The 2019 Subaru Ascent is an all-new three-row crossover, replacing the long-discontinued Tribeca.
The 2019 Subaru Ascent is the largest crossover Subaru offers, slotting above the Outback. As with all Subaru models except the BRZ sports coupe, all-wheel drive comes standard. Four trim levels are available on the 2019 Ascent, which seats up to eight.
Ascent: The base trim comes with cloth upholstery, the EyeSight safety suite, eight-passenger seating, tri-zone climate control, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, Subaru's Starlink infotainment system with a 6.5-inch touchscreen, four USB ports, 18-inch alloy wheels, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.
Ascent Premium: Moving up to the Premium trim gets you spill-resistant cloth upholstery, heated front seats, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, a larger 8.0-inch touchscreen, 4G LTE connectivity, a leather-wrapped steering and shift knob, a power-adjustable driver's seat, a programmable power rear liftgate and rear seat climate controls.
Ascent Limited: Limited models get you steering responsive full LED headlights, LED fog lights, an adjustable power liftgate, heated second row seats, leather upholstery, keyless entry/start, six USB ports, and a power-adjustable passenger's seat.
Ascent Touring: The range-topping Touring trim gets you a panoramic sunroof, Java brown leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, navigation, a 14-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system, eight USB ports, and a 180-degree front view camera.
The panoramic sunroof, Harman Kardon premium audio system, second-row captain's chairs, and programmable power rear liftgate are available as options on lower trims (and standard on higher trims).
The 2019 Ascent is powered by a new 2.4-liter turbo flat-four with 260 hp and 277 lb-ft of torque paired to a CVT.
Standard on all 2019 Ascent models is Subaru's EyeSight safety suite, which includes forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, automatic high beams, reverse automatic emergency braking, as well as lane departure and sway warning. Blind-spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert comes standard on higher trims and optional on lower models.
On the Premium and higher trims, the 2019 Ascent can tow up to 5,000 pounds of payload. Behind the third row, there's 17.8 cubic feet of cargo space that can be expanded to 47.5 cubic feet behind the second row and 86.5 cubic feet behind the front seats. Models with the sunroof have slightly less cargo capacity at 17.6 cubic feet behind the third row, 47 cubic feet behind the second row and 86 cubic feet behind the front seats.
In a review of a prototype, we said that the new turbocharged engine offers good throttle response acceleration off the line but at cruising speeds, it could use more power. There's minimal noise entering the cabin and the driver can easily have a conversation with someone seating in the third row. Thanks to the flat-four engine being positioned low in the structure, the Ascent feels planted and doesn't wallow. The crossover's steering is responsive, not requiring too much input. Getting in and out of the Ascent is easy despite its 8.7 inches of ground clearance. Inside, the cabin is spacious and you can fit adults in third row, but with not much room to spare.
The 2019 Subaru Ascent is the first vehicle to use the automaker's new 2.4-liter turbo flat-four.