Overview

       

Despite the selection of three-row crossovers on the market, Subaru's unique Ascent remains ahead of the curve with its standard all-wheel drivetrain, comprehensive bundle of standard safety equipment, and versatile seven- or eight-passenger seating alternatives. As excellent as the 2020 model was, the 2021 version adds a few notable upgrades that make it even more enticing. First, there are new adaptive LED headlights that turn with the steering wheel, and automatic high beams are now standard on every trim. The Touring trim also adds a new black leather upholstery option with beautifully contrasting silver stitching.

       

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Basic Specs

   

The 2021 Subaru Ascent is offered in Base, Premium, Limited, and Touring trim levels, all with a turbocharged 2.4-liter engine that makes 260 hp and 277 lb.-ft. of torque; a continuously variable transmission (CVT) controls the all-wheel drivetrain. Regarding fuel efficiency, the base and Premium grades return an EPA-estimated 21 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway, while the Limited and Touring models achieve 20 city/26 highway.

   
   
   

Amenities by Trim

   

The base comes with steering-responsive LED headlights, roof rails, 60/40-split flat-folding rear seats, a rearview camera, tri-zone automatic climate control, and a power liftgate. The Premium is especially ready for winter with its standard windshield wiper de-icer, power-adjustable driver's seat, heated front seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, upgraded cloth upholstery, and second-row climate controls. A moonroof, second-row captain's chairs (reduces seating to seven), and keyless entry with push-button ignition are available.

   

The Limited includes keyless entry with push-button start. It also provides LED fog lights, turn-signal indicators for the side mirrors, a power-adjustable front passenger's seat, heated second-row seats, a heated steering wheel, leather upholstery, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The moonroof and second-row captain's chairs remain optional. With the Touring trim, however, those are both standard. The Touring also supplies chrome exterior accents, ventilated front seats, a smart auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink, and a household-style power outlet.

   
    

Safety

   

The 2021 Subaru Ascent was awarded a five-star crash-test safety rating by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). While the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has yet to conduct tests on the 2021 model, in 2020 the organization named it a Top Safety Pick.

   

Every 2021 Subaru Ascent trim is provided with the award-winning Subaru EyeSight Driver Assist Technology suite, which includes a pre-collision braking system, pre-collision throttle management, lane departure and sway warning, and advanced adaptive cruise control (slows down and speeds up automatically to keep a safe distance from the lead vehicle) with lane centering functionality. High beam assist is also included. The Premium receives blind-spot monitoring with lane change assist and rear cross-traffic alert, while reverse automatic braking is available as an option. The Limited and Touring get that feature as standard equipment, though.

       
    

Technology

   

The base infotainment system has a 6.5-inch screen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, satellite and HD radio, Bluetooth hands-free and audio streaming, and dual front USB ports. It also comes with a six-speaker audio system. The Premium moves up to an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen with voice recognition and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. The same screen, but with navigation, is an elective add-on. The navigation infotainment unit and a premium 14-speaker Harman Kardon audio system are optional on the Limited, but they're both standard fare on the Touring.

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