2019 Subaru Ascent Review

Aaron Cole
The Car Connection

The 2019 Ascent packs family-focused ideas such as seating for up to eight people, multiple USB charging ports, a gaggle of cupholders, and separate climate controls for front and rear passengers for roughly $33,000 to start.

Although the Ascent is new for Subaru, its styling is instantly recognizable. It borrows much of its outward looks from the Subaru Outback, including its wagon proportions and window kink closer to the rear roof pillar. The nose of the Ascent is decidedly bigger and taller, with a larger and more upright grille opening than the Outback. The trapezoidal grille is flanked by hawkish headlights, and LED headlights on top trims.

Inside, the Ascent is focused on family detail with a standard second-row bench that can be swapped with captain's chairs on Premium, Limited, and Touring trim levels for no charge.

The Ascent sports a new turbo-4 for Subaru that's paired to a continuously variable transmission (CVT) and standard all-wheel drive. The 2.4-liter turbocharged flat-4 engine makes 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque and is rated to tow up to 5,000 pounds in Premium trim levels or higher. The CVT operates like a traditional automatic transmission during heavy acceleration and simulates "gears" when pressed, but it's largely tasked with keeping the big all-wheel-drive crossover fuel-efficient. It's rated around 22 mpg combined, which is on par with our observations and compares well with other three-row family haulers.

Like every other Subaru (except the BRZ sports car), the Ascent will be equipped with standard all-wheel drive on all models. Coupled with 8.7 inches of ground clearance, four-wheel independent suspension, and respectable low-end grunt, the Ascent is capable on gravel roads or for light off-roading duty.

The Ascent earns the IIHS' Top Safety Pick+, which means it earned "Good" scores for all crash tests and for its collision-avoidance equipment. The NHTSA gives it five stars overall, with just a single four-star rating for rollover resistance, a common rating for crossover SUVs.

Every Ascent is equipped with a rearview camera and Subaru's suite of active safety features, called "EyeSight."

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