New Subaru Ascent three-row SUV will start at $32,970

(February 19, 2018) Subaru of America has announced pricing on the all-new Subaru Ascent. The new three-row SUV is the biggest Subaru ever built. Expanding on renowned Subaru strengths, the Ascent delivers a spacious interior, comfortable and flexible seating options and a host of new safety, driver assist and in-vehicle technologies. The Ascent is priced from $32,970 including destination charge and arrives at retailers this summer.

The range tops out with the Touring trim, which will go out the door for $45,670.

The Ascent offers three rows of seating, with available bench or captain’s chairs in the second row. The SUV is built on a strengthened and extended version of the Subaru Global Platform.

Powered by an all-new 2.4-liter BOXER engine, the Ascent comes with a new version of Subaru’s high-torque Lineartronic CVT (continuously variable transmission) and legendary Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive — all wrapped in a stylish and rugged design with a commanding presence. The engine produces 260 horsepower at 5,600 rpm, accompanied by a broad torque curve that peaks at 277 lb.ft. over a 2,000-4,800-rpm engine speed range.

Manufacturer’s estimated fuel economy for the base and Premium models with standard equipment is 21 city/ 27 highway/ 23 combined for a 500+ mile cruising range.

Models equipped with 20-inch wheels achieve manufacturer’s estimated fuel economy of 20 city/ 26 highway/22 combined. The U.S.-built Ascent is available in base, Premium, Limited and Touring trim lines.

With a 113.8-inch wheelbase, the Ascent is the largest Subaru has ever built and is the mobile headquarters for the entire family. With up to 153.5 cubic feet of passenger volume and up to 86.5 cubic feet of cargo space, the Ascent provides ample room for every passenger and their gear. Rear doors open 75-degrees for convenient access to the third row. There are 19 standard cup and bottle holders.

The new Subaru Global Platform integrates new framework with optimized cross sections and highly-stiffened joints between structures to enhance straight-line stability, agility, and ride comfort while suppressing noise, vibration and harshness. Subaru says the Ascent provides a refined, quiet ride thanks to comprehensive soundproofing measures, including an acoustic windshield and front door glass.

The Ascent is the most versatile Subaru ever with up to nine unique seating configurations and two rows of 60/40 split flat-folding seats offering up to 86.5 cubic feet of cargo space. The Ascent comes standard with a second-row bench seat, providing room for up to 8 passengers.

Premium option packages and Limited trim offer a choice of second row captain chairs at no additional charge to provide occupants with easier access to the third-row. The standard roof rails fit a number of accessories for carrying items such as cargo, bicycles and kayaks.