2020 Subaru Ascent
Ratings & Reliability
The Ascent is a very functional, easy-to-live-with three-row SUV. Unlike most competitors, which offer a V6, the Subaru uses a turbocharged four-cylinder. This engine delivers ample power in daily driving and gets 22 mpg overall, comparable to its rivals from Honda, Kia, and Toyota. It takes some getting used to the rather jumpy initial take off, however. The Ascent's plush ride is extraordinary in how it mops up bumps, and yet it remains steady and controlled. This is not the most agile SUV in the corners, but it proved ultimately secure at its handling limits. The cabin is quiet, and the captain's second-row seats are roomy and comfortable. Even the third row is usable. Controls are very user-friendly. Subaru's EyeSight suite of active safety features is standard. New for 2020 is a standard rear seat reminder alert system.