The Pros and Cons of the Subaru Ascent: An Overview

Subaru Ascent

Subaru has been the most trusted and best auto brand overall for seven consecutive years! They know how to make great cars that people want. The Subaru Ascent continues this trend as the best cost-effective and spacious SUV available. 

Continue to read below as we highlight some of the many pros of this SUV as well as some of the possible cons. With more information, you can decide which Subaru is the perfect one for you and your family. 

Subaru Ascent Pros

As an eight-seater SUV that’s driveable in all conditions and many terrains, there are many pros to the Subaru Ascent. Here are some of the standout features. Be sure to contact your local Subaru dealership to learn more about the many pros and Subaru parts that this car offers. 


Subaru is known for its incredible all-wheel-drive capability. The 2021 Subaru Ascent is no different. The symmetrical all-wheel-drive system sends power to all four wheels and adjusts the amount of power depending on traction loss. 

Subaru has also included X-mode availability for all trims. With X-mode engaged, the Subaru Ascent is even more capable. The car can tackle hills, uneven descents, and slippery conditions even better.  

Spacious and Luxurious Cabin

The new Subaru Ascent has a versatile and spacious cabin. It can fit up to eight people, depending on the seat selection, as it has an additional third row for passengers. The front seats have 42 inches of legroom available. 

The seats come in stain-resistant cloth options as well as premium leather. Higher trim levels offer heated front and middle seats as well as seat ventilation. The 2021 Subaru Ascent offers a cozy and cool ride for drivers and passengers alike. 

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Convenient Technology

The Subaru EyeSight Driver Assist alerts drivers to hazards on the road. The adaptive cruise control follows the speed of the car in front of you. This is perfect for both cruising on the highway and when stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic. 

Aside from the touchscreen display, the Subaru Ascent is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible. The Harmon Kardon surround sound is available on the top trim. It pairs perfectly with your music. The top trim levels also have WiFi hotspot availability in the car itself. 

Subaru Ascent Cons

Though the 2021 Subaru Ascent is nearly perfect, there are some things that can be viewed as detractors. They’re not necessarily cons, but it’s important to bring them to light. 

Loud Transmission

The Continuously Variable Transmission found in the Subaru Ascent is a more reliable and fuel-efficient option. While it offers plenty of power and smooth driveability, it can be a little noisy at times. 

When cruising at highway speeds or steady backroads, it’s quiet. When accelerating from stop or speeding up quickly to pass, that’s when the CVT noise comes through. 

Third Row Space

While the cabin of the Subaru Ascent may be spacious overall, the third row can be a little tight for most adults. This is a notorious issue with most third-row seats available on the market. 

Those third seats are better suited for those carpool days after school or sporting events. It also comes in handy for storage instead of having things moving loosely around in the trunk. 

Test Drive the Subaru Ascent Today

The 2021 Subaru Ascent is a perfect vehicle for the family or if you haul around a lot of gear. Contact us today to schedule a test ride or contact your local Subaru dealership to learn more. 

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