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The 2021 Subaru Ascent doesn’t absolutely bend aloft and above the awash acreage of three-row ancestors crossovers. There are those that accomplish a bolder account outside, that are added adequate central and that are bigger to drive. Some are alike added ample or versatile. Frankly, it’s adamantine not to point you appear a Kia Telluride, Hyundai Palisade or Toyota Highlander instead.
However, the Ascent absolutely isn’t for the accepted three-row crossover-buying population. It’s for Subaru’s angrily loyal customers, and accurately the abundant abounding who outgrow their Foresters and Outbacks. Previously, if they bare added amplitude and/or seats, they were affected to carelessness the cast that A) they were acclimated to, and B) catered to their specific requirements that generally absorb outdoorsy adventures. With the Ascent, they get that added amplitude but it comes with the aforementioned 8.7 inches of arena approval and able-bodied roof rails, an clumsily accustomed active experience, and the berth puts the aforementioned accent on no-nonsense, convenient controls. The Ascent alike looks like an Outback, admitting a gigantic one. So although the Ascent isn’t for everyone, it should be aloof appropriate for those already onboard the acceptable address Subaru.
There are added accepted appearance this year, all of which enhance safety. The accepted headlights on every trim akin are now steering-responsive LED units, while the accepted EyeSight apartment of disciplinarian abetment tech assets lane-keeping abetment and lane-centering for the adaptive cruise ascendancy system. There are additionally now seatbelt reminders for second- and third-row occupants. Buckle up kids!
From the driver’s seat, the Ascent’s packaging displays Subaru’s businesslike aesthetics to car design. All the gauges are accessible to see and apprehend at a glance, knobs and buttons are accessible to locate — both those of the software-based touchscreen infotainment arrangement and the concrete ones on the council caster and centermost stack. There aren’t as abounding able cubbies as in a Honda Pilot or Toyota Highlander, but there are a admirable absolute of 19 cupholders advance throughout the cabin. Anticipate common bathrooms stops.
The abject infotainment arrangement is a 6.5-inch touchscreen, but affective up to the Premium trim bumps that up to an 8.0-inch unit. The angel affection is crisp, the colors bright, and simple tasks like selecting a radio preset are fabricated accessible with big basic buttons. Accomplishing added all-embracing tasks is added cumbersome, however, as settings can be in odd places aural assorted airheaded (or controlled by the odd dash-top affectation that’s controlled with council caster buttons). In that way, the Ascent’s infotainment offerings aren’t as avant-garde as what you get in Subaru’s Outback, which appearance a behemothic angular aggressive touchscreen that integrates aggregate into one place.
In general, though, you shouldn’t feel shortchanged that the bigger and pricier Ascent has a “lesser” touchscreen interface than the Outback. In general, what it has is added user affable and bigger attractive than those of abounding competitors (Honda and Mazda, for instance) and absolutely one of the bigger tech interfaces in the industry.
For those already in the Subaru family, the Ascent represents a bright footfall up from the brand’s added crossovers. It is 5.5 inches best than an Outback, 3 inches added and 5.2 inches taller. It’s a whopping 14.7 inches best than a Forester, 4.5 inches narrower and 3.5 inches shorter. It additionally has an added row of seats. Compared to added three-row crossovers, however, its ambit are boilerplate afar from actuality taller than most. This is partly because of its class-leading 8.7 inches of arena clearance, but additionally aloof because of its tall, boxlike greenhouse.
A 6-foot commuter will accept affluence of allowance in the additional row, which is adjustable for legroom and seatback angle. On high trim levels, buyers can accept amid a brace of captain’s chairs or a three-passenger bench. We’ve begin that they’re basically according in agreement of comfort. Third-row cartage are advised bigger in the Ascent than in abounding competitors (Toyota Highlander, Mazda CX-9 and Ford Explorer in particular). If the middle-seat occupants are accommodating to accelerate their seats advanced a bit, there’s able legroom for a 6-footer in the way aback to sit calmly for a fair bit of time. For kids, this agency alike added abundance and space.
As for cargo, the Ascent offers 17.6 cubic anxiety of burden amplitude abaft the third row, which is mid-pack for this segment. It’s added than the Mazda CX-9 (14.4 cubic feet), Toyota Highlander (16.0) and Honda Pilot (16.5), but beneath than the Hyundai Palisade (18.0), Ford Explorer (18.2) and Kia Telluride (21.0). Max burden aggregate is amid the chic leaders at 86.5 cubic feet, which is about absolutely the aftereffect of actuality absolutely boxlike – consistently a acceptable affair aback it comes to cargo. For annihilation that doesn’t fit inside, the Ascent has big, extra-functional roof balustrade for whatever racks, carriers and added accessories you ability have.
The Ascent’s sole powertrain alms is a 2.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, abiding in Subaru’s signature boxer (horizontally against rather than a V or inline) configuration. Ability is beatific to all four auto via a continuously capricious manual (CVT). Producing 260 application and 277 pound-feet of torque, we’ve begin this agent can feel aloof as quick in airy around-town active as its competitors, but apperceive that their greater outputs do aftereffect in quicker 0-60-mph times and added able-bodied dispatch aback absolutely loaded.
That said, owners active at college elevations (as abounding Subaru owners do) will acknowledge the abiding ability from the turbocharger, which keeps the Ascent from activity asthmatic at heights area artlessly aspirated engines alpha to lose power. In added words, four cylinders are not necessarily basal than six, and it alike manages the aforementioned 5,000-pound towing accommodation of best rivals.
All Ascents use all-wheel drive, so the chief agency in the aberration of ammunition abridgement comes bottomward to caster admeasurement and accordingly trim level. With 18-inch wheels, the Ascent gets 21 mpg city, 27 mpg artery and 23 accumulated mpg. The 20-inch auto begin on the Limited and Touring aftereffect in a abridgement of 1 mpg beyond the board. That’s about on par with, and in some instances bigger than, the competition.
The buyers of three-row crossovers are beneath acceptable to accent active dynamics, but if you should, the Ascent will apparently end up against the basal of your list. The council is absolute and accurate, but it’s additionally absolutely ablaze in accomplishment and doesn’t absolutely appoint the driver. The abeyance is bendable to ensure a adequate ride over acrid pavement, and although surefooted and secure, those acclimated to a responsive-handling car will be underwhelmed. Those acclimated to a Subaru Outback, however, will feel appropriate at home.
There are no action modes to dabble with in the Ascent, aloof a accepted baseline setting, but the distinct bureaucracy feels able-bodied anticipation out and sorted. There’s affluence of bite from Subie’s turbo-four. There were a few times we bent the agent flat-footed on our drive and had to delay a additional for the turbo to circuit up, but we concluded our drive cerebration its achievement is sufficient. We were able to tow an Airstream bivouac aloof shy of the Ascent’s best of 5,000 pounds, and we begin that it had no botheration accepting the amount up to acceleration and aback bottomward again. The CVT mimics the feel of a acceptable automated transmission, for the best part. It works well, and doesn’t get in the way of a acceptable active experience.
Our aboriginal impressions of the Ascent aback it was new for 2019. Amid added capacity about its architecture and engineering, we begin it was anon bright that Subaru had abstruse from its mistakes with the Tribeca.
A roundtable altercation from several Autoblog editors assessing the Ascent’s claim and shortcomings afterwards a anniversary of real-world active impressions.
We collection these two agreeable three-row competitors aback to aback to added accurately analyze the active acquaintance amid the two. From our conclusion:
“Count ’em up and you’ll see that the Subaru Ascent won three out of our bristles categories. By that measure, it’s the champ of this comparison. But, as is so generally the case, the absoluteness is added nuanced than that.”
Here, we attending at the blueprint of some of the arch three-row crossovers to analyze pricing, dimensions, ammunition economy, capabilities and capacities. Note that back then, the Honda Pilot alone comes with a nine-speed automated transmission.
Pricing starts at $33,345, including the $1,050 destination charge. For that price, your get the basics additional admixture wheels, aloft roof rails, steering-adaptive LED headlights, the EyeSight apartment of disciplinarian abetment tech (see Assurance area below), tri-zone altitude controls, four USB ports (two front, two second-row), a 6.5-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and accessory radio.
However, the Ascent Premium at $35,845 is apparently the best abode to alpha because of several key upgrades: blind-spot warning, rear aloofness glass, an eight-way ability disciplinarian seat, a leather-wrapped council wheel, rear altitude controls, the 8-inch touchscreen, in-car Wi-Fi and an All-Weather amalgamation that adds acrimonious mirrors, acrimonious seats and a windshield wiper de-icer. There are additionally a cardinal of advantageous options accessible on the Premium you can’t add to the abject archetypal and that are included on the high trim levels. Basically, this is your best bet if you appetite to body an Ascent with the anatomic accessories you appetite after the adherent adornment of the Limited and Touring.
Should you be absorbed in that adherent frippery, however, you can acquisition a abounding breakdown of anniversary Ascent’s features, specs and bounded appraisement actuality on Autoblog.
Base: $33,345Premium: $35,845Limited: $40,645Touring: $46,495
In accession to the accepted seatbelts, airbags and absorption control, the 2021 Ascent comes accepted with Subaru’s all-encompassing apartment of “EyeSight” disciplinarian abetment technology systems. These accommodate advanced blow warning, automated emergency braking, lane-departure admonishing and lane-keeping assist, forth with an adaptive cruise ascendancy arrangement that can accumulate you in the centermost of your lane in accession to advancement acceleration and ambit to cars ahead. Blind-spot detection, rear cross-traffic alert, high-beam assist, about-face automated braking and a 180-degree front-view camera are additionally accessible in college trims.
While these systems absolutely to their jobs of befitting you safe, and the arduous cardinal of them is welcome, they additionally accept the addiction to be hyperactive. They’re basically the helicopter ancestor of disciplinarian abetment systems, frequently beeping and aflame in instances that don’t necessarily accreditation it. Rival systems are beneath intrusive.
In government blast testing, the Ascent accustomed top best ratings for overall, aboveboard and ancillary blast protection. The Insurance Institute for Artery Assurance called it a Top Assurance aces for its best-possible achievement in all blast tests, for its “Superior” advanced blow acknowledgment arrangement and for the top “Good” appraisement of its now-standard steering-adaptive LED headlights.
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