The 2019 Subaru Ascent is all you want from a 3-row SUV: sportiness, practicality, comfort, quality and safety. Subaru has long served smaller families and single people, but had to watch when even its loyal fans go elsewhere when their families grow and their needs change. Now, Subaru fans can stay and buyers who have not considered Subaru before now have appealing new options. The 2019 Subaru Ascent is a well-designed midsize SUV with versatility and smart touch that makes it a strong competitor for Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot and Ford Explorer.
The 2019 Subaru Ascent available in four trim levels: base, Premium, Limited, and Touring. The base Ascent comes with 18-inch wheels, roof rails, 3-zone climate control, keyless start, 8-passenger seating and manually-adjusted seats. On the tech side, there are a 6.5-inch multimedia touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and four USB ports. The Subaru EyeSight advanced safety system includes pre-collision braking, adaptive cruise control, throttle management, lane departure and sway warning is a part of every Ascent’s suite of safety features.
The 2019 Subaru Ascent comes with a single engine and transmission, and they work well together. The all-new turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder produces 260 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque. The engine has a sporting ancestry, as it’s a larger version of a WRX engine. It mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) with paddle shifters and an 8-speed manual mode. In keeping with Subaru tradition, all-wheel drive is standard, so the only difference in fuel economy is based on trim level. The Limited and Touring models have more equipment and weigh more than the lower trim, which causes fuel economy to drop by one mile per gallon.
In acceleration testing, the 2019 Subaru Ascent Premium went to 60 mph in 6.9 seconds and ran the quarter mile in 15.5 seconds at 90.9 mph. The Touring record a 0-60 mph time in 7.3 seconds and a quarter-mile time of 15.8 seconds at 89.2 mph. Since there are no powertrain options, towing capacity is increased from 2,000 pounds for the base trim to 5,000 pounds on the other trims.
2.4-liter turbocharged flat-4 with CVT
260 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm
277 lb-ft of torque @ 2,000-4,800 rpm
EPA fuel economy city/highway: 21/27 mpg or 20/26 mpg (Limited and Touring)
The 2019 Subaru Ascent is on sale and arriving now at dealers nationwide. The base model has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting at $32,970 (all prices include the $975 destination fee). The Premium trim starts at $35,170, while the Limited has a starting price of $39,970. The top-of-the-line Touring trim starts at $45,670 and is only available as a seven-seater.