New for 2019, Subaru has given us a vehicle that seats the whole family. The Subaru Ascent is the brand’s first three-row SUV. It is a logical next step for the company as American’s are clamoring towards larger vehicles. Subaru’s line up now offers a something for every stage of your life: A Subaru BRZ or Impreza for when you are in your 20s. A Legacy or Crosstrek for your 30s. A Forester for when you have your first kid. The Subaru Ascent for when your family gets bigger. The Subaru WRX STI for when you and your wife become empty nesters. And then the Subaru Outback for when grandkids come into the picture.
The Ascent rightfully takes its place as the ultimate family hauler in the Subaru line up. It can carry 7 or 8 passengers based upon how it is configured – with or without second row captain’s chairs. Either way, your kids and spouse will enjoy 19 cup holders and Wi-Fi internet for long road trips. If you are going camping on the trip, it is comforting to know that the Ascent is able to tow the boat or camper. The towing capacity is up to 5,000 pounds with a class 3 trailer hitch. Or if you decide to go off-road during your adventure, the Ascent comes standard with 8.7 inches of ground clearance.
Because the Ascent is a Subaru, you know that it will get you to your destination safely. The vehicle was built using high-strength steel to safeguard you and your family in the event of an accident. And in order to avoid any accidents, EyeSight comes standard on every Ascent trim level. The technology proactively monitors traffic and will automatically brake the vehicle to a complete stop in emergency situations.
The 2019 Subaru Ascent starts at around $32,000, but options will quickly markup up the price tag. The Subaru Ascent I tested was priced around $45,000 fully equipped with leather-trimmed seats, second row captain’s chairs, a panoramic moonroof, and a Harmon Kardon sound system. At the top of the line trim level, it is certainly a beautiful machine, but that price tag is approaching the luxury vehicle segment. The question is then, would you rather have a fully loaded Subaru Ascent or a base level Audi Q7 for ~$4,000 dollars more? Because the Ascent comes so well equipped to start, my recommendation is to go for the $32,000 base trim level or spring for the Ascent Limited at $38,000 to get leather seats.
With room or the whole family (including the dog), you can’t go wrong with the Subaru Ascent. It is definitely worth a look if you are in the market for a large SUV with a lot of standard features.