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Key specs of the base trim
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- 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
- Rivals have more space inside
- Cramped third row
- Limited cargo room behind third row
- Engine power on highway
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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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.
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The 2020 Subaru Ascent currently has 0 recalls
Crash and Rollover Test Ratings
New Car Program Benefits
36 months / 36,000 miles
60 months / 60,000 miles
36 months / 36,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
5 years/80,000 miles
Basic Warranty Terms
Coverage available for purchase
Dealer Certification Required