Subaru Ascent

The 2019 Ascent is Subaru's largest vehicle to date. Though it rides on a stretched version of the global architecture that underpins the new Impreza and Crosstrek, the Ascent offers three rows of seats, with space for up to eight passengers. Oh, and it comes with 19 -- yes, 19 -- cupholders.

Every Ascent is powered by a brand-new 2.4-liter turbocharged boxer four-cylinder engine, rated at 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque, paired with a continuously variable transmission. Like most Subarus, the Ascent comes standard with all-wheel drive, and features an "X-Mode" off-road setting. When properly equipped, the Ascent can tow up to 5,000 pounds.

Subaru's Starlink infotainment system handles onboard tech duties, with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as an available 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. The Ascent also comes standard with Subaru's EyeSight driver assistance tech, which bundles adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist and automatic pre-collision braking. Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert are available as options.

The 2019 Subaru Ascent starts at $31,995, not including $975 for destination. The Premium trim starts at $34,195, the Limited comes in at $38,995 and the top-level Touring commands $44,695.

Editors' Review

Subarus are rarely the best in their segment. Competing vehicles tend to look nicer, offer more features and have better interiors. But damn if these practical Japanese cars and crossovers aren't always a bedrock-solid choice, easy recommendations thanks to standard all-wheel drive and exemplary crash-test scores. For drivers in need of a practical three-row SUV, the 2022 Ascent perfectly epitomizes the Subaru brand.

Blackluster

The Onyx Edition trim is new for 2022, falling right in the middle of the Ascent's five-trim lineup. Spicing things up, this variant comes with a variety of visual enhancements including a blacked-out grille, black window trim, black badges and black mirror caps. The vehicle rolls on 20-inch wheels that are treated to -- you guessed it -- a black finish. Inside, the carpeted floor mats feature special logos and there are black interior accents.

Onyx Edition Ascents come standard with LED head- and foglights, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, keyless entry with pushbutton start, plus a power liftgate and heated steering wheel. They also feature tri-zone climate control and USB ports in all three rows. And if you're really thirsty, 19 cup and bottle holders are included at no extra cost.

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The Good ~ Standard all-wheel drive ~ Stellar safety ratings ~ Spunky acceleration

The Bad ~ Spastic lane-keeping assist ~ Meh interior quality ~ Not great to drive

The Bottom Line Insurance adjusters and the risk-averse: Your three-row chariot awaits

Editors' Rating
  • Performance 8
  • Features 8
  • Design 7.5
  • Media 7.5

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