The 2019 Subaru Ascent made its debut at the LA Auto Show this month and it is the biggest Subaru ever. It is Subaru’s answer to the call for a larger family vehicle and with three rows of seating, 8 USB ports, 19 cupholders, a 120 volt outlet, and WiFi capability, it is poised to compete with both large SUV’s and minivans.
The new Ascent is powered by a 2.4-liter boxer engine that produces 260 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated with a CVT automatic transmission and Subaru’s popular all-wheel drive system. The Ascent appears even more capable than other Subaru models with an impressive 8.7 inches of ground clearance and a towing capacity of 5000 lbs.
In addition to the family-friendly USB ports and ridiculous number of cupholders the new Ascent comes standard with a 6.5 inch Starlink infotainment system with Apple Carplay and Android Auto compatibility. Premium features include an 8 inch touchscreen, Harmon Kardon premium sound system, power sunroof, and rain-sensing wipers. You can also choose between captain’s chairs or three person bench seating in the second row.
Subaru’s commitment to passenger safety is apparent in the new Ascent as well, with standard Eyesight driver warning system, pre-collision braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure and sway warning and pre-collision throttle management. Other available safety features include blind spot detection, lane change assist, rear cross traffic alert, and 180 degree front view camera.
The Ascent will be built at Subaru’s Indiana plant and with an anticipated price point in the low $30,000 range it should be a strong contender for the likes of the Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander. Expect to see the new Ascent in Subaru showrooms early next Summer.