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2021 Subaru Ascent Price, Equipment Changes Announced

Jack R. Nerad | Jun 26, 2020

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.

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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. 

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At its base price of $32,295, the Ascent is equipped with a wide variety of standard features that include triple-zone front and rear automatic climate control, power door locks, power windows and side mirrors, a multi-function display, a security system with an engine immobilizer, and a backup camera. It has two USB input ports, two USB charging ports, and a total of 19 cupholders, indicating that thirsty passengers can be well-served. 

A 6.5-inch touchscreen-operated multimedia system is standard as well. It includes smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Bluetooth.

With a base price of $34,795, the Premium trim adds blind-spot warning with lane change assistance and rear cross-traffic warning to the safety array, plus a slew of additional features. Most prominent among them is an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system.

Limited trim starts at $39,595, and equips the Ascent with 20-inch aluminum wheels, leather seats, a 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat, a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, a power rear liftgate, and automatic reverse braking.

The top-of-the-line Ascent Touring, priced at $45,445, features a unique interior with woodgrain-pattern matte-finish accents and Java Brown perforated leather-trimmed upholstery. Ascents painted in select exterior colors also offer a new-for-2021 Slate Black perforated leather-trimmed upholstery with silver stitching. Three-mode ventilated driver and front passenger seats are standard on Touring trims.

The special exterior upgrades on the Ascent Touring include a high-gloss black grille, chrome door handles, and satin chrome power-folding exterior mirrors with integrated turn signals. 

The Touring also has an 8.0-inch infotainment system with integrated navigation functions, a Harman Kardon surround-sound system with 14 speakers, a panoramic moonroof, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. 

The 2021 Subaru Ascent price structure offers trims and equipment for a variety of tastes and budgets. The SUV is built at Subaru plant in Lafayette, Indiana, and it will begin arriving in showrooms later this summer.

The information in this article is from Subaru. It was accurate on June 26, 2020 but may have changed since that date.

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