The Ascent came as a completely new model last year. After a pretty amazing reception, we have no doubt that the 2020 Subaru Ascent will continue in the same way, without more important changes. It will represent the second production year and, therefore, it shouldn’t bring anything more important in terms of features. Count on the same design, which offers plenty of practicality and functionality, as well as pretty good handling and overall driving characteristics. It is also a well-equipped SUV, especially in terms of latest driver aids and safety features.
- Efficient turbo-four engine
- Great handling
- Spacious first and second row
- Lots of standard equipment
- Third row is pretty tight
- Higher base price compared to most rivals
The 2020 Subaru Ascent definitely won’t change in this aspect. The second production year seems way too early for any important change, so count of a familiar layout. Like other brands from this Japanese manufacturer, the Ascent also rides on a new Global Platform, which provides excellent handling and overall driving characteristics. These are definitely some of the biggest advantages compared to rivals like Ford Explorer, Chevy Traverse, Toyota Highlander etc. Aesthetically, this model upgrades the company’s former design language with a more angular approach, lots of sharper edges, while keeping quite conservative overall styling approach. The next year probably won’t bring anything more than a couple of new color options.
The interior will definitely be the 2020 Subaru Ascent’s strong point. First of all, it is very practical and functional. There is a lot of storage areas, cup holders and similar small things that will make your trip much easier. The cabin is quiet and spacious. First two rows offer plenty of legroom, while the third one is tight, which is pretty much typical for the class. The cargo area is spacious as well. The overall capacity goes up to 86 cubic feet, which is above-average for the segment. The list of standard equipment is pretty generous too. This especially refers to safety systems and driver aids. Things like adaptive cruise control, rearview camera, lane departure warning, lane keep assist and pre-collision braking are standard in all versions.
The ride quality is another strong point of this SUV. Great handling is fulfilled with a potent turbo-four engine, which balances between power and economy pretty well. Its power is pretty much on par with V6 units. It is good for about 260 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, which is pretty good for the displacement of 2.4 liters. On the other side, fuel economy is better compared to six-cylinder units. You can count on solid 21 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.
2020 Subaru Ascent Release Date and Price
No bigger changes are expected for the 2020 Subaru Ascent, which clearly indicates its arrival in typical time of the year. The price should also remain unchanged, which would mean a little bit under $32,000 for the base version.