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2020 Subaru Ascent

2020 Subaru Ascent

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$31,995 — $45,045 MSRP
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7-8 Seats
22-23 MPG
(Combined)
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Easy access to third row
  • Captain's chairs offered on lower trims
  • Classy cabin materials
  • Up to 19 cupholders and multiple USB ports
  • Long list of standard safety features

The Bad

  • Rivals have more space inside
  • Cramped third row
  • Limited cargo room behind third row
  • Engine power on highway
2020 Subaru Ascent exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2020 Subaru Ascent
  • Newly standard rear-seat reminder
  • Three-row SUV with seating for seven or eight
  • 260-hp, turbo four-cylinder standard
  • All-wheel drive standard
  • Rearview camera mirror available
  • Tows up to 5,000 pounds

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2020 Subaru Ascent Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Today’s large-family vehicle is the three-row SUV. For our 2020 3-Row SUV Challenge, we set out to test a few newcomers and two redesigns along with a couple of strong returning models included in our previous 2017 Three-Row SUV Challenge.

What Is the 2020 Subaru Ascent?

The Ascent is Subaru’s largest vehicle and an indirect replacement for the automaker’s previous three-row SUV, the unloved Tribeca. The Ascent comes standard with all-wheel drive and a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that works with a continuously variable automatic transmission. Pitched against popular three-row SUVs like the Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander, the Ascent can seat seven or eight depending on the second row’s seating configuration.

What’s New on the 2020 Subaru Ascent?

Because it was introduced only last year, there are few changes for the 2020 model year. A rear-seat reminder has been added to all trim levels, and a lock feature is offered for the available power liftgate.

What Features in the 2020 Subaru Ascent Are Most Important?

Many SUV shoppers will love that all-wheel drive comes standard on every version of the Ascent; on many of the Ascent’s rivals, adding all-wheel drive costs extra. Subaru has also loaded the Ascent with active safety features like automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning. Available safety features include blind spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert, high-beam assist and reverse automatic braking.

Comfort and convenience aren’t forgotten, either. The Ascent has a maximum 19 cupholders, which should qualify as a world record (or close to it). There are multiple USB ports throughout the cabin, as well as standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity. Available luxury touches include heated and ventilated front seats, second-row captain’s chairs, a 14-speaker Harman Kardon audio system and a Wi-Fi hot spot.

Should I Buy the 2020 Subaru Ascent?

The Subaru Ascent is worth a look if you’re in the market for a comfortable and capable SUV with three rows of seats. Granted, the third-row seats don’t have the legroom and stretch-out space provided by some rivals, and while the 260-horsepower, turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder offers decent pep, it can get noisy and feel taxed when passing at highway speeds. Still, having tons of safety features and standard all-wheel drive is likely more important than having a fire-breathing engine under the hood.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.8
72 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Just beautiful and only had a few days

by Robbie from Michigan City, Indiana on September 7, 2020

For the value and reputation of the vehicle made me purchase it. Styling, safety and performance with ease of maintenance were my choices for purchasing the vehicle . Read full review

(5.0)

Hoping to become a Subie Fanatic!

by SewHumble from Pauls Valley, OK on September 7, 2020

So far i'm very impressed with this car. I love the cruise control Sight driving. Its an amazing feature and makes long trips soooooo much better! i'm not a fan of some things (mostly minor) i hate ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2020 Subaru Ascent currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2020 Subaru Ascent Base 8-Passenger

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
good

Crash Avoidance and Mitigation

Front Crash Prevention
superior

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Headlights

Overall Rating
poor

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Overall Evaluation
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Passenger Side

Overall Evaluation
good
Structure and Safety Cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Passenger Side - Driver Injury Measures

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good

Small Overlap Front - Passenger Side - Passenger Injury Measures

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Subaru

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    5 years/80,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    Coverage available for purchase

  • Powertrain

    7 years/100,000

  • Dealer Certification Required

    152-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

  • View All CPO Program Details

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Ascent received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*

Latch or Latch system

* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.
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Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker

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