2023 Subaru Ascent: A Bold New Design — What We Know so Far

This article was updated on 8/3/2022.

With its smooth ride, standard all-wheel drive system, and versatility, the Subaru Ascent is a solid choice for the three-row midsize SUV segment. For the 2023 model year, the Ascent looks to remain competitive with a bold new design for the front end, as well as new technologies. Find out what we know so far about the 2023 Subaru Ascent.

Will there be a 2023 Subaru Ascent?

Front angle view of purple 2023 Subaru Ascent, highlighting its release date and price
2023 Subaru Ascent | Subaru

Yes, there will be a 2023 Subaru Ascent. The three-row SUV was announced by the car brand earlier this year. According to J.D. Power, the SUV will arrive in dealerships in fall 2022.

How much does the 2023 Subaru Ascent cost?

Subaru hasn’t announced pricing information for the 2023 Ascent SUV. However, Car and Driver expects the automaker to announce how much the SUV will cost later this year. For reference, the 2022 Ascent starts at $32,975.

2023 Ascent specs: Engine output, gas mileage, and towing

Rear view of purple 2023 Subaru Ascent, highlighting its release date and price
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All 2023 Subaru Ascent models have a turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. Mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT), the turbo engine generates 260 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque. Also, the Ascent has a maximum towing capacity of 5,000 pounds.

For all-weather driving and off-road capabilities, the 2023 Ascent has the standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system. All Ascent trims also have hill descent control and active torque vectoring features. Plus, the off-road capabilities for the Ascent are aided by its 8.7 inches of ground clearance, which is higher than most SUV models.

Bold new design for the 2023 Ascent

The 2023 Ascent has a bold new design for the front end. Notable design changes include a more prominent grille, a more aggressive front bumper cover, and restyled LED headlights. Plus, the “new front bumper cover features new lower-edge air ducts to improve aerodynamic flow” under the SUV. Additionally, at the back end, the Ascent features redesigned Konoji (C-shaped) taillights.

New technology features in the 2023 Ascent

Along with the new design, the 2023 Subaru Ascent offers new technology features. All Ascent models now come standard with an 11.6-inch touchscreen and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. Also, for enhanced safety and convenience, the Ascent features the latest version of the EyeSight suite of driving assistance technologies. Additionally, the SUV offers a new surround-view camera with a 360-degree overhead view.

What midsize SUVs does the Ascent compete with?

Dashboard and front seats in 2023 Subaru Ascent, highlighting its release date and price
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The midsize SUV competitors of the Subaru Ascent include the Toyota Highlander, Kia Telluride, Hyundai Palisade, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Honda Pilot, Volkswagen Atlas, Mazda CX-9, Ford Explorer, and Chevy Traverse.

The 2023 Subaru Ascent is available in five trims: Base, Premium, Onyx Edition, Limited, and Touring. For warranty coverage, the Ascent has the backing of a 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. 

This article was updated on 8/3/2022.