Quickly after its launch in 2019, this model gained a reputation as one of the best family haulers and things haven’t changed too much since then. This SUV still has all those qualities and it looks like the 2022 Subaru Ascent could become even better. If you’re familiar with Subaru’s typical production cycles, you know very well that the fourth production year is usually reserved for mid-cycle updates. Still, keep in mind that we are talking about one of the most conservative manufacturers around, so these updates will probably be subtle and not particularly numerous.
Even with the expected updates, the Ascent won’t change essentially. It will continue to do what it does best. It offers a spacious and practical cabin, along with a powerful and efficient engine, excellent AWD system and a pretty long list of standard equipment. Practically, it’s hard to find any bigger complaint on this model.
Considering that updates are coming, we presume that the launch date will be set for an earlier date than usual. Most likely, we will see the 2022 Subaru Ascent sometime in the third quarter of the year.
2022 Subaru Ascent Redesign
As we’ve just mentioned, the 2022 Subaru Ascent should receive a so-called mid-cycle update. At this point, we still don’t know the details. However, we know Subaru’s policy very well. This manufacturer isn’t particularly generous with updates during a production cycle, so this three-row SUV shouldn’t be an exception. Practically, we expect to see minor styling changes only, things like revisions to the front fascia, new color options and wheels. Other than that, things will remain the same.
Things won’t be any different in terms of mechanics either. The 2022 Subaru Ascent will continue with the same layout, based on Subaru’s modular platform, which underprints almost every model in the lineup. This SUV is easy to drive and comfortable. It also features quite high ground clearance which, in a combination with an excellent AWD system, promises a lot in terms of off-road potential.
This aspect definitely won’t change, even though we could see tweaks in terms of color schemes, upholstery etc. The dashboard will retain the same design, which may feel simplistic to some but actually offers great overall quality. Moreover, the whole cabin is full of quality materials and offers an excellent fit&finish. Furthermore, a long list of standard and available tech goodies makes the cabin look even more upscale.
More importantly, this cabin is super-practical. We like the fact that all three rows can accommodate adult passengers. The first two rows are particularly spacious, while the third row seems decent enough. When it comes to the cargo space, you may count on about 17.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, 47.5 cubic feet behind the second row, and 86.5 cubic feet behind the first row of seats. Those are above-average numbers for the class.
Naturally, we expect that this refresh will bring several additions to the list of standard equipment. However, we still can’t talk about details. At this point, we can only say that the current model already seems quite decent in this aspect. It comes standard with goodies like tri-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry, a 6.5-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, six speakers, satellite radio, Bluetooth, and four USB ports. Additionally, you can get things like an 8-inch touch screen, a Wi-Fi hot spot, two USB ports in the third row, navigation, 14-speaker Harman Kardon audio system second-row climate controls, remote engine start, proximity keyless entry, and push-button start.
When it comes to safety, the current model comes standard with a rearview camera, forward automatic emergency braking, pre-collision throttle management, adaptive cruise control with lane-centering and lane keep assist, lane departure and sway warning, and steering-responsive LED headlights with automatic high beams.
2022 Subaru Ascent Engine
This aspect definitely won’t change. The 2022 Subaru Ascent will continue with a 2.4-liter turbo-four engine, which puts out around 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque. That’s more than enough for strong acceleration and a convenient ride. The engine comes in pair with a CVT gearbox, which does a decent job. Of course, all-wheel drive is standard.
Besides solid performance, this powertrain also provides pretty impressive mpg ratings. Even though we are talking about a three-row SUV with standard all-wheel drive, fuel economy goes around 21 mpg in the city and 27 mpg. That is not just better compared to 4WD rivals but compared to most 2WD models in the class as well. The max towing capacity goes around 5.000 pounds, which is a typical rating for the class.
2022 Subaru Ascent Release Date and Price
We expect to see 2022 Subaru Ascent sometime in the third quarter of the year. When it comes to the price, we don’t expect a bigger increase, so base models should go around 33.000 dollars. Key competitors are models like Toyota Highlander, Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot etc.