The 2019 Subaru Ascent is the answer to many prayers the company’s enthusiasts have had for the past few years. Subaru’s previous mid-size SUV iteration, the Tribeca, missed the mark, but this new model, the Ascent, hits the target right in the bullseye. These are the reasons Subie lovers will like the SUV.
It drives like a Subaru. This may sound cliché but if you’ve spent any time behind the wheel of the Forester, Crosstrek, or Outback you’ve inevitably noticed now nimble and stable it is to drive. Subarus are known for being easy to maneuver and park, and the Ascent is no exception despite its large size.
The Ascent comes equipped with standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. You knew this was coming, right? Like every other Subaru SUV, the Ascent has the all-wheel drive system Subaru uses to make their vehicles so sure-footed in the rain, on the beach, or while traversing a trail off-road. Put the Ascent in X-Mode and it tackles tough terrain with ease.
The seats are comfortable. As much as I love driving Subaru’s SUVs, the low point has always been the seating. It’s spacious but not very comfortable. The answer is finally here! Subaru has installed seats in the Ascent that are comfortable in all rows. I sat in the third row for a 90-minute drive and didn’t think about my posterior once. Eight hours in the front row proved even more comfortable. Now my fingers are crossed for the next-gen Forester.
You can use it to camp. With over 82 inches of floor depth behind the front seats and 40 inches of width between doors, Subaru makes it so you can park and camp inside the Ascent if you choose. Or, you can use the standard roof rails and a tent you can order as an accessory to camp on the Ascent’s roof. The rails have been specifically designed to hold the tent in place.
Trailering is easy. The Ascent’s turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder BOXER engine gets up to speed quickly and can handling towing a mid-sized Airstream travel trailers with ease. Driving with the trailer is a piece of cake thanks to Trailer Stability Assist which works very well, even through tight turns at more than moderate speed.
The Subaru Ascent fills a big gap in the company’s lineup and you’ll be able to try it out for yourself when it reaches dealerships in June.