The Ascent represents Subaru in the segment of mid-size crossover. It is a relatively fresh model, which has been launched as a 2019 year model. If we consider that Subaru usually practices a five-year production cycle of its models, where a mid-cycle refresh is reserved for the fourth production year. As the 2021 Subaru Ascent will represent the third production year, so you may presume that no bigger changes are about to come in this case.
However, that definitely isn’t a bad thing, in this case, considering that the current model is already among the best mid-size crossovers around. It is spacious and practical, while it also comes with a powerful and efficient powertrain. As you may presume, the company’s famous AWD system is standard, while the list of standard of equipment is pretty impressive. This includes safety features as well. Given the lack of changes, we presume the 2021 Subaru Ascent will hit the market sometime late in the year.
2021 Subaru Ascent Design
In terms of base design characteristics, things are pretty typical in this case. You may count on plenty of familiar design solutions, which are common among models from this manufacturer. The crossover is based on the company’s new, highly modular Global Architecture, which underprints pretty much everything that came from this manufacturer in the last couple of years.
In terms of the styling, you may count on Subaru’s typical design philosophy. It follows the latest design language, and it is characterized by pretty conservative aesthetical solutions. Still, the model also features a couple of exclusive styling solutions you won’t find on other models. All in all, the styling seems attractive enough for most drivers, and we definitely don’t expect to see any particular change in the next year, except maybe some new color options.
The same thing goes for interior design. We don’t see any bigger novelty but that’s okay, considering that the current one is pretty good. The dashboard is stylish and features nice materials, just like the rest of the cabin. Also, the cabin is very practical and comes with loads of storage compartments, cup holders and similar things.
With a little bit less than 114 inches in wheelbase, 2021 Subaru Ascent won’t be the biggest crossover in the class. The third row isn’t the most spacious in the class, but the amount of legroom is decent. On the other side, the first two rows are spacious and comfortable.
On the other side, the cargo area is among the biggest ones in the class. You may count on about 18 cubic feet behind the third row, 47.5 behind the second and 86.5 cubic feet behind the first row. These are above-average ratings for the class.
This is where we could see a couple of novelties for the next year. Still, don’t expect too much. After all, the 2020 model year came with just two novelties, a power rear gate lock function, and a new Rear Seat Reminder, which are both standard across the lineup.
In any case, most of the things are about to remain the same, so expect that all models will come standard with goodies like a touchscreen interface with smartphone integration, multiple USB ports, tri-zone climate control etc. In higher trims, you can get a bigger 8-inch touchscreen, premium audio system, Wi-Fi hotspot, power rear liftgate, navigation and more.
The area where this crossover really shines is safety. All models come standard with goodies like a rearview camera, forward automatic emergency braking, pre-collision throttle management, adaptive cruise control, lane departure and sway warning, and a head-up display. This is a pretty impressive list, which can be expanded with a lot of optional features. Things like automatic high beams, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane change assist, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a rear-vision mirror camera and front camera are some of the highlights.
2021 Subaru Ascent Engine
Things under the hood will definitely remain the same. You may count on a potent 2.4-liter turbo-four, which is good for pretty impressive 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque. The engine comes paired with a CVT gearbox, which works pretty good as well. All in all, driving dynamics are more than satisfying, while fuel economy seems good as well, especially if we consider the standard AWD system. You may count on about 21 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.
2021 Subaru Ascent Release Date and Price
Considering that there are no bigger changes to come for the next year, we are pretty sure that the 2021 Subaru Ascent will hit the market sometime in the last quarter of the year. The price should also remain pretty much the same as for the current model, which starts at 32.000 dollars. Some of the key competitors are models like Honda Pilot, Mazda CX-9, Hyundai Palisade, VW Atlas etc.