2020 Hampton Roads International Auto Show

Virtual Showroom


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Subaru Ascent
STATUS: Unchanged for 2020 - The Ascent represents a do-over of sorts for Subaru. The automaker's previous full-size-utility effort, the Tribeca, was an ultimately unsuccessful attempt at cracking a segment dominated by Chevrolet, Ford, Toyota, Honda and others. Following a five-year category absence, the built-in-Indiana Ascent joined the seven-passenger ranks for the 2019 model year. This time, Subaru has created a roomier structure for up to eight adult-sized passengers. A second-row bench seat is standard, but it can be swapped for optional high-back chairs that slide fore and aft to improve access to the third row. In back there's sufficient space behind the rearmost seat for a reasonable amount of luggage, groceries and other cargo. The Ascent runs with a 260-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The accompanying continuously variable transmission has eight "steps" that can be manually controlled by paddle shifters located on the steering wheel. Subaru claims the Ascent can travel up to 500 miles between fuel stops, thanks to a large gas tank and a fuel-economy rating of 22 mpg in combined city/highway driving. That range will shrink if you take advantage of the maximum 5,000-pound towing capability. Base price (incl. destination): $33,000
Type: Full-size utility vehicle
Engine (h.p.): 2.4-liter I-4, turbocharged (260)
Transmission: Continuously variable (CVT)
Layout: All-wheel-drive
Base mpg (city/highway): 20/26/22
Base weight (lb.): 4,600