2021 Subaru Ascent Price, Equipment Changes Announced
Subaru of America has announced detailed prices for its 2021 Ascent three-row family-size SUV. The 2021 model will be equipped with additional equipment, while its suggested starting price rises just $300 to $32,295.
Most prominent among the 2021 Subaru Ascent changes is the addition of adaptive cruise control with lane-centering assistance to its well-regarded EyeSight suite of driver-assistance technology. EyeSight is standard across all Ascent trim levels for 2021.
In addition, all Ascent trims will be equipped with steering-responsive LED headlights with high-beam assist. Second- and third-row seat belt reminders have also been added to the list of standard safety features, and a new interior color is available with top-of-the-line Touring trim.
Every 2021 Subaru Ascent is equipped with a 2.4-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that produces 260 horsepower and 277 lb.-ft. of torque. It is teamed with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that contributes to the vehicle's laudable fuel economy numbers. The Base and Premium versions deliver EPA ratings of 21 mpg city/27 mpg highway with 18-inch wheels, while Ascent models with 20-inch wheels are rated at 20 mpg city/26 mpg highway. The overall range on a tankful can be as high as 500 miles.
The CVT offers an 8-speed manual mode function and steering wheel paddle shifters for those who like to pretend they are driving a vehicle with a geared transmission. The Ascent has an unexpectedly robust 5,000-lb. towing capacity, and it is fitted with standard trailer stability assist technology. As you'd guess from Subaru, all Ascent trim levels have all-wheel drive, plus an X-Mode traction system with hill descent control to enhance all-weather and off-road capabilities.