2020 Subaru Ascent Review

Fitted with standard all-wheel drive and up to eight seats, the 2020 Subaru Ascent ensures that large families safely reach their destination no matter the weather. Every Ascent boasts a flexible cabin with three rows that feels more like a minivan than an SUV. Subaru also stuffs its biggest model with standard driver-assistance technology such as automated emergency braking and lane-keeping assists. Its hefty proportions and sometimes noisy powertrain are hindrances, but the Ascent otherwise provides a smooth ride and respectable acceleration. Despite a horde of competitive three-row SUVs, the 2020 Ascent stands out for its satisfying content and Subaru heritage.

Since the Ascent was all new for 2019, Subaru makes the mildest of changes to its largest model for 2020. A newly standard alert system-called Rear Seat Reminder-helps to prevent people from leaving items in the back seats by beeping a warning and displaying a message on the instrument panel. Starting with the Premium trim level, each Ascent now features one-touch controls to turn the interior lighting on or off. The 2020 Ascent now offers a vehicle lock button with its optional power-operated rear gate, and the top-tier Touring version receives power-folding exterior mirrors with built-in turn signals.
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