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Updated on: November 5, 2020

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When Subaru entered the Big SUV space with it’s Tribeca, people were looking forward to it with great expectations, but there was one chunk in the armor, as people did not want to buy it. the Tribeca for its unusual styling wasn’t accepted by the consumers in any way,  Half a decade later, Subaru second-attempt, the Ascent is here in its full glory and is ready now more than ever to wreak havoc in the SUV segment.

Subaru's latest and by far it's biggest model till date is packed with top of the line driver assistance features or technology. The 2020 Ascent despite the competition, stands amidst them with a meaningful stature backed with the Subaru heritage. It has a great powertrain, has a solid built quality, and has been awarded the Top Safety Pick rating from IIHS, moreover, you get 19 cup-holders inside, what more do you want. That is a win in our books.

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Pros

Mammoth Third Row Space

Long List of Standard Driver Aids, Safety Features

Massive Towing Capacity

Seating for 8 passengers

Interior Fit and Finish

Cons

CVT feels dull to respond

Resembles the Outback on the outside

What's New?

Rear Seat Reminder

Power Rear Gate Lock Function


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Features

vehicle bio

base price

$31995

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

8

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

146 cu.in.

horsepower

260 hp @ 5600 rpm

torque

277 lbs.-ft. @ 2000 rpm

transmission

Lineartronic CVT

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear double wishbone suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

13.1/13.1

dimensions

wheelbase

113.8 in.

length

64.2 in.

width

76 in.

height

71.6 in.

curb weight

4430 lbs.

ground clearance

8.7 in.

capacity

passenger volume

153.5 cu ft.

cargo volume

86.5 cu ft.

towing capacity

2000 lbs.

payload capacity

1570 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.9 sec.

standing ¼-mile

15.5 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

20/26/22 mpg

highway range

501.8 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr. /unlimited

roadside assistance

3 yr. / 36000 mi.


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Colors and Styles

2020 Subaru Ascent in Crystal Black Silica color 2020 Subaru Ascent in Crystal White Pearl color 2020 Subaru Ascent in Ice Silver Metallic color 2020 Subaru Ascent in Magnetite Gray Metallic color
Crystal Black Silica

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Ratings

Features

8.5

Engine And Performance

7.5

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

8.5

Exterior

7.5

Safety

9.5

Competition

8.0

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 Subaru Ascent Base

Base

power
260 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
22 combined

$31,995


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr SUV AWD w/8-Passenger (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) Starting at $31,995 MSRP (20/22/26) 260 hp @ 5600 rpm, 2.4 L, Flat 4, Regular unleaded
Lineartronic CVT all wheel drive 8

2020 Subaru Ascent Premium

Premium

power
260 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
22 combined

$34,395


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premium 4dr SUV AWD w/8-Passenger (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) Starting at $34,395 MSRP (20/22/26) 260 hp @ 5600 rpm, 2.4 L, Flat 4, Regular unleaded
Lineartronic CVT all wheel drive 8
Premium 4dr SUV AWD w/7-Passenger (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) Starting at $34,395 MSRP (20/22/26) 260 hp @ 5600 rpm, 2.4 L, Flat 4, Regular unleaded
Continuously variable-speed Automatic all wheel drive 8
Premium 4dr SUV AWD w/7-Passenger (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) Starting at $34,395 MSRP (20/22/26) 260 hp @ 5600 rpm, 2.4 L, Flat 4, Regular unleaded
Continuously variable-speed Automatic all wheel drive 8

2020 Subaru Ascent Premium Convenience Package

Premium Convenience Package

power
260 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
22 combined

$35,855


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premium 4dr SUV AWD w/7-Passenger Convenience Pkg (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) Starting at $35,855 MSRP (20/22/26) 260 hp @ 5600 rpm, 2.4 L, Flat 4, Regular unleaded
1-speed CVT all wheel drive 8
Premium 4dr SUV AWD w/8-Passenger Convenience Pkg (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) Starting at $35,855 MSRP (20/22/26) 260 hp @ 5600 rpm, 2.4 L, Flat 4, Regular unleaded
1-speed CVT all wheel drive 8

2020 Subaru Ascent Premium Sporty Package

Premium Sporty Package

power
260 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
22 combined

$38,655


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premium 4dr SUV AWD w/7-Passenger Sporty Pkg (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) Starting at $38,655 MSRP (20/22/26) 260 hp @ 5600 rpm, 2.4 L, Flat 4, Regular unleaded
1-speed CVT all wheel drive 8
Premium 4dr SUV AWD w/8-Passenger Sporty Pkg (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) Starting at $38,655 MSRP (20/22/26) 260 hp @ 5600 rpm, 2.4 L, Flat 4, Regular unleaded
1-speed CVT all wheel drive 8

2020 Subaru Ascent Limited

Limited

power
260 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
22 combined

$39,345


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Limited 4dr SUV AWD w/8-Passenger (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) Starting at $39,345 MSRP (20/22/26) 260 hp @ 5600 rpm, 2.4 L, Flat 4, Regular unleaded
Lineartronic CVT all wheel drive 8
Limited 4dr SUV AWD w/7-Passenger (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) Starting at $39,345 MSRP (20/22/26) 260 hp @ 5600 rpm, 2.4 L, Flat 4, Regular unleaded
Lineartronic CVT all wheel drive 7

2020 Subaru Ascent Limited Technology Package

Limited Technology Package

power
260 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
22 combined

$42,295


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Limited 4dr SUV AWD w/8-Passenger Technology Pkg (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) Starting at $42,295 MSRP (20/22/26) 260 hp @ 5600 rpm, 2.4 L, Flat 4, Regular unleaded
1-speed CVT all wheel drive 7
Limited 4dr SUV AWD w/7-Passenger Technology Pkg (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) Starting at $42,295 MSRP (20/22/26) 260 hp @ 5600 rpm, 2.4 L, Flat 4, Regular unleaded
1-speed CVT all wheel drive 7

2020 Subaru Ascent Touring

Touring

power
260 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
22 combined

$45,045


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Touring 4dr SUV AWD w/7-Passenger (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) Starting at $45,045 MSRP (20/22/26) 260 hp @ 5600 rpm, 2.4 L, Flat 4, Regular unleaded
Lineartronic CVT all wheel drive 7

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

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Launched in 2019, the Ascent replaced the Slow Selling Tribeca and comes in with a whole plethora of features and massive space on the inside. The Ascent comes powered by a 2.4L Boxer 4 Turbocharged motor and comes with AWD as standard across the range. The 4 trims on offer include the Base, Premium, Limited, and Touring. For 2020, Subaru is introducing 2 new features in the Ascent. The Ascent now gets Rear Seat Reminder function and Power Rear Gate Lock function as standard across all the 4 trims.

Prices for the Ascent range from $31,995 to over $45,000. Talking of the rivals of the Ascent, there is a lot in the segment. The Note-worthy rivals to the Ascent include the Honda Pilot, the newly redesigned Ford Explorer and the All-New Kia Telluride.

2020 Subaru Ascent three quarter view
2020 Subaru Ascent rear three quarter view

8.5/10
Features

7.5/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.5/10
Interior

7.5/10
Exterior

9.5/10
Safety

8.0/10
Competition


2020 Subaru Ascent Features

8.5/10

The Subaru Ascent is available in four trim levels – Ascent base, Premium, Limited and Touring. The base trim comes accomplished with standard AWD, tri-zone climate control and a 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system. The Premium trim adds rear-seat climate controls and towing capacity is increased to 5,000 lbs.

Trim Ascent Base Ascent Premium Ascent Limited Ascent Touring
MSRP (AWD) $31,995 $34,395 $39,945 $45,045
Key Features Subaru Starlink Multimedia with Apple Car Play and Android Auto Includes Ascent's features and adds - Includes Ascent Premium's features and adds - Includes Ascent Limited's features and adds -
  Flexible 3 Row Seating for 8 Available 2nd Row Bench Seats/ Captain Chairs Leather-Trimmed Upholstery Java Brown Leather-Trimmed upholstery
  Roof Rails 4G LTE Connectivity Power Rear Gate Starlink Multimedia Navigation
  18” Alloy Wheels Subaru Starlink Safety and Security 20” Alloy Wheels Panoramic Power moonroof
  Eyesight Driver Assist Technology Rear Climate Control with Front Heated Seats Heated Second Row Seats with 10 Way Powered Driver Seat and Memory 14 Speaker 792W Harman Kardon Audio System
      Keyless Access with push-button Start 180 Degree Front view monitor

The Limited trim increases the premium-factor by offering leather trim upholstery and keyless access with push-button start. Touring trim takes it to another level with heated and ventilated seats, premium Harman Kardon audio system and a standard power moonroof.

Which trim to go for?

The Premium trim adds to the base variant with features like Climate Control in the rear seats, 4G LTE connectivity, and Subaru Starlink Security. Considering this and a price hike of just $3,000, you are getting a lot of value and which is why it’s the trim to go for.

2020 Subaru Ascent Engine and Performance

7.5/10

The base model of the Ascent is powered by a Subaru special boxer-four engine that belts out 260 hp and a healthy 277 lb-ft. of torque. All the power is transferred to the wheels via a CVT automatic transmission. Unlike the competition, this Subaru comes with a standard AWD system.

2020 Subaru Ascent engine bay

One major positive about this engine is its early torque delivery. Getting off the line with the Ascent would be a no-drama affair. Even with a full load of passengers and cargo, this engine has enough grunt to easily merge with the highway traffic or get off the line from the stoplight. Whether you are hustling around the town or on a weekend getaway, this engine has got your back.

Models

Subaru Ascent

Honda Pilot

Ford Explorer

Kia Telluride

MSRP

$31,995

$31,550

$32,765

$31,690

Engine

2.4-liter turbocharged Subaru Boxer 4-cylinder

3.5-liter Naturally Aspirated V6

2.3L Turbocharged Ecoboost Inline-4

3.8L GDI 24 Valve V6

Drivetrain AWD FWD RWD FWD

Transmission

CVT

6-Speed Automatic

10 Speed Automatic

8 Speed Automatic

Power

260hp@5,600rpm

280hp@6,000rpm

300hp @5,500rpm

291hp@6,000rpm

Torque

277lb-ft@2,000rpm

262lb-ft@4,700rpm

310lb-ft@3,500rpm

262lb-ft@5,200rpm

Honda Pilot and Ford Explorer beat the Subaru Ascent at the horsepower game. When we talk about the base variants, the Subaru Ascent is outclassed by its competition. As we talk about torque, Subaru takes an obvious lead with its turbocharged boxer engine’s 277 lb.-ft. torque output.

How good is the acceleration of the Subaru Ascent?

Don’t expect any big surprises here. The Ascent with its turbo spooled up does considerably well for a three-row crossover SUV. Ascent achieves its 0-60 within 6.9 seconds and runs through the quarter-mile in 15.5 seconds. Subaru uses a CVT in favor of increasing fuel efficiency but unlike other CVTs in this segment. This CVT works well and comes with 8 electronically programmed ‘shift’ points.

2020 Subaru Ascent hits 0-60 mph just in 6.9 sec

Models

Subaru Ascent

Honda pilot

Ford Explorer

Kia Telluride

0-60 MPH

6.9 sec

5.9 sec

5.3 sec

8.1 sec

Quarter Mile 

15.5 sec

14.8 sec

13.9 sec

15.4 sec

Top Speed  N/A N/A 143 MPH N/A

Engine

2.4-liter turbocharged Subaru Boxer 4-cylinder

3.5-liter Naturally Aspirated V6

2.3L Inline-4 Turbocharged Ecoboost

3.8L Gasoline Direct Injection V6

Honda Pilot takes the lead with its 6.2-second naught to sixty runs. Honda’s 6.2-second run is followed by Subaru’s 6.9-second. And finally, the Kia Telluride takes the longest 8.2 seconds to achieve a similar speed.

Is the ride and handling, as good as other Subarus?

The Subaru Ascent offers a compliant ride. The Ascent’s suspension can easily level out the impact of road undulations. With comfort being Subaru’s priority here. This Subaru is a little shy of the corners. The steering isn’t the best out there, but it adequately transfers feedback to the driver. The steering is light to use in city conditions and it also does not come off as vague or hesitant. So, maneuvering your Ascent in the city wouldn’t be too much of a task.

2020 Subaru Ascent front view

When you are driving the Subaru Ascent, it wouldn’t feel like a large 3-row Crossover. Like its smaller cousin, the Subaru Outback, Ascent benefits from a well-engineered driving ergonomics. The visibility, both front, and rear is good. It surely gives the Ascent an edge over the competition.

Does it stop as well as it accelerates?

The Subaru Ascent is equipped with the largest front and rear disc brakes in its class. Ascent comes with four-wheel anti-lock brakes as standard. Under emergency braking, Ascent comes to a halt from 60 mph within 117 feet. Like other SUVs, nose dive is evident but it never gets unsettling or nerve-wracking. You have enough stopping power at all times and there isn't much, to complain about the braking of the Ascent.

2020 Subaru Ascent brakes

Model

Subaru Ascent

Honda Pilot

Ford Explorer

Kia Telluride

Brake Rotors Front 

13.1"

12.6"

12.8"

13.4"

Brake Rotors Rear 

13"

13"

12.8"

12.0"

Curb Weight 

4430 lbs

4036 lbs

4345 lbs

4211 lbs

60-0 MPH 

117 ft

118 ft

108 ft (With optional tires)

118 ft

The Ford Explorer manages to score an impressive stopping distance of 108 ft. Although it does achieve the same with optional stickier tires. Honda Pilot’s estimated braking distance is 118 ft and it matches the Telluride’s braking distance as well.

What is the Subaru Ascent's Towing Capacity?

One of the important selling points for these new breed 3-row CUV’s is their versatility. Come the weekend and the duty calls for trailering equipment. Subaru has an advantage over the rest –a standard AWD system that helps it rival the best in this segment even with its puny 2.4-liter engine. The Subaru Ascent can tow 5000 lbs. of equipment.

Model

Subaru Ascent

Honda Pilot

Ford Explorer

Kia Telluride

Towing Capacity 

5000 lbs

3500 lbs

5300 lbs

5000 lbs

All SUVs other than the Honda Pilot can tow 5000lbs or more. However, KIA will feel the most stress-free of the lot, owing to its 3.8L turbocharged motor.

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2020 Subaru Ascent Fuel Economy

8.0/10

Subaru Ascent uses a CVT automatic transmission which helps its case in offering a slightly better fuel economy than the competition. Ascent is rated for 21 mpg in city driving conditions and 27 mpg on highways. The combined mpg stands at 23 for the base model of the Ascent. Overall, with a massive 19.3-gallon fuel tank, you can expect a minimum of 400 miles of full tank range on the Subaru. 

Model

Subaru Ascent

Honda Pilot

Ford Explorer

Kia Telluride

MPG (City)

21

19

21

20

MPG (Highway)

27

27

28

26

MPG (Combined)

23

22

24

23

Fuel Capacity  19.3 gallons 19.5 gallons 19.2 gallons 18.8 gallons
Range (City/Hwy/Combined)  405/521/443 miles 371/521/429 miles 403/538/460 miles 376/489/432 miles

Emission(Tons/yr. of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

8.8

8.0

7.3

7.6

When you compare the Subaru with its rivals, you will find that the Ford Explorer, comes the closest both in terms of range and MPG figures. That's owing to the well-optimized transmission and lightweight materials on use. The Honda and the Kia, both lose out to the top 2, owing to their slightly lesser efficient powertrains.

2020 Subaru Ascent Interior

8.5/10

The biggest Subaru ever – the Ascent offers segment-leading interior space. Ascent offers the segment-best passenger volume of 153.5 cu-ft. The cabin is spacious enough and offers a good number of cubby spaces. Starting with a total number of 19 cup holders distributed throughout the cabin, 14 in the first two rows and 5 in the third row. 

The Ascent has a welcoming interior. The quality of plastics is not upscale but neither does it feel cheap. Ascent maintains a level of consistency that is pleasing to the eye. The seats are comfortable and offer decent support in all the 3 rows.

2020 Subaru Ascent seating layout

The Subaru Ascent offers to seat for 8 people at the base trim level. Second-row seats can be easily flipped to make a passage to the third-row seats. Ingress and egress to the third-row seats isn’t a chore even for taller passengers. You can also opt for a 7 seater version with Captain chairs, for added comfort and convenience.

Model

Subaru Ascent

Honda Pilot

Ford Explorer

Kia Telluride

Seating Capacity

8

8

7

8

First Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

41.3/61.1/42.2

40.1/ 62/40.9

40.7/61.8/43.0

40.9/61.6/44.1

Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

40/ 60.3/ 38.6

40.2/68.0/38.4

40.5/61.9/39.0

40.2/61.2/42.2

Third Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

36.3/57.2/31.7

38.9/44.6/31.9

38.9/54.6/32.2

38.1/55.3/31.4

On paper, the Subaru Ascent doesn’t offer the best in the segment numbers but it doesn’t stray away from the segment-leaders by much. The Honda Pilot despite its shorter wheelbase and the Ford Explorer, rake in the best space on the inside and are marginally ahead of the Kia as well.

What about the Infotainment system?

Subaru has updated the infotainment system of the Ascent for 2020. The interface is mostly slick to use and intuitive as well. Sunlight legibility is decent as well and most of the buttons, fall into hands easily. There is plenty of features to keep you accompanied on your long boring drives. Rest assured, those drives won't ever be as dull as before. 

2020 Subaru Ascent infotainment system

The Infotainment system includes the following few features-

  • 8” Touchscreen Infotainment System with navigation
  • 14 Speaker Harman Kardon music system
  • Dual USB ports in all 3 rows
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi capability
  • Android Auto, Apple CarPlay
  • 180 Degree Front View Monitor

What is the Subaru Ascent's Cargo Capacity?

The Ascent offers generous cargo capacity and ranks well in this segment. At 17.8 cu.-ft., Ascent’s cargo space behind the third row is second only to Ford Explorer. Fold the second row and you will have 47.5 cu-ft. of cargo space. Fold both the rows and the total cargo area increases to 86.5 cu-ft. When we consider maximum cargo capacity, the Ascent offers the maximum in this comparison.

2020 Subaru Ascent cargo area

Model

Subaru Ascent

Honda Pilot

Ford Explorer

Kia Telluride

Cargo Capacity 

17.8 cu.ft.

16.5 cu.ft.

18.2 cu.ft.

21 cu.ft.

The 2020 KIA Telluride stands tall in this cargo space department, flaunting of its best-in-class cargo space with 21 cu-ft. Holding down the fort for Ford is the Explorer with its 18.2 cu.ft of cargo space.

Features to expect on the inside?

On the inside, the Subaru feels roomy and spacious as we have seen previously. However, with all the space, you do have plenty of creature comforts on offer as well that can be useful on a lot of occasions. The notable highlights include the following few features

  • Power Adjustable Front Seats
  • Heated and Ventilated Front Seats
  • Heated Second Row Seats and Steering Wheel
  • Power Rear Gate
  • Second Row Captain/Bench Seats
  • Leather Upholstery and Wrapped Steering
  • Smart auto-dimming rearview compass mirror with HomeLink
  • Auto-up / auto-down driver's and front passenger window with anti-pinch protection
  • Second Row Climate Control
  • Manually adjustable tilt/telescoping steering column
2020 Subaru Ascent front seat
2020 Subaru Ascent front seat
2020 Subaru Ascent cupholder
2020 Subaru Ascent cupholder
2020 Subaru Ascent rear seat
2020 Subaru Ascent rear seat
2020 Subaru Ascent sunroof
2020 Subaru Ascent sunroof
2020 Subaru Ascent cargo
2020 Subaru Ascent cargo
2020 Subaru Ascent dashboard and sheets
2020 Subaru Ascent dashboard and sheets
2020 Subaru Ascent Dahboard
2020 Subaru Ascent Dahboard
2020 Subaru Ascent Cup Holder
2020 Subaru Ascent Cup Holder
2020 Subaru Ascent Floor Storage
2020 Subaru Ascent Floor Storage

2020 Subaru Ascent Exterior

7.5/10

Speaking of the dimensions and the weight, the Ascent feels the same as the other big crossovers in the segment. The Subaru Ascent makes sure to complement luxury and utmost comfortness with its sheer size. In terms of weight, the Subaru is the heaviest among its rivals and offers the most ground clearance among the same. This gives it an unprecedented advantage while off-roading and going over potholes. A lower width when compared to its rivals, makes it a jiffy for drivers to maneuver the Ascent through the city or when parking in tight spaces.

2020 Subaru Ascent side view

Model

Subaru Ascent

Honda Pilot

Ford Explorer

Kia Telluride

Curb Weight 

4430 lbs

4036 lbs

4345 lbs

4211 lbs

Length 

196.8"

196.5"

198.8"

196.9"

Width 

76"

78.6"

78.9"

78.3"

Height 

71.6"

70.6"

69.9"

68.9"

Ground Clearance 

8.7"

7.3"

7.9"

8.0"

Wheelbase 

113.8"

111"

119.1"

114.2"

The Explorer is the longest of all in the segment and is followed by the other 3. The Honda Pilot has the least Ground Clearance of the lot and is the most prone to fail while water wading or while moving over bumps. Also, it compromises on the wheelbase front and thus eats away the passenger rear legroom inside.

What are the most notable features on the Outside?

With its more than pleasing and plush interior, Subaru had to make sure that the exterior of the Ascent is as complimenting to the interior as possible, and they have done so by making it seem rugged from all corners. Subaru is offering a number of features on the outside of the 2020 Ascent, that will surely grab the eyeballs of the onlookers. The notable highlights include

  • 20" Dark Gray machine finish alloys
  • LED Steering responsive headlights and foglights
  • Satin-chrome power folding ORVM's with turn indicators
  • Two-speed windshield wipers
  • Windshield wiper de-icer
  • Rear Window wiper
  • Raised roof rails
  • Power Tilt/Slide Panoramic moonroof

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How enticing is the interior in the Subaru Ascent?

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2020 Subaru Ascent Safety

9.5/10

The Subaru Ascent focuses a lot on safety, it comes equipped with Subaru’s EyeSight system across all the trim levels. This system combines adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, lane departure warning, and lane-keep assist. Subaru also offers its Starlink Connected Services standard on all models except the base model.

Ascent scores an overall 5-star rating from NHSTA and also scores well on the tests conducted by IIHS, so good in fact, that the IIHS has named the SUV as a Top Safety Pick for the year 2020.

Safety Features

The Subaru Ascent is equipped with the following safety features:

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Pre-collision braking
  • Lane departure warning and lane-keep assist
  • Blind-spot detection and rear cross-traffic alert
  • Reverse automatic braking
  • Front, Side and Side-Curtain airbags
  • LATCH system
  • Height-adjustable seatbelts

2020 Subaru Ascent Competition

8.0/10

Subaru Ascent vs Honda Pilot

Honda Pilot is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that generates 280 hp and 262 lb-ft. of torque. Pricing for the Honda Pilot starts at $31,450. Honda Pilot has been one of the best vehicles in this segment. Honda Pilot is can't go wrong decision in the three-row utilitarian SUV market.

When compared to the Subaru Ascent, the Pilot has a bigger engine as standard but it can’t match the towing and hauling capacity of the Ascent’s turbo-four engine which has better low-end torque. Moreover, the Ascent has better ground clearance, passenger volume, and cargo capacity. Choosing one between the two can be hard but if it was our money we would definitely choose the Ascent because it offers a powertrain that is more refined and is hassle-free, unlike Honda’s V6.

2020 Honda Pilot

Subaru Ascent vs Ford Explorer

The Ford Explorer is the benchmark of the Big Crossover SUV space. The Explorer enjoys a status as the bestseller three-row SUV in the US market. Unlike the Subaru Ascent, Ford Explorer isn’t offered with standard AWD. Still, it manages a similar towing capacity. Explorer only offers to seat in 7 people. It falls behind the Ascent when it comes to maximum cargo space and passenger volume. The standard four-cylinder mill on the Ascent is much frugal and offers better drivability.

2020 Ford Explorer

2020 Subaru Ascent Final Verdict

With the All-New Subaru Ascent, Subaru is taking another shot at the hotly contested Big SUV segment. The Ascent comes with terrific road manners, is spacious on the inside, packs in plenty of driver aids as standard and feels premium to be driven in. Couple that with Subaru’s reliability and low cost of ownership and you won’t be disappointed with what Subaru has achieved. While the Ford Explorer and the Kia Telluride offer something more than the Subaru in some areas, as an overall package, the Ascent comes in as a good buy and worth a visit to your nearest Subaru dealership.

 

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2020 Subaru Ascent Overall Reviews


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Peter L. Gonzalez

2020 Subaru Ascent

Limited 4dr SUV AWD w/7-Passenger (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

9

User Overall Rating

Posted On: October 7, 2020

It is good for daily commuting drives.

Pros - Generous ground clearance, stupendous gas mileage, and reliable .

Cons - Third row seat isn't suitable for long rides, awd reduces mileage, unnatural transmission

Overall Review

9 /10 Overall Rating

It drives smoothly and calmly on the road. I wish it had a bit more power to accelerate and receive satisfactory economical mileage which gets to poor when all wheel drivetrain comes into play.

8/10
Features
7/10
Interior
10/10
Design
10/10
Safety
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Deal Value
9/10
Dealer Review

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Charles N. Cruz

2020 Subaru Ascent

Premium 4dr SUV AWD w/8-Passenger (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

8

User Overall Rating

Posted On: October 7, 2020

Ascent

Pros - Standard AWD, easy to use infotainment, the interior is comfortable.

Cons - Noisy, speakers could have been better

Overall Review

8 /10 Overall Rating

It is an amazing car through and through. I could not find a single fault with the driving dynamics. The handling is amazing, it is very easy to maneuver, acceleration is good and so are the brakes. The cabin is a little noisy but is not a deal-breaker.

9/10
Features
10/10
Interior
9/10
Design
8/10
Safety
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Deal Value
10/10
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Michael M. Robinson

2020 Subaru Ascent

Limited 4dr SUV AWD w/7-Passenger Technology Pkg (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT)

10

User Overall Rating

Posted On: August 10, 2020

Love it

Pros - Visibility, rear camera, driving position

Cons - Mpg

Overall Review

10 /10 Overall Rating

Leaving bad gas mileage aside everything about Ascent is great. The drivetrain is smooth and it handles great.

9/10
Features
10/10
Interior
10/10
Design
10/10
Safety
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Deal Value
10/10
Dealer Review

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User Overall Rating

It is good for daily commuting drives.

It drives smoothly and calmly on the road. I wish it had a bit more power to accelerate and receive satisfactory economical mileage which gets to poor when all wheel drivetrain comes into play.

by Peter L. Gonzalez

8

User Overall Rating

Ascent

It is an amazing car through and through. I could not find a single fault with the driving dynamics. The handling is amazing, it is very easy to maneuver, acceleration is good and so are the brakes. The cabin is a little noisy but is not a deal-breaker.

by Charles N. Cruz

10

User Overall Rating

Love it

Leaving bad gas mileage aside everything about Ascent is great. The drivetrain is smooth and it handles great.

by Michael M. Robinson

9

User Overall Rating

I like it very much

Even though it is a mid-size SUV it sure doesn’t feel like one when driving. It handles more like a car and that is high praise for an SUV.

by Danny R. Trapp

8

User Overall Rating

Exactly what I was looking for

Having AWD is very convenient for me especially when it snows. It handles great and throttle response is not bad either.

by Rueben L. Barnett

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