2022 Subaru Ascent

Rating6.7

Ranked #22 in Midsize Suv

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Starting MSRP 

$32,295 - $45,445

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Key Spec of 2022 Subaru Ascent
fuel economy

21/21/21

fuel type

Regular Unleaded

horsepower

260 hp @ 5500 rpm

basic warranty

3yr./ 36,000 mi.

ProsConsWhat's New

Comfortable ride and handling balance

Sluggish acceleration

New Onyx Edition

Subaru's legendary symmetrical AWD standard across the lineup

In dire need of a redesign

Intuitive and easy to use infotainment system

Standard safety tech across trim levels

2022 Subaru Ascent Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: May 5, 2022

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The 2022 Subaru Ascent is coming majorly unchanged except for a slight update in its trim lineup. The newly added Onyx Edition is joining the Subaru Ascent's pre-existing 4 trim configurations of the Base, Premium, Limited, and Touring. On Sale now across dealerships in the US, the prices for the 2022 Ascent start at an MSRP of $32,295. And leasing this standard 8-passenger SUV can cost you $319/month for 36 months along with a signing payment of $3,219.

The new Onyx special edition is mainly an appearance package, which includes unique blacked-out exterior and interior design elements, and plenty of creature comforts. Powertrain duties are handled by a 2.4L turbocharged boxer-four engine, whereas the 2022 Ascent's towing capacity is rated at 5000 lbs. Regarding its rivals, the Toyota Highlander, Ford Explorer, and Mazda CX-9 are among a few to share this market space.

2022 Subaru Ascent Latest Updates

  • Jul' 26, 2022 : Subaru announces pricing of 2023 Outback and Legacy models Read More »
  • Jun' 17, 2022 : 2023 Subaru Ascent Comes With A Refreshed Exterior And Improved In-Car Tech, Adds The Onyx Edition Read More »
  • Jun' 13, 2022 : Subaru Ascent Achieves Top Rating In Updated IIHS Side-Impact Test Read More »

Over All Rating

6.7

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Notable Rankings

#22 in Midsize Suv

#23 in Suv


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Trims

Base$32,295 onwards

  • 6.5-inch infotainment screen

Premium$34,795 onwards

Onyx Edition$37,995 onwards

Limited$39,595 onwards

Touring$45,445 onwards


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2022 Subaru Ascent Limited

Limited 7-Passenger 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 8CVT)

Dealer Price
$40,770
Est. $553/mo
Excellent deal
$4,608 Below market
RMV: $45,378
Grapevine, TX
MSRP $40,770
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2022 Subaru Ascent Limited

Limited 7-Passenger 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 8CVT)

Dealer Price
$40,770
Est. $553/mo
Excellent deal
$4,608 Below market
RMV: $45,378
Burnsville, MN
MSRP $40,770
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2022 Subaru Ascent Limited

Limited 7-Passenger 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 8CVT)

Dealer Price
$40,770
Est. $553/mo
Excellent deal
$4,608 Below market
RMV: $45,378
Burnsville, MN
MSRP $40,770
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2022 Subaru Ascent Limited

Limited 7-Passenger 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 8CVT)

Dealer Price
$40,822
Est. $554/mo
Excellent deal
$4,556 Below market
RMV: $45,378
Chandler, AZ
MSRP $41,116
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2022 Subaru Ascent Limited

Limited 7-Passenger 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 8CVT)

Dealer Price
$41,023
Est. $556/mo
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$4,355 Below market
RMV: $45,378
San Antonio, TX
MSRP $41,023
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2022 Subaru Ascent Limited

Limited 8-Passenger 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 8CVT)

Dealer Price
$40,770
Est. $553/mo
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$4,264 Below market
RMV: $45,034
Bellevue, WA
MSRP $40,770
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2022 Subaru Ascent Limited

Limited 7-Passenger 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 8CVT)

Dealer Price
$41,115
Est. $558/mo
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$4,263 Below market
RMV: $45,378
Parsippany, NJ
MSRP $41,115
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2022 Subaru Ascent Limited

Limited 8-Passenger 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 8CVT)

Dealer Price
$40,871
Est. $554/mo
Good deal
$4,163 Below market
RMV: $45,034
Feasterville Trevose, PA
MSRP $40,871
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2022 Subaru Ascent Limited

Limited 7-Passenger 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl 8CVT)

Dealer Price
$41,270
Est. $560/mo
Good deal
$4,108 Below market
RMV: $45,378
Houston, TX
MSRP $41,270
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Colors and Styles

2022 Subaru Ascent in Crimson Red Pearl color
Crimson Red Pearl

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

This model nicely blends the brand's legendary ruggedness with family-friendly features, but there are some trade-offs in performance, interior noise, and features - CarsDirect

The 2022 Subaru Ascent is a carry-over model that features a 2.4L Turbo H-4 engine in AWD layout that is capable of towing up to 5,000 lbs. Its trim level commences with the Base variant at $32,295 and costs $45,445 for the range-topping Touring configuration. The Onyx Edition at $37,995 is a new refreshment in the production having Panoramic Roof and Navigation Multimedia as standards.

The Subaru Ascent is likely to have the same J.D.Power Rating of 82 for the 2022 model year. Such a high-reliability quotient marks its resale price as high as $24,122 after 5 years of ownership. In addition to that, the insurance charges $1,680 per year while the destination fee comes out to be $1,125. Also, the proper maintenance estimating $8,160 for 10 years can allow it to go for 250,000 miles throughout its lifespan.


Buying Advice

The Limited trim is the best configuration in the lot. The multi-way power-adjustability seats, enhanced heating functions, and leather accents are apt to justify its enticing stature. The safety pursuit and added features over the lower trim further make up for its overall appeal. Therefore, the 2022 Ascent Limited Trim would be the one, that we recommend, that won't cost more than $40,000 exclusive of taxes.

Features
8.0/10

The Ascent is the best Subaru for families, but it’s hardly the best SUV in its class - cars.com

The 2022 Subaru Ascent comes in 5 trims namely Base, Premium, Onyx Edition, Limited, and Touring. The Base configuration is priced at $32,295 with which it gets 6-speaker audio system and STARLINK 6.5-inch Multimedia Plus as standards. The Subaru EyeSight Driver Assist Technology and High Beam Assist have been integrated as well for no extra charges. The Premium trim at $34,795 goes on to include the heated front seats and Stain-Resistant Cloth Upholstery for better ambiance and comfort altogether.            

Trims

Base

Premium

Onyx Edition

Limited 

Touring

MSRP*

$32,295

$34,795

$37,995

$39,595

$45,445

Features

Cloth seats

Stain-Resistant Cloth Upholstery

StarTex Water-Repellent Upholstery Leather-trimmed upholstery Second-row captain's chairs
  High Beam Assist

Heated front seats

7-passenger seating (second-row captain's chairs) Power adjustable driver and front-passenger seats

Ventilated front seats

 

18” Silver-finished alloys

18” Machine-finished gray alloys

20-inch black-finish alloy wheels

20” Machine-finished Dark Gray alloys

Power tilt/sliding panoramic moonroof
  Subaru EyeSight Driver Assist Technology Subaru STARLINK Safety and Security Reverse Automatic Braking STARLINK 8.0-inch Multimedia Plus STARLINK 8.0-inch Multimedia Navigation
  6-speaker audio system 8-way power-adjustable driver's seat Heated steering wheel Heated second-row seats Harman Kardon Quantum Surround Sound audio system

The Onyx Edition is a little more expensive with a price tag of $37,995 for which it receives specific StarTex Water-Repellent Upholstery and 20-inch black-finish alloy wheels over the standard 18-inch wheels. The Limited is available at a bare minimum investment of $39,595 that brings on Leather-trimmed upholstery, power-adjustable driver and front-passenger seats, and Heated second-row seats in addition. In the end, the Touring at $45,445 features exclusive STARLINK 8.0-inch Multimedia Navigation and Harman Kardon Quantum Surround Sound audio system.

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Engine and Performance
7.0/10

The Ascent impresses with its powerful engine and smooth ride - Motor Trend

The 2022 Subaru Ascent has been equipped with a 2.4L Turbo H-4 that is capable of generating 260 hp and 277 lb-ft of torque. This powertrain is coupled with a LinearTronic CVT that's in conjunction with a standard Symmetrical AWD. Also, this AWD comes embedded with an X-MODE function for engine output and transmission ratio optimization. The Subaru Ascent is available with a 4-wheel independent suspension that keeps the wheel grounded irrespective of the terrain. To complement such dynamics, the Active Torque Vectoring is also employed that assists in sharp cornering and neutral steering.

And to curb the unexpected acceleration, the driver can operate the Brake Override System and limit the accelerator pedal input. The 2022 Ascent kicks in 0-60 MPH in 6.9 seconds and can cover a quarter-mile in 15.5 seconds. It can even speed up to 130 MPH. On the contrary, it has 13.1-inch front and 13-inch rear ventilated disc brakes that can decelerate it from 70-0 MPH within a braking distance of 175 ft. Along with that, the ABS and Brake Assist further aid in braking efficiency.

Models

2022 Subaru Ascent

2022 Toyota Highlander

2022 Ford Explorer

2022 Mazda CX-9

MSRP

$32,295

$35,205

$33,100

$33,890

Engine

2.4L Turbocharged Flat-Four

3.5L V6

2.3L Turbocharged Inline-4

2.5L Turbocharged Inline-4

Drivetrain

AWD

FWD

RWD

FWD

Transmission

CVT

8-speed automatic

10-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

Power

260 hp @ 5,600 RPM

295 hp @ 6,600 RPM

300 hp @ 5,500 RPM

227 hp @ 5,000 RPM

Torque

277 lb-ft @ 2,000 RPM

263 lb-ft @ 4,700 RPM

310 lb-ft @ 3,500 RPM

310 lb-ft @ 2,500 RPM

0-60 MPH 6.9 sec 7.2 sec 6.8 sec  7.0 sec
Quarter-mile 15.5 sec 16.0sec 14.8 sec 15.4 sec
Top Speed 130 MPH 115 MPH 143 MPH 132 MPH

As per data, the Subaru Ascent is 0.3 seconds quicker than Toyota Highlander in 0-60 MPH and costs about $3,000 less than the latter as well. Meanwhile, the Ford Explorer is faster than the Ascent in both quarter-mile drag and 0-60 MPH. However, the Mazda CX-9 is somewhat parallel to its Subaru counterpart in all parameters.

Fuel Economy
5.0/10

The 2022 Subaru Ascent returns a fuel economy of 23 MPG combined average and 21 MPG in the city. The range practicality can be 521 miles at max with its 19.3-gallon fuel tank. However, the overall range reach falls short to cross 450 miles by 7 miles. Furthermore, the Limited and Touring models of the 2022 Ascent are able to deliver 20 and 26 MPG in the city and highway respectively.

Models

2022 Subaru Ascent

2022 Toyota Highlander

2022 Ford Explorer

2022 Mazda CX-9

MPG (City)

21

21

21

22

MPG (Highway)

27

29

28

28

MPG (Combined)

23

24

24

24

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

19.3

17.9

17.9

19.0

Range (City/Highway/Combined; Miles)

405/521/443

375/519/393

376/501/430

418/532/456

Based on the datasheet, the Subaru Ascent is less fuel-efficient, but has a 1.4-gallon bigger fuel tank than the Highlander. This variation helps the former to lead the range coverage by extra 50 miles over the latter. While the CX-9 beats the Ascent by 13 miles, thanks to its extra 1 MPG

Interior
6.0/10

The Ascent's interior has all the hallmarks of a large crossover, with a raised driving position and versatile seating configurations - Car And Driver

The interior of the 2022 Subaru Ascent has been designed to be exceptionally spacious and comfortable. In terms of interior trims and accents, the cloth seating occupies the Base cabin which is replaced by the Stain-Resistant Cloth format and StarTex Water-Repellent Upholstery in the Premium and Onyx Edition respectively. Over these, the leather upholsteries such as Slate Black and Ivory Warm are introduced for the Limited and Touring configurations.

The Subaru Ascent gets heated front seats from Premium trim onwards while the heated second row is available for the Limited and Touring only. Considering the convenience as a priority, the power-adjustable front seats are arranged inside the Limited trim but the power ventilation comes incorporated specifically for the Touring trim. As far as cargo capacity of the 2022 Ascent is concerned, it is subjected to expand from 17.8 cu-ft to 47.5 cu-ft behind the second row and the 86.5 cu-ft behind the first row.

Models

2022 Subaru Ascent

2022 Toyota Highlander

2022 Ford Explorer

2022 Mazda CX-9

Seating Capacity

8

8

7

7

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

41.3/61.1/42.2

41.2/59.0/42.0

40.7/61.8/43.0

39.3/57.9/41.0

Second Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

40.0/60.3/38.6

39.4/58.7/41.0

40.5/61.9/39.0

38.5/58.1/39.4

Third Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

36.3/57.2/31.7

36.1/55.0/27.7

38.9/54.6/32.2

35.4/53.1/29.7

Standard Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

17.8

16.0

21.0

14.4

The infotainment unit of the Ascent has STARLINK 6.5-inch Multimedia Plus as standard in the Base trim along with a 6-speaker audio system. Moving forward adds the STARLINK 8.0-inch Multimedia Plus for the rest of the lineup except for the Touring. The Touring trim has been empowered with STARLINK 8.0-inch Multimedia Navigation. The musical notes in this trim also upgrade to higher pitches and bases with the Harman Kardon Quantum Surround Sound audio system.

Some of the notable interior features are-

  • 3-spoke steering wheel with integrated controls
  • Air vents for all three rows
  • Optional Harman Kardon Quantum Surround Sound audio system 
  • Reclining third-row 60/40-split flat-folding seatbacks
  • Available heated or ventilated front seats
  • Second row of seating can be bench seats or captains chairs
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter handle
Exterior
6.0/10

It kind of looks like the Outback, but in the form of a more conventional midsize 3-row crossover, and we think that's a good thing - Kelley Blue Book

The 2022 Subaru Ascent has remained unchanged in its dimensions and silhouette. The 8-exterior color trims include the contrasts such as the Crystal White Pearl, Crimson Red Pearl, and many more. In addition to these, the LED Steering Responsive Headlights have been made constant across the trim lineup.

The Subaru Ascent takes on the tough terrain while riding on the 18-inch and 20-inch wheels along with all-season tires. Moreover, the rear gets a power liftgate for the higher trim. Even the top is adorned with a raised roof rail throughout the belt but the panoramic roof has been kept only for the Touring trim. 

Models

2022 Subaru Ascent

2022 Toyota Highlander

2022 Ford Explorer

2022 Mazda CX-9

Curb Weight (lbs)

4,430

4,465

4,345

4,317

Length (inches)

196.8

194.9

198.8

199.4

Width (inches)

76.0

76.0

78.9

77.5

Height (inches)

71.6

68.1

69.9

69.0

Ground Clearance (inches)

8.7

8.0

7.9

8.8

Wheelbase (inches)

113.8

112.2

119.1

115.3

Based on the figures given, the 2022 Ascent is lighter in dimensions than the Highlander but has a 0.7-inch higher ground clearance than Highlander. As a result of these, they seem to be at par with one other in off-roading abilities. Simultaneously, Explorer has a 6-inch longer wheelbase than Ascent, assisting the latter in straight line stability.  

  • 20” alloy wheels
  • Express open/close sliding and tilting glass 1st and 2nd-row sunroof w/power sunshade
  • Chrome power heated side mirrors w/ power-folding and turn signal indicator
  • Power liftgate with height adjustment and memory function
  • Auto on/off projector-beam LED low/high DRLs
Safety
8.0/10

It's notable for its respectable list of standard and optional driver aids - Edmunds

Since the 2022 Subaru Ascent is a continued model of the 2021 model year, a 5-star NHTSA and a "Good" IIHS safety ratings are expected to be as it is. Also, it is likely to be inducted in the "Top Safety Pick +" Award by the IIHS.  Apart from these, other advanced safety features to ensure a commanding drive have been listed down: 

  • EyeSight Pre-Collision braking
  • EyeSight Lane keep assist
  • EyeSight Lane departure warning
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • STARLINK Safety and security
  • Back-up camera and front camera
Competition
7.0/10

2022 Subaru Ascent vs 2022 Toyota Highlander

The 2022 Subaru Ascent has a better performance quotient, power figures, and acceleration than the 2022 Toyota Highlander. It also takes the lead in the cabin's spaciousness, range coverage, and fuel economy while being relatively cheaper. Thus, the Ascent gets the preference. 

2022 Subaru Ascent vs 2022 Ford Explorer

The 2022 Explorer comes with a much more balanced cabin and performance surge than the 2022 Subaru Ascent and that too within competitive price range. Except for the range practicality, the Subaru Ascent hardly outclasses the former in any parameter. So, Explorer is a better option to choose.

Final Verdict

The 2022 Subaru Ascent is, without a doubt, a worthy 3-row 7-8 seater SUV that has both family-oriented practicality and rugged attributes. The towing prowess along with corresponding fuel economy and power performance vouch for its powertrain supremacy. The interior is equally engaging and comfortable. Therefore, one can have it as his/her top pick. 

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$32295

body style

4dr SUV

engine type
displacement

146 cu in

horse power

260 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

277 lb.-ft. @ 1500 rpm

transmission

Continuously Variable Transmission

dimensions
length

196.8 in

wheelbase

113.8 in

width

76 in

curb weight

4430 lbs

Height

71.6 in

Ground Clearance

8.7 lbs

capacity
passenger volume

153.5 cu ft

cargo volume

86.5 cu ft

passenger capacity

8 Seats

fuel economy
city/combined/highway

21/21/21 mpg

highway range

521.10 mi

warranty
basic warranty

3yr./ 36,000 mi.


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