Subaru Ascent Touring.
Now available at
Subaru dealerships is the all-new Ascent, a three-row crossover
utility vehicle with seating for up to eight passengers. Itís the
largest Subaru vehicle ever offered in the U.S.
There are four trim
levels, starting with the base Ascent eight-passenger model at
$31,995 (plus $975 freight), followed by the Premium, beginning at
$34,195 for the eight-passenger version or $35,655 for the
seven-passenger model; the Limited, $38,995 for seven- or
eight-passenger capacity; and the Touring, $44,695, with
All Ascent models
come with the Subaru Symmetrical All-wheel Drive and a boxer-style
(horizontally opposed) turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine,
producing a respectable 260 horsepower and 277 foot-pounds of
torque. Itís connected to a continuously variable automatic
transmission with simulated eight speeds that can be manually
shifted using paddles on the steering wheel.
EPA ratings the base
Ascent and Premium model are 21 mpg city/27 highway/23 combined;
Limited and Touring trims with 20-inch wheels are rated at 20
city/26 highway/22 combined. During our weeklong test of the Ascent
Limited, we averaged about 21.5 mpg with an equal mix of local and
Standard is the
eight-passenger seating, which includes two seats up front, three
positions on a middle bench seat, and three more on a rear bench. To
get the seven-passenger setup, the Ascent can be equipped with two
captainís chairs in the middle row instead of the three-person
bench. The Limited model can be fitted with either seating setup
with no additional charge either way.
Our test vehicle was
the Limited, configured for seven passengers. There are roomy and
well-cushioned bucket seats up front, with 10-way power adjustment
on the driverís side and four-way power on the passenger side.
Front and middle
seats were quite comfortable, and even average-size folks and big
kids had decent space in the third row, which is relatively easy to
features was the All-Weather Package, which brought heated outside
mirrors, steering wheel and first- and second-row seats, and wiper
We also had on our
tester the Seven-Passenger Technology Package ($2,950), which
brought a Harman Kardon audio system, panoramic moon roof, Starlink
eight-inch multimedia navigation and a cargo cover.
All models come with
Subaruís EyeSight Driver Assist Technology. It includes Automatic
Pre-Collision Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure and
Sway Warning, Pre-Collision Throttle Management, and the new
EyeSight Assist Monitor, with a head-up display of the EyeSight
system warnings as well as system status, projected on the lower
windshield in front of the driver.
The Ascent replaces
the seven-passenger Tribeca crossover in Subaruís U.S. lineup, a
vehicle that was introduced as the B9 Tribeca in 2006, later called
just the Tribeca, and discontinued after 2014. Tribecaís last
version had a normally aspirated 3.6-liter boxer six-cylinder engine
with 256 horsepower, connected to a conventional five-speed
Now, even though the
Ascentís engine has just four cylinders, itís powerful enough to
tow trailers weighing up to 5,000 pounds, along with giving this
family size vehicle enough power for everyday driving and
cross-country touring. We took a family weekend trip into some
mountains, and never did the Ascent feel underpowered.
The Ascent was
designed on a strengthened and extended version of the Subaru Global
Platform architecture, with extensive use of high-strength steel and
a focus on durability, rigidity and vibration resistance. Subaru
Itís 196.8 inches
long, with a 113.8-inch wheelbase and 153.5 cubic feet of passenger
volume Ė along with up to 72.6 cubic feet of cargo space (with
middle- and third-row 60/40-split seatbacks folded).
Our test vehicle came
with the Magnetite Gray Metallic exterior paint, and Slate Black
perforated-leather upholstery. Other available exterior colors are
Abyss Blue Pearl, Crystal Black Silica, Cinnamon Brown Pearl,
Crimson Red Pearl, Ice Silver Metallic, Tungsten Metallic and
Crystal White Pearl. Interiors can also be Warm Ivory, depending on
the exterior color.
Rear passenger doors
open up to 75 degrees for better access to the third-row seat.
Standard roof rails allow for carrying items such as bicycles and
There are six USB
charging ports, and two more can be added for the third row for $230
extra (not included on our tester). There is a 120-volt outlet in
the rear of the center console for powering a variety of devices.
The interior has 19 cup and bottle holders.
Also included are
three-zone automatic climate control with large vents for all three
rows. There are reading lights in the second row on all models, and
third-row lights on Premium, Limited and Touring trims. Also
standard are ambient and foot-well lighting.
features include 18-inch wheels and four-wheel independent
suspension. The Ascent has 8.7 inches of ground clearance, which is
good for light off-road use.
The Limited model
includes the leather upholstery, LED Steering Responsive Headlights
with High Beam Assist, LED fog lights, second-row retractable
sunshades, and 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels in dark gray with all
The Subaru Starlink
multimedia systems have multi-touch high-resolution display screens,
and include smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android
Auto, Aha and Pandora, along with Bluetooth phone connectivity and
audio streaming, a backup camera and SiriusXM services.
Entry models have a
standard 6.5-inch touch screen, while higher trims come with
eight-inch Multimedia Plus and eight-inch Multimedia Navigation
systems, depending on the level. In-vehicle Wi-Fi connectivity is
Connected Services bring remote engine start (on models with
pushbutton start, including our Limited); concierge service;
anti-theft vehicle immobilizer with flashing vehicle security
lights; child-safety functions including geofencing, speed alert and
curfew; and over-the-air firmware updates.
The Safety Plus
package adds SOS emergency assistance, with enhanced roadside
assistance, automatic collision notification, maintenance
notifications, monthly vehicle health report, and diagnostic alerts.
The Safety Plus & Security Plus upgrade package tacks on
stolen-vehicle recovery service, vehicle security alarm
notification, remote lock/unlock, remote horn and lights, and remote
vehicle locator. Both are included on Limited and Touring models.
Blind Spot Detection
with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert were also
standard on our Limited model.
are standard on Limited and Touring models, and High Beam Assist
automatically activates and deactivates the bright lights. The
Ascent also offers Reverse Automatic Braking, which can apply the
brakes if an obstacle is detected while backing up.
Touring models come
with the new Front View Monitor, which gives a 180-degree view of
the front of the vehicle on the multi-function display by using a
camera in the grille.
Also standard on
Touring is the Smart Rearview Mirror, which displays a view from
behind the vehicle from a camera mounted above the rear gate glass.
Rain-sensing windshield wipers are also included on Touring models.
Touring models have
most of the Limited features, along with satin-silver side mirrors
with integrated turn signals, chrome door handles, chrome front
under guard and rear bumper protector, unique Java Brown leather
upholstery; upgraded leather steering wheel; and wood-grain-pattern
matte finish accent trim.
With only the one
option, plus freight, total sticker price for our new Subaru Ascent
Limited was $42,920.
The Ascent received a
Top Safety Pick-Plus rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway
Subaru assembles the
Ascent at its only U.S. plant, in Lafayette, Indiana.
2019 SUBARU ASCENT
The package: Large,
seven- or eight-passenger, five-door, turbocharged four-cylinder,
all-wheel-drive crossover utility vehicle.
Highlights: All new
for 2019, this is Subaruís largest vehicle ever for North America,
a family-size three-row crossover with plenty of space, along with
decent styling, good performance and excellent safety.
cargo space behind third row.
turbocharged horizontally opposed (boxer-style) four-cylinder,
Continuously variable automatic.
Length: 196.8 inches.
Curb weight range:
Cargo volume: 17.8
cubic feet (behind third seat); 47.5 cubic feet (third seat folded);
86.5 cubic feet (second and third rows folded).
control: Standard, with anti-roll feature.
Side air bags:
Seat-mounted front side; side-curtain for all rows.
19.3 gallons/unleaded regular.
EPA fuel economy: 21
mpg city/27 highway/23 combined (18-inch wheels; 20 city/26
highway/22 combined (20-inch wheels).
Base price range:
$31,995-$44,695, plus $975 freight.
Price as tested:
$42,920, including freight and options (2019 Limited).
On the Road rating:
8.7 (of a possible 10).
Prices shown are
manufacturerís suggested retail; actual selling price may vary.