2021 Subaru Ascent Limited new car reviews

Why do we care about Subaru’s three-row SUV? Because we’re going to figure that it helps fuel development costs for the fun stuff–like the WRX and BRZ.

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David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens
Editorial Director

It feels like a Suburu. I know, big surprise.

I have lived with a lot of Subarus, back to the classic models of the ’90s, and there’s something comfortable about a Subaru, whether it’s a small coupe or sized for the Little League team.

This is not a replacement for those past faves and likely isn’t even on the radar for most people here. However, for those who need a bigger SUV and want that Subaru flavor, just give this one a drive.

But it has a CVT? Yeah, it does, but Subaru’s have a good feel. Like we have said before, CVTs are getting better with each revision, and most of the masses likely don’t even notice.

What people will notice here: 260 horsepower along with 277 lb.-ft. of torque.

The Ascent rides nicely, has a bit of that Subaru growl and, yeah, kinda looks cool. And it even has 19–not a typo–cupholders.

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Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
2/15/22 10:40 a.m.

You never think you'd need 19 cupholders, but then you have a kid and suddenly realize how many cupholders a single kid can occupy.

Just something I've been thinking about.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
2/15/22 10:44 a.m.

You know how many cup holders our '75 Pontiac had? Zero. smiley

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