The 2019 Ascent is a completely new Subaru. It is the biggest Subaru in the lineup, yet it handles incredibly well. This SUV can haul people around comfortably from here to there during daily commutes. But that's not all it does. There is plenty of room for people's stuff, and this SUV is perfectly capable of hauling the people and stuff off road. Love to go camping and hiking with your big family or group of friends? This SUV might just be what you need. Here are the answers to questions you may have about the brand new Ascent.
Are there multiple trims for the new Subaru Ascent?
There are four trim levels for the new Ascent. The base trim is known simply as Ascent. It comes with raised roof rails and 18-inch alloy wheels. The Ascent Premium is the next step up. It comes with the All-weather Package that includes heated front seats and a rear climate control panel. The Limited is the next step up. It comes with 20-inch alloy wheels, a power rear gate, keyless access with push-button start, leather-trimmed upholstery and 10-way power driver's seat adjustment with memory. The Touring is the top trim level. It comes with captain's chairs in the second row, Java Brown leather-trimmed upholstery, a navigation system, panoramic power moonroof and a 14-speaker Harman Kardon stereo system.
Will the new Subaru Ascent be expensive?
It is slightly more expensive than other mid-size SUVs in its class. Starting MSRP for the base Ascent trim is $31,995. The Premium starts at $34,195, the Limited starts at $38,995 and the Touring's base price is $44,695. A 2018 Honda Pilot has a starting price of $30,900, and a 2018 Toyota Highlander starts at $31,030. On the other hand, a 2019 Ford Explorer is expected to have a starting price of $32,985.Subaru is running a special lease offer right now on the 2019 Ascent for $339 a month for 36 months. This offer is valid through July 2, 2018.
What kind of infotainment system will the Subaru Ascent have?
The Ascent comes with Subaru's STARLINK system with either a 6.5- or 8-inch touchscreen, depending on the trim level. The lower three trims have a 6-speaker stereo system while the Touring comes with the Harman Kardon QuantumLogic Surround system. The STARLINK system includes Android Auto, Pandora, Apple CarPlay and Aha smartphone integration, Bluetooth streaming, iHeartRadio, Yelp and Magellan navigation as well as SiriusXM Satellite Radio and Travel Link. It also includes an AM/FM/CD player, HD Radio with iTunes, a USB port/iPod and hands-free phone connectivity. The top three trims also come with 4G LTE WiFi capability.
Is the Subaru Ascent a front-wheel-drive SUV?
It comes with Subaru's Symmetrical All-wheel Drive system.
Will the new Ascent get good gas mileage?
The Ascent gets 20 to 21 mpg in the city and 26 to 27 mpg on the highway. That is pretty good for this size SUV.
Can eight people fit in the new Subaru Ascent?
The two base trims have room for eight. They come equipped with a bench seat in the second row. The Premium can be fitted with captain's chairs in the second row, which would make it a seven-passenger SUV. The Limited can be either a seven- or eight-passenger SUV. The Touring is strictly a seven-passenger SUV. It only comes with captain's chairs in the second row. The new Ascent will be plenty roomy for passengers to sit quite comfortably. It is larger than similar mid-size SUVs. Also, this thing has 19 cupholders, so there's no need to worry about where all those drink bottles and sippy cups will go.
Does the new Ascent have lots of cargo room?
Yes, the new Ascent has plenty of cargo space. It has 47.5 cubic feet of space with the third row of seats folded flat and 86.5 cubic feet with the second row folded down. The second-row bench seat and third-row seat have a 60/40 split. That makes it easier to haul longer items with passengers in the back seats. If that's not enough room, the roof rack can be loaded down with up to 176 pounds of cargo.
Will the Ascent be equipped with the latest safety technology?
Yes, it will. All trims will come with Subaru's EyeSight Driver Assist Technology. That includes lane keep assist, lane departure and sway warning, adaptive cruise control, and pre-collision braking. 4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes, Vehicle Dynamics Control, Brake Assist, a high-resolution rear-vision camera and a Brake Override System are also standard in all trims. The top three trims come with Blind-spot Detection with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross-traffic Alert systems.
How much can the Ascent tow?
The top three trims can tow up to 5,000 pounds. The base trim can tow 2,000 pounds.
What size engine will the new Ascent have?
Subaru has equipped the new Ascent with a 2.4-L DOHC turbocharged engine that makes 260 hp and 277 lb-ft of torque.
Are there SUVs out now that are as good as or better than the new Subaru As-cent?
That's hard to answer since the Ascent is so new; however, early opinions are leaning toward no. This seems to be about the best mid-size SUV in its class. It can be ordered now, by the way, for delivery in July or August.