The biggest Subaru ever built is, thankfully, not so big that its gravity will rip every penny from your wallet.
Subaru announced today that thewill start at $31,995, not including $975 for destination and delivery. While there are multiple trims available, all Ascents will come with the same engine -- a 2.4-liter turbocharged flat-four that produces 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque, mated to a CVT and standard all-wheel drive.
Subaru's first three-row SUV since the Tribeca (let's... not talk about the Tribeca) includes a good deal of standard equipment. The base Ascent comes with three-zone automatic climate control, 18-inch wheels, 19 cup holders and four USB ports. The standard 6.5-inch infotainment system includes Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. EyeSight, Subaru's suite of active and passive safety systems, is also standard across the Ascent range.
Move up to the $34,195 Ascent Premium, and the automaker adds blind-spot monitoring, a power driver's seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, rear seat climate controls, heated front seats and a larger, 8-inch infotainment system with a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. You can also swap out the second-row bench seat for a pair of captain's chairs. Navigation, keyless access, reverse automatic braking and a panoramic roof are available as options.
The Ascent Limited starts at $38,995. In addition to everything the Premium packs, the Limited tacks on leather seats, steering-responsive LED headlights, LED fog lights, second-row retractable sunshades, keyless access and two extra USB ports. One options package is available, and it includes premium audio, navigation and a panoramic moonroof.
At the top of the list is the $44,695 Ascent Touring. Only available in seven-passenger form, the Touring is fully loaded with all the options packages included on other trims. It also adds ventilated front seats, a 120-volt power outlet, another pair of USB ports, rain-sensing wipers and a 180-degree forward facing camera. The interior is also even fancier thanks to brown leather seats and a heated steering wheel.
Available this summer, the 2019 Subaru Ascent is built right here in the good ol' US of A -- Lafayette, Indiana, to be specific. With smaller wheels, it'll achieve 21 mpg city and 27 mpg highway, but moving up to the 20-inchers on the fancier trims drops fuel economy by 1 mpg each. Full pricing is below:
2019 Subaru Ascent Pricing
|Ascent Premium 8-passenger||$34,195|
|Ascent Premium 7-passenger||$35,655|
|Ascent Limited 8-passenger||$38,995|
|Ascent Limited 7-passenger||$38,995|