Subaru owners are a dedicated bunch, and our survey data show that they're a mostly-satisfied group when it comes to their cars. But it’s hard to remain loyal when your needs for a larger vehicle aren’t met by the company’s products.

So Subaru is finally offering a competitive three-row SUV—the 2019 Ascent—to attract new buyers and to meet the needs of Subaru lovers with growing families who in the past have defected to other brands.

2019 Subaru Ascent

Perhaps the biggest news is that all versions come standard with the EyeSight driver assist system, which includes forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, and a new heads-up display system. (Existing Subaru models often don't include the safety suite on base models.) Blind-spot warning and rear cross-traffic warning are standard on all versions except the base Ascent.

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2019 Subaru Ascent interior

The Ascent is the biggest Subaru ever, with a 113.8-inch wheelbase that positions it to take on the midsized, three-row SUV heavyweights Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander, as well as the Chevrolet Traverse, Hyundai Santa Fe, Kia Sorento, and Volkswagen Atlas.

Only one powertrain will be available, an all-new 260-hp, 2.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. In Subaru fashion, this engine is a “Boxer” style engine: the pistons are arranged in two flat, horizontal banks, rather than vertical. It's paired with a continuously variable transmission, forming a powertrain that can tow up to 5,000 pounds. All-wheel drive is standard. 

2019 Subaru Ascent

Four trim levels will be offered: base, Premium, Limited, and Touring. The base Ascent configuration seats eight passengers, with the second- and third-row seats both folding in a 60/40 split. Buyers choosing the Premium trim or above can get second-row captain’s chairs. This no-cost option decreases seating capacity to seven, but it eases access to the third-row seats. Folding both rows of seats provides up to 72.6 cubic feet of cargo room. Standard roof rails allow overflow cargo, or outdoor gear like bicycles, to be stored on a roof rack.

Base versions come with a 6.5-inch infotainment system, while the uplevel system features an 8-inch screen. Subaru’s Starlink system, offers remote engine start, anti-theft functions, teen driver features with geofencing and speed restrictions, and over-the-air updates. The infotainment system is Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatible, and in-car WiFi connectivity will be offered.

Pricing will be announced closer to the Ascent’s early-summer on-sale date. 

2019 Subaru Ascent