2019 Subaru Ascent Sees Brand Climb Into New Market

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, Automotive Editor - December 6, 2017

There’s a lot of excitement surrounding the 2019 Subaru Ascent. It’s the largest Subaru ever with seating for seven or eight passengers. However, this isn’t the automaker’s first foray into the mid-size, three-row SUV arena. From 2006 to 2014, Subaru offered the Tribeca, a two- or three-row crossover. Subaru eventually made three rows standard.

The Tribeca, built on a modified Legacy platform, suffered from slow sales, abysmal styling, and a lack of features, especially when compared to the competition such as the Toyota Highlander and Ford Explorer.

The Ascent is all new, built on the scalable Subaru Global Platform that will underpin every Subaru model, including the current Impreza. A turbocharged 2.4-liter flat-four engine making 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque powers the Ascent. All-wheel drive is standard as is a continuously variable transmission.

Those looking for cargo space, seating for seven or eight, and all-wheel drive as standard features should fall in love with the Ascent. Standard is Subaru’s EyeSight suite of safety features. These include adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, and automated emergency braking. A six-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is standard, though an eight-inch screen is optional.

The 2019 Subaru Ascent will go on sale next summer with a price starting around $35,000.

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Anthony Alaniz is an award-winning journalist living in southeast Michigan. His professional writing career spans nearly a decade, ranging from writing for the local newspaper to Autoweek and Motor1. When he's not writing about cars, he covers the horror film genre at Modernhorrors.com.

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