The rear-vision camera helps with backing up and will be handy when we trailer our fishing boat to the launch. We made sure our Subie came with a $499 trailer hitch that will be put to good use in the months ahead. The Ascent is rated to tow 5,000 pounds.
Seats Up to Eight
The Ascent is an eight-passenger vehicle when the second row is a bench seat. Our cream and black interior is set up for seven with two captain’s chairs in the second row; grab handles atop the inside shoulders of the chairs aid the journey to the back row. The third row is best used for cargo—three adults wouldn’t be comfortable there, though the ability to recline helps substantially. If you regularly transport seven, consider the second-row bench so only two people need to squeeze into the back row, which offers vastly less hip and shoulder room.
EyeSight Driver Assist
Subaru’s EyeSight Driver Assist system is being rolled out across the lineup. It uses dual cameras and brings the vehicle to an emergency stop from any speed. It also provides lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control with lane keep assist to steer you back on track, reverse automatic braking, and blind-spot detection with rear cross-traffic alert. With all those nannies comes a lot of beeping alerts. One of the first things we did was turn the sound off so we wouldn’t go mad as the vehicle’s eyes locked on and off nearby cars and other obstacles it detects. We love that the Ascent is looking out for us, but incessant beeps ruin our zen.
Most Expensive Subie You Can Buy
In addition to being the largest Subaru to date, the Ascent is also the most expensive vehicle in the lineup. But that doesn’t mean it’s overpriced compared with the competition. The $32,970 base price slots below the 2020 Ford Explorer (which will start at $33,860), takes on the $32,495 Honda Pilot, and might be less than the new Toyota Highlander, which is expected to start about $33,000. A 2019 Mazda CX-9 starts at $33,325; a base-model Volkswagen Atlas is $31,890.
Our long-termer is a Limited trim, which has a base price of $39,970. We added a few goodies including a package that upgraded the stereo, added a moonroof and retractable sunshade, Starlink navigation, and a cargo area cover that cleverly stows in a space under the load floor. In the end, it stickered for $43,551. But a two-year maintenance plan covers all normal maintenance services at 6,000-mile intervals, so our first oil change, tire rotation, checkup, and even a patched tire after a screw lodged in it, have accrued no additional cost. The dealer also tossed in a $20 detailing.
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