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 with its rivals from Honda, Kia, and Toyota.
It takes some getting used to the rather jumpy initial takeoff, 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 proves ultimately secure at its handling limits.
The cabin is quiet, and the second-row captain's 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.
A second and third-row seat belt reminder alert system is new for 2021.