The 2019 Ascent is Subaru's largest vehicle to date. Though it rides on a stretched version of the global architecture that underpins the new Impreza and Crosstrek, the Ascent offers three rows of seats, with space for up to eight passengers. Oh, and it comes with 19 -- yes, 19 -- cupholders.
Every Ascent is powered by a brand-new 2.4-liter turbocharged boxer four-cylinder engine, rated at 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque, paired with a continuously variable transmission. Like most Subarus, the Ascent comes standard with all-wheel drive, and features an "X-Mode" off-road setting. When properly equipped, the Ascent can tow up to 5,000 pounds.
Subaru's Starlink infotainment system handles onboard tech duties, with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as an available 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. The Ascent also comes standard with Subaru's EyeSight driver assistance tech, which bundles adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist and automatic pre-collision braking. Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert are available as options.
The 2019 Subaru Ascent starts at $31,995, not including $975 for destination. The Premium trim starts at $34,195, the Limited comes in at $38,995 and the top-level Touring commands $44,695.
Our fearless editor-in-chief Tim Stevens gave our long-term 2019 Subaru Ascent the nickname Large Adult Subaru, and it's perhaps the truest name that could be given to this vehicle. As a three-row SUV, it's definitely large -- larger than any other Subie by a long shot. Given its layout, it's perfect for adult activities involving kids, pets or whatever little time for hobbies exists between those two.
Over the past year, we've taken this thing all over Hell's half acre (the idiom, not the actual location), and we walked away with a newfound appreciation for a car that has already taken Subaru dealership lots by storm. Here's how our year went, and what we learned.
Being an adult means doing a whole bunch of stuff for not only yourself but everyone around you. For this long-termer's three primary drivers -- Tim Stevens, myself and video producer Nick Miotke -- that meant lots of time spent hauling people, younger people and dogs of all ages.
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