Top-10 3-Row SUVs- The Subaru Ascent Family Hauler Slowly Declines
According to a new report by Car and Driver, the 2021 Subaru Ascent is among the top ten 3-Row SUVs. They rank it number ten. Consumer Reports ranks the Ascent number 9 of 15 midsize 3-Row SUVs. Subaru of America reported March sales, and the Ascent is underperforming in 2021.
The 2021 Ascent family hauler is down -7.4 percent for the first quarter of 2021, while Forester (+22%), Outback (+27.3%), and Crosstrek (+63.5%) are all up in the first three months of 2021. In March, retailers delivered 5,111 of the Ascent 3-Row SUVs to customers.
How does the Ascent compare with the top ten midsize 3-Row SUVs? The latest data from March reveals the Ascent is near the bottom in sales compared with top-selling models. The all-new 2021 Hyundai Palisade and Kia Telluride are outperforming the Ascent in its third year of production.
March midsize 3-Row SUV sales
Toyota Highlander 27,993
Ford Explorer 26,404
Honda Pilot 12,160
Hyundai Palisade 9,184
Kia Telluride 8,591
Dodge Durango 7,402
Volkswagen Atlas 6,918
Subaru Ascent 5,111
Mazda CX-9 3,537
Nissan Pathfinder 3,206
Is the 2021 Subaru Ascent a good SUV for families?
For the 2021 models, Subaru Ascent gets an overall score of 60 due to its transmission issues in 2019 models, the first production year. The 2021 Ascent moves to number 9 in its segment, up from number 16 last year.
In more recent scoring, the 2021 Ascent improved and was picked as Consumer Reports 10 Best SUVs under $40,000 along with the smaller 2-Row Subaru Outback. Consumer Reports scores the Ascent higher than the Lexus UX, Lexus NX, Ford Edge, and Audi Q3.
What is the price of the 2021 Ascent?
The 2021 Subaru Ascent base starts at $33,345, and Premium trims begin at $35,845. The Limited starts at just over $40,000, with a starting price of $40,645. The top-trim Touring has a starting MSRP of $46,495. Pricing includes $1,050 destination and delivery.
Even though it appears Subaru has fixed the Ascent transmission problems, consumer confidence in the Subaru Ascent has dropped, and buyers are flocking to the Toyota Highlander and Ford Explorer.
What's next for the 2022 Subaru Ascent?
The 2022 Subaru Ascent gets a refresh with some new exterior styling upgrades and improvements to the interior. We don't expect any changes to the 2.4-liter turbocharged Boxer engine or the drivetrain. Look for the 2022 Ascent 3-Row SUV to get the next-generation EyeSight X driver-assist technology.
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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