How Safe Is the Subaru Ascent?

The 2020 Subaru Ascent SUV offers a third row and seating for 7 or 8 passengers, making it the biggest Subaru yet. It boasts all sorts of cargo/passenger configurations, Subaru’s famous full-time all-wheel-drive, and a full list of the latest technological features, so the Ascent is an obvious choice for families.

That means safety is always at top of mind for buyers. How safe is the Subaru Ascent, and what are some of its most outstanding safety features?

Safety features on the 2020 Subaru Ascent

The new Subaru Ascent is designed from the ground up to keep passengers safe. There a full array of standard passive safety features including Subaru’s advanced frontal, side-mounted, and side-curtain airbags, height-adjustable seat belts, and rear safety locks. In addition, the Ascent features active safety features and connectivity that provide an added layer of safety and security. 

Subaru Eyesight

Subaru’s driver-assist technology is a suite of cameras that monitors traffic around the vehicle. It notifies you if you ever go outside your lane, and uses Adaptive Cruise Control to keep you a safe distance from the car in front of you. Subaru Eyesight also features an Automatic Pre-Collision braking system that will fully apply the brakes and bring you to a total stop to avoid frontal collisions. 

STARLINK Safety and Security

Subaru’s STARLINK Safety and Security system offers Ascent owners a full range of connected services that are available whether you’re in or out of your vehicle. A few of these are:

  • Collision notification that contacts an operator in case of an accident
  • SOS emergency roadside assistance by touching one button
  • Remote engine start with climate control 
  • Stolen vehicle recovery
  • Vehicle diagnostic alerts

High-strength steel body structure

The Ascent is built using high-strength steel, which gives it more rigidity and also provides excellent crash safety. It also gives the Ascent a quiet ride, and a longer life. It’s an ultra-rigid frame and body that’s engineered to surpass safety standards. It provides impact protection as well as a front crumple zone that takes energy away from the passenger compartment in case of an accident. The roof is also exceptionally strong for added protection. 

Vehicle Dynamics Control 

The 2020 Subaru Ascent features Vehicle Dynamics Control, or VDC, with Traction Control and Trailer Sway Assist. Since the Ascent has a towing capacity of 5,000 pounds, it’s imperative to be safe while pulling those heavy loads. A form of electronic stability control, VDC is standard on all Ascent models. It’s an advanced safety system that uses sensors to constantly monitor the vehicle, including it’s steering wheel position, yaw rate, wheel speed, and lateral acceleration. 

Ascent’s active safety features

The 2020 Ascent has available active safety features that work together to keep all passengers safe. There is a Blind-Spot Detection system and Rear Cross Traffic Alert system that is standard on Premium, Limited, and Touring models. Reverse Automatic Braking is standard on Limited and Touring, and available on Premium.  

Subaru’s all-wheel-drive system

Ascent is equipped with Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive system. This drive-train layout was first introduced by Subaru in 1972, and is now standard on most North American Subaru vehicles. Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive also adds to the Ascent’s safety by providing exceptional traction and maximum stability. The system gives drivers confidence and quick response time in a variety of driving situations and conditions. 

Overall, the 2020 Subaru Ascent is a solid choice if a safe vehicle is your priority. With a combination of active and passive safety features, smart safety technology, and of course Subaru’s all-wheel-drive system, the 2020 Ascent is designed to keep drivers and passengers safe and secure on the road.