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Owners Say Newly-Redesigned Subaru Forester And All-New Ascent Best Meet Their Expectations

Subaru picks up two wins in the Auto Pacific Ideal Vehicle Awards. See why the 2019 Subaru Forester and 2019 Subaru Ascent best meet owners expectations.


If you ask customers what cars meet their expectations best, those vehicles must be the ideal vehicle for them. That’s what the 2019 Auto Pacific Ideal Vehicle Awards are supposed to tell prospective owners. They list the best new vehicles on the market today that owners think are ideal and they wouldn’t change much about them. Subaru scores two SUVs, the newly-redesigned 2019 Subaru Forester compact SUV, and the all-new 2019 Subaru Ascent family hauler in the recent awards.

"While no single brand or manufacturer is taking all the glory, several brands have exceptional designs," says AutoPacific president George Peterson. With the Subaru Forester and Ascent SUVs, the Japanese automaker tied with Hyundai and Tesla each having two wins. Honda tied with Nissan and FCA for the most wins and the 2019 overall winner is the Volvo XC60 and Volvo is top Premium Brand.

2020 Subaru Forester

The fifth-generation 2019 Subaru Forester is the brand’s second-best-selling vehicle in the stable, a five-passenger compact crossover sold in five trims: base, Premium, Sport, Limited and Touring. All Forester models are powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine producing 182 horsepower and 176 lb-ft of torque, paired to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) and all-wheel drive.

The fifth-generation Forester was introduced last year and the automaker made few changes in the second year of the product cycle because the small SUV is basically still new. For the 2020 model change, Subaru did give Forester new technology to protect kids and pets and improve overall vehicle safety.

New for 2020, all Foresters include a new Rear Seat Reminder. Designed to help prevent child and/or pet entrapment, the system will alert the driver to check the rear seat before exiting the vehicle. New 2020 Forester models will be arriving this fall.

2020 Subaru Ascent

The all-new 2019 Subaru Ascent is the largest model built in the U.S. and is the brand’s newest vehicle in the stable. Ascent is available in base, Premium, Limited and Touring trim levels. Base models offer good value, especially with driver assistance features, but the Premium adds more features families want, such as heated seats and a Wi-Fi hotspot.

Customers can load up the Premium trim with features and still keep the family hauler under $40,000. All 2020 Ascent trims are arriving now at showrooms.

Both the 2020 Subaru Forester compact SUV and 2020 Subaru Ascent family-sized SUV best meet owners expectations according to the 2019 Auto Pacific Ideal Vehicle Awards.

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Michelle Pate (not verified)    September 14, 2019 - 6:06PM

In reply to by Denis Flierl

Very much meets my expectations! I'd been interested in the Forrester for awhile, but was concerned that without the turbo/manual transmission that it wouldn't feel sporty enough. I was pleasantly surprised when I test drove a 2019!

Mike (not verified)    September 13, 2019 - 11:56PM

Their gas mileage is dismal and WAY below estimates. Our 19 Ascent is averaging 17.6. that is worse than a friggin Ram with a hemi. Very disappointing and borderline fraudulent.

Jim in Wisconsin (not verified)    September 15, 2019 - 12:04AM

My 2019 Ascent Premium has more than met my expectations. Gas mileage over about 8,000 miles is right between 24 and 25 mpg, right where Subaru said it would be.

There must be something wrong with Mike's Ascent above or his driving cycle.