport, Toyota RAV4 Adventure, Mazda CX-5, Nissan Rogue, Ford Escape, Hyundai Santa Fe, GMC Terrain, and Jeep Cherokee. What makes Subaru the go-to all-wheel-drive brand?

2020 Subaru Outback is one of the best -all-wheel-drive SUVs
Subaru Outback (photo credit @stoutback)

Subaru created the compact all-wheel-drive segment decades ago and they still build the best all-around recreational-focused models in America. For affordability, utility, and fuel-efficiency, the Outback, Forester, Crosstrek, and all-new Ascent still offer the most off-road prowess for active SUV shoppers. And they come this way from the factory.

Why are Subaru vehicles the best AWD SUVs?

All Subaru SUVs come with 8.7-inches of ground clearance which no compact SUV competitor exceeds. They are family vehicles during the week and extreme recreational vehicles on the weekends. Subaru says 33 percent of Subaru Crosstrek owners use the compact SUV for off-pavement recreation.

2020 Subaru Crosstrek is built for customers with active lifestyles
Subaru off-road prowess

The extra ground clearance gives the four Subaru SUVs the ability to go over rough terrain without scraping the bottom. The boxer engine sits low in the chassis and gives them a lower center of gravity giving the SUVs the ability to handle the steep 1:3 ratio “axle twisting” gully without tipping over. Subaru’s vehicles cock their wheels, transfers power to the opposite wheel and tackle the terrain.

Straight off the showroom floor, the newly-redesigned 2020 Outback and Forester are even more off-road capable with Dual-Function X-MODE on certain models that give the all-wheel-drive vehicles even more “go-anywhere” attitude and extreme off-road ability.

2020 Subaru Outback, Forester, Croosstrek, and Ascent with off-road accessories
2020 Subaru Ascent by LP Aventure

The 2020 Subaru Outback, Forester, Crosstrek, and Ascent all come standard with the brand’s highly-capable Symmetrical AWD hardware that will take you just about anywhere. With their protected undercarriage, you can get through scrub brush, a river or a rocky trail without damaging your suspension. Subaru even offers customers off-road accessories and lift kits for more extreme adventures.

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Denis Flierl has invested nearly 30 years in the automotive industry in a variety of roles. All of his reports are archived on the Torque News Subaru page. Follow Denis on FacebookTwitterInstagramSubaru Report. Check back tomorrow for more Subaru news and updates!

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Comments

You really think it compares with the trailhawk series of jeeps: cherokee, grand cherokee, it's almost funny you think so
No Subaru owner (I've had 4) really believes their stock Subie is a more capable off roader than, for example, a Jeep Wrangler or Land Cruiser. But we do think Subies offer the best combination of capable off road and highway driving at an affordable price. They can handle easy to moderate off road conditions, drive snowy and icy urban and rural roads better than any other vehicles, and provide comfortable, safe and spacious family (and dog) hauling.
I had the Honda CRV for a year needed good gas mpg. I was so dissatisfied with the car the comfort. After a year I traded in for the new 2020 Ascent I love this SUV my dog is a masitive and fits great the the back. It is nice and flat for her for those long drives! The comfort is also excellent. My only disappointment is the heated steering wheel it is not very warm and is not the complete steering wheel it is part of the sides. I have arthritis during long drives I like to have the heat on and put my hand on the bottom of the wheel there in no heat there. Also it shuts off after 15 minutes. Ecept for that small issue I love my SUV. This is a vehicle I will be keeping for a very long time.
Comparing apples and oranges. The Subies competition is Honda CRV, Toyota Rav 4, Nissan Rogue. The symmetrical AWD blow away Slip and Grip systems found in these other vehicles. It is not intended to compete with 4WD vehicles that are designed for off road. As the article says, they are a family car during the week and a capable recreation vehicle able to handle muddy, off pavement and light to moderate off roading on the weekends, all at a very reasonable price. In their price range, and sticking with AWD, not 4WD, they have no competition.
The article is comparing the Subarus to OTHER AWD VEHICLES, not to 4WD vehicles.