2022 Subaru Ascent: Preview, Pricing, Photos, Release Date

Justin Cupler
Automotive Editor - June 22, 2021

Model Preview

The Subaru Ascent burst onto the scene in 2019, giving Subaru a three-row midsize crossover to compete in this fast-growing segment. Aside from a few tweaks to its equipment, the Ascent has remained unchanged since. This trend will continue into 2022, but the Ascent will get a new Onyx Edition.

On the outside, the 2022 Subaru Ascent will carry on with the same relatively upright looks it’s had since arriving in 2019. This simple design aligns well with Subaru’s lineup. What will change in the 2022 Ascent will be its new Onyx Edition, which will sit between the Premium and Limited trims and add black exterior accents, badging, and 20-inch wheels.

Inside, the 2022 Ascent will carry on with the same simple Subaru design – no surprises here. The new Onyx Edition shakes things up a bit with its standard StarTex water-repellant seating material. Standard interior equipment will remain the same and include a 6.5-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth connectivity, and an AM/FM stereo with a CD player, HD Radio and SiriusXM.

Powering the 2022 Subaru Ascent will be the same 2.4-liter turbocharged boxer four-cylinder engine with 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque. This will pair with a continuously variable transmission with an eight-speed manual mode and all-wheel drive.

The current Ascent is an IIHS Top Safety Pick+, and we expect this to remain the same in 2022. Standard safety tech on the 2022 Ascent will include adaptive cruise control, lane centering, automatic emergency braking, and more. Blind-spot warning, lane-change assist, and rear cross-traffic alert will be available as options.

Stay tuned for our full review.

Pricing & Release Date

Subaru hasn’t announced the 2022 Ascent’s official on-sale date, but we expect it to arrive in the summer of 2021.

Pricing for the 2022 Ascent will range from $33,420 to $46,570 (destination fees included). At the entry level, that translates to a mere $75 price increase over the previous year's MSRP of $33,345.

This midsize crossover will nettle the Honda Pilot, Chevy Traverse, and Kia Telluride.

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