The Ascent is Subaru’s largest model ever, offering seating for up to eight in its practical cabin and plenty of features.
It is also the first model to feature a new turbocharged 2.4-liter boxer engine that kicks out 260hp and 277lb-ft of peak torque. A CVT gearbox is the only option, featuring a manual mode with eight simulated ‘gears’ that can be operated via the steering wheel-mounted paddles.
Subaru claims that the Ascent can tow up to 5,000 lbs (2,267 kg) and offer a driving range of over 500 miles (800 km) on a full tank of fuel.
The cabin is offered in various configurations, among which is a set of captain’s chairs in the second row if carrying up to eight people isn’t a necessity. The infotainment system features an eight-inch touchscreen display in more expensive trim levels and comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
Practicality features are plenty and include things like four USB ports, 19 (!) cupholders, a three-zone climate control system and more.
Standard safety equipment includes Automatic Pre-Collision Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure and Sway Warning and Pre-Collision Throttle Management, all of which are bundled under Subaru’s EyeSight Driver Assist package. Systems like EyeAssist Monitor, Blind-Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are optional.