Three-row crossovers are seriously hot right now, and so are Subarus, but they've been mutually exclusive... until now. The upcoming 2019 Subaru Ascent should make Subie loyalists brim with excitement, as well as bring new customers into the fold who have previously shied away from the brand due to the lack of any 7-passenger offerings. The big Subie debuted last night at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, and it's a good sign for the Japanese automaker that still carries a strong cult following. The Ascent should bring it more mainstream.

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Here are the important details about the new 2019 Subaru Ascent three-row crossover:

  • It occupies a new segment for Subaru with the goal of keeping previous Subaru owners who need to upsize. Their last midsize crossover was the rather tepid Tribeca that ceased production back in 2014.
  • The Ascent's 2.4-liter turbocharged boxer four-cylinder is an all-new engine. It churns out 260 hp and 277 lb-ft of torque for a 0-60 time in the mid-sevens. The engine is mated to a standard "high torque" CVT that's specifically for the Ascent's weight. All-wheel drive is, of course, standard.
  • The Ascent's Premium and Limited trim levels allow for the customer to choose second-row bench seats (for 8 passengers) or second-row captain's chairs (for 7) configurations. 
  • Access to the third row is easy since the second row slides forward to provide for a large pass-through section. Each seat in the Ascent has a convenient LATCH system, allowing for child seats in every position except the two front seats.
  • Cargo space with the seats folded flat is documented at 72.8 feet, which seems too conservative given the cargo hold's appearance. 
  • Every ascent has a standard 5,000-pound tow rating and a Class III hitch, providing for towing capacity for everyday needs, a boon for the average outdoorsy Subaru owner.
  • There's a rearview camera mirror for the top trim Ascent Touring, which allows owners to see out the back at all times, even when the cargo section is loaded to the roof, a very smart feature.
  • The cabin has a whopping 8 USB ports and 19 cupholders. We get the USB ports, but who needs that many drinks at any given time?
  • The Ascent isn't overly tall, so it's not like a Honda Pilot or a Toyota Highlander. Its ground clearance is a more than respectable 8.7 inches. 
  • No pricing has been announced yet, but expect it to start in the low $30Ks. No release date has been set yet, but it should hit showrooms in 2018 as a 2019 model.

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