2021 Subaru Ascent 8-Passenger

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  • 4WD Sport Utility Vehicles
  • All Wheel Drive
  • Base MSRP: $39,595.00
  • Invoice: $36,964.00
  • Hwy MPG: 26 mpg
  • City MPG: 20 mpg

pros

Comfortable interior; room for up to eight people; standard all-wheel drive; car-like driving experience; versatile storage options; almost 9 inches of ground clearance

model highlights

The Subaru Ascent is powered by a brand-new engine, a 2.4L turbocharged flat 4-cylinder "boxer". The new engine makes 260 horsepower, sending power to all four wheels via a CVT variable ratio transmission. The resulting powertrain cuts a good balance between acceleration and fuel economy, while allowing the Ascent to tow up to 5,000 lbs. Subaru estimates that the base level Ascent will get around 27 mpg on the highway.

Four different trim levels are offered for the Ascent including base, Premium, Limited and Touring. Base models come standard with 3-zone climate control, a 6.5-inch multimedia touchscreen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capabilities, four USB ports, automatic door locks and mirrors, roof rails, 18-inch wheels and 19 cup and bottle holders. Subaru's EyeSight Safety Assist system is also standard, which includes emergency braking, and lane keep assist systems.

Premium trim adds a power driver's seat, unique cloth upholstery, an 8-inch touchscreen, Wi-Fi connectivity, body-colored side mirrors, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, rear seat climate controls, heated mirrors and front seats and unique 18-inch wheels. Also included on the Premium trim are blind spot detection indicators and a rear cross-traffic alert system.

Limited trim includes everything on the Premium trim plus leather upholstery, LED fog lights and headlights, a High Beam Assist system, 20-inch aluminum wheels, exterior chrome brightwork, integrated mirror mounted turn signals, push-button start, a power rear liftgate and two additional USB ports.

The top-of-the-line Touring model gets even more exterior chrome, some additional underbody armor for off-roading, java brown leather seating surfaces, wood grain trim, vented front seats, a navigation system, a harman/kardon sound system with 14 speakers, a panoramic moonroof, and a 180-degree front view camera.

model news

The Subaru Ascent carries over for 2021 with minimal changes, steering-responsive headlights are now standard while the EyeSight suite of driver aids now includes adaptive cruise control and a lane keeping assistant.

value writeup

Subaru has been extremely successful with the Outback and the Forester, and much of that success can be attributed to how those cars drive. Contrary to expectations, both provide an easy, car-like driving experience for their owners. The Ascent attempts to continue that tradition with a full-sized 3-row SUV. They've succeeded making the Ascent physically smaller than the interior might feel. The interior is massive and yet, the exterior dimensions reveal a vehicle that isn't particularly huge by today's standards. The result is a vehicle that offers comfortable driving dynamics even in the city but offering class-leading cargo capacity.

Exterior Color

Crystal White Pearl
Manufacturer's Color Code: WHC

Interior Colors

  • Warm Ivory
  • Slate Black

Exterior Color

Ice Silver Metallic
Manufacturer's Color Code: ISM

Interior Colors

  • Slate Black

Exterior Color

Cinnamon Brown Pearl
Manufacturer's Color Code: CNP

Interior Colors

  • Warm Ivory

Exterior Color

Magnetite Gray Metallic
Manufacturer's Color Code: MGM

Interior Colors

  • Slate Black

Exterior Color

Brilliant Bronze Metallic
Manufacturer's Color Code: BBR

Interior Colors

  • Warm Ivory

Exterior Color

Crimson Red Pearl
Manufacturer's Color Code: CRD

Interior Colors

  • Slate Black

Exterior Color

Crystal Black Silica
Manufacturer's Color Code: CB6

Interior Colors

  • Slate Black
  • Warm Ivory

Exterior Color

Abyss Blue Pearl
Manufacturer's Color Code: AYS

Interior Colors

  • Slate Black
  • Warm Ivory

Vehicle

Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 8.0
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score N/A
Vehicle
EPA Classification Standard SUV 4WD

Powertrain

Transmission
Drivetrain All Wheel
Trans Type 8
Trans Description Cont. CVT w/OD
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.49 - 0.83
Second Gear Ratio (:1) N/A
Third Gear Ratio (:1) N/A
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) N/A
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) N/A
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) N/A
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.39
Clutch Size N/A
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 4.44
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High N/A
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low N/A
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) 0.65
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.51
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy 26 MPG
Cruising Range - City 386.00 mi
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City 20 MPG
Fuel Economy Est-Combined 22 MPG
Cruising Range - Hwy 501.80 mi
EPA MPG Equivalent - City N/A
EPA MPG Equivalent - Hwy N/A
EPA MPG Equivalent - Combined N/A
Engine
Engine Type Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded H-4
Displacement 2.4 L/146
Fuel System Gasoline Direct Injection
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 260 @ 5600
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 277 @ 2000
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) N/A
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) N/A
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity N/A

Dimensions

Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity 8
Passenger Volume 153.5 ft³
Front Head Room 41.3 in
Front Leg Room 42.2 in
Front Shoulder Room 61.1 in
Front Hip Room 57.7 in
Second Head Room 40 in
Second Leg Room 38.6 in
Second Shoulder Room 60.3 in
Second Hip Room 57.5 in
Third Head Room 36.3 in
Third Leg Room 31.7 in
Third Shoulder Room 57.2 in
Third Hip Room 45.9 in
Exterior Dimensions
Wheelbase 113.8 in
Length, Overall 196.8 in
Width, Max w/o mirrors 76 in
Height, Overall 71.6 in
Track Width, Front 64.4 in
Track Width, Rear 64.2 in
Min Ground Clearance 8.7 in
Rear Door Opening Height N/A
Rear Door Opening Width N/A
Liftover Height 32 in
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 82.5 in
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 47.6 in
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 19.9 in
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline 47.2 in
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings 45.9 in
Cargo Box (Area) Height 33.9 in
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 86.5 ft³
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 47.5 ft³
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 17.8 ft³

Chassis

Weight Information
Base Curb Weight 4515 lbs
Curb Weight - Front N/A
Curb Weight - Rear N/A
Maximum Payload Capacity N/A
Curb Weight N/A
Total Option Weight 0.00 lbs
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. 5000 lbs
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. 500 lbs
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. 5000 lbs
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. 500 lbs
Maximum Trailering Capacity 5000 lbs
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front Strut
Suspension Type - Rear Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Strut
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Double Wishbone
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front N/A
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear N/A
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front N/A
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear N/A
Tires
Front Tire Size P245/50HR20
Rear Tire Size P245/50HR20
Spare Tire Size Compact
Wheels
Front Wheel Size 20 X 7.5 in
Rear Wheel Size 20 X 7.5 in
Spare Wheel Size Compact in
Front Wheel Material Aluminum
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material Steel
Steering
Steering Type Rack-Pinion
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall N/A
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) N/A
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb 38 ft
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall N/A
Brakes
Brake Type 4-Wheel Disc
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel
Brake ABS System (Second Line) N/A
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness 13.1 in
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness 13 in
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx 19.3 gal
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx N/A

Warranty Information

Basic:
3 Years/36,000 Miles

Drivetrain:
5 Years/60,000 Miles

Corrosion:
5 Years/Unlimited Miles

Roadside Assistance:
3 Years/36,000 Miles

Crash Test Rating

US NHTSA CRASH TEST RESULTS:

Overall Rating: * * * * *

Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating: * * * * *
Driver: * * * * * Passenger: * * * * *

Overall Side Crash Rating: * * * * *

Side Barrier Rating: * * * * *
Driver: * * * * * Rear Passenger: * * * * *

Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat: * * * * *

Combined Side Barrier and Pole Ratings:
Front Seat Rating: * * * * * Rear Seat Rating: * * * * *

Overall Rollover Rating: * * * *
Dynamic Test Result: No Tip
Risk of Rollover: 17.00%

Note Regarding Driver Rating:

Male: Average sized adult male dummy in 35-MPH crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs. Female: Small-sized adult female dummy in 35-mph crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs.

Rollover Note: Dynamic (moving) test results (Tip or No Tip) and measured rollover-related properties determine vehicle's risk of rollover in single vehicle crash and its rollover rating. The Rollover Resistance Rating utilizes a "fishhook" maneuver which is a series of abrupt turns at varying speeds to see how "top-heavy" a vehicle is.

Rebate Information

One of the following incentives may apply to this vehicle. Regional incentives may vary.

Financing Incentive: 0.0%

Expiration Date: 04/30/2021

Resource: subaru.com 04/05/2021