2022 Subaru Ascent

MSRP $32,445

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2022 Subaru Ascent Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 5, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Ascent first arrived as the 2019 model year, replacing the Subaru Tribeca. It has been the largest SUV that Subaru produces, and being a three-row SUV, it must be friendly with family and kids. The midsize SUV finds itself in a tight market with lots of similar offerings from various manufacturers, all trying to dethrone each other. Subaru and their off-roading charisma are carried over to most of their vehicles and the Ascent is no exception. For 2022, Subaru will not be making any major changes, but we do expect some minor changes to take place.

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Pros

Comfortable ride and handling balance

Subaru’s legendary symmetrical AWD standard across the lineup

Intuitive and easy to use infotainment system

Standard safety tech across trim levels

Cons

Sub-par performance figures, sluggish acceleration

Poor NVH levels, especially when compared to the competition

Cramped third-row seating

What's New?

No expected changes for the 2022 Subaru Ascent

Minor upgrades may be made but the model is set to be carried over from 2021


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$32445

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

8

top speed

130 mph

engine type

displacement

146 cu.in.

horsepower

260 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

277 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

13.1/13 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

113.8 in.

length

196.8 in.

width

76 in.

height

71.6 in.

curb weight

4430 lbs.

ground clearance

8.7 in.

capacity

passenger volume

153.5 cu ft.

cargo volume

86.5 cu ft.

towing capacity

2000 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7 sec.

zero to 100 mph

19.4 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.5 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

178 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

21/21/27 mpg

highway range

405.30 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Base$32,445 Est. onwards

Colors and Styles

2022 Subaru Ascent in Crimson Red Pearl color
Crimson Red Pearl

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

9.0

Exterior

9.0

Safety

6.0

Competition

9.0

7.7

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.7

Overall Rating


We expect the same powertrain to be carried over, which can seem a bit sluggish at times; but the entire purpose of the Ascent is not to overtake cars on the highway, but to offer a comfortable ride and fit every member of the family. It’s not too expensive and it is right in place to face off against competitors such as Toyota Highlander, Ford Explorer, and Mazda CX-9; all of which put up an excellent fight against the Ascent, offering performance, practicality, and reliability up against the Subaru.

2022 Subaru Ascent SUV Three Quarter Front View
2022 Subaru Ascent SUV Three Quarter Rear View

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

9.0/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

6.0/10
Safety

9.0/10
Competition


2022 Subaru Ascent Features

Subaru has nothing all that big planned for 2022, issuing a major upgrade to only the Subaru Outback and BRZ, with the latter also being a minor refresh. For their other vehicles such as the Impreza and Ascent, they have decided to carry over the design and specs from the model year 2021. Usually when that happens, the trims the vehicle is offered in remain the same, which is what we expect for the 2022 Subaru Ascent.

Trims

Base

Premium

Limited 

Touring

MSRP*

$33,345

$35,150

$38,900

$44,000

Features

Cloth seats

In addition to/replacing features in the Base trim:

In addition to/replacing features in the Premium trim:

In addition to/replacing features in the Limited trim:

 

Standard symmetrical AWD

Heated front seats

Chrome door handles

Ventilated front seats

 

18” Silver-finished alloys

18” Machine-finished gray alloys

20” Machine-finished Dark Gray alloys

Second-row captain's chairs

 

LED Steering Responsive Headlights

Windshield wiper de-icer

LED Fog Lights

Wood Grain-patterned accent trim

 

Black manually folding side mirrors

Body-color manually folding side mirrors

Satin chrome power-folding side mirrors with integrated turn signals

Smart auto-dimming rearview compass mirror with HomeLink

 

6-way manually adjustable driver's seat

8-way power-adjustable driver's seat

Power adjustable driver and front-passenger seats

STARLINK® 8.0-inch Multimedia Navigation

 

Second-row bench seat

Stain-resistant cloth upholstery

Heated second-row seats

Harman Kardon Quantum Surround Sound audio system

 

Subaru EyeSight Driver Assist Technology

Blind-Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert

Heated steering wheel

180-Degree Front-View Monitor

 

High Beam Assist

Subaru STARLINK Safety and Security

Leather-trimmed upholstery

120-volt AC power outlet

*Expected

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The largest SUV from Subaru is well-equipped from the Base variant onwards, with regards to safety and practicality. As you go higher up the trim levels, the amenities and comforts offered start to increase. For the tech-savvy customer, the Touring trim could very well be the most convenient. However, striking a good balance between cost and features will take you to the Limited trim, which is around $5k cheaper than the Touring trim, and you can add a couple of packages from Subaru to spruce the interiors up, such as the auto-dimming package. 

Price:

We are not sure what changes Subaru might make and what the exact pricing might be. We do expect it to remain close to the base price, which is $33,345, as of now. The newer model might be starting at $500 higher, or maybe less. Nothing regarding the official pricing has been announced yet.

Release Date:

The 2022 Subaru Ascent is expected to reach dealerships in the summer of 2021, or it might come a little later.

2022 Subaru Ascent Engine and Performance

The new Subaru Ascent will be using the same powertrain used in the previous year's models. A 2.4L turbocharged flat-4, a typical Subaru configuration. It is capable of pushing out 260 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque. All trims come with the same powertrain and all trims come with All Wheel Drive (AWD). The transmission of choice is a CVT.

2022 Subaru Ascent SUV Engine Bay

To be honest, this is most definitely not the best powertrain configuration on the market right now. The ascent was never meant to be a straight off-the-line beast, but it feels very sluggish. It is decent enough for driving around town, although at a lower rev range, it feels jerky. Whenever you try to accelerate hard, the engine and transmission can get very noisy, without actually offering a lot in return.

Despite the engine lacking certain aspirations, the ride is kept comfortable. With a high ground clearance, you are seated well off the ground and you can’t be the recipient of any sudden vigorous jerks. Steering is precise, but the body roll is kept to a minimum. Braking is decent too. Handling is not something you would complain about in the Ascent, but you can surely complain about the performance of the engine.

Models

2022 Subaru Ascent*

2021 Toyota Highlander

2021 Ford Explorer

2021 Mazda CX-9

MSRP

$33,345

$34,600

$32,765

$33,890

Engine

2.4L Turbocharged Flat-Four

3.5L V6

2.3L Turbocharged Inline Four-Cylinder

2.5L Turbocharged Inline Four-Cylinder

Drivetrain

AWD

FWD

RWD

AWD

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

250 hp @ 5,000 RPM

Torque

277 lb-ft @ 2,000 RPM

263 lb-ft @ 4,700 RPM

310 lb-ft @ 3,500 RPM

320 lb-ft @ 2,500 RPM

*2021 MY data used for reference

On paper, the Ascent falls behind the pack, except for the Mazda CX-9. The Ascent is not a very athletic car. Its acceleration is also not on par with the rivals, though it doesn’t stray far behind by a lot. Only the Subaru comes with a CVT. The SUVs are more or less within the same ballpark, but both the Toyota and Ford take the crown when it comes to power output.

2022 Subaru Ascent Fuel Economy

8.0/10

The Ascent has a decent gas mileage, although it is not something to brag about. The powertrain can deliver 21/27/23 MPG for city/highway/combined driving respectively. Those digits alone might not confide a lot of inspiration in you, but when you take a look at the rivals, you will have a change of heart, as they are mostly on par with each other.The Ascent comes with a tank of 19.3-gallons, which is pretty big for the class. Having a range of more than 400 miles on a full gas tank means you can easily travel to other states without so much as a gas stop.

Models

2022 Subaru Ascent*

2021 Toyota Highlander

2021 Ford Explorer

2021 Mazda CX-9

MPG (City)

21

20

21

22

MPG (Highway)

27

24

28

28

MPG (Combined)

23

22

24

24

Fuel Tank Capacity (Gallons)

19.3

17.9

19.2

19.0

Range (City/Highway/Combined; Miles)

405/521/443

375/519/393

403/538/460

418/532/456

*2021 MY data used for reference

All of the vehicles offer gas mileage that is close enough to each other. However, the Ford Explorer and CX-9 offer slightly better range than the Ascent. The Highlander comes at last. Despite an efficiency tuned CVT transmission, the Subaru Ascent doesn’t manage to achieve the best MPG figures.

2022 Subaru Ascent Interior

9.0/10

The quality of the interior of the Ascent varies greatly according to the trim you choose, which is true for every car. But even the base trim will not disappoint many, materials are consistent and placed well throughout the cabin. The interior is mostly characterized by big spaces and a three-row family SUV. However, not everything is hunky-dory inside the cabin. The design is not very awe-inspiring and focuses more on functionality than fascination. The buttons are laid out in an ergonomic manner and help the driver with the simple layout.

2022 Subaru Ascent SUV Front Row Seats

The layout of the dashboard is simple, with a big screen adorning the center of the screen. The base trim comes with cloth upholstery, but the upper trims get leather upholstery. The base trim has a 6-way manually adjustable driver’s seat with height adjusters. The passenger’s seat is a 4-way manually adjustable with height and tilt adjustable. The higher trims get heated and ventilated seats with a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat w/ 2-position memory, power lumbar support, and a 4-way adjustable front passenger seat.

You also get a leather-wrapped heated steering wheel. The Ascent can be configured to either have seating for 8-passengers or 7-passengers. The only problem is, no matter which configuration you choose, the third row will always have a somewhat congested space, with very little legroom. The front row and the second row will suffice for adults, but most kids would be comfortable at the rear row for longer journeys.

The Ascent offers 17.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row. This can fit your groceries, maybe a golf club, and some luggage for a weekend trip. The 60/40-split rear folding seats will open up to 47.5 cubic feet of cargo space, which is a ton of space for fitting a lot of stuff. You can also fold the second row of seats and that will allow you access to full 86.5 cubic feet of cargo space, unrestricted. We can’t think of anything you won’t be able to fit in such a huge space. Interior storage solutions include door pockets, center console storage, cupholders.

Models

2022 Subaru Ascent*

2021 Toyota Highlander

2021 Ford Explorer

2021 Mazda CX-9

Seating Capacity

7

8

7

7

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

41.3/61.1/42.2

39.9/59/40.4

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

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

36.1/55/27.7

38.9/56.4/32.2

35.4/53.1/29.7

Standard Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

17.8

16

21

14.4

*2021 MY data used for reference

The base model comes with a 6.5” infotainment screen which runs on Subaru’s STARLINK system, which is a tried and tested infotainment system, which is pretty good and intuitive, and responsive. This comes with standard features such as Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, SiriusXM radio, Bluetooth, STARLINK applications, etc. The higher trims are blessed with an 8” display that introduces HD Radio, Wi-Fi Hotspot, and voice controls. Plus, the highest trim, Touring, will also get you a Harman/Kardon 14-speaker sound system.

2022 Subaru Ascent SUV Infotainment System

The first row is pretty comfortable in all the SUVs and the same can be said for the second row. However, it is the third row where all of them start struggling. The Highlander and CX-9 offer absolutely cramped third-row seats, but the Subaru and Explorer aren’t too well off either. The Explorer comes with the best cargo space, while the Subaru comes in at second.

Highlights of the 2022 Subaru Ascent Interior

  • Transmission paddle shifters
  • 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

2022 Subaru Ascent Exterior

9.0/10

The Ascent is a big and bold vehicle, the biggest that Subaru produces. Consequently, it is quite heavy too. The Ascent has a very mediocre design, with nothing too flashy or fascinating. It is starting to look old. However, some people might actually prefer simplistic styling. The front sees the two headlights, with all the cuts and angles curving their way along the sides. The grille is not very large and comes enshrined in chrome. Below it, you get fog lights and a handsome front bumper.

2022 Subaru Ascent SUV Left Side View 

The SUV also strikes a confident pose when looked at from the sides. The almost boxy shape is rounded off by the edges. Roof rails come installed as standard and there are also running boards to help you climb onto the vehicle with high ground clearance. The rear sees the two sharp taillights and the trunk door. Below it, are two exhausts, all of which wrap this vehicle up. It is big, bold, and quite imposing.

Models

2022 Subaru Ascent*

2021 Toyota Highlander

2021 Ford Explorer

2021 Mazda CX-9

Curb Weight (lbs)

4,603

4,465

4,345

4,317

Length (inches)

196.8

194.9

198.8

199.4

Width (inches)

76

76

78.9

77.5

Height (inches)

71.6

68.1

69.9

69.0

Ground Clearance (inches)

8.7

8

7.9

8.8

Wheelbase (inches)

113.8

112.2

119.1

115.3

*2021 MY data used for reference

Still, it fails to look as attractive as some of its rivals and with a redesign which is about to come soon, Subaru might overcome that. Also, Subaru might be making some minor tweaks to the exterior for 2022 but no major changes will be seen. Some exterior features of the Subaru Ascent Touring are –

  • 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

2022 Subaru Ascent Safety

6.0/10

Just like any other Subaru vehicle, the 2021 Ascent scored a flawless 5-star rating on NHTSA and also grabbed a flawless score in IIHS ratings. It was also awarded the Top Safety Pick+ for 2021, the highest honor for any vehicle. Since the 2022 model will be using the same chassis with little to no exterior changes, we can expect the 2022 model to have the same exact scores and be extremely safe.Some safety features are as follows:

  • 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

2022 Subaru Ascent Competition

9.0/10

2022 Subaru Ascent vs 2021 Toyota Highlander

The Toyota Highlander and Subaru Ascent go head-to-head and they trade blows, but the Ascent comes out on top on most of the occasions. The Subaru, despite being underpowered, offers a similar level of performance to that of the Toyota. 

2021 Toyota Highlander

However, the Highlander falls behind when it comes to fuel economy, range, interior spacing, cargo, and also on the list of features. The only advantage Toyota has is reliability.

2022 Subaru Ascent vs 2021 Ford Explorer

The Explorer is another formidable foe to the Ascent. While it offers slightly better performance, it also narrowly beats the Ascent when it comes to fuel economy. A bigger fuel tank also allows it to store more fuel.

2021 Ford Explorer

The interior is just about as spacious as the Ascent, and maybe even slightly more. Subaru has a better list of features, infotainment and also offers snappier handling. Also, it comes with AWD as standard. It is a very tough fight and people should decide for themselves.

2022 Subaru Ascent vs 2021 Mazda CX-9

Mazda vehicles are known for their style and their versatility. The CX-9 has slightly better performance and also handles very well. It also has a better range than the Ascent, an upscale interior, and certainly looks better than the Ascent.

2021 Mazda CX-9

 But Subaru recovers some ground when it comes to the list of standard features, tech, infotainment, and interior spacing. Though the CX-9 is a very popular and lovable SUV, it might not be the best. The Ascent provides tough competition.

2022 Subaru Ascent Final Verdict

The Ascent is fairly new to this world, but despite that, it has managed to garner positive responses from the public. It is aimed at being practical, modern (at least on the inside), and a good fuel economy.

Even though the engine might leave you desiring for more, Subaru’s attempt was to make this a comfortable family hauler, and there, they have succeeded. Though Ascent faces mighty competition from the rivals, it manages to hold its ground pretty clear. It would be exciting to see what changes 2022 Subaru Ascent carries.

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