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2019 Subaru Ascent
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Zero to 60 $ 7.5 seconds
Fuel Economy 21 / 27 mpg
Cargo (Std/Max) 87 cu.ft.
Seating (Std/Max) 8/8
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2019 Subaru Ascent MODEL OVERVIEW

Pros

  • Spacious interior
  • Secure steering and handling
  • Standard active safety tech

Cons

  • Turbo-four could use more power for highway passing
  • No trailer assist system to help when reversing

The 2019 Subaru Ascent is an all-new three-row crossover, replacing the long-discontinued Tribeca.

Trim Levels (Interior and Exterior Options)

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).

Performance and Fuel Economy

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.

Safety

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.

Utility

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.

What We Think

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.

Cool Fact

The 2019 Subaru Ascent is the first vehicle to use the automaker's new 2.4-liter turbo flat-four.

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2019 SUBARU ASCENT SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
Engine Name
Engine: 4-Cyl Turbo 2.4 Liter BOXER
Transmission Name
Transmission, Continuously Variable Automatic with Manual Mode
Trim
Base
Class
Full-Size Utility
Horsepower
260@5,600
Standard MPG
21/27
Body Style
SUV/Crossover
Drivetrain
AWD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Regular
Seating Capacity
8/8
Package Invoice Retail
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Corrosion Warranty Miles
unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Months
none
Corrosion Warranty Months
60
Powertrain Warranty Miles
60,000
Full Warranty Miles
36,000
Powertrain Warranty Months
60
Full Warranty Months
36
Roadside Assistance Miles
N/R
Maintenance Warranty Miles
N/R
Roadside Assistance Months
N/R
IIHS Best Pick
1
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
5
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
Good
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
5
IIHS Front Small Overlap
Good
NHTSA Rating Front Side
5
IIHS Overall Side Crash
Good
NHTSA Rating Overall
5
IIHS Rear Crash
Good
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
5
IIHS Roof Strength
Good
NHTSA Rating Rollover
4