Some families can’t even begin to consider a new vehicle unless it first presents with third-row seating capacity. They not only need enough room to accommodate the family headcount, but they also tend to put an emphasis on vehicles with top-notch safety ratings. Vehicles with excellent fuel economy earn bonus points with consumers too. When it comes to those SUVs that currently offer the family-needed extra seating room, there are several models from which to choose, including the Subaru Ascent and Volvo XC90.
For many consumers, finding the right amount of room, without compromising fuel economy can be tough. Recently, the 2020 Subaru Ascent and 2020 Volvo XC90 both topped one niche crossover segment. Both are dominating among experts and consumers alike for having one huge, money-saving element in common. Consumers are finally finding their ‘Goldilocks’ of crossover models in a big way.
An SUV segment that’s gaining traction
Among the sport utility vehicle body style, there is a class of midsize models that can comfortably seat seven passengers. This class is quickly replacing minivans, offering the room and much-needed tech extras. They’re not usually performance-based rides but definitely provide enough power to haul the family.
It’s most common to see these midsize crossovers come equipped with V6 engines, but there is an emerging trend of automakers introducing four-cylinder models. Consumers are embracing these SUVs with open arms.
The best models in this emerging midsize SUV class
The stage for midsize SUVs with four-cylinder engines is growing with competitors, and consumers love the better fuel economy. Not all the automakers have jumped on board, but Ford, Volkswagen, Mazda, Subaru, Toyota, and Volvo are offering contenders for this space. If you’re in the market for a four-cylinder, third-row SUV, you can choose between the Ford Explorer, Volkswagen Atlas, Subaru Ascent, Volvo XC90, Toyota Highlander, or the Mazda CX-9. But which models are the best?
Why the Subaru Ascent and Volvo XC90 are dominating
MotorTrend likes the Subaru Ascent and the Volvo XC90 the best. Both are equipped to deliver power with turbo four-cylinder engines without losing fuel economy or the ample room to seat the whole family. These experts are impressed with the Ascent’s value, design, and driving experience. They’re equally impressed with Subaru’s standard all-wheel drive.
The Volvo XC90, while customarily considered a luxury crossover, has also earned the head nods from the experts. It not only brings the upscale and premium feel, but it excels at handling and performance with either the supercharged four-cylinder or turbocharged four-cylinder engines. The Ascent averages 20 mpg city and 26 mpg highway, while the XC90 delivers 21 mpg city and 30 mpg highway, depending on the engine configuration.
What’s new for the Subaru Ascent and Volvo XC90 this year?
The 2020 Volvo XC90 introduces a six-seat option with its Inscription and Momentum models. There is also improved smoothness in the ride due to a revision with the brakes and suspension. It’s a luxury SUV with T5, T6, and T8 versions, so the MSRP range is $48,350 to $73,800.
New for the 2020 Subaru Ascent this year is a rear-seat reminder alert system and power-folding side mirrors. The Ascent comes in four available trims – the base model, Premium, Limited, and Touring. You can buy one for $31,995 up to $45,045, depending on the trim level you choose.
If you’re thinking about looking for a family vehicle that offers size and cargo space along with pep and fuel economy, check out the midsize SUVs with four-cylinder engine configurations. More specifically, take a look at the 2020 Subaru Ascent or the more upscale Volvo XC90. These two crossovers are the perfect blend of functionality, performance, tech, and fuel efficiency.