2019 Subaru Ascent SUV

What’s new

  • The Ascent is an all-new three-row SUV
  • Part of the first Ascent generation introduced for 2019

Pros & Cons

  • Seats up to eight passengers
  • Cargo room and third-row space are near top of the class
  • Generous set of standard driver safety aids
  • Can tow up to 5,000 pounds
  • Some more common driver aids are restricted to upper trims
  • Subaru CVT automatic not too impressive in other models
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Which Ascent does Edmunds recommend?

The base-model Ascent comes with a satisfying list of standard features, but for not much more the Premium delivers a better overall package. A power-adjustable driver's seat, heated front seats, and an upgraded infotainment system with a larger display are just a few of the features that make it worth the extra money.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

7.6 / 10

Subaru is back in the big SUV game. One of the last major mainstream automakers lacking a three-row SUV comes out swinging with the brawny 2019 Subaru Ascent. This isn't Subaru's first three-row SUV effort, the generally unloved Tribeca. It quietly slipped out the door five years ago after eight years of unremarkable sales, not helped any by the car's small third row and large thirst for fuel.

The Ascent is an altogether different SUV. With standard seating for eight passengers, or seven if specified with optional captain's chairs in the second row, the Ascent offers nearly 32 inches of third-row legroom, about the same as its Honda Pilot rival. Its 86.5 cubic feet of maximum cargo space means you'll rarely run out of room for gear and luggage, while a new turbocharged four-cylinder engine not only returns 23 mpg combined, but can also tow up to 5,000 pounds.

Subaru equips the Ascent with standard all-wheel drive, a Subaru signature feature that drivers in wet weather areas will appreciate. And with 8.7 inches of ground clearance, the Ascent should also prove capable of getting far off the highway when the mood strikes.

Overall, the 2019 Subaru Ascent looks to be an ideal pick for a three-row SUV, but we'll know more for sure once we conduct a full test in the coming months.

Notably, we picked the 2019 Ascent as one of Edmunds' Best Midsize SUVs and Best Gas Mileage SUVs for this year.

2019 Subaru Ascent models

The 2019 Subaru Ascent is available in base, Premium, Limited and Touring trim levels. Base models offer good value, especially with driver assistance features, but the Premium adds more of today's desirable features, such as heated seats and a Wi-Fi hotspot. The Limited classes things up with leather upholstery, while the Touring maxes out the Ascent's luxury, convenience and safety features.

All use a turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine (260 horsepower, 277 pound-feet of torque) paired to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). All-wheel drive comes standard across the lineup.

Base models start with 18-inch wheels, roof rails, automatic headlights, 60/40-split folding second- and third-row seats, tri-zone automatic climate control, a height-adjustable driver's seat, a rearview camera, four USB ports (two in front, two in the second row), a 6.5-inch touchscreen display, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, and a six-speaker audio system with satellite radio.

Also included is Subaru's EyeSight driver assist technology, which bundles forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning.

The Premium trim adds heated side mirrors, a windshield wiper de-icer, a power-adjustable driver's seat, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, rear-seat climate controls, spill-resistant cloth upholstery, and an upgraded multimedia system with an 8-inch touchscreen, voice controls, and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. The Premium trim also includes blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, as well as towing capacity of up to 5,000 pounds.

Subaru offers a couple of optional packages for the Premium. The OP 12 package bundles a power liftgate with preferred height memory, keyless access and ignition, a panoramic sunroof, an auto-dimming mirror, and reverse automatic braking, which applies the brakes to avoid a collision while in reverse. An OP 14 version has those features plus 20-inch wheels, a panoramic sunroof, a navigation system and a cargo area cover. When you pick one of these packages, second-row captain's chairs (seven-passenger max capacity) also become available.

The Limited is also available in a seven- or eight-passenger seating configuration and adds on to the Premium with the contents of the OP 12 package, 20-inch wheels, adaptive LED headlights, automatic high beams, LED foglights, leather upholstery, a power-adjustable front passenger seat, additional driver-seat adjustments, heated outboard second-row seats, rear door sunshades, dual third-row USB ports, and additional leather cabin accents.

An optional package for the Limited trim gets you the panoramic sunroof, navigation system, cargo, cover and a 14-speaker Harman Kardon premium sound system.

The Touring trim bundles all of the Limited's features and options, then adds chrome exterior accents, automatic wipers, ambient cabin lighting, upgraded leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a 120-volt household-style power outlet, a total of eight USB ports, a front-view camera display, and a rearview mirror with a rearview camera image, which lets you see out back even if your normal view is blocked by passengers or cargo.

Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the Subaru Ascent Limited (turbo 2.5-liter flat-4 | CVT automatic | AWD).

Scorecard

Overall7.6 / 10
Driving7.5
Comfort7.5
Interior7.5
Utility7.5
Technology8.0

Driving

7.5
The Ascent's turbocharged engine cranks out an impressive amount of power, and acceleration is quicker than average. But it takes a smooth right foot to achieve harmony with the overactive transmission. Ground clearance and other off-road attributes are among the strongest in the segment. The brakes are also a highlight.

Acceleration

7.5
The Ascent feels strong and lively off the line. Fully mash the gas and the turbocharged engine will propel it to 60 mph in just 7.4 seconds. That's quicker than many three-row SUVs, including the V6-powered Volkswagen Atlas.

Braking

8.0
The brake pedal has a light effort yet delivers a smooth, linear braking response. In our testing, the Ascent needed just 117 feet to stop from 60 mph, making it among the shortest stoppers in the class. Plus, it does so with excellent stability.

Steering

7.0
The on-center sensation is slightly vague with the wheel pointed straight ahead. As you turn the wheel the weight increases, as does road feedback, but it eventually goes light again, which feels unnatural. What feedback there is helps you know what the front tires are doing.

Handling

7.5
Even with its high center of gravity and relatively narrow width, the Ascent does an acceptable job of cornering. It turns in quickly and has great steady-state grip. But the Ascent's suspension is less adept at providing control during rapid transitions or swerving maneuvers.

Drivability

6.0
You'll need a fine touch to make the CVT automatic work smoothly. Even moderate accelerator inputs result in surging acceleration, which can make passengers uncomfortable. There's also very little engine braking, so it's tricky trying to bleed off downhill speed for long stretches without using the brakes.

Off-road

8.5
The Ascent has standard all-wheel drive and includes software-controlled traction and hill descent control. Combine those features with its 8.7 inches of ground clearance, and you've got an effective combination for taking on snow and dirt.

Comfort

7.5
For the most part, the Ascent's seats are comfortable and inviting. The climate control works well to keep the cabin environment pleasant, but the noise and vibration created by the tires detract from an otherwise nice experience.

Seat comfort

8.0
Firm and well-padded seats evenly distribute your weight, making you feel coddled. A wide seat bottom allows you to adjust your position should you need a stretch. Second-row passengers get supportive and reclining seats, but the middle passenger and passengers in the third row have stiffer padding that's less comfortable.

Ride comfort

7.0
The Ascent doesn't handle hard-edge cracks and road seams well, and driving over them sends harsh vibrations straight into the cabin. Smoother, rolling bumps are better managed. The Ascent doesn't feel floaty, but overall ride comfort falls below the class leaders.

Noise & vibration

6.5
The Ascent does a good job of keeping wind noise at bay, but pavement transitions, cracks and seams send a lot of tire slap into the cabin. There's also the issue of engine noise, which can grow from a muted hum to a loud groan as the rpm climb to redline.

Climate control

8.0
The three-zone automatic climate control system is easy to operate thanks to its tactile buttons and knobs. Second-row passengers get their own dedicated controls. Although the rear vents are located overhead, the system effectively cools the cabin without resorting to loud, gale-force fan speeds.

Interior

7.5
Get the seven-seater Ascent for full-size adults or eight-seater for cargo and/or kids. The Ascent is an approachable and easy-to-use crossover and fits drivers both big and small. Everything is clearly labeled, but there are a few controls that may require you to crack open the instruction manual.

Ease of use

7.5
Most controls are logically laid out and easy to access from the driver's seat, and the dedicated controls for the top information screen are useful. The lane departure and automatic emergency braking system controls should be near the blind-spot switch system, but instead they're inexplicably overhead by the sunroof controls.

Getting in/getting out

7.0
Thanks to large door openings, getting in and out is easy for the front-seat and second-row passengers. Third-row passengers have to deal with a two-step seat release and a second-row seat that doesn't slide forward enough. The doors extend below the doorsills, which can help with keeping your pants clean when the Ascent is dirty.

Driving position

8.0
The driver's seat has a lot of adjustability in both height and tilt, and it includes power lumbar and a manual thigh extension. The steering column also adjusts manually and has an adequate amount of tilt range. But the ability to extend an inch or two more would be welcome.

Roominess

6.5
Front-seat passengers have plenty of room, but the Ascent's back seats are less accommodating than in other three-row SUVs. Second-row seats are excellent for two, but three abreast should be reserved for smaller passengers. The Ascent's third row falls behind the leaders in both seat width and legroom.

Visibility

7.5
The large windows and door-mounted side mirrors allow excellent side visibility. A high-def rear camera helps supplement an already large rear window. The one downside is the way the hood slopes down, which makes it hard to place the front edges of the bumper. Touring models include a front camera, which would alleviate this issue.

Quality

8.0
The interior's many different panels and materials may turn off buyers preferring a sleek and simple look. Thankfully, all the parts on our test vehicle fit well and didn't creak or rattle. The seats are covered in thick leather, while touch points are covered in soft synthetic-leather material.

Utility

7.5
The Ascent is pretty efficient with its space, but others in the class do small storage better and have larger cargo holds. Folding the third row isn't as convenient either. Installing car seats is a straightforward process, though.

Small-item storage

7.5
There are a lot of places for items, but few are really generous in size. The door pockets are deep but narrow, and the door pulls can hold a few small things. You also get a bunch of cupholders in back. The dashboard shelf by the front passenger is perfect for smartphones, and the center armrest bin can conceal a large SLR camera.

Cargo space

7.5
With 17.6 cubic feet behind the third row and up to 86 cubic feet with the second and third rows folded, the Ascent has an average amount of space for cargo. The third-row seats have to be folded from the back, and the second row must be done from the rear passenger doors. The resulting load floor isn't perfectly flat but should be sufficient for most.

Child safety seat accommodation

7.5
Top anchors are located in the seatbacks of all six rear seat positions. Second-row lower anchors are located under flaps. The second-row middle seat requires sharing a lower LATCH point with an adjacent seat. The third row features lower anchors only in the driver-side seat.

Towing

8.0
Most Ascent models provide 5,000 pounds of maximum towing weight. Standard Trailer Stability Assist helps minimize excess trailer sway. Towing requires the addition of an optional trailer hitch assembly that includes wiring harness, which can be covered by a panel when not in use.

Technology

8.0
Subaru's Starlink system features a crisp and responsive touchscreen and multiple ways to integrate your smartphone. It is easy to use and requires minimal setup time. A smattering of USB ports helps keep your passengers charged, but there isn't a 12-volt outlet for the second row.

Smartphone integration

8.5
Your devices can be connected to the car via auxiliary input, Bluetooth and USB connection. Pairing is easy, and there are two USB jacks for charging in each of the three rows and a total of three 12-volt power sockets. As mentioned above, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are standard on every Ascent.

Driver aids

8.0
Subaru's EyeSight provides adaptive cruise control, front collision mitigation and lane departure warning. The Ascent also comes with blind-spot detection, rear cross-traffic alert and parking sensors. Adaptive cruise works to a full stop, but it may vary by 1 or 2 mph from the set speed.

Voice control

8.0
The Starlink voice recognition system handles commands for audio, telephone and, optionally, navigation. The system recognized most commands on the first try in our testing, so long as you speak in the system's preferred format. Even the climate control system can be controlled via voice command.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2019 Subaru Ascent.

5 star reviews: 40%
4 star reviews: 20%
3 star reviews: 13%
2 star reviews: 12%
1 star reviews: 15%
Average user rating: 3.6 stars based on 162 total reviews

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4 out of 5 stars, Love the car but not the transmission
New Ascent Owner,
Limited 7-Passenger 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

I ordered my Ascent in July 2018 and took delivery of it in mid-September. I love the car. It is comfortable, handles well and is great for my family of 4 plus friends/cargo/dogs or whatever else we need to drive around. Around mid-November, I started to notice the car shuttering at low speed in city traffic and within a few weeks after that, the shutter would be followed by a screeching that sounded like a cat. This happens nearly every time I drive, because I do mostly city driving. I took the car to the dealership in December, and they could not recreate the shutter/sound, so I took the car back and kept driving. Last week (mid-January 2019), we took the car back, and after nearly a week, they finally heard the sound and felt the shutter. Before that, the service department thought I was crazy. I'm not sure why it took them so long to discover that the problem was real. I believe they were just running diagnostics on the car, and this problem did not pop up in those computer diagnostics. I don't think they ever looked under the hood or checked any of the systems manually to see what the problem might be. Then, They called yesterday to tell me that, upon inspection after feeling the shutter and hearing the screeching, the entire transmission needs to be replaced. So that's great. My new car excitement definitely has worn off. This is our 3rd Subaru (plus my parents have had 4 or 5 of them), and the first time we've had any sort of mechanical problem. I was deciding between the Volkswagen Atlas and this car when we purchased, and I opted for the Ascent because of our excellent Subaru experiences to date. I'm starting to regret that decision. I hope the new transmission fixes the problem and that this doesn't recur.

4 out of 5 stars, Lots of Highs, a Few Lows
Douglas,
Limited 8-Passenger w/OP 23 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

We considered 8 different vehicles, and test-drove 5 before settling on the Ascent. What we love about it: Quiet, smooth ride. When test-driving the Atlas, Highlander and Pilot, I noticed considerable low-frequency noise on the highway. The Ascent is as very quiet...easy to have conversations with everyone in the car. Driver's seat thigh-support extends, making it more comfortable for tall drivers like me. No one at the dealership I bought the car from knew it extended either. The windows are very quiet when going up and down...not a big deal, but something I noticed and appreciate. The second row seats can move forward, allowing you more room in the back if you put the third-row down to handle more cargo. I've tried out the X-Mode feature, and it worked quite well, keeping my speed going down a hill without having to ride the brake or gas. The 19.6 gallon tank will get me over 450 miles between fill-ups on road trips. The quality of the interior materials is very good, including the hand-stitched leather on the dash and steering wheel. I can fit my golf clubs in side to side, so I don't need to put the third row down when going golfing. And with the Cargo Net in place, I can put two sets in and not worry about them falling out when I open the rear hatch. The acceleration is quite good with the Turbo. I have no problem passing people, even when they are doing 70 MPH up hill. The Adaptive Cruise Control is fantastic...I use it in town and on the highway. What may bug you: Their Starlink Entertainment system is a joke. Its slow, with limited functionality. Carplay won't work over Bluetooth, only through one of the USB ports up front. The touch screen can be temperamental. I drove a Jeep rental a few months back, and really appreciated the control knob just in front of the driver's right arm rest that allowed me to navigate the screen without having to reach for it and try and touch a small spot on it while driving. There is no USB port in the console storage compartment, which would be great for simply charging something that you don't need access to. There are no front parking sensors!! This surprised the hell out of me. So, I back in as much as possible. The memory buttons only store the seat positions. I'm more than a foot taller than my wife, and I swore that the next car we got would have memory steering wheel and mirrors too... But I gave them up for this vehicle anyway. The Lane Assist doesn't function when the wipers are on high speed, because the Eye-site camera's are apparently confused by their movement. I would have thought this was something they would have anticipated and made corrections for. Cross-bars for the roof rack are additional, making the roof-rack pretty much useless unless you buy them.

4 out of 5 stars, Transmission issues
Melissa,
Premium 7-Passenger w/OP 14 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

We preordered our Ascent (3rd generation) Subaru owners for our expanding family. We maxed out of ‘16 Forester and needed a bigger family vehicle. We have ‘11 legacy that we love and have had no issues. The Ascent started making noises that we now realize is a skipping chain around 3000 miles. We brought it in once it continued and was annoying around 5700 for the oil change. Since then, the vehicle has been in 3 more times (2 times the dash lights came on and was stuck in low gear). Our dealership is working with us through the problems. They contacted Subaru of America and we’re getting a new transmission. Until then, we have a loaner Ascent for the next week or 2. I’m hopeful that this will resolve the problem.

2 out of 5 stars, Lost the "Trust" in the Vehicle
Dean Cotlow,
Touring 7-Passenger 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

Just over 5,000 miles and we are experiencing transmission troubles. Dealer has had the vehicle two times and the last time a full week with only response "everything is OK". The problem I have with that answer is they know they are having issues with the transmissions and will not acknowledge. No satisfactory results therefore if the transmission rumbles, jerks and/or slips the car is gone and no more Subaru's for me. Lost the love and trust.

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2019 Subaru Ascent First Drive

2019 Subaru Ascent First Drive

SPEAKER 1: It's been almost five years since Subaru got out of the mid-sized SUV game. But that's all changed with this-- the 2019 Ascent. Question is, was the wait worth it? When the Ascent goes on sale this summer, it'll compete against the Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander, and Ford Explorer. These are all really great mid-size SUVs with three rows, so the pressure is on Subaru. One thing counting against it-- at least right off the bat for me-- is the power train. It has a 2.4 liter turbocharged four cylinder that puts out 260 horsepower. That's not a whole lot for the segment. On top of that, it's made it to a continuously variable transmission, and CVTs have a tendency to be a little lethargic and unresponsive. When it does go on sale, it's going to start around $32,000 for the base model. Included in that, though, is Subaru's advanced safety suite called Eyesight. Now, you're going to get adaptive cruise control, frontal collision warning with automatic braking, as well as lane departure warning and assist. Higher trim models are going to have a blind spot monitor with rear cross traffic alerts, as well. It's easy to drive. It's easy to maneuver, for a mid-size SUV. And one thing I really like, too, is this virtual mirror. Now, right now it's set to be just the regular reflective mirror. But if you flip it up, well, it's projecting an image from a camera in the rear window. So that means if you have everything piled up to the roof you can still see what's behind you. The ride quality in general-- it's compliant enough. We're feeling every bump and rut. But there's not a lot of hard jostling or harsh impacts that you'd normally feel from a car that could handle this well. Right off the line there it's more than adequate. And it actually simulated some of the shifts you'd feel in a normal automatic that you wouldn't in a CVT. And that gives you the impression that there's nothing really all that different about this car. And it eliminates a lot of that terrible CVT drone where the engine is just at a constant speed, kind of mooing like a wounded cow. As far as handling goes, it's confident for a tall-riding mid-size SUV like this. I'm not going to go bombing into corners. But you have that assurance that if something jumps out in the middle of the road, you'll be able to swerve around it, get back on your intended line without too much drama. The Ascent drives pretty much exactly how you want a mid-size SUV to drive. You do get a little more road noise than some of the other cars I've driven in this class. But it's not intrusive. You can turn the radio up just a little bit to drown it out. It's not a problem. It's got a nice ride over some of the choppy bits, as well as the larger undulations. And it instills confidence at the same time. Overall, I'd say Subaru did a good job with this. As far as the cabin goes, I like the overall design. It's functional. And it's not trying too hard to be fashionable. Material's quality is decent for the class. Everywhere you're coming in contact with it, it's well-padded. The infotainment screen is mounted kind of midway up the center stack here. And a lot of other manufacturers are putting them right on top of the dash to put them right in the driver's sightline. But there is a secondary readout on top of the dash. And you can actually get a bunch of different views, from navigation to infotainment. The Eyesight system from Subaru has gotten some pretty positive reviews. It's not overly sensitive, like some of the Honda systems. It will give you some subtle beeps here and there if you're crossing over the line. It also-- like right there. There we go. And also it has one feature that might be helpful in dense traffic where, when the car in front of you starts moving, it'll give you a nice little subtle beep to let you know that you should probably start paying attention again. The seat comfort's pretty good, as well. It's somewhat warm in this car right now. But it does have ventilated seats, as well as heated seats and a heated steering wheel. From the back seat, I'm getting the impression that I'm riding quite a bit higher than the front seats. And that's probably true, because I'm getting a good view forward. Another thing I'm noticing, though, is this headliner here is a little bit close to my head. We do have a panoramic sunroof. But even with the cars without the panoramic sunroof, it's still just about as restricting. The seats back here are pretty much as comfortable as the front seats. Obviously, you're not going to have the same amount of adjustments. But it does recline pretty far back. And you have this nice adjustable armrest, as well. This top-of-the-line touring trim, like some of the supporting trims, have this rear side sunshade. But they're not the easiest to get into because the anchor points are right at the edges and not closer in to the center. That means it's going to wobble back and forth a little. But just the fact that it has it is a nice feature. Also on this trim we have separate climate controls for the back. All of the Ascents, whether it's the base model or the top touring trim, have tri-zone automatic climate control. The top trims, however, have this secondary control unit just for the rear passengers. And I am getting a good amount of air from these top vents. Also down here, two USB ports and a household power outlet. Subaru made a big deal about the Ascent having 19 cup holders. Obviously, you're not going to need them all for drinks. But this bottom one here that can fit three drinks has cutaways so that you can actually fit in an iPad Pro. Rather than having a built-in rear entertainment system, at the dealership you can get the option for entertainment systems based off of two iPads and wireless headphones. From the very rear seats, the third row, I have actually a decent amount of room. I wouldn't say I'm going to be comfortable back here for a long road trip. But my hair's just barely brushing the headliner. The seat cushions are what you'd expect-- a little short, a little low. So in general, you're going to be putting smaller passengers back here anyway. But it's not nearly as much of a penalty as they are in some of the other third-row seats. Also back here in the top trim, two USB ports, a bunch more cup holders. One thing that's also nice is if you look at these grab handles here, well, it helps you get in and out. But it also gives you a little place to hang purses, bags, or whatever else you want off of a hook. One thing Subaru was keen to point out, too, is they conducted their own crash test to ensure that the third-row passengers are well-protected. As far as cargo capacity goes, the Ascent does well. It has 17.8 cubic feet of capacity behind the third row of seats. That's on the high end among other cars in this class. Fold down all of the seats, though, and you get 86.5 cubic feet of storage. And among all of its primary competitors, that is as big as it gets. You do have underfloor storage, which really isn't all that unusual. But cleverly, they made it so you can keep it open with these pull straps that also serve to fold the seats down. You also have a storage place for your cargo cover. And the cargo cover goes all the way from the back of the second row seats. Smart idea that means you don't have to leave this in your garage and forget it when you really need it. After spending some time with the all new 2019 Subaru Ascent, I can positively say, yes, it was worth the wait. It's comfortable. It has a good ride quality. It has a ton of features. And the price is right, too. Any concerns I had about the power train can be ignored. Honestly, if they didn't tell me it had a CVT, I probably wouldn't know. So for more information on the Ascent, as well as its competition, head on over to edmunds.com. For some more videos like this, hit subscribe.

Edmunds Senior Writer Mark Takahashi made the trek to Oregon to be one of the first to drive the all-new 2019 Subaru Ascent. After Subaru's five-year absence from the midsize SUV market, this family-friendly three-row crossover is a marked improvement over the automaker's last attempt. The Ascent simply hits the right notes for the class.

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Features & Specs

Touring 4dr SUV AWD w/7-Passenger features & specs
Touring 4dr SUV AWD w/7-Passenger
2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT
MSRP$44,695
MPG 20 city / 26 hwy
SeatingSeats 7
TransmissionContinuously variable-speed automatic
Horsepower260 hp @ 5600 rpm
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Limited 4dr SUV AWD w/7-Passenger features & specs
Limited 4dr SUV AWD w/7-Passenger
2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT
MSRP$38,995
MPG 20 city / 26 hwy
SeatingSeats 7
TransmissionContinuously variable-speed automatic
Horsepower260 hp @ 5600 rpm
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Premium 4dr SUV AWD w/7-Passenger Convenience Pkg features & specs
Premium 4dr SUV AWD w/7-Passenger Convenience Pkg
2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT
MSRP$35,655
MPG 21 city / 27 hwy
SeatingSeats 7
TransmissionContinuously variable-speed automatic
Horsepower260 hp @ 5600 rpm
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Limited 4dr SUV AWD w/8-Passenger features & specs
Limited 4dr SUV AWD w/8-Passenger
2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT
MSRP$38,995
MPG 20 city / 26 hwy
SeatingSeats 8
TransmissionContinuously variable-speed automatic
Horsepower260 hp @ 5600 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Ascent safety features:

Reverse Automatic Braking
Automatically applies vehicle's brakes if an obstacle is detected while reversing.
EyeSight Assist Monitor
Provides a head-up display of EyeSight system warnings and system status data on the windshield.
Safety Plus Package
Offers emergency assistance, enhanced roadside assistance and automatic collision notification to first responders, among other services.
IIHS Rating

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

Side Impact Test
Good
Roof Strength Test
Good
Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
Good
IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
Moderate Overlap Front Test
Good

Subaru Ascent vs. the competition

Subaru Ascent vs. Honda Pilot

The Pilot is among the cars that defined the three-row SUV segment. The latest model looks sharp, with a comfortable ride and interior. It also boasts a powerful V6 engine, and when the Honda is equipped with all-wheel drive, both models match each other for towing capacity. But the Pilot comes up a bit shy in maximum cargo.

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Subaru Ascent vs. Mazda CX-9

Both models are sporty, although the Mazda's edge comes on paved roads and twisting turns, while the Ascent's performance advantage lies in getting off the paved road. And thought the CX-9 is actually a bit longer than the Ascent, the Subaru makes better use of its space, coming up with more usable cargo area. The CX-9 also has a rated towing capacity of up to 3,500 pounds, well shy of the Ascent.

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Subaru Ascent vs. Chevrolet Traverse

The Traverse is king of the three-row jungle, at least in terms of sheer size. It looks massive because it is, outpacing most of its rivals in overall volume. But the Ascent pulls up a close second where it counts: third-row legroom, cargo space and utility. Like the Pilot, the Traverse offers a stout V6 engine, but it's less fuel-efficient than the Ascent. And the Traverse is just plain big — and feels big from behind the wheel.

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FAQ

Is the Subaru Ascent a good car?
The Edmunds experts tested the 2019 Ascent both on the road and at the track, giving it a 7.6 out of 10. You probably care about Subaru Ascent fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Ascent gets an EPA-estimated 22 mpg to 23 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that carrying capacity for the Ascent ranges from 17.6 to 17.8 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Subaru Ascent. Learn more
What's new in the 2019 Subaru Ascent?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2019 Subaru Ascent:

  • The Ascent is an all-new three-row SUV
  • Part of the first Ascent generation introduced for 2019
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Is the Subaru Ascent reliable?
To determine whether the Subaru Ascent is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Ascent. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Ascent's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more
Is the 2019 Subaru Ascent a good car?
There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2019 Subaru Ascent is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2019 Ascent and gave it a 7.6 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2019 Ascent is a good car for you. Learn more
How much should I pay for a 2019 Subaru Ascent?

The least-expensive 2019 Subaru Ascent is the 2019 Subaru Ascent 4dr SUV AWD w/8-Passenger (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $31,995.

Other versions include:

  • Touring 4dr SUV AWD w/7-Passenger (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) which starts at $44,695
  • Limited 4dr SUV AWD w/7-Passenger (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) which starts at $38,995
  • Premium 4dr SUV AWD w/7-Passenger Convenience Pkg (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) which starts at $35,655
  • Limited 4dr SUV AWD w/8-Passenger (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) which starts at $38,995
  • Premium 4dr SUV AWD w/8-Passenger (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) which starts at $34,195
  • Premium 4dr SUV AWD w/7-Passenger Sporty Pkg (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) which starts at $38,455
  • Limited 4dr SUV AWD w/8-Passenger Technology Pkg (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) which starts at $41,945
  • Limited 4dr SUV AWD w/7-Passenger Technology Pkg (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) which starts at $41,945
  • Premium 4dr SUV AWD w/8-Passenger Sporty Pkg (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) which starts at $38,455
  • 4dr SUV AWD w/8-Passenger (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) which starts at $31,995
  • Premium 4dr SUV AWD w/8-Passenger Convenience Pkg (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) which starts at $35,655
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What are the different models of Subaru Ascent?
If you're interested in the Subaru Ascent, the next question is, which Ascent model is right for you? Ascent variants include Touring 4dr SUV AWD w/7-Passenger (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT), Limited 4dr SUV AWD w/7-Passenger (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT), Premium 4dr SUV AWD w/7-Passenger Convenience Pkg (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT), and Limited 4dr SUV AWD w/8-Passenger (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT). For a full list of Ascent models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2019 Subaru Ascent

Don't worry if you don't remember Subaru's first attempt at a three-row SUV. Subaru might prefer it that way. And for those who do remember the Tribeca SUV, produced for eight years starting in the mid-2000s, Subaru aims to wipe your memory clean with the new 2019 Subaru Ascent. With its new three-row SUV, Subaru is back in the big family SUV game, this time for keeps.

The Ascent draws on Subaru's combined strengths in its existing SUV lineup, including the Crosstrek, Forester and Outback models, and applies them to a bigger template. As such, the Ascent offers impressive utility, a fuel-efficient engine, and a third row that adults can actually use.

The Ascent comes with standard seating for eight passengers; with the optional second-row captain's chairs, it will seat seven. You can even keep the second-row bench seat as you move up the trim levels until you hit the seven-passenger-only top Touring trim. The Ascent offers plenty of passenger room and cargo space, and it should tackle most gear and active family pursuits with aplomb.

A new turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, rated at 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque, does the heavy lifting for the 4,500-pound SUV. It comes paired to a continuously variable automatic transmission and, of course, Subaru's signature standard all-wheel-drive system. The new powertrain doesn't sacrifice fuel economy either. At 23 mpg combined, the new turbo-four Ascent is right on par with its competitors' all-wheel-drive versions. What's more, the new engine is capable of towing up to 5,000 pounds. And with nearly 9 inches of ground clearance, the Ascent should also prove capable of getting far off the highway when the mood strikes.

The 2019 Subaru Ascent is available in base, Premium, Limited and Touring trim levels. Base models offer good value with features such as three-zone climate control, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, and standard driver assistance features such as adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking and lane departure warning. Premium trims step it up a bit with more desirable features such as heated front seats and upgraded infotainment. Limited trims start to bring in some luxury elements such as leather upholstery and heated second-row seats, while Touring trims pour it all on with ambient cabin lighting, upgraded leather and a 14-speaker premium sound system.

Built in Indiana and starting around $33,000, the 2019 Subaru Ascent promises exceptional versatility for active families. When it comes time to see if the Ascent is right for you, let Edmunds guide you to the best deal.

2019 Subaru Ascent SUV Overview

The 2019 Subaru Ascent SUV is offered in the following styles: Touring 4dr SUV AWD w/7-Passenger (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT), Limited 4dr SUV AWD w/7-Passenger (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT), Premium 4dr SUV AWD w/7-Passenger Convenience Pkg (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT), Limited 4dr SUV AWD w/8-Passenger (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT), Premium 4dr SUV AWD w/8-Passenger (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT), Premium 4dr SUV AWD w/7-Passenger Sporty Pkg (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT), Limited 4dr SUV AWD w/8-Passenger Technology Pkg (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT), Limited 4dr SUV AWD w/7-Passenger Technology Pkg (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT), Premium 4dr SUV AWD w/8-Passenger Sporty Pkg (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT), 4dr SUV AWD w/8-Passenger (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT), and Premium 4dr SUV AWD w/8-Passenger Convenience Pkg (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT).

What do people think of the 2019 Subaru Ascent SUV?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2019 Subaru Ascent SUV and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2019 Ascent SUV 3.6 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2019 Ascent SUV.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2019 Subaru Ascent SUV and all model years in our database. Our rich analysis includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2019 Ascent SUV featuring deep dives into trim levels including Touring, Limited, Premium, etc. with careful analysis around pricing, features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving and performance. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Read our full review of the 2019 Subaru Ascent SUV here.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2019 Subaru Ascent SUV?

2019 Subaru Ascent SUV Touring 4dr SUV AWD w/7-Passenger (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

The 2019 Subaru Ascent SUV Touring 4dr SUV AWD w/7-Passenger (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $46,261. The average price paid for a new 2019 Subaru Ascent SUV Touring 4dr SUV AWD w/7-Passenger (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) is trending $5,004 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $5,004 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $41,257.

The average savings for the 2019 Subaru Ascent SUV Touring 4dr SUV AWD w/7-Passenger (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) is 10.8% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 1 2019 Subaru Ascent SUV Touring 4dr SUV AWD w/7-Passenger (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

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Which 2019 Subaru Ascent SUVS are available in my area?

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Why trust Edmunds?

Edmunds has deep data on over 6 million new, used, and certified pre-owned vehicles, including all models of the 2019 Subaru Ascent SUV and all available trim types: Limited, Limited, Limited, etc. Rich, trim-level features & specs and options data tracked for the 2019 Subaru Ascent SUV include (but are not limited to): MSRP, available incentives and deals, average price paid, warranty information (basic, drivetrain, and maintenance), features (interior and exterior color, upholstery, bluetooth, navigation, cruise control, parking assistance, lane sensing, keyless ignition, satellite radio, folding rears seats,run flat tires, wheel type, tire size, sunroof, etc.), vehicle specifications (engine cylinder count, drivetrain, engine power, torque, engine displacement, transmission), fuel economy and MPG (city, highway, and combined, fuel capacity, range), vehicle dimensions (interior cabin space, vehicle length and width, seating capacity, cargo space). Edmunds also provides tools to allow shopper to compare vehicles to similar models of their choosing by warranty, interior features, exterior features, specifications, vehicle dimensions, consumer rating, edmunds expert review, safety rating, and color.

Should I lease or buy a 2019 Subaru Ascent SUV?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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