Subaru’s biggest crossover has just received a mid-cycle refresh, also commonly known as a facelift. This update has brought novelties in various aspects, starting from the new styling, more features etc. Therefore, we expect that the current generation will remain in production for another year or two. This also indicates that the 2024 Subaru Ascent should carry on without more important updates. We expect to see a familiar design, with familiar design and features.
So, the 2024 Subaru Ascent should offer familiar design characteristics, even though there are sources that suggest a full redesign. We count on a crossover that now looks more attractive but offers familiar qualities. We like its spacious and functional cabin, as well as a long list of standard equipment. Furthermore, fuel economy is pretty good, especially if we consider that Subaru’s famous all-wheel-drive system is part of the standard equipment.
As no bigger changes are about to come, we expect that the launch date will be scheduled for the last quarter of 2023.
2024 Subaru Ascent Design
As we’ve just mentioned, the 2023 model came with notable updates. There are novelties in various aspects, so it’s pretty much for sure that the 2024 Subaru Ascent will carry on in the same way. This means we may expect the same updated styling, with the new front end and new wheels. The front end is particularly interesting, because of the new lighting elements and new front fascia.
Still, even though we saw some pretty interesting novelties, the overall layout remained pretty much the same. This particularly refers to the mechanics, which means that the ride quality has also remained largely unchanged. That isn’t a bad thing at all, considering that the Ascent is smooth and comfortable. At the same time, the Boxer engine ensures a low center of gravity, which means pretty decent cornering as well, even though we are talking about a vehicle that’s primarily a family hauler.
The same thing is with interior design. The recent update brought a couple of novelties, particularly in terms of tech features, such as a larger infotainment screen. So, the next year’s model will carry on without more important updates, with a familiar design that offers a nice combination of attractive aesthetics and good build quality.
Besides the elegant look, this cabin also offers a high level of functionality. Three rows of seats are standard and all of them are quite comfortable. The front seats are massive and supportive, while we like the driving position very much because it’s high and ensures excellent visibility. The second row also accommodates adults with ease, while the third row is also quite functional and roomy.
When it comes to the cargo area, you may count on about 17.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, 47.5 cubic feet with the third row folded down, and 86.5 cubic feet of the total volume. That’s about average for a mid-size SUV.
This aspect shouldn’t bring more important changes, although there is always a chance to see some novelties. Most things should remain the same as in the current model, which came with a couple of nice upgrades recently. The recent update brought the new 11.6-inch infotainment screen, which replaced the old 6.5- and 8.0-inch units. Furthermore, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are now part of the standard equipment.
The list of standard equipment should also include goodies like a six-speaker audion, satellite radio, Bluetooth, four USB ports, keyless entry and tri-zone automatic climate control. Among upgrades, expect to find things like a 14-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system, navigation, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and two USB ports in the third row, as well as goodies like proximity keyless entry, remote start, push-button start, and second-row climate controls.
2024 Subaru Ascent Engine
Things under the hood definitely won’t change. The 2024 Subaru Ascent will carry on with a familiar 2.4-liter turbo-four engine, which puts out around 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque. The engine comes in paired with a CVT and the overall performance is pretty good. The engine feels peppy, while the transmission works pretty well too. Driving dynamics are good, and you may also count on a max towing capacity of 5.000 pounds. Subaru’s famous AWD system is standard and it works extremely well.
When it comes to fuel economy, you may count on about 21 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway, which are impressive ratings for a mid-size SUV with all-wheel drive.