For 2020, the Ascent gains a rear seat reminder that alerts the driver to check the rear seats before leaving the vehicle. See the 2020 Subaru Ascent models for sale near you
Although the base Ascent is well-equipped, we think paying extra for the Premium trim is your best bet. For $2,400, you get key extras like a power driver seat, heated front seats, rear privacy glass and, crucially for parents, stain-resistant upholstery. You can also get it with no-cost second-row captain's chairs, which are popular, but do reduce seat count and versatility. Find a Subaru Ascent for sale
The 2020 Ascent is a large, 3-row crossover that can seat seven or eight passengers depending on whether it is ordered with the second-row bench seat or captain's chairs. There are four trim levels: base, Premium, Limited and Touring. Pricing below includes the $1,010 destination fee.
The base Ascent ($33,005) comes standard with AWD, 18-in alloy wheels, the EyeSight Driver Assist package (forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control), roof rails, automatic headlights, a backup camera, 3-zone automatic climate control, a height-adjustable driver seat, cloth upholstery, four USB ports (two front row, two second row), the Subaru Starlink infotainment system (a 6.5-in touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a variety of smartphone connection apps), and a 6-speaker sound system that includes a CD player, satellite and HD radios and a media player interface. The sliding and reclining 60/40-split second-row bench seat is mandatory on the base trim level.
The Premium ($35,405) adds rear privacy glass, dual tailpipes, blind spot monitoring and a rear cross-traffic alert system, increased towing capacity (5,000 pounds), the All-Weather package (heated front seats, heated mirrors and windshield wiper de-icer), rear climate controls, an 8-way power driver seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, stain-resistant cloth upholstery, an 8-in Starlink touchscreen, an auxiliary audio jack and in-car Wi-Fi. Second-row captain's chairs are a no-cost option. The Convenience package adds a power lift gate, proximity entry and push-button start, reverse automatic braking and an auto-dimming mirror. These items are also included in the Sporty package along with 20-in wheels, a panoramic sunroof, a cargo cover and integrated navigation.
A Rockford Fosgate audio system upgrade and two third-row USB ports are available as dealer-installed options on the base and Premium.
The Limited ($40,355) adds 20-in wheels, adaptive LED headlights, LED fog lights, adjustable driver thigh support and lumbar, driver memory settings, a heated steering wheel, a 4-way power passenger seat, heated second-row seats, leather upholstery, leather dash and door trim, upgraded gauges, the Convenience package content, rear door sunshades and two third-row USB ports. The second-row captain's chairs are a no-cost option. The Technology package adds the panoramic sunroof, a cargo cover, integrated navigation and a 14-speaker Harman/Kardon surround sound audio system. The Rockford Fosgate audio upgrade is also a dealer-installed option.
The Touring ($46,055) adds the Technology package content plus special exterior design elements, a front parking camera, an enhanced backup camera, automatic wipers, ventilated front seats, Java Brown leather upholstery and wood-look trim. The captain's chairs are mandatory.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
2019 Honda Pilot-- The Ascent is incredibly similar to the Pilot in terms of its interior packaging and space (the Subaru is a wee bit bigger), no-nonsense design and interior quality. Its infotainment system is harder to use than Subaru's.
2019 Mazda CX-9 -- If you're willing to sacrifice some utility for sharper styling and a more engaging, car like driving experience, the CX-9 is a great choice. It's still plenty practical and its cabin is surprisingly luxurious.
2019 Toyota Highlander-- The Highlander is all-new this year, with about the same interior room as the Ascent until you reach the 3rd-row seat, then things get really cramped. The Highlander comes with a more powerful standard V6 engine, as well as a 4-cylinder hybrid model.
Used Acura MDX -- Acura's dependable family workhorse has long been the go-to choice for more practicality-minded shoppers who still want some luxury flair and pampering. A used or certified pre-owned model is a good bet given the MDX's solid reliability history.