The standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system in the 2023 Ascent is designed to optimize traction in rain, snow, on bad roads, or even when there’s no road at all. It constantly evaluates acceleration, braking, and cornering in real time to continuously deliver power to all four wheels. If a wheel slips, power is instantaneously transferred to the wheels that have the most grip.
With its exceptionally balanced layout, Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive delivers a solid connection with the road and an engaged, responsive drive. The entire system lies along the centerline of the vehicle, balancing weight distribution between the two sides to help provide optimal performance and control.
With gas mileage up to 26 MPG** and over 500 miles of highway driving range, the 2023 Ascent delivers competitive fuel efficiency. Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive has demonstrated its durability and low maintenance over four decades of owner-tested Subaru vehicles so you can be confident your Ascent will be with you for all the miles ahead.
The standard direct-injection turbocharged SUBARU BOXER engine combines the power of turbocharging and the efficiency of direct injection to deliver 260 horsepower. With this durable, time-tested engine and standard Lineartronic® CVT, the 2023 Ascent can reach over 500 miles of highway driving range4, so almost any destination is within reach.
Standard on: All trims
The 2023 Ascent features updated design with a bold new gloss black and chrome front grille, updated trim and accents, and redesigned front and rear lights. The wheels feature a new geometric design for a cutting-edge look. The family SUV has never looked so stylish.
Conquer rough terrain with 8.7 inches of ground clearance and standard X-MODE, which optimizes the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system for maximum traction on slippery surfaces. X-MODE also incorporates Hill Descent Control for stability and confidence when descending more difficult grades. Dual-Function X-MODE is now available for the 2023 Ascent with Snow/Dirt and Deep Snow/Mud modes for even greater capability.
Standard on: All trims
A Power Rear Gate is available to allow automatic opening even when your arms are full, and for added convenience, a single touch on the gate button lets it close and lock the entire vehicle. The opening height can also be adjusted when clearance is limited.
Available on: Premium
Standard on: Onyx Edition, Limited, Onyx Edition Limited, Touring
The Ascent is the biggest Subaru SUV we’ve ever made, and that goes for the inside, too. With up to 153.2 cubic feet of passenger volume – more than the Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander, or Mazda CX-96 – it will be the roomy mobile headquarters for all your family adventures with its durable, high-quality materials, convenient technology, and thoughtful comfort for every passenger.
The second- and third-row seating in the 2023 Ascent can be folded down in varying configurations, so it can easily adapt to almost any combination of people and up to 75.6 cubic feet of cargo.
Bring in more fresh air with the available 54-inch power tilt/sliding panoramic moonroof to make the already impressive passenger space feel even more open and bright.
Available on: Limited
Standard on: Onyx Edition, Onyx Edition Limited, Touring
With 19 cup holders, everyone’s beverage is secure and close at hand. For 2023, the holders feature a revised design that holds drinks even more securely.
Standard on: All trims
The Ascent features upgraded standard EyeSight Driver Assist Technology, which acts like an extra set of eyes on the road and, if need be, an extra foot on the brake when you drive. EyeSight includes a number of advanced active safety systems to protect you and your family on every drive. Available Automatic Emergency Steering, an all-new feature for the 2023 Ascent, can help you avoid a collision by providing automatic steering and pre-collision braking support if it determines there’s enough space to intervene.
Automatic Pre-Collision Braking helps you avoid or reduce frontal impacts by alerting you and applying full braking force in emergency situations. Pre-Collision Throttle Management can reduce the power from the engine to help minimize the possible impact force and frontal impact damage.
Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control with Lane Centering adds extra convenience and safety on every drive. Just choose the distance you want to keep from the car in front of you, and it can take some of the stress out of everyday driving by helping with steering, braking, and throttle control while maintaining a safe distance ahead.
The 2023 Ascent is built on the Subaru Global Platform, which uses high-strength steel for enhanced crash safety, long-lasting quality, and a quieter cabin. The Ascent also features seven airbags, height-adjustable head restraints in every seating position, and a ring-shaped reinforcement frame as standard equipment to help provide all-around impact protection.