Back for a second go-round, the 2020 Subaru Ascent continues as the brand's largest vehicle. This three-row crossover SUV features a spacious interior, a plethora of driver-assist safety technology, and a peppy 2.4-liter turbocharged engine. Available in seven or eight-passenger seating and four trims, consumers shopping for a mid-size utility vehicle will find the Ascent an alluring option.
What's new for 2020
The Subaru Ascent receives two minor enhancements in its second production year. All trims feature a Rear Seat Reminder alert system that helps to combat leaving a child or pet in the rear seat and a power liftgate lock.
Choosing Your Subaru Ascent
If flexibility in choosing seating and trim configurations is important to you, the Subaru Ascent should be on top of your list. This crossover offers nine unique configurations, with an available captain chair or 60/40-split second-row seating.
Built on the Subaru Global Platform, the Ascent is powered by a 2.4-liter turbocharged BOXER engine that supplies 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque to the standard all-wheel drive via a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The setup achieves an EPA-estimated 21 miles per gallon city, 27 mpg highway, and 23 combined.
The Ascent offers 86.5 cubic feet of cargo space, and comes with standard roof rails for loading bicycles, kayaks, and cargo. Like all Subarus, the Ascent is suitable for light off-road adventures. It features a ground clearance of 8.7-inches. With the inclusion of a four-wheel independent suspension system and Active Torque Vectoring, it delivers a rather smooth ride.
The Ascent is available in four trims:
The flexibility to configure an Ascent to personal preferences is an exceptional benefit. Arguably the best attribute is that there are no charges for seven- or eight-passenger configurations. If you’re looking for the best bang for your buck, the 2020 Subaru Ascent Limited with the Technology Package is our leader in the clubhouse.