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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. New for 2020 is a standard rear-seat reminder alert system.
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2018-2019
2018 Redesign Year
Subaru’s new three-row SUV has impressive all-around performance. The Ascent’s plush ride, functional interior, and slick power delivery helped lift it to success.
It comes with a standard turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes the SUV feels zippier and more satisfying than its numbers suggest.  Getting into the Ascent's cabin is easy, thanks to its large doors and low step-in height. The controls are simple to use and the infotainment touch screen responds quickly to commands. All trim levels come with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. Standard equipment includes Subaru’s EyeSight Driver Assist Technology, a suite that includes forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist, and adaptive cruise control. Blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, and rear automatic braking are available. The Ascent is an extremely functional and comfortable vehicle that will appeal to many suburban families.
$28,900 - $37,050
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