Torque News hasn’t had a chance to drive the new 2019 Subaru Ascent, but Consumer Reports rented a 2019 Subaru Ascent Premium and 2019 Subaru Ascent Touring for testing. What do they say about the largest vehicle Subaru has ever produced? They give it bad marks for its third-row space and less than impressive handling.
Consumer Reports says, “Subaru has sprung back into the three-row SUV battlefield with a fully competitive model that offers a good engine and comfortable ride, but its merely average third row and lackluster handling hold it back.”
The third row is limited
Ascent enters a competitive market with established, popular models such as the Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, and Toyota Highlander. It’s interesting they say further on in their report there isn’t really any 3-Row models that have superior third-row space for adults. CR says, “Third-row space is limited (common to the segment), but it can be useful for tweens and teens in a pinch.
Most consumers will be using the new Ascent as their families grow and the third row will only be used for small kids. All the 3-Row models we’ve tested have limited space in the back. Unless you buy a big van, this is common to the segment and competition Ascent will face off with.
Ascent gets dinged for its handling
Subaru is known for its sporty handling with its Forester SUV, Outback Wagon, and Crosstrek Crossover, so it’s surprising CR found the Ascent has “lackluster handling.” CR went on to say, “The handling, however, was less impressive. The Ascent feels large and tends to lumber a bit in corners. It definitely lacks the sporty demeanor of a Mazda CX-9. Still, our drivers felt confident in the Ascent’s ability to retain its grip when making sharp turns.”
The new Ascent is bigger than the Toyota Highlander and rides 8.7 inches off the ground, so it’s not going to handle like its smaller stablemates. CR did come away quite impressed with the ride comfort in both Premium and Touring models they tested. The all-new 2019 Subaru Ascent 3-Row family vehicle will hit showrooms this month. Consumers will be able to see for themselves.
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