Used 2019 Subaru Ascent SUV
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Edmunds' Expert Review
Reviews EditorDan spent many years covering the go-fast, look-good, get-loud corners of the automotive universe. First, he served as editor of enthusiast magazines AutoSound and Honda Tuning, then as executive editor at SEMA News, the publishing arm of the trade group that produces the annual SEMA Show (yes, that show).
- 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
- The Ascent is an all-new three-row SUV
- Part of the first Ascent generation introduced for 2019
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.
Cost to DriveCost to drive estimates for the 2019 Subaru Ascent Touring 4dr SUV AWD w/7-Passenger (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) and comparison vehicles are based on 15,000 miles per year (with a mix of 55% city and 45% highway driving) and energy estimates of $4.64 per gallon for regular unleaded in Virginia.
Monthly estimates based on costs in Virginia
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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.
Edmunds' Expert Rating7.6 / 10
One of the last major automakers lacking a three-row SUV joins the game with the brawny 2019 Subaru Ascent. This new family mover offers impressive utility, a fuel-efficient engine and an adult-friendly third-row seat. Big cargo room, stout towing limits and all-wheel drive round out its versatility.
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).
|Overall||7.6 / 10|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 & vibration6.5
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.
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.
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 use7.5
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 out7.0
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 accommodation7.5
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.
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.
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.
Audio & navigation8.0
Our test car was equipped with a responsive and easy-to-use touchscreen navigation system. Otherwise, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard and can handle nav needs for those without it. The 14-speaker Harman Kardon system has excellent bass and midrange but is a little soft on the treble.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
3.5 out of 5 stars
Most helpful consumer reviews
4 out of 5 stars
Love the car but not the transmission
New Ascent Owner,01/23/2019
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
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.
4 out of 5 stars
Lots of Highs, a Few Lows
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
Subaru overlooks the obvious
8-Passenger 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT)
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.
Features & Specs
Our experts like the Ascent models:
- 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.
NHTSA Overall Rating5 out of 5 stars
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
- Frontal Barrier Crash RatingOverall5 / 5Driver5 / 5Passenger5 / 5
- Side Crash RatingOverall5 / 5
- Side Barrier RatingOverall5 / 5Driver5 / 5Passenger5 / 5
- Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsFront Seat5 / 5Back Seat5 / 5
- RolloverRollover4 / 5Dynamic Test ResultNo TipRisk Of Rollover17%
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
- Side Impact TestGood
- Roof Strength TestGood
- Rear Crash Protection / Head RestraintGood
- IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
- Moderate Overlap Front TestGood
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Used 2019 Subaru Ascent SUV Overview
The Used 2019 Subaru Ascent SUV is offered in the following styles: Touring 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/7-Passenger (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), Limited 4dr SUV AWD w/8-Passenger (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT), Premium 4dr SUV AWD w/8-Passenger (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 Convenience Pkg (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT), Limited 4dr SUV AWD w/8-Passenger Technology Pkg (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT), and Premium 4dr SUV AWD w/7-Passenger Sporty Pkg (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT). Pre-owned Subaru Ascent SUV models are available with a 2.4 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 260 hp, depending on engine type. The Used 2019 Subaru Ascent SUV comes with all wheel drive. Available transmissions include: continuously variable-speed automatic. The Used 2019 Subaru Ascent SUV comes with a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. basic warranty, a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. powertrain warranty.
What's a good price on a Used 2019 Subaru Ascent SUV?
Price comparisons for Used 2019 Subaru Ascent SUV trim styles:
- The Used 2019 Subaru Ascent SUV Limited is priced between $28,000 and$39,711 with odometer readings between 10129 and81018 miles.
- The Used 2019 Subaru Ascent SUV Premium is priced between $25,998 and$37,998 with odometer readings between 17350 and93721 miles.
- The Used 2019 Subaru Ascent SUV Touring is priced between $29,999 and$43,995 with odometer readings between 9845 and102197 miles.
- The Used 2019 Subaru Ascent SUV Base is priced between $27,990 and$31,998 with odometer readings between 30580 and79540 miles.
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Should I lease or buy a 2019 Subaru Ascent?
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.