The 2019 Subaru Ascent has been on sale since the summer of 2018, and in that time, we here at Cars.com have become pretty familiar with the three-row SUV. We even managed to put it in a head-to-head competition against our now-departed long-term test vehicle, the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas (R.I.P.), another three-row SUV we felt was good enough to be named our Best of 2018.
With that wealth of experience in mind, we thought we’d point out some things about the Ascent that make it a standout choice for shoppers … and some things that might have you considering the competition. Be sure to read Cars.com reviewer Jennifer Geiger’s comprehensive critique of the all-new SUV.
In the meantime, here are five things we like — and three … um, not so much — about the 2019 Subaru Ascent:
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y in this department, where the Ascent manages a much smoother and quieter ride than its chief competitor, winning these tests despite larger wheels and lower-profile tires. Cars.com reviewer Joe Bruzek had high praise for the quiet cabin in the Subaru, saying, «The Ascent keeps noise out of the cabin more like a luxury car than a three-row SUV.»
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d-row seats aced our Car Seat Check, earning praise for its taller and more rigid seat belt buckle stalks. Of the Ascent’s second row, Geiger (also a certified child safety seat technician) said: «The all-wheel-drive Subaru Ascent seats seven or eight on captain’s chairs or a second-row bench; we tested a captain’s-chair model with leather seats and found its second row very accommodating for car seats.»
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2019 Subaru AscentCars.com photo by Evan Sears