The Subaru Ascent is the largest vehicle in the Subaru lineup. Essentially, it's everything we like about the smaller Subaru crossovers but in a bigger, more family-friendly package. With seating for up to eight people, the Ascent caters to family-minded shoppers. It has plenty of standard advanced safety features, a thoughtful design and large cargo space. In terms of performance, it isn't a standout, but it will certainly satisfy most drivers' expectations.
Current Subaru Ascent
The Ascent is new for the 2019 model year. There are four trim levels: base, Premium, Limited and Touring. On the base trim level, the Ascent is only available in an eight-passenger configuration. The Premium and the Limited are available with a seven- or eight-passenger configuration. The Touring is available only as a seven-seater.
Even the base Ascent is relatively well-equipped with safety features such as frontal collision warning with automatic braking and adaptive cruise control. Other standard features include tri-zone automatic climate control, a 6.5-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, and four USB ports. The Premium and the Limited add items such as blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, heated front seats, an 8-inch touchscreen, a Wi-Fi hotspot and leather upholstery. The top-of-the-line Touring has a few additional creature comforts, including ventilated front seats, four more USB ports and an upgraded sound system.
For power, the Ascent comes with a 2.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that puts out 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque. It feeds that power to all four wheels through a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). EPA-estimated fuel economy is 23 mpg combined (21 city/27 highway), which is pretty good for a three-row crossover SUV.
In reviews, we've found the Ascent to be comfortable on the highway and confident when driving around turns. It isn't the quietest vehicle in the class, but road noise levels aren't unbearable either. The four-cylinder engine is adequately powered for a vehicle of this size. And as is the case with most vehicles in this class, the Ascent has decent room for adults in the first and second row, with the third row being more properly suited for children. Cargo space is class-leading, especially when you fold down the Ascent's rear seats and reveal 86.5 cubic feet of space.
The driver display and center screen are both aesthetically pleasing with easy-to-use interfaces. Along with attractive infotainment displays, simple and well-laid-out interior controls and high-quality materials make the Ascent's interior feel generally refined. Opt for some of the higher trim levels and things feel downright luxurious in this three-row Subaru crossover.
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