2019 Subaru Ascent Has Everything You’d Want From A Mid-Size SUV

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.

Does the Ascent has what it takes to rival models like the Honda Pilot? Kelley Blue Book finds out on the video linked below.


  • Six_Tymes

    didnt they have a major recall on this already? I believe so. “never buy first year”

    • xDRAN0x

      ECU kills engine if AC pulls too much amps, rare occurence and software fix

    • NormT

      Plenty of recalls and problems with Ascent. Check out the forums.

  • no25

    besides exciting looks

  • Craig

    I really like this. I would definitely take a serious look at this if I was in market.

  • Bash

    ………….Except a breath taking look.
    here you go, fixed your title.

  • SteersUright

    Everything…except good looks.

  • Dillan

    That’s a little bigger than mid-size, wouldn’t you say? I’d be happier if it had a manual transmission, but I guess you can’t have everything.

  • Six Thousand Times

    But I don’t want anything from a midsize SUV.

  • NormT

    “…70 percent of new Subaru vehicles are now the object of recalls or service campaigns within two years of being purchased, noting that the “permissible limit” should be around 10 percent.” TThetrthaboutcars

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