The 2023 Subaru Ascent 3-row SUV will debut with redesigned style, new safety features, and advanced in-vehicle technology. The Onyx Edition trim level gets new external and interior details, as well as a complete option package, for 2023.
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The most important updates at a glance
This Fall, dealerships will start stocking the 2023 Subaru Ascent in Base, Premium, Onyx Edition, Limited, and Touring trim levels.
With a revised front fascia including a larger grille, new LED headlights, and an aggressive front bumper cover, Ascent’s styling is bolder for the 2023 model year. New lower-edge air ducts on the front bumper cover increase the flow of air beneath the car. Updated Konoji (C-shaped) taillights on the rear of the SUV further highlight its new style for 2023.
The most recent version of EyeSight Driver Assist Technology is standard on the 2023 Subaru Ascent. The improved system performs better and in a wider variety of circumstances. A larger field of vision, newer control software, and the inclusion of an electronic brake booster is responsible for these gains.
A Wide-Angle Mono Camera that works in tandem with the EyeSight dual-camera system is also included as standard throughout the whole model range. When a vehicle reaches an intersection at a low speed, the extra camera further widens the field of vision to help drivers identify pedestrians and bicyclists more quickly.
EyeSight warns the driver and applies the brakes as needed to prevent crashes with pedestrians and bicyclists who are crossing the road.
EyeSight provides Automatic Emergency Steering on vehicles with Blind-Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert. When traveling at speeds under 50 mph, the new function assists the Pre-Collision Braking System in steering the Subaru Ascent car to help prevent collisions.
The third-row passengers’ ability to communicate with the driver or front passenger is improved through New Cabin Connect. When turned on, the function uses the above console microphone to capture the speech of the driver or front passenger and then sends it over the back speakers.
On trim levels featuring a Harman Kardon QuantumLogicTM surround sound speaker system, Cabin Connect is an option.
A Surround View Monitor is an optional feature that provides a 360-degree overhead view of the car for enhanced overall situational awareness when parking. The new technology takes photos from four vehicle cameras and combines them to produce a single image that enables aerial observation of the region around the whole vehicle.
A new 11.6-inch Full HD tablet-style center information display that is now standard on all 2023 Subaru Ascent models gives direct touch controls for entertainment, temperature control, X-MODE, and vehicle setup options.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both wireless as standard. For better vision at night, every Ascent also comes with steering-responsive LED headlights with high beam assist. Additionally, a Seat Belt Reminder for every seat helps guarantee that everyone is wearing a seat belt.
Enhanced experience with the 2023 Subaru Ascent Onyx Edition
Exclusive black-finish exterior components, badging, and 20-inch black-finish aluminum alloy wheels are included with the Ascent Onyx Edition. The seats have fresh, contrasting green stitching and are covered with Subaru StarTex water-repellent material.
The panoramic power moonroof with a tilt/slide glass panel over the front seats, a fixed glass panel over the middle row, and a power sunshade are now standard on the Onyx Edition. This stunning glass top is still an option for the Limited trims but standard for the Touring.
The 2023 Ascent Onyx Edition, Limited, and Touring include a standard dual-function X-MODE with Hill Descent Control, improving all-weather and trail capabilities. SNOW/DIRT and DEEP SNOW/MUD settings in the X-MODE maximize all-wheel drive performance for challenging weather or driving conditions.
The Subaru STARLINK 11.6-inch Multimedia Navigation system and Harman Kardon QuantumLogic surround sound speaker system with new Cabin Connect are part of a newly released complete options package for the Onyx Edition.
A 12-way power driver’s seat with 4-way power lumbar and two-position memory, adjustable driver’s seat cushion extension, a 4-way power front passenger seat, second-row sunshades, and outboard heated seat locations are additional amenities that have been included in the package.
This option package also includes a top-notch instrument combo meter with a color LCD and twin lighted front center-console cupholders.
The option package includes the new Surround View Monitor and DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation System, two driver assistance technologies.
Capable and strong in any driving situation
The Ascent, which is based on the Subaru Global Platform, offers an unmatched driving experience and a roomy cabin with adjustable seating choices. With a capacity for eight people or optional captain’s seats in the second row for seven people, the Ascent, a Subaru made in the United States, is the most adaptable model ever.
When folded, two rows of 60/40 split flat folding seats provide up to 75.6 cubic feet of cargo room.
For superb all-weather and trail-driving performance, Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and X-MODE with Hill Descent Control are standard on all Ascent trim levels. All trim levels also come equipped with Active Torque Vectoring.
With a ground clearance of 8.7 inches, which is higher than that of many other SUVs, the 3-row SUV offers capabilities while yet keeping a conveniently low step-in height for passenger ingress.
The Ascent is equipped as standard with Subaru’s high-torque Lineartronic CVT (continuously variable transmission), which has an 8-speed manual mode function and steering wheel paddle shifters to give the driver more control.
It is powered by a 260-horsepower 2.4-liter turbocharged Subaru Boxer engine. Up to 5,000 pounds may be towable with this powertrain’s included Trailer Stability Assist.
Five variants to cover every family’s need
The 2023 Subaru Ascent comes equipped with a long list of standard features, such as raised roof rails, 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels, automatic power door locks, power windows, and power side mirrors.
Additional standard features include a security system with engine immobilizer, rear vision camera, USB-A and USB-C input/charge ports in the front and rear sections of the center console, and a security system with an engine immobilizer. The basic rear vision camera now has a washer to provide a clear picture when backing up, which is new for this year.
The second row of seats has independent automatic climate control, body-color side mirrors with integrated turn signals, rear window privacy glass, 8-way power driver seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and the All-Weather Package with heated exterior mirrors, heated front seats, and windshield wiper de-icer.
The Premium trim also adds Blind-Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.
Wi-Fi and Subaru STARLINK Connected Services are two of the available in-car technologies for the Premium trim (subscriptions necessary). Keyless Entry with Push-Button Start, a Power Rear Gate, an Auto-Dimming Mirror with HomeLink, and Reverse Automatic Braking are all part of the Premium option package.
With no extra cost, the Premium trim gives customers the option of second-row captain’s chairs or benches.
Power moonroof, reverse automatic braking, a power rear gate, and keyless entry with push-button start are just a few of the standard convenience amenities that the Onyx Edition adds to the 7-seat Premium trim. With distinctive 20-inch black-finish aluminum alloy wheels and special external and interior elements, the Onyx Edition stands out from the other trim levels.
All of the Premium amenities are included in the well-equipped Limited, which also has Reverse Automatic Braking, DriverFocus, Keyless Access with Push-Button Start, and a Power Rear Gate with an automatic lock button for the gate and doors.
The Limited interior includes second-row retractable sunshades, a 12-way power driver seat with lumbar support and seat bottom cushion extension, leather-trimmed upholstery, and a front passenger seat with four power adjustments. The third row now features a brand-new USB-A charging port.
Additionally, heated second-row seats and a heated steering wheel are available in limited 2023 Subaru Ascent versions. Moreover, second-row captain’s chairs or bench seats are available to clients at no extra cost.
The Limited’s appearance is defined by new 20-inch dark gray machine-finished aluminum-alloy wheels, lower door cladding with chrome accents, and LED fog lights.
All of the Limited’s amenities are included in the top-tier Ascent Touring, which also has a satin chrome power-folding external mirror with integrated turn signals, a high gloss black grille, and chrome door handles.
The interior’s distinctive features include either Slate Black or Java Brown perforated leather-trimmed upholstery and woodgrain-pattern matte finish accent trim. The Touring also comes standard with three-mode ventilated driver and front passenger seats.
The SUBARU STARLINK 11.6-inch Multimedia Navigation system, the Harman Kardon QuantumLogic surround sound system with new Cabin Connect, the Power Moonroof, and Rain-Sensing Wipers are all standard on the Touring. The 180-degree front-view camera, Smart Rear-View Mirror, and Standard Surround View Monitor System all significantly improve all-around sight.