Midsize SUVs have it rough; even a good-looking crossover will be considered mediocre when placed alongside the Hyundai Palisade or Kia Telluride, which is exactly what happens when the Ascent is placed alongside its peers. In such company, the Ascent SUV is starting to age. Still, it looks fairly handsome, with 18-inch wheels on Base and Premium trims, while on the Onyx, Limited and Touring, 20-inch alloys become standard. These three models also add LED fog lights. All Ascent trims are equipped with steering-responsive LED headlights and raised roof rails. The differentiation between trims is minor, with base derivatives featuring black mirror caps, mid-range models featuring body-colored items, and the Touring getting satin chrome items, as well as chrome door handles, and a power tilt/slide glass moonroof. The notable exception is the Onyx Edition trims, on which Crystal Black Silica exterior mirrors are used, in addition to blacked-out exterior accents and black 20-inch alloy wheels. It also gets a panoramic moonroof as standard.
The Subaru Ascent is classified as a midsize crossover SUV and measures up in size closely to the Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander. The 3-row Subaru Ascent has a total length of 196.8 inches, a width of 76 inches, and a height of 71.6 inches. The SUV's body is spread over a 113.8-inch wheelbase, and all trim levels have a ground clearance of 8.7 inches, making this car eligible for some off-road action.
Curb weights range from 4,430 pounds for the base model to over 4,600 lbs for the Touring.
|Subaru Ascent Trims||Base||Premium||Onyx Edition||Limited||Touring|
|Max Width||76 in.||76 in.||76 in.||76 in.||76 in.|
|Length||196.8 in.||196.8 in.||196.8 in.||196.8 in.||196.8 in.|
|Height||71.6 in.||71.6 in.||71.6 in.||71.6 in.||71.6 in.|
|Wheelbase||113.8 in.||113.8 in.||113.8 in.||113.8 in.||113.8 in.|
|Subaru Ascent Trims||Curb Weight|
|Onyx Edition||4,472 lbs.|
|Wheels Type||Aluminum Wheels|
|Front Wheel Size||18" x 7.5"|
|Rear Wheel Size||18" x 7.5"|
The Ascent wears several striking shades of paint that bring out its better lines and angles. There are eight available colors, but some trims don't have access to the entire palette. The base model is offered in only four hues: Crystal Black Silica, Ice Silver Metallic, Magnetite Gray Metallic, and Crystal White Pearl. Stepping up to the Premium avails more color options, adding Autumn Green Metallic, Crimson Red Pearl, and Cosmic Blue Pearl to the palette. Onyx variants lose out on Ice Silver, while the top-spec Touring gets a model-specific color called Dark Mahogany Pearl.