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Old 10-13-2018, 06:49 PM   #2001
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Old 10-14-2018, 02:07 PM   #2002
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Ascent beat out segment leader Toyota Highlander in this review.

Better infotainment and driving feel put the Ascent on top.

Of course, given the source (Business Insider) they could have made up the entire review. But still good press for the Ascent.

https://www.thisisinsider.com/toyota...better-2018-10
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Old 10-14-2018, 02:09 PM   #2003
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https://amp.businessinsider.com/toyo...better-2018-10

Pretty fair review, I think. I've rode around in the back of the newest body Highlander and it's fine. Ascent has 4 more inches, which would be amazing. Also, if I read correctly, the Ascent is 0.1 second slower despite having 45 less horsepower and possibly weighing more? That'd be incredible.

I've seriously been debating trading in the Impreza for the Ascent Touring. I think I just need a test drive, plus waiting to see what the 2020 Ascent adds or subtracts. 2nd row captains chairs seem really nice, although I think I could live better with having an eighth seat, which isn't available on the Touring. I want MAXIMUM Subaru in my Subaru, please.

Somewhat unfortunately, at the moment I'm not a Subaru Ambassador, which would be helpful for discounts and early access info. It pisses me off because I was on a 5-week cross-country road trip when they emailed me about not having a MySubaru account. I informed them that I did indeed have an account (Subaru even emailed it in the past). I recently got a confirmation that they received my reply and are putting it in line with other emails. Whatever.

I think they screwed the pooch on my current situation seeing as how I was setting up several friends and family to buy Outbacks and Ascents within a year. I've been asked tons of questions about the Ascent. Owning one would advertise it really well.

Definitely don't want to throw away this gear, merchandise and mags over a stupid email misunderstanding. Now I hurry up and wait...
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Old 10-14-2018, 06:49 PM   #2004
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Old 10-16-2018, 10:10 PM   #2005
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Picked my Ascent Premium up with option 12 for 34k. Thats a bargain IMO. Wife wanted no leather or roof.


That is what we paid. same car.
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Old 10-23-2018, 05:52 PM   #2006
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Old 10-24-2018, 08:24 AM   #2007
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Finally saw one of these in my work parking lot. Boring is all I can say. Looks like a slightly larger Outback.

I'm honestly surprised there aren't more of these on the road with the decent price combined with all the Subaru fan bois around New England.
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Old 10-24-2018, 08:59 AM   #2008
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Finally saw one of these in my work parking lot. Boring is all I can say. Looks like a slightly larger Outback.



I'm honestly surprised there aren't more of these on the road with the decent price combined with all the Subaru fan bois around New England.


I think they just havenít got out there yet. Also really mainly people with 2 or
more kids buy cars this big.
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Old 10-25-2018, 12:16 AM   #2009
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More and more of my friends have began lusting after the Ascent. I don't think I've seen one in Alaska yet, but I know they're here.

I don't like that the Touring comes with 7 seats and brown leather.
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Old 10-25-2018, 11:23 AM   #2010
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I think it's great and would jump on it - but I don't need such a big vehicle. The next few months' sales stats will be interesting for sure.
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Old 10-26-2018, 05:26 PM   #2011
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Finally saw one of these in my work parking lot. Boring is all I can say. Looks like a slightly larger Outback.

I'm honestly surprised there aren't more of these on the road with the decent price combined with all the Subaru fan bois around New England.
I'm glad Subaru was sensible with the styling. Mazda is stupid, the way it sacrifices a huge amount of trunk space so its 7 seater can look edgy.

Dumb, Mazda, you wonder why you're always 3rd best . . . at best?
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Old 10-27-2018, 10:50 AM   #2012
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I'm glad Subaru was sensible with the styling. Mazda is stupid, the way it sacrifices a huge amount of trunk space so its 7 seater can look edgy.

Dumb, Mazda, you wonder why you're always 3rd best . . . at best?
CR indicates that the CX-9 has more 3rd row room leg and head room than the Ascent: 28/0.5" vs 24.5/0.0", respectively.

The Ascent definitely wins in shoulder room, as well as cargo volume.
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Old 10-27-2018, 12:33 PM   #2013
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CR indicates that the CX-9 has more 3rd row room leg and head room than the Ascent: 28/0.5" vs 24.5/0.0", respectively.

The Ascent definitely wins in shoulder room, as well as cargo volume.
Interesting as Mazda's own website vehicle comparison lists legroom as 29.7 vs 31.7 in the Ascent. And headroom as 35.4 vs 36.3. According to that same comparison, the Ascent is bigger(considerably in a couple cases) in every metric except 2nd row leg room.

Who are we to believe?
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Old 10-31-2018, 02:44 PM   #2014
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I'm 6'3" 300lbs, There is more than enough room in the fronts seats, middle row, I even fit okay in the 3rd row. We just hit 5k with our Ascent, What ever the cubic feet is there is plenty of room on the inside but still feels like a small SUV on the outside! and super comfortable to drive.


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Old 12-28-2018, 11:09 AM   #2015
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First ECM reflash available for the FA24DIT in the Ascent... released in October.
Most service departments will probably insist it doesn't exist or isn't applicable or available yet.

P2196 O2 Sensor Signal Biased/Stuck Rich (Bank 1 Sensor 1) DTC
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Old 12-28-2018, 10:53 PM   #2016
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CR indicates that the CX-9 has more 3rd row room leg and head room than the Ascent: 28/0.5" vs 24.5/0.0", respectively.

The Ascent definitely wins in shoulder room, as well as cargo volume.
It's CR, they probably did a review by looking at the brochures.
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Old 12-29-2018, 12:18 AM   #2017
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More and more of my friends have began lusting after the Ascent. I don't think I've seen one in Alaska yet, but I know they're here.

I don't like that the Touring comes with 7 seats and brown leather.
I too am not a fan of just the brown interior option for the touring. I would love to see the touring package with black leather interior.
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Old 12-29-2018, 10:34 AM   #2018
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I'm glad Subaru was sensible with the styling. Mazda is stupid, the way it sacrifices a huge amount of trunk space so its 7 seater can look edgy.

Dumb, Mazda, you wonder why you're always 3rd best . . . at best?
I test drove both the cx9 and ascent, sat in all the seats and installed car seats in both.

First off the cargo space difference is something like 3 cubic ft, ascent has around 17 vs 14 in the cx9. Both seriously lack cargo space behind the third row compared to the traverse and explorer (or especially a minivan).

Cx9 also has tilt to access function on the second row so you can leave a car seat installed when accessing the third row. I also found the second row had more adjustability which allowed for more room in the third row with a car seat installed behind the driver.

On the downside the driver's seat is more cramped in the cx9.
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Old 12-29-2018, 10:49 AM   #2019
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I test drove both the cx9 and ascent, sat in all the seats and installed car seats in both.

First off the cargo space difference is something like 3 cubic ft, ascent has around 17 vs 14 in the cx9. Both seriously lack cargo space behind the third row compared to the traverse and explorer (or especially a minivan).

Cx9 also has tilt to access function on the second row so you can leave a car seat installed when accessing the third row. I also found the second row had more adjustability which allowed for more room in the third row with a car seat installed behind the driver.

On the downside the driver's seat is more cramped in the cx9.
Did you decide on a 7 seater?

We were attracted to the captain's chairs for the same reason, easy access to 3rd row. But now our kids have about outgrown the car seats, one is still in his Recaros but could go to a booster.

I like the Ascent cause it seems a bit smaller on the outside than the competition, including the CX-9.

I strongly prefer longer trunks to tall ones, I hate when they give you a big trunk space number cause it's a tall trunk, that's only useful for piling up pillows or something. VW does this a lot.
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Did you decide on a 7 seater?

We were attracted to the captain's chairs for the same reason, easy access to 3rd row. But now our kids have about outgrown the car seats, one is still in his Recaros but could go to a booster.

I like the Ascent cause it seems a bit smaller on the outside than the competition, including the CX-9.

I strongly prefer longer trunks to tall ones, I hate when they give you a big trunk space number cause it's a tall trunk, that's only useful for piling up pillows or something. VW does this a lot.
Well we are having twins in a few months in addition to our 4 year old so we we're considering a 3 row crossover or a minivan but then kind of got discouraged with the whole thing.

The problem we have is that if we get captains chairs it severely limits cargo space because one kid will have to be in the third row.

Space wise minivans are definitely the way to go but only the sienna offers and it's I'm not really a fan, much prefer the Odyssey. I'm curious about the 2020 explorer redesign.

For right now I think we will try to see how three across in our FXT works out for a few weeks lol.
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Old 12-29-2018, 11:30 AM   #2021
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Well we are having twins in a few months in addition to our 4 year old so we we're considering a 3 row crossover or a minivan but then kind of got discouraged with the whole thing.

The problem we have is that if we get captains chairs it severely limits cargo space because one kid will have to be in the third row.

Space wise minivans are definitely the way to go but only the sienna offers and it's I'm not really a fan, much prefer the Odyssey. I'm curious about the 2020 explorer redesign.

For right now I think we will try to see how three across in our FXT works out for a few weeks lol.
We've got two car seats in our '14 FXT, one rear-facing for our new baby and one front-facing for out 3 year-old. On our way home from Christmas dinner we were able to fit my very petite 4'11" sister-in-law between the two, but she was not comfortable. I imagine a 4 year-old might deal with the limited space better...until both twins are screaming on either side...

We just got a Yakima 16 ft^3 Skybox for additional room. It was on sale for just under $400, so we jumped on it.
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With another one on the way, and no family within driving distance, we've been increasingly thinking of a 3 row, so we can drive visiting family around with kids.

Anyone cross shopped this with the 3row tiguan or atlas? I've been really enjoying my new vw...
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We've got two car seats in our '14 FXT, one rear-facing for our new baby and one front-facing for out 3 year-old. On our way home from Christmas dinner we were able to fit my very petite 4'11" sister-in-law between the two, but she was not comfortable. I imagine a 4 year-old might deal with the limited space better...until both twins are screaming on either side...

We just got a Yakima 16 ft^3 Skybox for additional room. It was on sale for just under $400, so we jumped on it.
Twins are gonna be a pain in any car I think lol.

The Atlas is the roomiest 3 row crossover but the first year reliability has been horrific, even by VW standards, otherwise I'd probably have one already.

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Old 12-30-2018, 09:39 PM   #2024
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Is that a fact? So you are saying Subaru is selling limited and premium Foresters Outbacks Legacies WRX and Crosstreks at a 1:1 clip?
Right...sounds wrong.
With the exception of Impreza, there isn't a model that's below a 30% leather take rate. Ascent and Outback both sell more leather than cloth.
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