Family-friendly SUVs like the Subaru Ascent and Chevrolet Traverse should offer the kind of features and performance that'll get you and your family safely through any conditions. So, which one is right for you?

To help drivers and families in Ithaca decide, Maguire Subaru put them up against each other in this 2019 Subaru Ascent vs. Chevy Traverse comparison.

Subaru Ascent vs Chevy Traverse Safety

The 2019 Subaru Ascent delivers peace of mind with seven airbags throughout the interior. These include front and side airbags for the driver and front passenger, a driver's knee airbag, and side-curtain airbags that cover all three rows of seats.

On top of this advanced airbag system, you'll have more awareness during your drive with the EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology system. This bundles together intelligent driver assistance features to help you avoid accidents. It's standard on every trim level and includes features like:

  • Pre-Collision Braking
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Lane Departure and Sway Warning
  • Lane Keep Assist

You'll even know what's behind your SUV and when it's safe to change lanes. A high-resolution Rear-Vision Camera comes standard, while Blind-Spot Detection is available with Lane Change Assist and a Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.

With its airbag system and standard safety features, the Subaru Ascent has been named a 2019 TOP SAFETY PICK+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

The Chevy Traverse also has seven airbags, but instead of one for the driver's knee, there's a driver's seat airbag that's located near the center console. When it goes off, it effectively separates the front seats from the rest of the passengers.

While there are available driver assistance features, almost none of them are standard on the base trim. Most of them aren't offered until the higher trim levels. As a result, the Chevy Traverse didn't earn the same recognition from IIHS.

Subaru Ascent vs Chevy Traverse Capability

Both the 2019 Subaru Ascent and Chevy Traverse can help you load lots of cargo with a large trunk and folding seats. They can also bring a trailer or a boat along for the ride with a towing capacity of 5,000 pounds.

The Subaru Ascent can get you and your cargo safely over any terrain though with standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. It also keeps everything under control and in line with your SUV with Trailer Stability Assist.

The Chevy Traverse is available with all-wheel drive, but front-wheel drive is standard. It also doesn't offer any feature to stop your trailer from swaying or drifting.

Subaru Ascent vs Chevy Traverse Fuel Economy

The 2019 Subaru Ascent can get up to an EPA-estimated 21 MPG city and 27 MPG highway. While the Chevy Traverse is just as efficient on long drives, you'll need to stop for gas more often when you're running errands or on your daily commute. It gets up to an EPA-estimated 18 MPG city and 27 MPG highway.

Test Drive the Subaru Ascent

Visit Maguire Subaru to test drive the versatile Subaru Ascent. It offers a safe, efficient, and capable drive to families in Ithaca. To learn more about this 2019 Subaru Ascent vs. Chevy Traverse comparison, contact us or visit our dealership.

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