Should you buy the 2022 Ascent or wait for the refreshed 2023 models? The refreshed 2023 Subaru Ascent arrives this Fall, but customers aren't waiting for the newly-upgraded 3-Row family hauler. Subaru of America reports 2022 Ascent sales are up again in June, increasing for the fourth month in a row by 7.9 percent, with 5,603 3-Row SUVs delivered to customers compared with 5,192 in June 2021.
The Ascent is only one of two Subaru SUVs (along with Crosstrek) that are up in sales through the first five months. Ascent is up 9.0 percent year to date, with 30,931 3-Row SUVs sold to families in 2022.
2023 Subaru Ascent
What sets the 2022 Ascent apart from the competition?
The Ascent comes standard with Subaru's Symmetrical all-wheel-drive, 8.7-inches of ground clearance, and X-Mode for improved off-pavement, snow and mud, and dirt road capability. Ascent also gets the highest Top Safety Pick+ crash scores from the IIHS.
The Ascent recently made Forbes' best new seven-seater SUVs list for 2022. Forbes says that it offers "the best passenger experience in all three rows and solid cargo-hauling ability, with family-friendly attributes like sticker price, fuel economy, active-safety features, and road manners factored in as well."
2023 Subaru Ascent gets new upgrades
Does the Subaru Ascent offer seating for eight?
Seating for eight is available from the base model with the 2022 Subaru Ascent. The Touring and Onyx Edition trim levels are limited to 7-seat configurations and come with Captains Chairs. The 2022 Ascent Premium and Limited are available with either 7- or 8-passenger seating.
What is the price of the 2022 Ascent?
The 2022 Subaru Ascent base starts at $33,970, and Premium trims begin at $36,470. The new Ascent Onyx Edition starts at $39,670. The upper Limited trim level starts at $41,270, and the top-trim Touring has a starting MSRP of $47,120. Pricing includes destination fees ($1,175).
Why customers should wait for the 2023 Ascent
Customers in the U.S. who can wait a few months may want to hang tight for the newly-upgraded 2023 Ascent 3-Row SUV. The 2023 Ascent receives a refresh with new features and upgrades. Ascent gets contemporary exterior styling, new safety tech, and new technology upgrades inside. The Onyx Edition also gets further improvements.
When will the 2023 Ascent be available?
The new refreshed 2023 Subaru Ascent arrives in Subaru showrooms this Fall. Pricing will be announced closer to the retail launch, and should open up orders soon. Check out the complete details below.
The 2022 Subaru Ascent is trending up before the newly-refreshed 2023 models arrive. Ascent is now up four months in a row.
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