What People Are Saying About the 2019 Subaru Ascent

Sam McEachern
by Sam McEachern

The 2019 Subaru Ascent made its debut at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show last week, marking the arrival of the largest Subaru badged product in the company’s 64-year history.

The Ascent is a three-row, mid-size SUV aimed squarely at American families. Under the hood is a 2.4-liter turbocharged boxer engine, which makes 260 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent to all four wheels through a CVT automatic transmission and Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system. The automaker says it can travel up to 500 miles on a full tank and is also capable of towing up to 5,000 lbs. There’s also a ton of active and passive safety features, onboard wi-fi, two available infotainment systems, 19 cupholders and 8 USB ports.

SEE ALSO: The 2019 Subaru Ascent is Made for Americans and Their American Stuff

We scoured our different social media pages, as well as our comment section, for reader’s opinions on the new Ascent. It seemed as though the public was pretty split on the matter. Some proclaimed the Ascent to be everything they look for in a vehicle at a relatively affordable asking price, while others were turned off by the forgettable styling or CVT transmission. There were also some who wanted a bigger engine than the turbo 2.4-liter, but it seems no matter what engine a car has, there’s always someone who wants a bigger, more powerful option, so that was to be expected. In our office, someone said it can “tow things and hold all your stuff, so it might actually be able to compete with large American SUVs, especially if the fuel economy is good and the price stays low.”

Let’s see what everyone had to say.

Discuss this story on our Subaru Ascent forums.

Sam McEachern
Sam McEachern

Sam McEachern holds a diploma in journalism from St. Clair College in Windsor, Ontario, and has been covering the automotive industry for over 5 years. He conducts reviews and writes AutoGuide's news content. He's a die-hard motorsports fan with a passion for performance cars of all sorts.

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  • Al altamirano Al altamirano on Dec 18, 2017

    looks like a toyota highlander

  • Bobby Johnson Bobby Johnson on Feb 21, 2018

    It would be nice if people didn't display so much ignorance and bigotry. No matter what any manufacturer puts out there are always tons of "EXPERTS" that are more than willing to tell you there EXPERT opinion is about the product. No manufacturer is going to please everyone and they shouldn't even try!! How many of the EXPERTS posting here have ever sat in a Subaru or driven one? Of course opinions are like anuses, everyone has one and most of them smell like crap!!

    • Gearhead4 Gearhead4 on Feb 21, 2018

      Yeah, there are a lot of opinions out there that have no factual basis. I have not been able to drive an Ascent, but I was able to try out all the seats at the Chicago Auto Show last week. The front and middle row seats are roomy and comfortable, especially with the flat floor in the middle row. The rear row was difficult for me to get to, and once there, I fount the legroom insufficient for many adults. I don't see how people can criticize the 2.4 liter turbo engine without trying it. I am an old friend of Subaru but have been unable to secure a test drive of an Ascent. Subaru has been offering CVTs in Outbacks for 9 years. In fact it is the ONLY choice for Outbacks and Legacies (in the USA) for the last 4 years. So how can anyone say they are not reliable??? Granted, the Ascent is a little heavier than the Outback, but Subaru says they have beefed up the CVT for the 2.4 liter turbo duty.