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Old 06-25-2020, 02:39 PM   #1
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News 2021 Subaru Ascent

  • Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control (AACC) with Lane Centering and Lane Keep Assist added to EyeSight Driver Assist Technology
  • Steering Responsive LED Headlights now standard across all trim levels
  • Second- and Third-Row Seat Belt Reminder now standard
  • Starting price at $32,295



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Subaru of America Inc. today announced pricing on the 2021 Ascent, its award-winning 3-row SUV. For 2021, standard EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology has added Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control with Lane Centering and Lane Keep Assist. All Ascent trim levels are now equipped with Steering Responsive LED headlights with High Beam Assist for improved nighttime visibility. Rounding out the list on new safety features is the Second- and Third-Row Seat Belt Reminder which helps ensure all passengers are buckled up.

The Ascent offers a spacious 3-row interior with flexible seating options and a long roster of safety, driver assist and in-vehicle technologies. Available in four trim levels – Base, Premium, Limited and Touring – the 2021 Ascent has a starting price at $32,295, a $300 increase over the previous year.

Equipped with a 2.4-liter turbocharged BOXER engine, the Ascent produces 260 horsepower and 277 lb.-ft. of torque. The BOXER engine is paired with a high-torque Lineartronic® CVT (continuously variable transmission) featuring an 8-speed manual mode function and steering wheel paddle shifters to give the driver added control. This powertrain allows up to 5,000-lb.towing capacity with standard Trailer Stability Assist.

All trim levels come standard with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and X-MODE® with Hill Descent Control for exceptional all-weather and trail-driving capability. The Ascent is an efficient SUV, with 21 city/27 highway MPG EPA-rated fuel economy for the Base and Premium models with 18-inch wheels, delivering a range of over 500 miles on a single tank. Ascent models equipped with 20-inch wheels achieve 20 city/26 highway MPG EPA-rated fuel economy.

New for 2021, the standard EyeSight Driver Assist Technology adds Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control (AACC) with Lane Centering and Lane Keep Assist. The new features employ EyeSight cameras to identify lane markings and the preceding vehicle. Lane Centering works in conjunction with AACC to assist with centering the SUV within the travel lane. When AACC is turned off, Lane Keep Assist automatically engages to help prevent the vehicle from veering out of its lane.

The Ascent Base and Premium trim levels gain Steering Responsive LED headlights (low and high beam) for improved visibility when driving at night. The Steering Responsive Headlight system aims the headlight beams in the direction the vehicle is traveling on curved roads.

Also new for the year, standard Second- and Third-Row Seat Belt Reminder detects the presence of a passenger in a rear seating position and gives an audible and visual warning if their seatbelt has not been fastened as the vehicle accelerates from a stop.

With a starting price of $32,295, the Ascent comes equipped with an extensive list of standard features including tri-zone front and rear automatic climate control; automatic power door locks; power windows and side mirrors; multi-function display; security system with engine immobilizer; rear vision camera; two USB input ports in front section of center console; two USB charging ports in rear section of center console; raised roof rails; 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels; and 19 cupholders.

The standard SUBARU STARLINK™ 6.5-inch Multimedia system includes a 6.5-inch high-resolution touchscreen with smartphone integration featuring Apple CarPlay™, Android ™ Auto and Bluetooth® hands-free phone connectivity as well as AM/FM stereo, single-disc CD player, HD Radio®, SiriusXM All Access Radio and SiriusXM Travel Link® (4-month free subscription for both services).

Priced from $34,795, the Premium trim includes all features from the Base and adds Blind-Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert; body-color side mirrors; rear window privacy glass; 8-way power driver seat; leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift lever handle; second-row independent Automatic Climate Control; and the All-Weather Package with heated exterior mirrors, heated front seats and windshield wiper de-icer.

The Premium trim’s in-vehicle technology is upgraded with the STARLINK 8.0-inch Multimedia Plus system and Wi-Fi capability. STARLINK Connected Services is available on Premium and higher trim levels.

A $1,460 option package for Premium includes Keyless Access with Push-Button Start; Power Rear Gate; Auto-Dimming Mirror with Homelink®; and Reverse Automatic Braking. A second option package, priced at $4,260, builds off the first one and adds 20-inch wheels in dark gray with machine finish, panoramic moonroof; STARLINK 8.0-inch Multimedia Navigation system; and a stowable cargo cover. The Premium trim offers a choice between second-row bench seating or captain chairs at no additional charge.

Starting at $39,595, the well-equipped Limited includes all Premium features and adds Reverse Automatic Braking; Keyless Access with Push-Button Start; and Power Rear Gate with automatic lock button for gate and doors.

The Limited interior is upgraded with leather-trimmed upholstery; 10-way power driver seat with lumbar support and seat bottom cushion extension; 4-way power front passenger seat; and second-row retractable sunshades. Two additional USB charging ports are added to Limited to bring the total number to six. For additional comfort on cold days, the Limited includes heated second-row seating and a heated steering wheel. Also, customers have the choice between second-row bench seating or captain chairs at no additional charge.

Externally, the Limited is distinguished by LED fog lights; lower door cladding with chrome accents; body-color side mirrors with integrated turn signals; and 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels in dark gray with machine finish.

An option package that includes the STARLINK 8.0-inch Multimedia Navigation system, Harman Kardon® QuantumLogic® surround sound system with 14 speakers, and Panoramic Moonroof is available for $2,950.

Priced at $45,445, the top-of-the-line Ascent Touring is equipped with all the features of the Limited and adds an exclusive high gloss black grille, chrome door handles and satin chrome power-folding exterior mirrors with integrated turn signals. The unique interior includes woodgrain-pattern matte finish accent trim and Java Brown perforated leather-trimmed upholstery. New for 2021, on select exterior colors, is Slate Black perforated leather-trimmed upholstery with silver stitching. Three-mode ventilated driver and front passenger seats are also standard on Touring.

The Touring adds the 8.0-inch Multimedia Navigation system, Harman Kardon® QuantumLogic® surround sound system with 14 speakers, Panoramic Moonroof and Rain-Sensing Wipers. A Smart Rear-View Mirror and 180-degree front-view camera enhance forward and rear visibility on the Touring.

Subaru builds the Ascent at its plant in Lafayette, Indiana, along with the Impreza, Legacy and Outback.

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Old 06-25-2020, 06:34 PM   #2
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They also released this info today about the cup holder insert.

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Didn't see a price. Parts are gone for the day. Y'all could probably get a price before I will. Back at the station tomorrow.
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Old 06-25-2020, 07:25 PM   #3
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Nothing to make anybody regret buying a 2020 MY car, but I supposed that’s to be expected in a non-refresh cycle.
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Old 06-25-2020, 08:00 PM   #4
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Seems like Premium w/ option 12 would be the best bang for the buck.
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These are really expensive.
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IDGAF about CUV's, CUV's with CVT's doubly so - I hope the masses are happy.
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Old 06-26-2020, 05:46 AM   #7
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2021 Subaru Ascent Starts $300 Higher As It Adds New Standard Kit |

Subaru has made the 2021 Ascent more expensive as the mid-size SUV is now offered with more standard features.

Priced at $33,345, including the destination and delivery charge, the base model adds a $300 premium over the 2020MY as it now adds advanced adaptive cruise control with lane centering and lane keep assist to the standard EyeSight Driver Assist Technology.

All trim levels get LED headlamps with high beam assist, as well as steering responsive LED lights. The seatbelt reminder for the second and third rows is also new. Elsewhere, the 2021 Ascent still packs the tri-zone climate control, reversing camera, four USB ports, as well as 6.5-inch infotainment system with smartphone integration, SiriusXM radio and Bluetooth.



Available from $34,795, the Premium trim features all of the above and adds blind spot detection with lane change assist and rear cross-traffic alert, rear privacy glass, body-colored side mirror caps, windshield wiper de-icer, leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearshift lever, and eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat. This model also gets the 8-inch infotainment system with Wi-Fi capability, second-row independent climate control, and heated front seats.

The Limited grade carries an MSRP of $39,595 and adds plenty of extra kit. That includes keyless entry & go, reverse automatic braking, leather upholstery, 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, 4-way power front passenger seat, retractable sunshades on the second row, two more USB ports, second-row heating, heated steering wheel, and the choice of second-row bench seating or individual captain’s chairs. On the outside, it features lower door cladding with chrome accents, LED fog lamps, side mirror casings with integrated turn signals, 20-inch wheels in dark gray, and a power tailgate.

The range-topping Ascent Touring starts at $45,445 and is distinguished by a high gloss black grille, chrome door handles and satin chrome power-folding side mirrors with integrated turn signals. A unique woodgrain-pattern has been added inside, alongside Java Brown perforated leather trim, three-mode ventilated driver and front passenger seats, plus a few other gizmos.



The 2.4-liter turbocharged Boxer engine remains untouched and still pumps out 260 HP and 277 lb-ft (376 Nm) of torque. It is matched to a CVT with an 8-speed manual mode and steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. All models get the Symmetrical AWD system with hill descent control and return 21/27 mpg (11.2 / 8.7 l per 100 km) in city/highway, or 20/26 mpg (11.8 / 9.1 l per 100 km) when riding on 20-inch wheels.
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I would not tow an Airstream of any size with an Ascent.
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I would not tow an Airstream of any size with an Ascent.
Trust Subaru; they wouldn't be showing us a picture of an Ascent towing an Airstream if there was any chance the HTCVT wouldn't last long doing it...
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While you brought it up. Who has towed with an Ascent here?

Anyone tow a 3-5k travel trailer? If so what rpm was the engine running at? Gas mileage? Does SOA recommend premium when towing?

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These are really expensive.
I can't fathom paying $46k USD for one of these. They just aren't premium enough and CVT over $40k is a tough sell.
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Trust Subaru; they wouldn't be showing us a picture of an Ascent towing an Airstream if there was any chance the HTCVT wouldn't last long doing it...
1k miles up mountain passes full of gear and kids. Not even a little. :no no no:

Cups. Lot's of cups. Bout 20 of em. That's about it.
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I towed a U-Haul trailer at about 2500 lbs down to the dump. It handled it with no problems, but I just don't trust the CVT for more based on all the recalls and my previous experience.

Also, our engine is getting replaced for a failed head gasket at 25k miles, so yeah, my confidence in this car for towing is not super high.
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failed head gasket at 25k miles
Just Subarus doing Subaru things. Nothing to see here, move along

Just kidding, sorry to hear. What was the reaction by the dealer like when they found the head gasket blew, if any? Surprised, shocked, anything? Did they mention if any others had failed?
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Seems like Premium w/ option 12 would be the best bang for the buck.
Kudos to Subaru for finally making those kind of options available without buying the top trim.
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Just kidding, sorry to hear. What was the reaction by the dealer like when they found the head gasket blew, if any? Surprised, shocked, anything? Did they mention if any others had failed?
They said our car was the first known incident of a failed head gasket on an Ascent according to Subaru. I feel like we should win a prize

The only symptom was that it overheated randomly three times in the last year. Or the blown head gasket was actually a result of it overheating, which is my secret opinion. I don't want to highjack the thread though. If anyone's curious, the full story is at https://www.ascentforums.com/threads...em-found.8701/
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They also released this info today about the cup holder insert.

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Didn't see a price. Parts are gone for the day. Y'all could probably get a price before I will. Back at the station tomorrow.

List price of $18.00
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They also released this info today about the cup holder insert.

PN# J131SXC100


Didn't see a price. Parts are gone for the day. Y'all could probably get a price before I will. Back at the station tomorrow.
Finally got mine in and I installed it a 4-5 days ago - it rocks!!
2 cancelled back orders and they finally shipped it. They really did a great job fixing the horrid stock front cup holders. Install was cake - like 3-4 minutes.

I REALLY love my Ascent. It is the ultimate highway / road-trip vehicle at altitude.
I also REALLY wish my ‘20 had the ‘21’s Eyesight upgrades - I use the snot out of that thing now. It has totally changed how I drive that car. I’ve got adaptive cruise on more than it’s off I think.
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How many Airstreams you tug tug pulling?
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^ lol
7yr old daughter, wife, 100lb dog, boatloads of gear. No Airstreams.
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Can I get an amen?
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I also REALLY wish my ‘20 had the ‘21’s Eyesight upgrades - I use the snot out of that thing now. It has totally changed how I drive that car. I’ve got adaptive cruise on more than it’s off I think.
Have you driven a vehicle with 1st or 2nd gen Eyesight to compare? I only use Eyesight when traffic is 2-5 on a scale of 10 and steady. When it gets too congested, I find Adaptive Cruise to react too slowly, and then over-react, e.g., it obviously can't see brake lights ahead, so it tends to wait until the car in front is braking, then brakes harder than I would like. I've experienced HARD braking where it was totally unnecessary; however, that usually occurs when someone is exiting the highway and Eyesight thinks the car is still in your lane when there's more than enough room for them to slow down and you to pass.

I think a more appropriate name for the system is (over) reactive cruise control. I simply find myself being a lot more cautious and efficient when it comes to driving in moderate (5/10) or worse traffic, where coasting and engine-braking can save you some stress, gas and brakes.
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IDGAF about CUV's, CUV's with CVT's doubly so - I hope the masses are happy.
I don't either, but ours made the wife happy. It's fine for a comfy cruiser experience. It's not like anybody in their right mind buys a 3-row CUV for driving excitement, so the CVTs is really only relevant from a reliability standpoint.
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Have you driven a vehicle with 1st or 2nd gen Eyesight to compare? I only use Eyesight when traffic is 2-5 on a scale of 10 and steady. When it gets too congested, I find Adaptive Cruise to react too slowly, and then over-react, e.g., it obviously can't see brake lights ahead, so it tends to wait until the car in front is braking, then brakes harder than I would like. I've experienced HARD braking where it was totally unnecessary; however, that usually occurs when someone is exiting the highway and Eyesight thinks the car is still in your lane when there's more than enough room for them to slow down and you to pass.

I think a more appropriate name for the system is (over) reactive cruise control. I simply find myself being a lot more cautious and efficient when it comes to driving in moderate (5/10) or worse traffic, where coasting and engine-braking can save you some stress, gas and brakes.

The current system does work a bit better. Since using the color cameras, it sees the brake lights and reacts a touch quicker. I wouldn't think that you'd notice a difference enough in the scenarios you mention though. Or maybe you might. It does a staged braking maneuver now. Hard to describe. I usually just take a customer to our back lot where he have it set up to demonstrate.
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Finally got mine in and I installed it a 4-5 days ago - it rocks!!
2 cancelled back orders and they finally shipped it. They really did a great job fixing the horrid stock front cup holders. Install was cake - like 3-4 minutes.
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I REALLY love my Ascent. It is the ultimate highway / road-trip vehicle at altitude.
I also REALLY wish my ‘20 had the ‘21’s Eyesight upgrades - I use the snot out of that thing now. It has totally changed how I drive that car. I’ve got adaptive cruise on more than it’s off I think.
Same here. It has totally changed how I drive that car.
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