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Notable Features in 2019
All-new three-row SUV
Seats seven or eight
Biggest vehicle Subaru has ever made
Rearview camera mirror available
260-hp, turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder
Tows up to 5,000 pounds

Price Range     $31,995–$44,695
Consumer Rating     (4.5)151 reviews
MPG (Miles per gallon)    22-23
Body Styles     SUV

The Good
Roomy third row
Easy access to third row
Captain's chairs offered even on lower trims
High-grade interior materials
Up to eight USB ports and 19 drink holders
Front collision prevention system on all models

The Bad
Less room than some other new three-row SUVs
Limited cargo space with all rows of seats in use
Interior storage less than some big SUVs
Clunky covers on outlets

The verdict:
Subaru is ahead of the curve when it comes to combining safety, practicality and affordability, but its lineup of five-seaters has left bigger families at the curb – until now. The new 2019 Ascent delivers all those things and has the space larger families need.   

Versus the competition:
Other three-row SUVs may be roomier, classier or more fun to drive, but the Ascent’s impressive blend of safety and value is unmatched by many rivals.
The Subaru Ascent looks like a plumped-up version of the Outback wagon and fills the hole in the automaker’s lineup left when the unimpressive Tribeca three-row was axed after the 2014 model year. 

The Ascent is Subaru’s biggest vehicle ever, designed to satisfy larger families with its seven or eight seats. It competes against the likes of the Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander and Volkswagen Atlas; see them compared. Trim levels for 2018 include base, Premium, Limited and Touring.

Creature Comforts
It’s not just size that matters to families; comfort, safety and convenience features are also key. Yet kids — and dogs and the second-grade class gecko — are often filthy, so it can’t be too nice. The Ascent deftly toes that line, like a clean toddler teetering cheerfully on the edge of a muddy puddle. Its cabin is simple, unfussy and straightforward, with a plain design and utilitarian materials.

There’s a mix of padded and unpadded plastic in the Ascent Premium I drove. It’s a mid-range trim level, and its only offensive part is the trim: Tacky beige plastic, reminiscent of faux snakeskin, lines the dash and doors. On the highest Touring trim, the cabin strikes a more luxurious tone, with low-gloss wood trim and leather for the seats and other surfaces.

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Subaru 

New Car Program Benefits
Bumper-to-Bumper     36 months / 36,000 miles
Powertrain     60 months / 60,000 miles
Roadside Assistance     36 months / 36,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
Maximum Age/Mileage     5 years/80,000 miles
Basic Warranty Terms     Coverage available for purchase
Powertrain     7 years/100,000
Dealer Certification Required     152-point inspection
Roadside Assistance     Yes


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