Overview (Final Score: A)
When Subaru dropped the Tribeca five years ago, few really noticed the loss of the company’s only three-row crossover. Now, Subaru’s three-row dreams are back and this time it’s become a marketable reality. Where the Tribeca had a largely useless third row and terrible fuel economy, the new Ascent is roomy, family-friendly, and fuel-conscious. Without losing the signature Suby elements of “get out and do stuff” and all-weather all-wheel drive.
The 2019 Ascent is completely new from the ground up, though built on Subaru’s new platform that underpins most of the rest of the new Subaru lineup. With seating for up to eight, the Ascent meets or exceeds the expectations set by best-sellers in the midsize three-row segment without getting too uppity about itself. It can also tow up to 5,000 pounds and gets 23 mpg (combined). Not too shabby.
Yet the Ascent may not be for everyone. Some might not like the more austere interior or the less smooth road ride the Ascent has, but Subaru fans and those looking for a very capable three-row will not mind those minor flaws.
The 2019 Subaru Ascent is a three-row midsize crossover that seats up to eight passengers. The Ascent comes in four trim levels with one engine/transmission option and standard all-wheel drive.
What We Love About the 2019 Subaru Ascent:
- Solid safety and expected reliability
- Good interior ergonomics without compromising the Subaru feel
- Excellent real-world fuel economy returns
What We Don’t Love About the 2019 Subaru Ascent:
- Interior may not be what some people want in a family ride
- Some upscale options for family entertainment are missing
- Technology relies heavily on smartphone plug-in
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