Subaru's First 3 Row SUV

2019 Subaru Ascent

Over the past several years, more and more automakers have forayed into the world of three-row vehicles: creating SUVs with enough space and seating to accommodate up to seven or eight people (depending on type of seats). On November 28, 2017, at the annual LA Auto Show, Subaru became the latest car company to do so, presenting a brand-new model available in four trims. This vehicle, known as the Ascent, is the largest Subaru automobile yet.

The Ascent is split into base-level, Premium, Limited, and Touring models. For comfort and convenience, the vehicle starts off with features such as roof rails, three-zone automatic climate control, Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ for smartphone-based control, SiriusXM® All Access Radio service, and the Starlink multimedia system for infotainment. And safety is provided by equipment such as electronic stability control, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, hill descent control, traction control, and EyeSight® driver assistance technology. Notably, EyeSight®—which combines adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist and sway warning, and pre-collision braking and throttle management—is standard on a Subaru vehicle for the first time in the automaker’s history.

Upgrading to the Premium adds blind-spot detection and rear cross-traffic alert for an extra level of safety. Also making an appearance is the Subaru Starlink Safety and Security package, which provides a rich range of services that includes automatic collision notification, SOS emergency assistance, roadside assistance, vehicle security alarm notifications, and remote lock/unlock and vehicle locating ability.

With the next trim level up, the Limited, Subaru adds keyless access with push-button engine start, reverse automatic braking, and LED steering responsive headlights for more effective illumination. Also, the cloth seats are upgraded with leather upholstery.

As the top-level trim, the Touring has several unique features. They include a panoramic power moonroof, front-seat heating and ventilating ability, second- and third-row sunshades, Java Brown leather upholstery, 8-inch touchscreen navigation, and a 14-speaker 792-watt Harman Kardon® premium audio system.

Regardless of trim, you will get an SUV that can seat up to eight people with its three rows. Front seating accommodates the driver and a passenger, and the second and third rows comprise bench-style seating that can hold up to three people each. However, on the Premium, you do have the choice of swapping the bench in the second row with dual captain’s seats, which reduces maximum capacity to seven. And on the Touring, said captain’s seats are standard.

Classified as a midsize SUV, the Subaru Ascent supplies a passenger volume of 153.5 cubic feet, as well as 19.6 cubic feet of standard cargo space with underfloor storage. Under its hood is a brand-new 2.4-liter turbocharged Subaru Boxer® engine, which delivers 260 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque. It is hitched to a continuously variable transmission, which eschews the traditional gear shifting method of traditional transmissions for smoother and more fuel-efficient driving. Like its Subaru siblings, the Ascent rolls with standard all-wheel drive, which is accompanied by X-MODE® technology for deepening its ability to maximize tire grip on the road. Ultimately, the powertrain configuration of the Ascent enables it to have a maximum towing rating of 5,000 lbs, thus making it the most tow-capable vehicle in Subaru’s history.

To test-drive the all-new Subaru Ascent, call us today to set up an appointment at our dealership in Springfield, Missouri. As a 2017 Subaru Stellar Care Award Recipient, we are dedicated to providing a truly exceptional customer experience with our robust collection of vehicles and team of expert sales specialists.

Categories: Ascent, New Models
Tags: SUV

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