Subaru introduced the Ascent as an all-new midsize SUV in 2019, giving the automaker a much-needed three-row option. Entering its fourth model year on sale, we expect the 2022 Subaru Ascent to be a carryover model.
Just like the current Ascent, the 2022 model year is expected to put usability and versatility over design. Chunky bumpers, sharp headlights, Subaru’s established grille, and black body cladding are clear design elements of just how big the Ascent is. It’s much of the same stately design at the back, with an upright greenhouse, a chrome trim piece connecting the taillights, and two prominent exhaust outlets. There’s no mistaking the Ascent for being the large vehicle in Subaru’s lineup.
Being a carryover model, we expect the 2022 Ascent to share the same overall interior design as the SUV that’s currently on sale. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, as the Ascent’s cabin is practical and inviting. The dashboard has a unique design that’s centered around the center console, which features a tiered layout to separate a top-mounted instrument screen, the touchscreen, and HVAC controls.
Tech is expected to stay the same for 2022, with a 6.5-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, four USB ports, and a six-speaker audio system coming as standard. A larger 8-inch touchscreen, Wi-Fi hot spot, a 14-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, and navigation are expected to be offered as options.
Power should continue to come from a turbocharged 2.4-liter flat-four engine. The motor will continue to make 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque and is paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission. Power is put down exclusively to all wheels through a standard all-wheel-drive system.
The current Ascent comes with Subaru’s EyeSight safety system as standard. The suite brings automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control as standard. Blind spot monitoring, lane change assist, rear cross traffic alert, and rear automatic emergency braking are expected to be optional for 2022. The current Ascent has earned excellent crash-test ratings from both the IIHS and the NHTSA, being named a Top Safety Pick+ from the former and earning a five-star rating from the latter. These scores should remain the same for the 2022 model year.