Subaru’s Ascent is a statement-maker.
By Isaac Bouchard
Subaru has expanded like gangbusters for over a decade. This, however, was posing a problem. As happy owners with families got older, they outgrew the cars the company offered and left for competitors’ showrooms. With the new Ascent, loyalists now can stay in the fold longer.
Fashioned on the genius platform that underpins every new Subaru model, this six- or seven-passenger conveyance proffers all the classic Suby traits: chunky looks that whisper adventure; a pragmatically designed interior with solid, intuitive tech; and a comfortable drive.
Fitting into the middle of the class, size-wise, the Ascent’s first two rows of seats are roomy and supportive; the third row is really for kids but does offer USB ports, vents and cupholders. Seats folded, the Ascent is a perfectly sized carryall for campaign gear, big dogs, bikes or what-have-you.
It rides very smoothly, handles in an adequate manner and will get you home no matter conditions with its superb AWD. And with its new, 260hp 2.4L turbocharged engine, the Ascent will actually go up the hills ‘round here with aplomb.
2019 Subaru Ascent
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