The Subaru Ascent arrived in the 2019 model year, giving the Japanese automaker the three-row crossover it’s long lacked. With this crossover entering just its third model year, we expect the 2021 Subaru Ascent to be a carryover model.
As a carryover, we expect no changes to the outward appearance of the 2021 Ascent. It’ll retain the classic Subaru styling fans of the brand are familiar with. This look may seem bland or a little dated to some buyers, but Subaru fans have grown to enjoy the automaker’s timid designs.
Inside, we also expect the 2021 Ascent to carry on with the same straightforward Subaru design language it’s had for the past few years. This includes a simple dash design with a large center stack that includes a well-organized climate-control setup, a large touchscreen, and a pair of flanking heater vents. The only standout feature in this relatively understated interior is the slight contrasting colors that give it a little character.
Under the new Ascent’s hood, we expect it to continue with the same engine. This turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine shuttles 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque to all four wheels via standard all-wheel drive.
The current Ascent is an IIHS Top Safety Pick+. It owes this rating to its “Good” crash-safety tests, “Good”-rated optional LED projector headlights, and “Superior”-rated standard automatic emergency braking. The Ascent further enhances its safety with standard adaptive cruise control and active lane control. Buyers can opt for blind-spot monitors and rear cross-traffic alert too. We expect the safety features and ratings to carry on unchanged into the 2021 Ascent.