Subaru has made the 2021 Ascent more expensive as the mid-size SUV is now offered with more standard features.
Priced at $33,345, including the destination and delivery charge, the base model adds a $300 premium over the 2020MY as it now adds advanced adaptive cruise control with lane centering and lane keep assist to the standard EyeSight Driver Assist Technology.
All trim levels get LED headlamps with high beam assist, as well as steering responsive LED lights. The seatbelt reminder for the second and third rows is also new. Elsewhere, the 2021 Ascent still packs the tri-zone climate control, reversing camera, four USB ports, as well as 6.5-inch infotainment system with smartphone integration, SiriusXM radio and Bluetooth.
Available from $34,795, the Premium trim features all of the above and adds blind spot detection with lane change assist and rear cross-traffic alert, rear privacy glass, body-colored side mirror caps, windshield wiper de-icer, leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearshift lever, and eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat. This model also gets the 8-inch infotainment system with Wi-Fi capability, second-row independent climate control, and heated front seats.
The Limited grade carries an MSRP of $39,595 and adds plenty of extra kit. That includes keyless entry & go, reverse automatic braking, leather upholstery, 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, 4-way power front passenger seat, retractable sunshades on the second row, two more USB ports, second-row heating, heated steering wheel, and the choice of second-row bench seating or individual captain’s chairs. On the outside, it features lower door cladding with chrome accents, LED fog lamps, side mirror casings with integrated turn signals, 20-inch wheels in dark gray, and a power tailgate.
The range-topping Ascent Touring starts at $45,445 and is distinguished by a high gloss black grille, chrome door handles and satin chrome power-folding side mirrors with integrated turn signals. A unique woodgrain-pattern has been added inside, alongside Java Brown perforated leather trim, three-mode ventilated driver and front passenger seats, plus a few other gizmos.
The 2.4-liter turbocharged Boxer engine remains untouched and still pumps out 260 HP and 277 lb-ft (376 Nm) of torque. It is matched to a CVT with an 8-speed manual mode and steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. All models get the Symmetrical AWD system with hill descent control and return 21/27 mpg (11.2 / 8.7 l per 100 km) in city/highway, or 20/26 mpg (11.8 / 9.1 l per 100 km) when riding on 20-inch wheels.