2019 Subaru Ascent Premium: Is It an All-Purpose SUV

The 2019 Subaru Ascent brings a midsize crossover that looks lucrative to a big segment of buyers for a good number of reasons. When we went in search of those, the Kearny Mesa Subaru dealer showed us many, and here is a brief version of what we learned from them.

The Powertrain

The powertrain of the 2019 Subaru Ascent is that of a 2.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with a “boxer” configuration paired with the continuously variable transmission (CVT). As the all-wheel drive come standard as it is typical of almost every Subaru, it didn’t surprise us. Subaru made the boxer engine work to lower the center of gravity to improve the overall handling. The engine can churn out a 260 of horsepower and that has added a pretty good value to the latest version of Ascent.

Interior and Cargo Space

The 2019 Subaru Ascent comes in seven or eight -passenger configurations, in which the former has replaced a pair of captain’s chairs for a bench seat in the second row.

For both people and luggage, the 2019 Subaru Ascent offers plenty of space measuring a gigantic 153.5 cubic feet, which is more than its competitors from bigger brands. The leather upholstery suits the Touring trim level, with the front seats perfectly heated and ventilated. There are 19 cupholders scattered all over the cabin to ensure nobody needs to spill a drink.


The 2019 Subaru Ascent comes with a 6.5-inch Starlink touchscreen infotainment system as standard that is well integrated with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The higher-level trims give you a bigger screen of 8.0-inch, high end navigation system, and a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot to support up to eight devices. You get four USB ports which can be increased up to eight. One can choose the 14-speaker Harman/Kardon sound system, to receive higher sound quality.

Driver Assistance

The 2019 Subaru Ascent has standardized their EyeSight system, that works on two cameras placed close to the rearview mirrors to enable the driver aids that include:

  • Autonomous emergency braking,
  • Adaptive cruise control,
  • Lane departure
  • Sway warning
  • A head-up display
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Reverse automatic braking, and a pair of headlights that turn along the steering wheel as an extra option.

Fuel Economy

As shared by the Kearny Mesa Subaru dealer, the EPA reports of Ascent rates the fuel-economy of the 2019 Subaru Ascent as 23 mpg in a combined trip, 21 mpg in the city roads and 27 mpg in the highways for the Premium trim levels, while a 22 mpg while combined, 20 mpg for the city and 26 mpg on the highways are for the Limited and Touring trims.

Overall Driving Impressions

The 2019 Subaru Ascent could impressively handle the twisty roads better than most of the SUVs in its class. With a neutral handling the body of the Ascent rolls much under control, without compromising on the quality of rides. The turbocharged engine showed up its power while whiz passing the fellow vehicles in the longer patches.

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