2019 Subaru Ascent

Original MSRP Range
$31,995 - $44,695
Available Style(s)
Sport Utility
20 - 21 MPG City / 26 - 27 MPG Hwy
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2019 Subaru Ascent

What We Like

Abundant space even for this segment; standard all-wheel drive and accident avoidance tech; lots of standard user-friendly infotainment features

What We Don't

Not exactly a looker; throttle response may be too abrupt for some; accident avoidance tech constantly beeps at you


Expert Rating

4.5/ 5

Consumer Rating

4.0/ 5


What's New in the 2019 Subaru Ascent?

The Subaru Ascent is an all-new model for 2019.


Which Ascent is the Best?

Although the base Ascent is very well-equipped, we think paying extra for the Premium trim is your best bet. For $2,200, you get key extras like a power driver seat, heated front seats, 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.

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How Much Does a 2019 Subaru Ascent Cost?

The 2019 Ascent is a 3-row large crossover that can seat seven or eight passengers depending on whether you get the second-row bench seat or captain's chairs. There are four trim levels: base, Premium, Limited and Touring.

The base Ascent ($31,995) comes standard with all-wheel drive, 18-inch alloy wheels, the EyeSight Driver Assist package (forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane-depature 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-inch 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 ($34,195) adds rear privacy glass, dual tailpipes, blind spot monitoring and a rear cross-traffic warning 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 liftgate, 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 ($38,995) adds 20-in wheels, adaptive LED headlights, LED foglights, 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 (44,695) 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.

Ascent Trims

Sport UtilityOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
Ascent 2.4T 8-Passenger$31,995 / $30,0274 Cylinder26021 / 27Continuously Variable AutomaticAWD4WD
Ascent 2.4T Limited 7-Passenger$38,995 / $36,4144 Cylinder26020 / 26Continuously Variable AutomaticAWD4WD
Ascent 2.4T Limited 8-Passenger$38,995 / $36,4144 Cylinder26020 / 26Continuously Variable AutomaticAWD4WD
Ascent 2.4T Premium 7-Passenger$34,195 / $32,0284 Cylinder26021 / 27Continuously Variable AutomaticAWD4WD
Ascent 2.4T Premium 8-Passenger$34,195 / $32,0284 Cylinder26021 / 27Continuously Variable AutomaticAWD4WD
Ascent 2.4T Touring 7-Passenger$44,695 / $41,6014 Cylinder26020 / 26Continuously Variable AutomaticAWD4WD
Subaru Ascent Safety

Is the 2019 Subaru Ascent a Safe Car?

The Ascent comes with an abundance of safety equipment, much of which is optional on competitors. This includes standard all-wheel drive, stability and traction control, front side airbags, driver knee airbag and full-length side curtain airbags, plus a backup camera, forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist. Blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic warning are standard on all but the base trim, while reverse automatic braking is included on the Limited and Touring trim levels.

The Ascent has yet to be crash tested by a third party, but Subaru's vehicles tend to get the best possible scores.

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5 Year Cost to Own

$45,811 ($0.61 per mile)

5-Year Cost to Own includes out of pocket expenses like fuel and insurance, plus the cars loss in value over time (depreciation)See Detailed Cost to Own

Original Warranty

Basic3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain5 Years/60,000 Miles
Corrosion5 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance3 Years/36,000 Miles

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
Passenger Restraint
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Side Curtain Airbags
  • Side Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
Road Visibility
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Fog Lights
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Rearview Camera
  • Alarm System
  • Telematics
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
  • harman/kardon Premium Audio System + Panoramic Power Moon Roof + Navigation + Cargo Cover Pkg
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2019 Subaru Ascent vs the competition

2018 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.

2018 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.

2018 Toyota Highlander -- You'll be sacrificing some space with the Highlander, but for many, Toyota's 3-row crossover represents a just-right size for those who only need that third row in "emergency" situations when the neighbor's kid just has to come along. It's the only vehicle in the segment available as a hybrid.

Used Acura MDX -- Acura's dependable family work horse 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.

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