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2019 Subaru Ascent: Everything You Need to Know

2019 Subaru Ascent; Cars.com photos by Christian Lantry

A long-awaited replacement for Subaru's ill-fated Tribeca three-row SUV, the all-new 2019 Subaru Ascent is on sale now. With all-wheel drive and Subaru's EyeSight safety technology as standard equipment, the Ascent comes in four trim levels with a starting price (including destination) around $33,000. Load up all the factory options, and the SUV tops out around $46,000. The Ascent seats eight with the standard second-row bench; optional second-row captain's chairs drop seating capacity to seven.

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How did Subaru get here? Back in late 2013, the automaker scuttled the age-old Tribeca, a three-row SUV that came up short on family space. Subaru promised a replacement at the time, calling the absence of a three-row SUV a "doughnut hole" in the lineup — that's from Tom Doll, Subaru's U.S. chief. Young and older shoppers loved the brand, but those in between often left to other brands, Doll said.

Subaru hopes to right the ship with the all-new Ascent, a vehicle unveiled at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. The automaker sold its first Ascent nearly seven months later to a longtime Subaru owner near Milwaukee; as of this writing, dealers list some 4,400 new examples on Cars.com.

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