What the critics say
The 2019 Subaru Ascent
Unlike its disappointment of an older sibling, Subaru’s new three-row SUV “will no doubt print more money than the Federal Reserve.” Though the 2019 Ascent is the biggest, most expensive vehicle the Japanese automaker has ever offered, it has a significant edge over the defunct Tribeca because it “actually looks and feels like a Subaru.” The tall, 2-ton crossover smartly balances comfort and utility, and it handles “far better than anything made to haul seven or eight people really should.”
Motivation is provided by a turbocharged four-cylinder in all trims, and the low-riding 260-hp boxer is “all the engine the big SUV needs.” The Ascent can tow 5,000 pounds, yet it “feels nicely planted” when it’s load-free and negotiating curvy roads. Standard features include all-wheel drive and Subaru’s full suite of safety technologies, including pre-collision braking and lane-keeping assistance.
Car & Driver
“We wouldn’t call it superlative in any measure,” yet the Indiana-built Ascent does everything well. It averages a respectable 23 mpg, is competitively priced at every trim, and has “one of the most accommodating cabins in its segment”—with USB ports, storage cubbies, and cupholders (19 in all) everywhere you look. Four years after the plug was pulled on the Tribeca, “Subaru is serious this time.” ■