Subaru’s new three-row SUV, with its impressive all-around performance, has dethroned the Toyota Highlander, the long-time champion in the category. The Ascent’s smooth ride, functional interior, and slick power delivery helped lift it to success.
The Ascent has a turbocharged four-cylinder engine in a segment where V6s dominate, which might seem to be a disadvantage on paper. But in real-world driving, the SUV feels zippier and more satisfying than its numbers suggest it should be. Plus, its 22 mpg overall is comparable to its rivals.