2023 Subaru Ascent

Starting MSRP 

$33,895

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Key Spec of 2023 Subaru Ascent
fuel economy

21/21/21

fuel type

Regular Unleaded

horsepower

260 hp @ 5600 rpm

basic warranty

3yr./ 36,000 mi.

ProsConsWhat's New

Standard AWD

Noisy engine

Refreshed front and rear portion

Soft ride experience

Confined third-row seats

Standard 11.6-inch infotainment screen.

High-quality material in the interior

Sluggish acceleration

Enhanced driver-assistive features

Adequate ground clearance

2023 Subaru Ascent Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: October 17, 2022

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Nathan Dyer 

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The biggest 3-row midsize SUV and largest model from the Subaru, the Ascent has an abundant amount of space to accommodate 8-passengers. The thought behind every model is to deliver ample driver-assistive features to ensure more safety and a better handling experience. That gearless CVT along with a low-powered noisy engine is a little disappointing. The standard all-wheel-drive (AWD) is an advantage. The third-row seats of some of the competitors are roomier than that of Ascent's, however, it still carries many admirable features like a massive infotainment touchscreen and premium safety features as standard.

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Over All Rating

0.0

Out of 10

Notable Rankings

#3 in Midsize Suv

#11 in Suv


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2022 Subaru Ascent Premium

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

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$34,862
Est. $473/mo
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2022 Subaru Ascent Limited

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

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$40,770
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2022 Subaru Ascent Touring

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

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$43,404
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2022 Subaru Ascent Limited

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

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$40,770
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Burnsville, MN
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2022 Subaru Ascent Limited

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

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$40,770
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2022 Subaru Ascent Limited

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

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$40,770
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Las Vegas, NV
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2023 Subaru Ascent SUV

Limited 7-Passenger AWD

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$42,300
Est. $574/mo
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Bedford, OH
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2023 Subaru Ascent SUV

Limited 7-Passenger AWD

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$42,300
Est. $574/mo
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Bedford, OH
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2022 Subaru Ascent Limited

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

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$40,792
Est. $553/mo
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MSRP $42,346
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Black Clear Coat

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

For the 2023 generation of the Ascent, the Subaru has updated the front end with a new grille and refreshed light elements. It has also improvised the available features. On the interior side, the standard 6.5-inch and optional 8-inch infotainment touchscreens are placed with a portrait 11.2-inch screen. The rear bumpers have also seen alterations in it. Along with that, the Subaru has made its forward collision mitigation system and the lane keeping assist more refined than before. With a green interior, the Onyx edition gets an optional 360-degree camera. Updated speakers help improve intra-cabin communication. Standard wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It will be competing with the Mazda CX-9, the Jeep Grand Cherokee, and the Ford Explorer


Features

The 2023 Ascent has four different trim levels. The base, the Premium, the most popular the Limited, and the top variant is the Touring. The base trim consists of 18-inch alloys whereas on the Onyx Edition you get 20-inch alloys dipped in black shade, a panoramic sunroof, and fully black interior and exterior accents. All the models will carry a newly introduced 11.6-inch infotainment touchscreen and AWD system.

Trims 

2023

Subaru Ascent

2023

Subaru Ascent Premium

2023

Subaru Ascent 

Limited

2023

Subaru Ascent 

Touring

MSRP (7-seater)

 

$ 39,180

$ 42,820

$ 49,420

MSRP (8-seater)

$ 35,120

$ 37,720

$ 42,820

 

Key Features 

18-inch alloys

Optional seven-passenger seat availability

20-inch dark grey alloy wheels

Ambient interior lightings

 

LED headlights

Heated front seats 

Power adjustable front passenger seat

Panoramic sunroof

 

Three-zone climate control

Power adjustable driver seats

Driver side memory seat function

Navigation system

 

Six-speaker sound system

5000-lbs maximum towing capacity

Leather upholstery

14-speaker Harman Kardon audio system

 

Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity

Evasive steering assist

Folding mirrors

120V power outlet

 

2000-lbs towing capacity

Blind spot monitor

Turn indicators

180-degree forward parking camera

 

8-seater

Power Liftgate

Heated second-row seats 

Ventilated front seats

 

Adaptive headlights

Keyless entry and push button start

Heated steering wheel

 
 

Lane-keeping system

Rear automatic braking

Panoramic sunroof

 

Along with the features offered on the base trim of the Subaru Ascent, the company also offers some additional accessories for the interior and exterior.

Interior options

  • Auto-dimming mirrors with compass and Homelink
  • Footwell illumination kit
  • All-weather floor liners
  • Cargo net
  • Tray net
  • Windshield sunshade
  • Wireless charging pad
  • 3rd-row sunshades
  • Cargo separator

Exterior options

  • Exterior HL with auto-dimming mirrors
  • Splash guard
  • Rear bumper cover
  • Alloy wheels lock
  • Aero crossbar set
  • Body side moldings
  • Trailer hitch
  • Door edge guards

We Recommend

CARHP recommends the Limited trim of the Ascent. It is equipped with 20-inch alloy wheels which the base and the Premium trims do not offer. Driver seat memory function along with the full leather interior gives it a more premium approach than the basic trims. Standard AWD along with the 11.6-inch updated touchscreen. Turn indicators with the front row power-adjustable seats convey a smoother ride experience.

Release Date

The 2023 generation of the Ascent has been released and is available in your nearest showroom.

Engine and Performance

The Subaru offers a single engine for all trim levels. The turbocharged 2.5L H4 engine makes more noise and compared to its key rivals, it delivers a moderate acceleration. It pairs with the 8-speed continuously variable transmission (CVT). It catches the 0-60 mph speed in 7 seconds. The 8-seater models offer mileage figures– 21 mpg in the city, 27 mpg on the highway, and 23 mpg combined. It manages a range of – 405.3 miles when driving in the city, 521.1 miles while running on the highway and 443.9 miles combined. The Touring and the Onyx models offer one mpg less mileage.

Models 

2023 

Subaru

Ascent

2023 

Mazda

 CX-9

2023

Jeep Grand Cherokee

2023 

Ford 

Explorer

MSRP

$ 35,120

$ 36,905

$ 40,120

$ 37,005

Engine 

2.4L Turbo H4

2.5L Turbo I4

3.6L V6

2.3L Turbo I4

Drivetrain 

AWD

AWD

RWD

RWD

Transmission

8-speed CVT

6-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

10-speed automatic

Horsepower (hp @ rpm)

260 hp @ 5600 rpm

227 hp @ 5000 rpm

293 hp @ 6400 rpm

300 hp @ 5500 rpm

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

277 lb-ft @ 2000 rpm

310 lb-ft @ 2000 rpm

257 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

310 lb-ft @ 3500 rpm

0-60 (seconds)

7 seconds

7.6 seconds

6.7 seconds

5.9 seconds

Quarter-mile (seconds)

15.5 seconds

15.5 seconds

15.2 seconds

14.4 seconds

Top speed 

130 mph

132 mph

117 mph

143 mph

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is the costliest car in the comparison and it offers a V6 engine with it. The Subaru Ascent is the most affordable midsize SUV in the segment and it offers a standard AWD system. With the highest power output, the Ford Explorer is the fastest car on the table. It also offers the highest top speed among all its rivals. The Grand Cherokee comes with the lowest top speed. Except for the 2023 Explorer, all the models complete a quarter-mile run in the same time interval. The Grand Cherokee and the Explorer both are equipped with a standard RWD system.

2023 Subaru Ascent Ride and Handling

Even with the base trim, the Ascent provides a comfortable and supportive ride experience. The engine makes a little noise but it gets a good acceleration (a little slower than its rivals). Even for a larger SUV, the Subaru has focused on providing drivers good visibility. The CVT behaves nicely and the power gets to the ground very effectively. Despite having less power than the Kia Telluride, it accelerates rapidly. Having the engine lowering the chassis makes the Rack-pinion steering column a lot more reassuring and helps in good handling.

While running 0-60 mph, it feels planted and when we use the paddles, it behaves like a traditional torque converter. Automatic transmission downshifts nicely. On the highways, it delivers a composed and smooth ride experience. On pavement, the Ascent gets a tight 38-foot turning radius and it makes it easy to park. On the front it uses shock absorber Strut suspensions, meanwhile, the rear wheels consist of a Double wishbone.

2023 Subaru Ascent Braking system

With the four-wheel disc brake system, the Subaru also delivers various safety and braking features in the new Ascent. The EyeSight driver assists technology scans the road and protects the vehicle from potential collisions. With Pre-Collison braking, it makes it easier to stop in a crucial situation. In case of emergency braking, it alerts you and automatically applies the brakes, but sometimes it stuck and is not fully reliable all the time. Reverse automatic braking helps stop the Ascent to avoid objects behind when moving in reverse. The Auto Vehicle Hold (AVH) with the use of stability and traction controls, holds the vehicle on a hilly road or a sloping surface.

MODEL

2023 

Subaru

Ascent

2023 

Mazda

 CX-9

2023

Jeep Grand Cherokee

2023 

Ford 

Explorer

 

Brake rotors

(front) (in)

13.1 inches

 

12.6 inches

 

13.9 inches

 

13.6 inches

 

Brake Rotors 

(back) (in)

13 inches

 

12.8 inches

 

13.8 inches

12.6 inches

Curb weight

(lbs)

4421 lbs

4409 lbs

4328 lbs

4345 lbs

 

60-0 (- ft.)

117 ft.

 

N/A

 

N/A

 

N/A

Among all the vehicles in the table, the 2023 Subaru Ascent has the highest curb weight. Along with the biggest brake calipers, the Grand Cherokee has the lowest curb weight. The Mazda CX-9 holds the shortest brake rotors. Considering that the Grand Cherokee’s curb weight is much lighter and its brake calipers are the biggest, we can conclude that it will stop faster than any other vehicle.

Fuel Economy

With a 2.4L Turbocharged I4 engine and a standard all-wheel-drive system, the 8-seater models of the Ascent achieve a mileage of – 21 mpg in the city, 27 mpg on the highway, and 23 mpg combined. With a fuel capacity of 19.3 gallons across all the trim levels, it secures a range of – 405.3 miles when driving in the city, 521.1 miles while running on the highway, and 443.9 miles combined.

The Touring trim and the Onyx edition offer mileage of - 20 mpg in the city, 26 mpg on the highway, and 22 mpg combined. This results in a range of – 386 miles when driving it in the city, 501.8 miles when running on highways, and 424.6 miles combined.

Model 

2023 

Subaru

Ascent

2023 

Mazda

 CX-9

2023

Jeep Grand Cherokee

2023 

Ford 

Explorer

MPG (city)

21 mpg

20 mpg

19 mpg

21 mpg

MPG (highway)

27 mpg

26 mpg

26 mpg

28 mpg

MPG (combined)

23 mpg

23 mpg

22 mpg

24 mpg

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

19.3 gallons

19.5 gallons

23 gallons

17.9 gallons

Range (City, highways, combined in miles)

405.3/521.1/443.9 miles

390/507/448.5 miles

437/598/506 miles

375.9/501.2/429.6 miles

The 2023 Explorer is the most fuel-efficient car, but it carries the lowest fuel capacity with it. The Ascent carries a bigger fuel tank and it delivers competitive mileage figures. Thanks to the highest fuel capacity and good fuel economy, the Grand Cherokee delivers the highest range in the comparison.

Interior

TheInterior of the base trims of the Ascent feel good and are made up of high-quality plush materials. The appraising leather-wrapped cabin on the Limited and Touring variants, enriches the ride quality and delivers a smooth driving experience to the driver. The front and second-row seats are easy to get in and out of, and it provides a good amount of space for the passengers. The 8-seater version is suitable for the kids to sit on the third row. To enhance support on a long drive, the 7-seater configuration on the Ascent offers a captain seat format. The car carries a total passenger volume of 153.8 cu.-ft. Ahead of its rivals which provide a 5-seater or 7-seat format, It provides a seating capacity for 8 passengers as standard.

Basic trims bring adjustable front row seats, meanwhile, the Limited and the Touring hold heated rear seats with memory function on the driver's side. The steering looks a little dated. The piano black trim across the infotainment screen merges pretty well in the dashboard. The small carbon-fiber finish on the door panels and the dashboard look premium. Little storage compartments across the cabin make the Subaru more thoughtful about stowing things. The gauges and buttons on the center console are easily understandable but feel old-fashioned. On the base and the Premium, you don't get a sunroof, but the top 2 trims bring a well-wide panoramic sunroof. The interior lets in road and engine noise. Automatic climate control requires manual adjustments. It takes time to spread the air throughout the interior.

Model

2023 

Subaru

Ascent

2023 

Mazda

 CX-9

2023

Jeep Grand Cherokee

2023 

Ford 

Explorer

Passenger Capacity

8

7

5

7

First Row (Head/shoulder/legroom

 

41.2/61.1/42.4 inches

 

39.3/57.9/41 inches

 

39.4/59.2/41.3 inches

 

40.7/61.8/43 inches

Second Row (Head/shoulder/legroom)

 

40/60.3/38.6 inches

 

38.5/58.1/39.4 inches

 

39.4/58/38.2 inches

 

40.5/61.9/39 inches

Third Row (Head/shoulder/legroom)

 

36.2/57/37.1 inches

 

35.4/53.1/29.7 inches

 

N/A

 

39.8/54.6/32.2 inches

Cargo Capacity behind first row (cu.-ft)

 

75.6 cu.-ft

 

71.2 cu.-ft

 

70.8 cu-ft

 

87.8 cu.-ft

Cargo capacity behind the second row (cu,-ft)

 

43.5 cu.-ft

 

38.2 cu.-ft

 

37.7 cu.-ft

 

47.9 cu.-ft

Cargo capacity behind the third row (cu,-ft)

 

17.8 cu.-ft

 

14.4 cu.-ft

 

N/A

 

18.2 cu.-ft

In the front row, all the vehicles provide almost the same amount of room for the passengers. The second-row seats on the Explorer and the Ascent have competitive room in them. The 5-seater Grand Cherokee offers the least amount of cargo capacity behind its first and second rows. The Explorer offers the highest amount of cargo space in every aspect. The Mazda CX-9 has comparatively lower cargo space and room than the Subaru’s.

Highlights of the interior features include–

  • Manual tilt and telescopic steering wheel
  • Power rear windows and fixed third-row windows
  • Front cup holder
  • Total of 19 cup holders
  • Starlink subscription-based internet access
  • Valet Function
  • Power fuel flap locking type
  • Cruise controls with steering wheel controls
  • Dual zone front automatic air conditioning
  • Driver footrest
  • Illuminated locking glove box
  • SofTex interior trim on base trims
  • The leather interior on the premium trim
  • Day night rearview mirror
  • Front and rear map lights
  • Cargo space light
  • Trip computer
  • Front and rear center armrests
  • Two 12V charging socket
  • Air filtration

How intuitive is the 2023 Subaru Ascent’s Infotainment system?

The Subaru has changed its 6 and 8-inch infotainment screens of old generations. On standard, all models are now equipped with a vertically mounted 11.6-inch touchscreen that offers a wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. The icons are large and come with more punchy colors. The Subaru has improved its touch response and visibility. The navigation system is still a blessing for the Limited and Touring trims only. The 6-speaker sound system sounds well, but the 10-speaker Harman Kardon audio feels more polished and offers a pleasant balance of low, mid, and high. Most of the features are easily operated through the screen only.

These features enrich the user experience while using the infotainment system in the Ascent —

  • Multi-touch gestures
  • HD Radio
  • Voice-activated controls
  • 3.5 mm headphone jack
  • Bluetooth audio streaming
  • Hands-free messaging service
  • Radio data system
  • Window grid antenna
  • SiriusXM travel link with a 4-month free trial
  • Speed compensated volume control
Exterior

The 2023 Ascent is the largest vehicle, the Subaru produces. This year it has come up with a more appealing and refreshed exterior than its previous generations. The new front facia incorporates a more prominent grille, redesigned LED headlights, and a more aggressive front bumper cover. The new front bumper cover features lower edge air ducts to improve aerodynamic flow under the vehicle. At the back of the vehicle, updated c-shaped taillights further exemplify the SUV’s new look. The front panel of the new Ascent resembles the newest Outback the Subaru has released. The iconic badge of the Subaru is mounted in a strip that goes and merges the updated headlights. The 18-inch alloys are average with the size, however, the 20-inch rims on the Limited and Touring, give the car proper completeness. Except for the painted black wheel specifically for the Onyx Edition, all the other models carry an aluminum brush finish with probably dark grey paint. Front parking sensors are mounted over the bumper.

Model

2023 

Subaru

Ascent

2023 

Mazda

 CX-9

2023

Jeep Grand Cherokee

2023 

Ford 

Explorer

Curb Weight (lbs)

 

4421 lbs

 

4409 lbs

 

4328 lbs

 

4345 lbs

Length (in.)

196.8 inches

199.4 inches

193.5 inches

198.8 inches

Width (in.)

76 inches

77.5 inches

77.5 inches

78.9 inches

Height (in.)

71.6 inches

67.6 inches

70.8 inches

70.2 inches

Ground Clearance (in.)

8.7 inches

8.8 inches

8.4 inches

8.2 inches

Wheelbase (in.)

113.8 inches

115.3 inches

116.7 inches

119.1 inches

The 2023 Ford Explorer has the longest wheelbase. Despite being a 5-seater SUV, the Jeep Grand Cherokee has a larger wheelbase than the rest of the two vehicles. The Mazda CX-9 is the largest car in the segment, but it has the shortest SUV in the segment. The Subaru Ascent has the highest curb weight. All the vehicles deliver more than eight inches of ground clearance.

Highlights of the exterior features–

  • 18-inch wheels with tires of 245/60R18 105H AS
  • Steel spare wheel
  • Clearcoat paint
  • Black colored cladding
  • Variable intermittent wipers 
  • Light tinted glass
  • Liftgate rear cargo access
  • Roof rails
  • Tailgate rear door locks with power door lock
  • Auto on-off projector headlamps
  • Daytime running lights with auto-leveling
  • Chrome side window trims on high trims
  • Body-colored front and rear bumper
  • Approach lights
Safety

Subaru Ascent (2022) has an overall safety rating of 5 stars, where it scored 4 stars in the rollover crash test. The safety features on the new Ascent claim to be improved, but in some cases, they do not work with proper accuracy. The EyeSight system comes standard with all the trim levels.

It also offers these safety features

  • Standard forward collision warning 
  • Standard Automatic braking
  • Standard adaptive cruise control
  • Standard lane departure warning and lane keeping assist
  • Side impact beams 
  • Electronic stability control
  • Automatic vehicle hold
  • 1st, 2nd, and 3rd-row airbags
  • Airbag occupancy sensors
  • Rear child safety locks
  • Driver knee airbag
  • Backup camera
Competition

2023 Subaru Ascent vs. 2023 Mazda CX-9

With an extra $1000, the Mazda offers a longer body. The Ascent gives a better fuel economy. The CX-9 offers more torque, while the new Subaru produces more power. The Mazda offers more ground clearance, while the Ascent delivers a comparatively better acceleration. It also comes up with a more roomy interior and cargo carrying capacity. The front portion of the new Mazda CX-9 looks more refined with those iconic LED headlights. The external appearance of the Ascent feels aggressive and bold and it gives it a rugged look.

2023 Subaru Ascent vs. 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee

The Jeep is more expensive than the Subaru, but it offers a more powerful V6 engine with it. With less money, the Ascent brings a seating capacity for 8-passengers, while the Grand Cherokee accommodates only 5 people in it. The Grand Cherokee has a larger wheelbase, but it has a lower top speed. The Ascent is heavier. The Grand Cherokee has more fuel capacity. The Grand Cherokee looks refreshed from the outside, while the interior of the Ascent is more polished. 

2023 Subaru Ascent vs 2023 Ford Explorer

With a small hike in price, the new Ford Explorer is a better choice than the Subaru Ascent. It offers the most power in the segment. The Ascent manages more mileage figures. The Explorer has a longer wheelbase and body, it also carries a more roomy cabin for the passengers. On standard, the Ascent offers a seating capacity of 8 passengers. The new Explorer possesses a more rugged and off-roading-oriented exterior. The interior trim of the Ascent has many standard features that are lacking in the Explorer.

Final Verdict

Compared to its various key rivals, with a less price, it is a good-to-go option for shoppers. It offers 260hp which is sufficient enough to roar the car. Along with that, it delivers one of the best mileage figures among its competition. This year with a more appealing and redesigned exterior, the Ascent has come up with improved standard features like lane-keeping assist, and forward collision mitigation and has bought a new 360-degree camera.

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$33895

body style

dr SUV

engine type
displacement

146 cu in

horse power

260 hp @ 5600 rpm

torque

277 lb.-ft. @ 2000 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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