Subaru’s new three-row SUV, the 2019 Subaru Ascent, will start at $32,970 with destination when it arrives at dealers this summer. That price is for an eight-seat base model with a second-row bench seat and includes all-wheel drive (standard for all models) and Subaru’s EyeSight safety and drive assistance technology with forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control.
The starting price for the all-new Subaru Ascent compares with base front-wheel-drive models of three-row rivals such as the 2018 Honda Pilot at $31,875, $32,025 for the 2018 Toyota Highlander and $31,675 for the new 2018 Volkswagen Atlas. All wheel drive is optional on those competitors, and all are more expensive in AWD form than the Ascent. The Pilot and Highlander include a standard V-6. The Atlas price is for the base four-cylinder; a V-6 is available.
All 2019 Subaru Ascent models are powered by a new 260-horsepower, turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine paired with an updated version of Subaru’s continuously variable automatic transmission. The new CVT features an eight-speed electronic “manual mode” with steering-wheel paddle shifters. Towing capacity is up to 5,000 pounds.
Subaru estimates the fuel-economy rating for models with 18-inch wheels and standard equipment will be up to 21/27/23 mpg city/highway/combined; fancier models with 20-inch wheels are estimated at 20/26/22 mpg.
The Ascent’s eight-seat version includes second- and third-row bench seats, both with 60/40-split folding seatbacks. Also offered are seven-passenger versions with second-row captain’s chairs.
The 2019 Subaru Ascent will have four trim levels: base, Premium, Limited and Touring. Trim level pricing and additional features are:
- Base, starting at $32,970. Includes all-wheel drive, EyeSight driver assist technology and a multimedia system with 6.5-inch touchscreen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and four USB ports. Also standard are three-zone automatic climate control, roof rails, 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, a conversation mirror and 19 cupholders.
- Premium, starting at $35,170 with a second-row bench seat and $36,630 with captain’s chairs. This level adds more standard safety tech, including a blind spot warning, lane change assist and rear cross-traffic alert. A standard upgraded multimedia system adds an 8-inch display and Wi-Fi connectivity. Other additions include a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift lever handle, rear-seat climate controls and a cold-weather package with heated exterior mirrors, three-mode heated front seats and a windshield wiper deicer. The Premium trim also adds more available options, including in-car navigation.
- Limited, starting at $39,970. This trim adds standard leather seats and the choice of a second-row bench or captain’s chairs at no charge. Also standard on the Limited are adaptive LED headlights with high-beam assist, 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, keyless access with push-button start, and a power tailgate.
- Touring, starting at $45,670. The top-of-the-line Touring model gets flashier exterior trim and a captain’s-chairs-only interior with its own Java Brown leather seats, wood-look interior trim, a heated steering wheel and heated and ventilated front seats. Also standard are a navigation system, Harman Kardon premium audio, panoramic moonroof and a 180-degree front-view camera.
Multiple packages are also available that add higher-end trim options to lower-end trim levels, like a panoramic moonroof and 20-inch wheels to the Ascent Premium trim. Packages range from $1,460 to $2,950.
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