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Subaru Ascent 2024: Taking in the Fresh Air



Adventure, off-road driving, and breaking away from the beaten path, these are some terms with which the Subaru brand is particularly comfortable. It's worth noting that the manufacturer has a track record of success in automotive rally, which has allowed them to develop the most effective all-wheel drive system in the world, no less. Subaru's DNA is especially present in the SUV that allows for even further exploration thanks to its size. The Ascent is ideal for large families and proves to be quite useful in various situations. Its towing capacity of 5,000 pounds and its seating configuration that ranges from 7 to 8 seats enhance its capabilities compared to other models from the brand. It's not perfect, I agree, but the Ascent remains a balanced and highly versatile vehicle, making it an excellent choice.


There are no major changes in the Subaru Ascent lineup for 2024, except for some minor changes in the option packages. This isn't a big deal because the Japanese manufacturer's SUV remains highly competitive. Its standard equipment is still quite comprehensive.


Range and Prices


The 2024 Subaru Ascent offers a fairly wide range of available versions. It all starts with the Convenience model, which honestly offers quite an impressive equipment for an entry-level model. Its price of $44,572 is also very competitive. Next is the Touring version, which is one of the only ones with the Limited version offered with captain's chairs. This version leans more towards luxury, and several technologies are added to its offering, justifying the $49,072 price tag. The next one on the list is the Onyx version, which, in my opinion, is the most visually appealing. All the chrome has been eliminated here, giving the Ascent an eye-catching look. This version remains reasonably priced at $50,872. Then there's the Limited version, starting at $54,472. Finally, the Premier version tops the range with a price of $57,572. For this amount, you get the best Subaru has to offer.


Convenience – $44,572

Touring – $49,072

Onyx – $50,872

Limited – $54,472

Premier – $57,572


Category and Competition


The Subaru Ascent competes in the midsize three-row SUV category, a segment that has been gaining popularity in recent years. It must be said that this type of SUV is good for just about everything. You can find models focused on performance and others that offer enhanced off-road capabilities. The Ascent doesn't necessarily specialize in any one area, but it's a model that excels in everything, which is what makes it so interesting.


Rivals: Chevrolet Traverse, Dodge Durango, Ford Explorer, GMC Acadia, Honda Pilot, Hyundai Palisade, Kia Telluride, Mazda CX-90, Nissan Pathfinder, Toyota Highlander, Volkswagen Atlas.


Design and Technologies


The 2024 Subaru Ascent features a somewhat understated design. It's not a model that necessarily grabs your attention. However, it does incorporate visual elements typical of Subaru's aesthetic signature. The advantage of offering a less aggressive silhouette is that it will age more gracefully.


The interior of the Ascent is quite spacious in the front and second-row seats. However, one might wonder if the rear seats are superfluous, as the cargo capacity is somewhat limited. Fortunately, the interior build quality more than compensates for this.


The Japanese manufacturer's SUV offers a range of standard safety technologies, what Subaru calls the EyeSight package. As for the rest, the Ascent doesn't lack anything. In fact, its multimedia system is one of the most intuitive and user-friendly on the market, not to mention its visual appeal.




The Subaru Ascent offers only one mechanical option, which is a 2.4-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. This engine produces 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque, which is somewhat modest for a vehicle of this size. It's worth mentioning that Subaru might benefit from offering its SUV with a V6. Fortunately, the continuously variable transmission does an excellent job, and, as you know, the Ascent benefits from the brand's legendary all-wheel drive system. The Japanese manufacturer's SUV is rather thirsty, with an average fuel consumption of 12.3 L/100 km in the city and 9.4 L/100 km on the highway.


Weak Points

Its cargo space is rather limited. More mechanical options would have been appreciated. When can we expect the Wilderness version?


Strong Points


It's a highly competent and enjoyable vehicle to drive. The Subaru Ascent also features the latest technologies. Its all-wheel-drive system is particularly effective in adverse road conditions.


Signature Element


The 2024 Subaru Ascent is one of the best options available for family adventures.


In Conclusion


When we think of Subaru, the first model that comes to mind is rarely the Ascent, and that's a shame because the Japanese manufacturer's SUV has some excellent qualities. The problem is that Subaru has several big names in its lineup, such as the WRX, Forester, and the legendary Outback. Nevertheless, I suggest thinking bigger when it comes time to change your vehicle. The Ascent has a lot to offer.


Jean-Sébastien Poudrier

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