- Powertrain: 2.4-liter turbocharged boxer engine rated at 260 hp. Continuously variable transmission.
- Technology: Standard tech goodies include a 6.5-inch multimedia touch screen (8-inch on Premium and higher trims) with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability and four USB ports. 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity is available on Premium and higher.
- Safety: Some of Subaru's EyeSight driver-assist technology is standard, including automatic precollision braking, adaptive cruise control, and lane departure and sway warning. Steering responsive headlights are standard on Limited and Touring. Also standard on Touring is a front-view monitor and a smart rearview mirror.
- Competitors: Chevrolet Traverse, Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, Mazda CX-9, Toyota Highlander, Volkswagen Atlas
- Strengths: It looks like a Subaru and drives like one too. A demonstration in a rock quarry showed it doesn't waver off-road.
- Weaknesses: Blind-spot monitoring isn't available on the base trim.
- Bottom line: Tribeca who? Given the Ascent's similarities to other popular models in the Subaru lineup, the Ascent will likely be a natural fit both in Subaru showrooms and wherever customers decide to take it.
|2019 Subaru Ascent||2018 Ford Explorer|
|Wheelbase||113.8 in.||112.8 in.|
|Length||196.8 in.||198.3 in.|
|Width||76.0 in.||78.9 in.|
|Height (with roof rails)||71.6 in.||70 in.|
|Curb weight||4,430 lbs.||4,629 lbs.|
|Engine||2.4-liter, 4-cyl. boxer engine||3.5-liter, V-6|
|Horsepower||260 @ 5,600 rpm||290 @ 6,500 rpm|
|Torque, lb.-ft.||277 @ 2,000-4,800 rpm||255 @ 4,000 rpm|
|EPA mpg||21 city/27 hwy.||17 city/24 hwy.|
|Note: Base all-wheel-drive model of each|