New 2019 Ascent Is Subaru’s Largest SUV Yet, Goes After Honda Pilot

The all-new 2019 Subaru Ascent has just been unveiled on the eve of the LA Auto Show. As the largest Subaru ever with seating for up to eight people, it promises exceptional versatility and comes laden with a host of noteworthy features.

Subaru first previewed the Ascent as a concept in April and for the most part, the design of the production model is free of any significant changes. As such, the SUV adopts the automaker’s ‘Dynamic x Solid’ design philosophy and utilizes a hexagonal front grille with C-shaped headlights designed to mimic the look of pistons moving inside a boxer engine.

Sitting at the heart of the new three-row SUV is an all-new 2.4-liter boxer engine featuring direct fuel injection and a twin-scroll turbocharger. It delivers 260 hp at 5,600 rpm and 277 lb-ft of torque between 2,000 and 4,800 rpm. All models come complete with a CVT transmission featuring an 8-speed manual mode. The Ascent can tow up to 5,000 lbs and cover in excess of 500 miles on a single tank.

As standard, the 2019 Ascent boasts a second-row bench seat and can carry eight passengers. If customers don’t need so many seats, different configurations are available, including a second-row captain’s chair on select trim levels.

Speaking of trim levels, the 2019 Ascent will be sold in Base, Premium, Limited, and Touring configurations. The base model includes important features like Subaru’s EyeSight system with automatic emergency braking and lane keep assist, a 6.5-inch multimedia touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, 18-inch wheels, raised roof rails, three-zone automatic climate control and Auto Vehicle Hold, a feature that holds the Ascent in place without the need for the brake pedal to be depressed.

Moving up in the range, the Premium trim adds Blind-Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, an 8.0-inch touchscreen, WiFi, heated exterior mirrors, Reverse Automatic Braking and more. As for the Limited, it adds leather upholstery, 20-inch wheels, all season tires, Keyless Access with Push-Button Start, among other touches.

Last but not least is the Touring, outfitted with satin silver wing mirrors, chrome trimmings, and a luxurious interior that includes a 14-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system.

Sales of the 2019 Subaru Ascent will start in early summer 2018 with prices starting in the low-$30,000 range.

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  • Nordschleife

    It’s looks a little disjointed from the front to the sides. Like right before it was finalized some grown man child said make the grille and lights bigger then walked out the room. Another concept to production letdown.

    • Eythan Aldrich

      the rear kinda reminds me of the levorg wagon

      • Bash

        I see what you saying, in short its not an inspiring design.

    • Belthronding Tinuviel

      Concept was perfect,production model ok but it looks boring.

  • Nihar

    I wish it looked more like the Viziv-7.

    • donald seymour

      Keep wishing.

  • MarketAndChurch

    Well, Subaru knows its demo too well, and is probably picking up a ton of the people who used to like bland Honda before Honda started taking its styling seriously. This thing will probably be the 4th or 5th best selling midsize SUV in America.

    • Matt

      Honda? Taking styling seriously? Oh that’s the most hilarious thing I’ve read all day! Honda haven’t taken styling seriously since the 90s!

  • john1168

    Looks like a giant Outback…

    • Eythan Aldrich

      with 2 more seats

    • Bash


  • Mark S

    Very Nice Subaru! My only problem with the Outback is there is very little room behind the 2nd row. The news Ascent is very intriguing. For me, forget the 3rd row and offer a 5 Seat version with a 3rd row delete with some under deck storage. Subaru is on a roll! Also Subaru, get us a Crosstrek with a turbo coming in around 200hp.

    • TheHake

      Now if only they can get their designs to move past 2005…

      • Mark S

        Now! It looks better than anything in the class! Restraint in design is purposeful and appreciated! Get a Clue!

        • TheHake

          Sorry. I don’t agree. I’m a fan of restraint in styling but this is just… meh. But then, Scooby fanboys will always defend their brand.

          • Mark S

            Imagine that the Fanboy cliché. Try making your own comments instead of trolling others buddy.

          • TheHake

            I didn’t troll you. And I’m sorry for having a different opinion than you…

  • mccarluvr123

    Wow. Is it just me, or does the interior look really cheap? I mean the entire dashboard looks like it came straight from an $18,000 Impreza. And that small strip of beige in an otherwise brown and black interior just looks terrible! Why not make it brown to match the rest of the interior? This way it looks like they just ran out of material. Not to mention the awful “wood” trim. Everyone should be taking notes from Mazda on how to do an interior for a large, mainstream crossover.

    • donald seymour

      No, no, it’s not just you.

    • TheHake

      It’s not just you.

    • Knotmyrealname

      When I looked at the photo that you’re talking about I thought “if I squint my eyes and pretend the steering wheel badge was a Ford” – it could easily be so.

    • Able

      I don’t think that it looks cheap per se, but it does very closely resemble the Impreza. Not sure where you’re from, but the Impreza in Australia has one of the most plush interiors in its class, so hopefully the Ascent is similarly high quality. Considering its aim towards Americans, my breath isn’t held…

  • Dennis Scipio

    I only find the interior the only great part, the exterior is okay but inoffensive.

  • Krisnadi Imam

    i like this car… a lot actually… if only they still sell cars here in my country

    • donald seymour

      In an old southern black woman voice, “Blessed yo heart child.”

      • Krisnadi Imam

        yup subaru got screwed over due to other manufacturers lobbying the government to put heavy taxes on 4×4 cars. welp its a scandal on its own. but they no longer sell cars here.

  • Scott Harpel

    Why no improved flat six?

    • Obsequious Lickspittle

      The internal combustion engine’s slow descent into death has begun.

  • Knotmyrealname

    If Subaru clinic’d this and does their marketing well, then I guess the Americans got what they asked for.

  • jsz00

    This looks like a bloated next generation Subaru WRX

  • Vanishing Boy

    This rig deserves the name ‘Tribeca’ instead of a confusing name with a Hyundai sub-compact.


    Subaru, please switch between your concept and production designers, and you will be my No.1
    And am i only one, who’s Ascend mane reminds Hyundai?

  • Guiero

    Looks like Subaru decided to stay on the conservative side with the end-product. Not n ugly car but not particularly exciting either.


    basically remastered highlander

    • Rocket

      They’re completely unrelated.

      • KareKakk

        Hardly in spirit… Subarus today are way too much influenced by the 16,48% Toyota ownership of Subaru.

        • Rocket

          How so?

          Powertrains? Nope.
          Architecture? Nope.
          Engineering? Nope.
          Design? Nope.

          If they’re sharing parts, they’re well hidden. As far as I can tell, Toyota’s ties are purely financial.

          • KareKakk

            You have not heard of the Toyota GT86 and Subaru BRZ? Verso-S and Trezia? And other twinsisters of cars from Subaru, Toyota and Daihatsu? Of course this A scent (of Toyota) has no direct sister among the Toyota range, but I see a lot of elements from Land Cruiser in it. And there is a lot of common parts, they have co-operated for years already and use the common parts bin when need be.

          • Rocket

            The GT86 is a Subaru design, not the other way around. There are no other shared designs in the States, and it’s likely the GT86/BRZ relationship won’t last long, either.

            Define: “a lot of common parts”.

  • Tinky-Winky

    Looks OK, considering I wasn’t expecting much.

  • Chris Fame

    Subaru’s plague strikes again. Love Subaru but they do this every time, they drop a stunning concept and the production is really terrible. Now if we didn’t see the concept, it wouldn’t be that bad. The interior is decent, the only thing closest to the concept. The engine is decent improvement still wish it had more power but let’s hope they do that for the upcoming Wrx.

  • Craig

    Biggest vehicle yet? Eight passengers? Towing 5,000 lbs? My heart goes to that turbo 4.

  • TrevP

    Interior looks nice with the bucket seats in the second row. Seems roomy.

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