New Subaru Ascent Can Fit Up To Eight, But Can It Challenge The Competition?

Subaru has finally returned in the three-row SUV segment, giving customers looking for a seven- or an eight-passenger crossover an opportunity to visit its dealerships for the first time since 2014, when they still offered the Tribeca.

Subaru has already created a cult following with the Outback but those with bigger families couldn’t satisfy their needs with the company’s jacked-up wagon. The new Subaru Ascent is the answer, posing as the brand’s largest ever model.

Power comes from a new turbocharged 2.4-liter flat-four engine that makes 260hp and 277lb-ft (376Nm) of torque. It’s mated exclusively to a CVT transmission that features an eight-speed manual mode. All-wheel drive is of course standard.

The 2019 Ascent comes with Automatic Pre-Collision Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure and more as standard, with the company offering the EyeSight Assist Monitor as an option.

The interior looks modern enough and comes with an infotainment system that features Android Auto and Apple Car Play, as well as an optional eight-inch touchscreen display. Higher trimmed models also look more premium inside, thanks to leather-trimmed dash panels.

Subaru offers both seven- and eight-seat versions of the Ascent, creating in theory a very competitive car to the likes of the VW Atlas, the Honda Pilot and the Toyota Highlander. Is it though? Check the first driving impressions from Redline Reviews, and Roadshow on the video playlist below.

  • Ken

    Zzzzz…. looks like every other one out there. I’m sure its more capable than most though.

  • WalthamDan

    Hundreds of thousands of Outback and Forester owners to target. It cannot fail.

    • SteersUright

      I sure hope it does and as such compels Subaru to try just a little harder.

  • TheBelltower

    It’s cars like this, brand new cars, that prove that some automakers are complacent and refuse to progress forward. Cars don’t need to look like spaceships, but they also shouldn’t look like crude farm tractors like this thing.

    • SteersUright


  • SteersUright

    Good lord, who buys this crap? There are so many just as reliable, just as spacious, and far better looking inside and out. AWD doesnt even set it apart anymore, everyone offers that. Im so tired of Subaru’s horrendous designs inside and out. They’re probably 99% of the reason the BRZ/FRS/GT86 is so dull looking for a sports car.
    Disclaimer: yes, fanboys, I understand they are reliable and affordable. So are Hondas.

  • Joe E

    Visually, this thing looks so old already — no more modern-looking than the original 2007 GM Lambdas.

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