Edmunds Senior Writer Mark Takahashi made the trek to Oregon to be one of the first to drive the all-new 2019 Subaru Ascent. After Subaru's five-year absence from the midsize SUV market, this family-friendly three-row crossover is a marked improvement over the automaker's last attempt. The Ascent simply hits the right notes for the class.

Q: When will the 2019 Subaru Ascent go on sale?
A: The Ascent will start showing up in dealerships this summer.

Q: What kind of engine does it have?
A: Under the hood is a 2.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that produces 260 horsepower. It's mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission that drives all four wheels.

Q: How much will it cost?
A: The base 2019 Subaru Ascent will start around $33,000 and climb to over $45,000 for the fully loaded Touring trim.

Q: What does it compete against?
A: The 2019 Subaru Ascent's main rivals are the Ford Explorer, the Honda Pilot, the Mazda CX-9 and the Toyota Highlander.

Read our review here: www.edmunds.com/car-news/first-impressions/2019-subaru-ascent-first-drive.html

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Comments

    • Nicklos Whitmire
      Nicklos Whitmire

      This guy ate a piece of humble pie and crow at the same meal! Criticized big time this Subaru beauty big time before even getting behind the wheel but was surprised at how wonderful it is! Great car reviewers like Sofyan and Alex on Autos, plus a few others had nothing but rave reviews, other than a few nitpicky things. I have been looking for a few years but this checks all the boxes!

      about 2 months ago
    • David K
      David K

      I like this as empty nester vehicle so we can take long road trips up the New England States.

      about 3 months ago
    • The Yazz
      The Yazz

      He looked bored.

      about 6 months ago
    • Miles Goodrich
      Miles Goodrich

      How tall are you?

      about 6 months ago
    • David Reich
      David Reich

      My biggest complaint for years with SUVs is the poor cargo space. In my view only this one, the Pilot, Enclave, Traverse, Explorer and the Highlander have adequate space (Mazda, Kia and Hyundai are far too small). Highlander suffers from 8 year old tech, Traverse and Explorer don't hold their value and Enclave is too big and too expensive. So, we are down to Ascent and Pilot. Each has pros and cons.

      about 7 months ago
    • Danny Nguyen
      Danny Nguyen

      His review is honest. Love it

      about 7 months ago
    • Jack Again
      Jack Again

      My buddy just bought one of these. He loves it.

      about 7 months ago
    • TheGomezIndustries
      TheGomezIndustries

      Put an 8 speed geared transmission and sales will sky rocket.

      CVT = Bankruptcy!

      about 8 months ago
    • renbala
      renbala

      From long sight , the front side looks like Toyota Highlander ..

      about 8 months ago
    • al altamirano
      al altamirano

      waiting on 2020 baja

      about 9 months ago
    • Davidson Harley
      Davidson Harley

      Subaru Philippines, bring it on!

      about 9 months ago
    • Shawn Warnick
      Shawn Warnick

      I test drove it yesterday, and I will say this the turning radius is like my subaru legacy and this crossover is huge. Slight turbo lag does exist; however, it is really good at finding a ratio to get it to highway speeds. It rides really smooth thanks to the long wheelbase and you dont feel the transmission shifting like in most autos and manuals. Also, I feel you do not need more power than what it has, cars weighing 3000lb have 150hp yet this isn't even 5000lb and it has 260. It had plenty of power. That's like saying jeeps are bad for only being able to hit 90mph. Well let us look at the purpose of the vehicle. This is an adventure suv with a strong emphasis on families. I would say its closest competition would be a grand Cherokee or 4runner. Just look at the purpose of them. Large vehicles with off-road potential.

      about 11 months ago
    • MrTechnology83
      MrTechnology83

      Wow nice video, and nice review I’m a happy owner of a Subaru Outback if I have to look for another SUV’s on the segment I would go for this Subaru ascent..!!!!!!!!!! it looks great.....

      about 11 months ago
    • haci tunc
      haci tunc

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      about 1 year ago
    • CanadaCraig
      CanadaCraig

      I think it's the best looking out of all of its competitors. Very clean. It's the one I'd buy.

      about 1 year ago
    • healthyamerican
      healthyamerican

      i wanted a tribecca, but couldnt afford one...now this is coming out and i cant afford one..its been a rough time. but at least i know what to look for when things get better

      about 1 year ago
    • ToyCarCollector.com
      ToyCarCollector.com

      Our new Ascent has a serious technical problem. The check engine light came on and all the safety features shut down. Once at 400 miles and now at 1,000 miles. Dealer service had to call in the Factory Tech. They think it might be a bad wire and are ordering a "bulkhead wiring harness". Sounds like a pretty serious issue. 2 weeks in the shop.

      about 1 year ago
    • Evan Adams
      Evan Adams

      Wish it was faster

      about 1 year ago
    • Stuart Little is now called lil Stuart
      Stuart Little is now called lil Stuart In reply to Evan Adams

      Rwd

      about 1 year ago
    • Stuart Little is now called lil Stuart
      Stuart Little is now called lil Stuart In reply to Evan Adams

      This is a family car

      If you want speed get a red sports car

      about 1 year ago
    • leonel santamaria
      leonel santamaria

      Edmund guys I’m still waiting for the Subaru ascent crash test..any information?

      about 1 year ago
    • Chris Van Tassel
      Chris Van Tassel

      Test drove it and was very impressed. Not sure what this dude was hearing but it was super quiet. We are downsizing from a 15 Yukon XL and I found the Subaru as quiet and more feature packed. Power was great but with all of the Subaru benefits like safety, all wheel drive, resale value it is a pretty darn good deal IMHO.

      about 1 year ago
    • Miguel Cortes
      Miguel Cortes In reply to Chris Van Tassel

      Chris Van Tassel i agree on the super quiet and first thing I noticed on my first drive. I own one and it’s the quietest interior I have ever been in and have owned BMWs and other SUV/cars I have owned or been in.

      about 5 months ago
    • Norm T
      Norm T

      The descent of the Ascent: NHTSA and SOA letters.

      https://www.ascentforums.com/forum/169-subaru-ascent-recalls/3129-2019-subaru-ascent-b-pillar-recall.html#/topics/3129

      about 1 year ago
    • Thomas white
      Thomas white

      How's this compared to the Forrester?

      about 1 year ago
    • Pete Batfish
      Pete Batfish

      Mark, how tall are you? Headline close to my head is relative and does not tell us much without your height.
      and yeah, dont act so bored but your review is very informative and sounds honest and not a paid fanboy review

      about 1 year ago
    • Roe Fernandez
      Roe Fernandez

      At 4:17 he is using the all new subaru auto pilot setting. Allows him to sit anywhere. Just set your destination and go!

      about 1 year ago
    • Ken Myers
      Ken Myers

      Does the second row of seats fold flat? That makes a huge difference when moving gear or sleeping inside when camping.

      about 1 year ago
    • Ben Trofemuk
      Ben Trofemuk

      I was kind of bummed with the power train. Need aftermarket STI products.

      about 1 year ago
    • PianoTuningArtist
      PianoTuningArtist In reply to Ben Trofemuk

      I am now driving one as a “loaner” from the dealer while my 2016 Forester XT is in shop for warranty services. WoW!! 2.4L Turbo w/CVT is quite “satisfying” & impressive to drive. It is quite easy to “push” hard in & out of any corners, as well! Very “neutral” in hard cornering, on & off throttle... No noticeable under steering, or over steering! Plenty of torque & acceleration... IT RUNS ON REGULAR GAS!!! Braking is excellent, as usual... good feel, bite, not touchy, but very linear/progressive (I have driven many other cars that have a quick initial bite, but no follow-through for serious stopping power).
      Every bit as quiet as our 2017 Outback 2.5 Limited! Step up into threshold is exactly the same height (17”) as the Outback, but seats are higher level.
      Much like all seven (7) Subarus we have owned since 2003 (4 currently in drive), it handles like a good sports car... AWD combined with low center of gravity & balance of Boxer-4 engine, not to mention all other “safety features!!” ... Did you forget to mention “paddle shifters” on the steering (override CVT at will)... also, allows downshifting/upshifting, as a manual (even without moving shift lever to manual)?!
      Looks like we will have to get one while waiting for the next Turbo Forester, or Hatchback.

      about 26 days ago
    • ED 25
      ED 25

      I was a great review if only other journalist can do just about as good as you can

      about 1 year ago
    • MrZ
      MrZ

      This guys looks constipated. Maybe he should have taken a massive shit before reviewing this vehicle.

      about 1 year ago
    • JP D
      JP D

      What kind of battery are they using? Curious as this is the largest Subaru ever produced with multiple USB ports, other new multimedia offerings, & camera systems. The Panasonic battery in the WRX is horrible & here in the northeast it failed after short trips multiple times during the winter months.

      about 1 year ago
    • leonel santamaria
      leonel santamaria

      How many HP and torque i get using a 89 or 93 octane gas?

      about 1 year ago