2019 Subaru Ascent SUV

2019 Subaru Ascent
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MSRP range
$31,995 - $44,695
2019 Subaru Ascent
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What’s new

  • The Subaru Ascent is all-new
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Pros

  • 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

Cons

  • Subaru CVT automatic not too impressive in other models
  • Some more common driver aids are restricted to upper trims


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

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.

Trim levels & features

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

Edmunds has not yet driven any version of this vehicle. The following is our first take on what's significant about it and what you can expect.

Driving

The new turbo four-cylinder makes 260 hp, which doesn't sound like a lot to move this big SUV, but ample torque should help. The Ascent won't move like an Impreza, but it should share the same sure-footedness. One question mark is how well the continuously variable automatic transmission performs.

Comfort

We've had good luck with Subaru seats, and the Ascent should continue that trend. We expect a comfortable ride especially suited to long trips, while sound insulation and acoustic glass should tame the highway noise we experience in other Subarus.

Interior

The 2019 Ascent interior represents a marked upgrade for Subaru cabins, both in design and quality of materials. The vast passenger room, rich leather and intuitive tech should make for a pleasant drive whether across states or just across town. The thick rear pillars could hamper visibility.

Utility

Utility rules the day in this class, and the Ascent appears ready with some of the largest interior room offered in a three-row SUV. Folding all three seats yields almost 87 cubic feet of cargo space, one of the largest capacities in the class. The Ascent can also tow up to 5,000 pounds.

Technology

An 8-inch touchscreen display anchors all but the base model's infotainment system, which uses a 6.5-inch display. Voice controls come standard on the Premium, but Apple CarPlay and Android Auto mean you may never use them. Sophisticated EyeSight driver aids come standard across the lineup.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2019 Subaru Ascent.

Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

Impressive test drive
Fergie,06/14/2018
As the mother of five, I attempted to down grade to a sedan last year. I realize now that I’m not able to downsize yet, & need a three row AWD SUV with fuel efficiency to haul me & my tall children. After doing my research I narrowed it down to the Ascent & Atlas. After test driving the Ascent today I think am sold. Acceleration & steering was responsive & enjoyable. The height of the vehicle was nice without feeling like I was driving a truck. My 5’11” daughter & I assessed the second & third rows as well. The headroom in the third row was tight; in six foot & my head touched the ceiling in the third row. Second row was ample. The legroom in the third row was fine with adjustments to the second row’s position. Reclining the second row was a nice surprise. Although I wouldn’t recommend it with any tall occupants in the third row, it was really comfortable, nice looking out the panoramic moon roof. I was very comfortable in the driver’s seat, and really liked the seat extension for my long legs. I felt the dash & dials were well placed. I really liked the local speed limits posted on the center dash next to the actual speed. It seems as if Subaru really paid attention to detail, right down to the double USB Ports for each row of seating. I’m going to return to test drive again & place my order. Kudos Subaru for creating a family cruiser that pleases everyone in it.
Subaru overlooks the obvious
Grant,07/12/2018
We purchased the Subaru Ascent Touring. We’ve owned several Subaru Outbacks and have been happy with them. Though we looked in detail at competitive products prior to our purchase, the Ascent offered better safety, true AWD and value with a few exceptions. It seems Subaru Corp claims the Touring trim is fully equipped but coming from the Outback model you’ll be charged dearly for all weather floor mats, seat back protectors (you’ll need these as the material Subaru uses on the back of their seats is beyond cheap), cross bar set for the roof rack (came with the Outback) etc. I get profit, I get even the Outback had many of these as options, but it seems like Subaru has forgotten or doesn’t care about its base of loyal customers as many of those items came with the Outback. The old saying, “the devil is in the details” applies here. A few other issues for the price of the Touring Ascent trim the power passenger front seat is limited in settings. Not sure why. These issues weren’t enough to stop us from purchasing as the ride, handling and power from Subaru’s new turbo engine is outstanding. Once you drive it you’ll be hooked. Comfort and elbow room a plenty. The dash and electronics are intuitive and work extremely well. The radio is a bit odd doesn’t turn off? The third row is large enough for a short term ride for adults. It’s great for kids to teenage years. Lots of cup holders and power ports. Love the rear air con vents in headliner! We do agree with previous reviews the sun roof headliner cover is a joke. It’s awful!! Very poor design coming from Subaru. Its dangerous to drivers concentration with windows down! We didn’t notice this until after we purchased. So far we are happy with the Ascent with the exception of the horrible sun roof headliner cover. MPGs are good a bit better than expected.
Ascent ticks all the right boxes
Doug Moss,07/29/2018
Let me start by saying the new Ascent isn’t a game changer. Subaru loyalists might cry afoul here but it’s true. For all the Ascent does well, there are few things it has that at least one other competitor hasn’t thought of already... looking at you, Honda Pilot. What Subaru has done, however, is take a back seat and watch it’s rivals’ triumphs and adapted them towards their own unique take. In doing so, they haven’t created the flashiest, the most powerful, the best to drive, or any other SUV of the sort. Instead, they managed something better. A jack of all trades vehicle, excellent in a few ways but good at all. In a very crowded market, the Ascent should be on every shopper’s short list. Why? Because it appeals to every driver. Want a quick SUV but can’t stand the tight quarters of the CX-9? Try the Ascent. Want comfort in all rows but the Atlas is too much of a tank? Try the Ascent. Like creature comforts and a tech/safety heavy interior? You guessed it. The Ascent is not perfect but is a well rounded solid performer in all qualities. It’s not the largest in class. It’s steering is a little disconnected. It’s headliner, like others have reported, flops heavily in the wind with windows down. It’s CVT, while capable, lacks the responsiveness of others in the class. On the other end of the spectrum, it is quick, easy to drive, rides well, is tech and safety heavy, is comfortable, has standard AWD, can tow 5000 lbs, and is a great bargain, especially in lower trims. The Ascent does not score an A+ in all categories. But at the end of the day, would you rather a vehicle that is great in areas and falters in others, or do you want a vehicle that can do EVERYTHING well. It’s not the sexiest pick, but it is the start one. The Ascent is a sure thing.
Subaru Ascent still climbing to the summit
Paul,07/11/2018
Own the 2019 Subaru Ascent Touring, blue in color, for about a week now. Pre-ordered and after a 90 mile test drive upon arrival, did the paperwork. Overall the Ascent is an excellent re-do of the Tribeca to be market competitive and a class leader NOT a redo for the Subaru loyal. This is good and bad. First the head scratchers: no struts to hold up the hood-this is a big hood to the engine compartment. Is this a weight issue or just cheap? Back of the leather seats you can see zippers! Uh? For a car this expensive JC Whitney sells better seat-covers than this. Subaru markets the Ascent with the Barkley family (dogs). But if you fold down the third seat no dog cover to protect the very cheap back cover of the seats. Dog claws we’ll tear this up. Oh, and forget about folding down the captains chairs. They are uneven in addition to the cheap covering on the backs. Subaru provides a panoramic sun roof! Don’t open your windows if you keep the sun roof closed. The air coming through the windows will cause the sun- protection covering on the sun roof to buffet/flap and scare the poo-poo out of you. In fact it’s so loud you can’t talk and with such a poor design the cover will rip off overtime. The engineer who designed this should be let go. There are likely reasons why this was done but it’s cheap, very cheap. If your tall you’ll be very pleased the drivers seat as it provides you leg room and many adjustments. However, you’ll be upset that the telescoping wheel doesn’t extend far enough. It’s about two inches shy of comfort. Love the driver power adjustable seat but if you’re a front passenger the power seat is limited in adjustment. Subaru in all their models and trim levels forgets about the front passenger. Come on Subaru - think! As a family hauler, this is a major mistake for Subaru to make. Make sure you can live with this. All of the above we decided we could live with. Overtime my opinion may change. The vehicle itself drives beautifully. Very quite. Luxury competitive. Concerned about power? Don’t be. Plenty of torque pull this big Subie up the mountains with power at highway speeds. Mileage as advertised on regular fuel. We compared this Ascent to Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander, Ford, Mazda, etc. and feature for feature and Subaru AWD record for safety —the Subaru even with the flaws above won out. Third row will manage a young teenager for medium length drives. But a bit short on head room. As mentioned overall an excellent vehicle especially compared to other makes. But if you’ve owned many Subaru’s as I have, you’ll pay to accessorize your Subie Ascent for adventures in soft roading before you can “just go”.
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2019 Subaru Ascent videos

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.

2019 Subaru Ascent First Drive

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.

Features & Specs

MSRP
$44,695
MPG
20 city / 26 hwy
Seats 7
Continuously variable-speed automatic
Gas
260 hp @ 5600 rpm
MSRP
$38,995
MPG
20 city / 26 hwy
Seats 8
Continuously variable-speed automatic
Gas
260 hp @ 5600 rpm
MSRP
$38,995
MPG
20 city / 26 hwy
Seats 7
Continuously variable-speed automatic
Gas
260 hp @ 5600 rpm
MSRP
$35,655
MPG
21 city / 27 hwy
Seats 7
Continuously variable-speed automatic
Gas
260 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.

Subaru Ascent vs. the competition

2019 Subaru Ascent

2019 Subaru Ascent

2018 Honda Pilot

2018 Honda Pilot

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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2019 Subaru Ascent SUV for Sale

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This Subaru won't be on the lot long! It offers the latest in technological innovation and style. A turbocharger further enhances performance, while also preserving fuel economy. Subaru prioritized fit and finish as evidenced by: heated and ventilated seats, rain sensing wipers, and air conditioning. It features an automatic transmission, all-wheel drive, and a 2.4 liter 4 cylinder engine. We know that you have high expectations, and we enjoy the challenge of meeting and exceeding them! Stop by our dealership or give us a call for more information.

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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 7-Passenger 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT), Limited 8-Passenger 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT), Limited 7-Passenger 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT), Premium 7-Passenger w/OP 12 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT), Premium 8-Passenger 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT), 8-Passenger 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT), Premium 7-Passenger w/OP 14 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT), Premium 8-Passenger w/OP 14 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT), Limited 8-Passenger w/OP 23 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT), Limited 7-Passenger w/OP 23 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT), and Premium 8-Passenger w/OP 12 4dr SUV AWD (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 3.5 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 7-Passenger, Limited 8-Passenger, Limited 7-Passenger, 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.

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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.

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

The 2019 Subaru Ascent SUV Touring 7-Passenger 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $46,410. The average price paid for a new 2019 Subaru Ascent SUV Touring 7-Passenger 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) is trending $1,250 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,250 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$45,160.

The average savings for the 2019 Subaru Ascent SUV Touring 7-Passenger 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) is2.7% below the MSRP.

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We are showing 21 2019 Subaru Ascent SUV Touring 7-Passenger 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

2019 Subaru Ascent SUV Limited 8-Passenger 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

The 2019 Subaru Ascent SUV Limited 8-Passenger 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $40,710. The average price paid for a new 2019 Subaru Ascent SUV Limited 8-Passenger 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) is trending $1,245 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,245 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$39,465.

The average savings for the 2019 Subaru Ascent SUV Limited 8-Passenger 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) is3.1% below the MSRP.

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We are showing 5 2019 Subaru Ascent SUV Limited 8-Passenger 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

2019 Subaru Ascent SUV Premium 7-Passenger w/OP 12 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

The 2019 Subaru Ascent SUV Premium 7-Passenger w/OP 12 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $37,497. The average price paid for a new 2019 Subaru Ascent SUV Premium 7-Passenger w/OP 12 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) is trending $1,151 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,151 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$36,346.

The average savings for the 2019 Subaru Ascent SUV Premium 7-Passenger w/OP 12 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) is3.1% below the MSRP.

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We are showing 19 2019 Subaru Ascent SUV Premium 7-Passenger w/OP 12 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

2019 Subaru Ascent SUV Premium 7-Passenger w/OP 14 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

The 2019 Subaru Ascent SUV Premium 7-Passenger w/OP 14 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $39,584. The average price paid for a new 2019 Subaru Ascent SUV Premium 7-Passenger w/OP 14 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) is trending $100 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $100 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$39,484.

The average savings for the 2019 Subaru Ascent SUV Premium 7-Passenger w/OP 14 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) is0.3% below the MSRP.

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We are showing 5 2019 Subaru Ascent SUV Premium 7-Passenger w/OP 14 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

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

The 2019 Subaru Ascent SUV Limited 7-Passenger 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $40,932. The average price paid for a new 2019 Subaru Ascent SUV Limited 7-Passenger 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) is trending $1,216 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,216 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$39,716.

The average savings for the 2019 Subaru Ascent SUV Limited 7-Passenger 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) is3% below the MSRP.

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We are showing 4 2019 Subaru Ascent SUV Limited 7-Passenger 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

2019 Subaru Ascent SUV Premium 8-Passenger 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

The 2019 Subaru Ascent SUV Premium 8-Passenger 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $35,170. The average price paid for a new 2019 Subaru Ascent SUV Premium 8-Passenger 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) is trending $1,138 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,138 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$34,033.

The average savings for the 2019 Subaru Ascent SUV Premium 8-Passenger 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) is3.2% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 4 2019 Subaru Ascent SUV Premium 8-Passenger 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

2019 Subaru Ascent SUV 8-Passenger 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

The 2019 Subaru Ascent SUV 8-Passenger 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $33,621. The average price paid for a new 2019 Subaru Ascent SUV 8-Passenger 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) is trending $500 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $500 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$33,121.

The average savings for the 2019 Subaru Ascent SUV 8-Passenger 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) is1.5% below the MSRP.

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We are showing 3 2019 Subaru Ascent SUV 8-Passenger 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

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2019 Subaru Ascent SUV Listings and Inventory

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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: Touring 7-Passenger, Premium 8-Passenger w/OP 14, Limited 8-Passenger w/OP 23, 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.

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