With the Subaru Ascent set to enter its fifth model year on sale, the 2023 SUV arrives with a facelift, more tech features, and upgraded safety features. The changes should make the 2023 Subaru Ascent more competitive in the midsize class.
On the outside, the 2023 Ascent receives an updated design. The grille is taller and bigger, the headlights have been reshaped, and the front bumper now features air ducts that improve the SUV’s aerodynamics. At the back, the Ascent now wears c-shaped taillights. The updates give the Ascent a more aggressive look.
Subaru has not made any changes to the Ascent’s interior design for 2023. The upcoming model will share the same overall design as the current Ascent that’s on sale. The Ascent will continue to have a simple interior design with straight lines, a tall seating position, durable materials, and analog controls for the infotainment system. This midsize SUV offers seating for up to eight people.
The 2023 Subaru Ascent gets a major tech upgrade for the new model year. Every trim now comes with a vertically oriented 11.6-inch touchscreen that replaces the old standard 6.5-inch touchscreen and an available 8-inch touchscreen. The system adds wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility as standard. We expect Bluetooth, multiple USB ports, navigation, a Harman Kardon audio system, and a Wi-Fi hot spot to be available.
The 2023 Ascent will continue to come with a standard turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder BOXER engine that makes 260 horsepower, 277 pound-feet of torque, and has a 5,000 lb towing capacity. Fuel economy for the Ascent is 20 mpg city and 26 mpg highway. A continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) and all-wheel drive are standard.
For 2023, the Ascent now comes with Subaru’s latest EyeSight suite of advanced safety features. Subaru claims that the latest EyeSight system brings smoother operation of the safety features thanks to updated software, an electric brake booster, and a wider field of view for the camera as well as a new surround-view camera with a 360-degree overhead view. The changes apply to existing safety features that include lane-keeping assist and adaptive cruise control. Ascents with blind-spot monitoring, lane change assist, and rear cross-traffic alert now come with automatic emergency steering that can help steer the vehicle to avoid a collision when traveling under 50 mph.