2023 Subaru Ascent Receives Updated Looks, Improve Tech

Mike Schlee
by Mike Schlee

Subaru’s big family hauler, has been refreshed this year. Behold the 2023 Subaru Ascent

Never offensive, but wholly uninspiring, the Ascent was about as conservative a design could possibly be. But the no-nonsense people carrier has been updated with a slightly edgier look this year.

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Being that this isn’t a completely new model, the Subaru’s new look isn’t dramatically different. There is a new grille, redesigned more angular LED headlights, and a more prominent front bumper. The latter features new lower-edge air ducts that Subaru claims improves aerodynamic flow under the vehicle.

The rear of the Ascent also sees some minor changes, highlighted by more pronounced C-shaped taillights, similar to those found on the compact Forester SUV.

Bigger Screens, More Visibility

The biggest news inside is the inclusion of Subaru’s large 11.6-inch infotainment screen. The tablet style touchscreen is standard on all Ascent models, replacing the 6.5-inch and 8.0-inch units previously available.

And on that larger screen it’s now possible to see the Ascent’s surroundings much clearer thanks to a set of four cameras on the available Surround View Monitors. They offer a 360-degree overhead view of the vehicle.

Completing the major upgrades inside, Subaru also now offers a Cabin Connect system that helps with communication between front seat passengers and those relegated to the third row. The system uses a microphone up front to transmit front passenger’s voices to those in the very back through the speakers. This feature is included on Ascents equipped with Harman Kardon sound system.

Improved Safety

An upgraded version of Subaru’s EyeSight driver assist technology first appeared in the 2023 Outback and has now been incorporated into the 2023 Ascent as well. Subaru states it features a wider field of view, updated control software, and the addition of an electric brake booster. There is also the third, Wide-Angle Mono Camera that works in conjunction with EyeSight’s regular dual cameras.

Enhanced Onyx Edition

Although there is no full-out Ascent Wilderness Edition, Subaru did give the big SUV its own special trim level. Called the Ascent Onyx Edition, it comes with unique black exterior trim, badging, and 20-inch wheels. Inside, the seats are finished with Subaru StarTex® water-repellant material that features contrasting green stitching. The Onyx also gets the standard panoramic power moonroof found in higher trim levels.

But to make it a bit more than just an appearance package, it also includes the dual-function X-MODE® that helps with deep snow and muddy conditions.

The 2023 Subaru Ascent will be available in Base, Premium, Onyx Edition, Limited, and Touring trim levels. Expect to see it at Subaru dealers later this fall.

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Mike Schlee
Mike Schlee

A 20+ year industry veteran, Mike rejoins the AutoGuide team as the Managing Editor. He started his career at a young age working at dealerships, car rentals, and used car advertisers. He then found his true passion, automotive writing. After contributing to multiple websites for several years, he spent the next six years working at the head office of an automotive OEM, before returning back to the field he loves. He is a member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC), and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA). He's the recipient of a feature writing of the year award and multiple video of the year awards.

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