Both the Subaru Ascent and Kia Telluride are new 3-row SUVs working to make a name for themselves in the crowded SUV market. But when comparing the two the Subaru Ascent comes out on top and continues to be the go-to adventure-ready SUV for Fitchburg drivers.

The Kia Telluride is advertised as the most capable Kia SUV with excellent off-road performance, but be ready to pay more and get less capable performance than the Ascent. In true Subaru fashion, the Ascent comes standard with Subaru's legendary Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system as well as X-Mode with Hill Descent Control. Together these two features work in tandem to deliver a commanding grip regardless of terrain or conditions. X-Mode tailors the throttle, transmission, center-differential locking strategy, and optimizes engine output to reduce individual wheel spin for impressive stability. The Ascent also has 8.7 inches of ground clearance while the Telluride only has 8; which will make a significant difference. The Kia Telluride is also only available with an all-wheel-drive, center differential lock and a snow-mode that will cost a pretty penny.

For many Middleton drivers in the market for a 3-row SUV interior comfort and flexibility matter. While the Kia Telluride is larger than the Ascent and claims to be a luxury SUV, but after a few hours behind the wheel, you will find the seats to be uncomfortable. Your passengers in the 3-row will also feel cramp and itching to get out the Telluride. The seats of the Subaru Ascent are specifically designed for long-term comfort. The 3-row in the Ascent is also better suited to taller passengers with more headroom, is also wider, and seat cushions are an inch higher off the ground to provide more comfortable legroom. Getting into the 3-row of the Ascent is also easier with extra-wide rear door openings and large pass-through with second-row captain's chairs or easy tilt and slide bench seats.

One more way that the Ascent bests the Kia Telluride is with more spirited performance and quicker acceleration. Yes, the Telluride offers more horsepower than the Ascent, but the Telluride with a big V6 engine is sluggish to get up to speed. Not to mention that the Telluride isn't nearly as fuel-efficient as the Ascent with 27 highway and 21 city mpg. with a 2.4L turbo BOXER under the hood. The Telluride with all-wheel-drive only gets 24 highway and 19 city mpg.

Come down to Don Miller Subaru West today and test drive the amazing 2020 Subaru Ascent to fully experience the spirited performance, luxurious interior, and unmatched quality of a Subaru.