2024 Subaru Ascent: Standard Equipment, Safety Features, Starting MSRP & More

The 2024 Subaru Ascent will arrive at U.S. dealerships this fall with virtually no changes after receiving extensive styling and tech updates for 2023. The Ascent is Subaru’s largest vehicle in North America and has three rows of seats for up to seven or eight adults. It debuted in 2019 and is competing in a highly competitive segment dominated by stalwarts like the Ford Explorer, Honda Passport, and Kia Telluride, to name a few.

But with standard all-wheel drive, turbocharged power, and a moderate sprinkling of advanced safety and infotainment systems, the Ascent remains a solid pick for a capable and versatile family SUV.

2024 Subaru Ascent: What’s New?

The 2024 Subaru Ascent inherited the changes of the 2023 model, like the updated front grille, reshaped LED headlights, redesigned taillights, and 11.6-inch infotainment touchscreen. Models with the Harman Kardon QuantumLogic audio system are optional with the Cabin Connect system, allowing drivers to communicate with third-row passengers.

Powertrain, Towing Capacity & Fuel Economy

All Subaru Ascents have a 2.4-liter turbocharged Boxer four-cylinder with 260 horsepower and 277 lb-ft. of torque. The Boxer engine is paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) with an eight-speed manual mode and steering wheel paddle shifters. Power is sent to all four wheels using the brand’s symmetrical all-wheel drivetrain with X-Mode and hill descent control.

The powertrain enables the Ascent to tow up to 5,000 lbs. when properly equipped. Subaru’s Trailer Stability Assist (TSA) system is standard. TSA utilizes yaw sensors to monitor trailer sway and brake individual wheels to stabilize the vehicle and trailer if necessary.

Meanwhile, the Onyx Edition, Limited, and Touring variants have an optimized X-Mode feature with Snow/Dirt and Deep Snow/Mud settings. Despite its all-weather and rugged capabilities, the Ascent achieves an EPA-rated 20 in the city, 26 on the highway, and 22 combined.

2024 Subaru Ascent Safety Features

Every Ascent has Subaru EyeSight, which includes adaptive cruise control, lane departure and sway warnings, pre-collision braking, rear cross-traffic alert, reverse automatic braking, and blind-spot detection when changing lanes, among other features.

2024 Subaru Ascent
2024 Subaru Ascent. Photo: Subaru of America, Inc.

2024 Subaru Ascent Trim Levels & Pricing

The 2024 Subaru Ascent has six trim models: Base, Premium, Onyx Edition, Limited, Onyx Edition Limited, and Touring. Below is a breakdown of the standard equipment and pricing of each trim level. The MSRP figures are inclusive of the $1,295 destination fee. If you have questions about new vehicle financing, this Auto Loans 101 guide will point you in the right direction.

Subaru Ascent Base

The base Subaru Ascent is a bargain at $35,490. It has a generous list of standard features like steering responsive LED headlights, front tri-zone climate control, rear automatic climate control, 18-inch alloy wheels, a rearview camera, an 11.6-inch infotainment touchscreen, wireless smartphone connectivity, and trailer stability assist.

Subaru Ascent Premium

The Premium starts at $38,090 and is available as a seven or eight-passenger SUV. It has all the standard goodies of the base trim while getting upgrades like a power driver’s seat, a leather tiller, rear privacy glass, and an all-weather package that includes heated mirrors and a windshield wiper de-icer. It also has extra EyeSight safety features like reverse automatic braking, lane changing assist, and rear cross-traffic alert.

Furthermore, the eight-seater convenience package adds keyless entry, push-button start, a power liftgate, and an auto-dimming mirror for $1,460 more. Those features are standard in the seven-seater Ascent Premium.

Subaru Ascent Onyx Edition

The Onyx Edition is available exclusively as a seven-seater, starting at $42,890. It’s distinguishable by its black exterior trim and 20-inch wheels. Onyx Edition models feature a power moonroof and liftgate, seats wrapped in StarTex water-repellant material, push-button start, heated steering wheel, and contrast green stitching throughout the cabin.

Subaru Ascent Limited

The Limited starts at $43,190. It has a 12-way power driver’s seat with lumbar and memory settings, leather upholstery, second-row heated seats, chrome exterior accents, 20-inch dark gray alloy wheels, and side mirrors with integrated turn signals. Additional safety features include a driver-focus distraction mitigation system and reverse automatic braking, among others.

Ascent Limited has a pricey $3,550 option package that adds a 14-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, a panoramic moonroof, a retractable cargo cover, and a surround-view monitor.

Subaru Ascent Onyx Edition Limited

With a base price of $47,890, the Onyx Edition Limited fuses all the features of the seven-seat Onyx Edition and Limited trim, including all the content of the Limited option package. It includes the 14-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, a power moonroof, and a retractable cargo cover, among other features.

Subaru Ascent Touring

The range-topping Ascent Touring starts at $49,790 and has bespoke trimmings like a glossy black front grille, chrome door handles, and satin chrome power-folding mirrors.

Other standard features include woodgrain-pattern interior accents, perforated brown Nappa leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, a Harman Kardon QuantumLogic audio system, a 180-degree front camera, and a retractable cargo cover.

Like the Onyx Edition, the Touring is offered solely in the seven-passenger configuration.

Subaru Ascent Factory Warranty

The 2024 Subaru Ascent leaves the Lafayette, Indiana, manufacturing facility with a three-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. There are options to extend the factory warranty on any Subaru vehicle, including the Ascent.

Alvin Reyes is an Automoblog feature columnist and an expert in sports and performance cars. He studied civil aviation, aeronautics, and accountancy in his younger years and is still very much smitten to his former Lancer GSR and Galant SS. He also likes fried chicken, music, and herbal medicine.

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