Subaru’s mid-size crossover has been around for a while and the next year’s model brings some pretty interesting updates. It’s not a full 2023 Subaru Ascent redesign, as some sources were suggesting, but rather a major update, which indicates that the current generation will remain in production for a few more years. This refresh brings an updated styling, but also a couple of interesting novelties on the inside. On the other hand, the powertrain department remains the same.
All in all, the next year’s model will come with novelties but the overall design will remain the same. We are about to see a crossover that has so many great things to offer, starting from the company’s well-known all-wheel-drive system, capable and efficient engine, comfortable and spacious cabin, long list of standard equipment etc.
The 2023 Subaru Ascent should hit showrooms in a couple of months.
2023 Subaru Ascent Design
The current, first generation of Ascent has been around since 2018 and the 2023 Subaru Ascent brings some interesting updates. Of course, the first thing you will notice is the styling update. The front end looks nicer than before, thanks to the new headlights, new grille and bumper. Everything is designed in a bolder, more aggressive manner, which makes this SUV looks more appealing than before. Furthermore, you can notice a few tweaks on the other end too, as well as things like new color options, new wheels etc.
On the other hand, the mechanical aspect of the vehicle remained the same. This SUV rides on the company’s modular platform and thanks to the standard all-wheel-drive system, you may count on the excellent grip in all conditions. Furthermore, the handling feels composed and offers a good balance between comfort and athleticism. The steering is also very precise and provides pretty engaging handling.
There are also a few changes on the inside, where this SUV brings a few revisions to the dashboard. Of course, the most notable change comes in the form of the new, vertically oriented 11.6-inch infotainment screen, while you can also notice new color schemes, new materials and similar things. All in all, we really like the build quality, as well as the overall look of the interior.
Still, this interior offers much more than that. We are talking about one of the most practical cabins in the class. Of course, three rows of seats are standard and even the third row is reasonably spacious. The front seats are massive and supportive, while we particularly like the driving position, which is high and provides excellent visibility in all directions.
The cargo area also offers respectable ratings. You may count on about 17.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, 47.5 cubic feet with the third row folded down, and 86.5 cubic feet of the total cargo volume, which is about average for the segment.
As we’ve just mentioned, this update has brought a couple of exciting novelties, starting from the new 11.6-inch infotainment screen. Furthermore, things like wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are part of the standard equipment, along with the Wi-Fi hotspot. On the other hand, a new surround-view camera system is available.
Other than these novelties, the list of standard equipment should include goodies like tri-zone climate control, keyless entry, satellite radio, Bluetooth, four USB ports etc.
2023 Subaru Ascent Engine
Although this update was quite comprehensive, the mechanical aspect of the vehicle remained pretty much the same. This particularly refers to the powertrain, which consists of a familiar 2.4-liter turbo-four engine, which puts out around 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque. The engine comes in pair with a CVT gearbox, which works well and offers decent driving experiences. Driving dynamics are pretty good, while you may also count on 5.000 pounds of the max towing capacity, which is quite typical for the segment.
If we consider that this SUV comes standard with Subaru’s well-known all-wheel-drive system, fuel economy is actually pretty impressive. You may count on about 21 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway, which is actually more than you get from most 2WD mid-size crossovers.
2023 Subaru Ascent Release Date and Price
We expect that the 2023 Subaru Ascent will hit the market sometime this fall, with a starting price of around 33.500 dollars. Some of the key competitors are models like Mazda CX-9, VW Atlas, Nissan Pathfinder etc.