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Last Year's Subaru Ascent Is Not The Safest Midsize SUV - 2 Reasons Why

How safe is the 2022 Subaru Ascent? Here's why it's only the second-safest midsize SUV and why customers should buy the updated 2023 Ascent 3-Row SUV instead.


Which new SUVs are the safest for families looking for a middies 3-Row SUV? A new ranking from U.S. News says the 2022 Subaru Ascent is the second-safest midsize SUV for families. U.S. News says some of today's new crossovers and SUVs are significantly safer than others. While performance, tech features, and interior space are often top priorities for car shoppers, "safety should arguably be first and foremost," says U.S. News.

U.S. News pored over its midsize SUV ranking to find those with the highest safety scores. SUVs with higher safety scores perform better than their rivals in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) crash testing. An SUV's advanced safety technologies are also factored into the safety scores. In the event of a tie, they gave the higher ranking to the SUV with the lower MSRP.

2023 Subaru Ascent
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U.S. News 10 safest new midsize 2022 SUVs

From last to first place, the Toyota Highlander is number ten, followed by the Volkswagen Atlas, GMC Arcadia, Ford Edge, Mazda CX-9, Nissan Murano, Nissan Pathfinder, Ford Explorer, Subaru Ascent, Hyundai Santa Fe.

The Ascent gets a U.S. News Safety Score of 9.8/10 and an overall score of 8.0/10. The number one Hyundai Santa Fe receives a score of 9.8/10 and an overall score of 8.3/10.

2023 Subaru Ascent

What does U.S. News say about the 2022 Subaru Ascent?

"The Ascent is an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ with some of the best overall ratings of any midsize SUV featured here. It earned a Good rating for its headlights and all seven crash tests, including the updated side test. The Ascent also secured an Acceptable rating in the nighttime front crash prevention evaluation. NHTSA gave this Subaru three-row SUV five out of five stars, and the only four-star rating it received was in the rollover test."

Two reasons why Ascent is not the best midsize SUV

Unfortunately, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are not standard on lower trim levels. U.S. News says, "The 2022 Ascent comes standard with a long list of advanced safety features. However, common technologies like blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert require buying above the base model."

2023 Subaru Ascent
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Here's why customers should get the 2023 Subaru Ascent

The 2023 Ascent comes with Subaru's new-generation EyeSight includes forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control with complete stop, lane departure warning, lead vehicle start alert, rear vehicle detection, blind-spot detection, lane change assist, and a rear cross-traffic alert.

How does the next-generation EyeSight make Subaru vehicles safer?

A study by Subaru Corporation based on data from Japan's Institute for Traffic Accident Research and Data Analysis (ITARDA) has revealed the accident rate of EyeSight-equipped vehicles is as low as 0.06% in Japan. A similar study in the U.S. conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) found the safety system reduces rear-end crashes with injuries by up to 85 percent in U.S. EyeSight-equipped vehicles.

New safety technology

Ascent gets the latest 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 applies brakes when necessary to avoid collisions with pedestrians and crossing bicycles."

Subaru added driver-assist technologies in the new Onyx Edition option package, including a new Surround View Monitor and DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation System.

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 ($1,225).

Customers should check out the 2023 Subaru Ascent, which is now safer than the 2022 models.

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Denis Flierl has invested over 30 years in the automotive industry in a consulting role working with every major car brand. He is an accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press. Check out Subaru Report, where he covers all of the Japanese automaker's models. More stories can be found on the Torque News Subaru page. Follow Denis on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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