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2023 Subaru Ascent Gets A Significant Price Increase And A New Trim Level

Subaru announced the newly-refreshed 2023 Subaru Ascent pricing and a new Ascent Onyx Edition Limited trim level. U.S. customers' latest pricing, changes, upgrades, and new features are here.


Subaru of America announced pricing on the new 2023 Subaru Ascent 3-Row family hauler. The 2023 Ascent gets plenty of new upgrades, all trim levels get a significant price increase over the outgoing model, and there is also a new 2023 Ascent Onyx Edition Limited trim level for U.S. customers.

What is the price of the 2023 Subaru Ascent?

The 2023 Subaru Ascent base starts at $35,120, and Premium trims begin at $39,180. The Ascent Onyx Edition starts at $42,520, the upper Limited starts at $42,820, the new Ascent Onyx Edition Limited is priced at $47,520, and the top-trim Touring has a starting MSRP of $49,420. Pricing includes destination and delivery fees now $1,225 (+$50).

2023 Subaru Ascent features, upgrades, pricing

How much did the 2023 Subaru Ascent trim levels increase in price?

The Base trim gets a $1,150 price increase, Premium +$2,710, Onyx Edition +$2,850, Limited +$1,550, and Touring +$2,300.

Standard features

All 2023 Ascent trim levels come with Symmetrical all-wheel-drive, 8.7 inches of ground clearance, and a 260 horsepower 2.4-liter turbocharged engine mated to a Lineartronic CVT automatic transmission, X-Mode, and a new dual-function X-Mode on some trim levels, and 5,000-lb. towing capacity with standard trailer stability assist.

2023 Subaru Ascent features, upgrades, pricing
The new 2023 Ascent Onyx Edition Limited

What's new for 2023? The 2023 Ascent 3-Row family hauler, in the fifth year of its life cycle, receives a refresh with new features and upgrades for U.S. customers. Starting with the outside, the 2023 Ascent gets a new look with redesigned front and rear elements.

Ascent gets a new front fascia with a more prominent grille, new LED headlights, and a redesigned front bumper cover. Subaru of America says the new front bumper cover features new lower-edge air ducts to improve aerodynamic flow under the vehicle. At the back, Ascent gets updated Konoji (C-shaped) taillights.

New safety technology

Ascent gets the latest version of EyeSight driver assist technology with a Wide-Angle Mono Camera. The new wide-angle Mono Camera works together with the dual-camera EyeSight system. Subaru says, "The additional camera further expands the field of view to recognize pedestrians and bicycles sooner when the vehicle enters an intersection at low speed. EyeSight alerts the driver and, when necessary, applies brakes to avoid collisions with crossing bicycles and pedestrians."

Technology upgrades inside

The 2023 Ascent features wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, now standard on the 3-Row SUV. The standard Starlink 11.6-inch multimedia plus system and new Cabin Connect communication upgrade the third-row occupants' capability. Ascent now features a new Surround View Camera featuring a 360-degree overhead view.

2023 Ascent gets improved all-weather and trail capability

A significant upgrade for the 2023 Ascent is the Ascent Onyx Edition, Limited and Touring gain standard dual-function X-Mode with Hill Descent Control. X-Mode functions include Snow/Dirt and Deep Snow/Mud settings to optimize all-wheel-drive performance for enhanced all-weather and trail capability.
Onyx Edition upgrades

Onyx Edition adds a new comprehensive options package that includes the Starlink 11.6-inch multimedia navigation system with Harman Kardon QuantumLogic surround sound speaker system featuring the new Cabin Connect.

Additional features added to the package are a 12-way power driver's seat with 4-way power lumbar and two-position memory, adjustable driver's seat cushion extension, a four-way power front passenger seat, and second-row sunshades and outboard heated seat positions. Subaru added driver-assist technologies in the option package, including a new Surround View Monitor and DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation System.

The Onyx Edition also gains a standard panoramic power moonroof, which features a tilt/slide glass panel over the front seats, a fixed glass panel over the middle row, and a power sunshade.

The new 2023 Subaru Ascent Onyx Edition Limited trim level

The Onyx Edition Limited comes equipped with a new Surround View Monitor System "for better situational awareness when parking," says Subaru. The new trim level adds the 11.6-inch Starlink Multimedia Navigation system; DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation System; 12-way power driver's seat with 4-way power lumbar and two-position memory; adjustable driver's seat cushion extension; 4-way power front passenger seat; second-row outboard heated seat positions; second-row sunshades; and exterior power mirrors with 2-position memory synchronized with driver's seat position memory.

Standard dual USB-A input/charge ports are included in the third row, bringing the total number of ports to six.

The 2023 Ascent gets a significant price increase and now comes in six trim levels, Base, Premium, Onyx Edition, a new Onyx Edition Limited trim level, Limited, and Touring. The newly-refreshed 2023 Subaru Ascent arrives in Subaru showrooms this Fall.

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