There are no mechanical changes for Subaru’s three-row Ascent SUV this year, though it does gain a redesigned nose and a brand-new Onyx trim that closely resembles Limited.
Choosing Your Subaru Ascent
The six-model Ascent range includes two trims (Limited and Premium) which are available in separate seven or eight-seater configurations at no extra cost. The range starts with a $35,120 eight-seater Base (all prices include destination), with the seven-seat options culminating at $49,420 for flagship Touring.
There’s only one engine in the Ascent range – a 2.4-liter turbocharged gas engine producing 260 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque, fed to all four wheels through a CVT transmission. Fuel economy stands at an EPA-estimated 20 miles per gallon city, 26 mpg highway, and 22 combined, dropping to 19/25/21 in the Limited, Touring, and Onyx models.
|Engine Type||Horsepower||Torque||Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined)|
|2.4 turbo||260 hp||277 lb-ft|
19/25/21 mpg (Limited, Touring, Onyx)
20/26/22 mpg (all other trims)
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
Cargo capacity for the five-seater Ascent stands at 43.5 cu ft with the rear seats in place, and 75.6 cu ft once they’re dropped.
Subaru’s legendary symmetrical all-wheel drive is standard across the Ascent range, with X-MODE additionally mitigating wheelspin. Hill descent control, active torque vectoring and trailer stability assist are standard fitments, alongside Subaru’s EyeSight driver assistance package. This includes adaptive cruise control with lane centering, lane departure, and sway warning, lane keep assist, and automatic emergency steering. Every Ascent has steering-responsive headlights with high-beam assist, but Base trim misses out on blind-spot detection with lane change assist and rear cross-traffic alerts.
Subaru’s STARLINK package is an across-the-range staple, with an 11.6-inch touchscreen controlling HD/satellite radio and wireless smartphone integration. However, the standard six-speaker system is upgraded to a 14-speaker Harman Kardon system on Onyx Edition Limited and Touring models, which are also the only Ascents to receive navigation. Base models miss out on 4G WiFi capabilities, too.
2023 Subaru Ascent Base – MSRP from $35,120
Eight-seater Base models are delivered with 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and steering-responsive LED headlights. The cloth front seats are manually adjustable and not heated, but the second and third-row benches have 60/40 splits and fold flat. There are 19 cup holders throughout a cabin cooled by a three-zone climate.
There are no options on this trim.
2023 Subaru Ascent Premium – MSRP from $37,720
Upgrades on Premium models include a windshield wiper de-icer, eight-way power adjustment for the heated driver’s seat, stain-resistant cloth upholstery, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter handle. Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alerts come as standard, and this is the first Ascent to offer automatic collision notification, remote engine start, and concierge services.
The Convenience Package available on Premium models combines a power tailgate, keyless access, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and reverse automatic braking. It costs $1,460.
2023 Subaru Ascent Onyx Edition – MSRP from $42,520
A power tilt/slide moonroof illuminates the cabin of Onyx Edition models, which ride on 20-inch alloy wheels and sport LED fog lights. Creature comforts include a heated steering wheel, keyless entry, and push-button start. Meanwhile, practicality is addressed with a power tailgate, StarTex water-repellent upholstery, and reverse automatic braking.
2023 Subaru Ascent Limited – MSRP from $42,820
There’s a degree of either/or between Limited and Onyx Edition. Limited loses the power moonroof but gains leather-trimmed seating and power adjustment for both front occupants, alongside heating for the outboard second-row seats.
The Technology package bundles navigation and a Harman Kardon audio system with a surround-view monitor system and panoramic moonroof, all for $3,550.
2023 Subaru Ascent Onyx Edition Limited – MSRP from $47,520
The near-$5,000 premium over Limited is hard to justify, despite the return of the moonroof and StarTex water-repellent upholstery. A clever system projects front-seat occupants’ voices to the rear seats, while other standard specs include a 14-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, navigation, and a surround-view monitor.
2023 Subaru Ascent Touring – MSRP from $49,420
With second-row sunshades, power-folding side mirrors, and an auto-dimming rearview compass mirror, Touring models are swathed in Nappa leather trim including front-seat ventilation.
Compare Ascent Trims Side-By-Side
Limited trim probably offers the best balance between value and standard equipment in the Ascent lineup. Add the Technology package, and you won’t miss any of the features fitted to more expensive trims.