Subaru offers the Ascent as an attractive choice for anyone looking for a roomy three-row SUV capable of accommodating the whole family. It boasts stand-out features like standard all-wheel drive and second-row captain's chairs for added comfort. But how do the two most recent years stack up? have there been any big changes for the 2022 model? Let's take a look.

What's New in the 2022 Ascent?

The biggest change for Subaru's popular three-row SUV is the addition of the Onyx Edition to the trim lineup for 2022. This new edition fits into the middle of the Ascent's five trims.

The Onyx Edition includes second-row captain's chairs instead of the bench seat you get in the base model. Onyx also features some eye-catching design features, such as black accents in the cabin and on the exterior bodywork. A bonus is the inclusion of water-resistant fabric upholstery instead of the standard cloth seat coverings in the base setup.

With the Onyx Edition, you'll be riding on 20-inch alloy wheels, which are blacked out to compliment this trim's design. There's also LED fog lights to look forward to.

Seating and Cargo Storage

The fact that Subaru can largely stick to its offering in the 2021 Ascent in this area shows just how well received the cabin has been by families and others looking for plenty of space. The standard Ascent setup includes bench seats in the second and third rows, giving it a maximum capacity of eight passengers. While there's certainly more legroom available to second-row passengers than in the rear row, adult passengers can still ride back there for short trips.

Depending on the trim you choose, you can pick from cloth, fabric, or leather upholstery. There's also no shortage of features providing additional comfort, such as power-adjustable seats up front, heated front- and second-row seats, and a heated steering wheel.

When it comes to cargo space, the Ascent remains remarkably versatile. It features 17.8 cubic feet of storage space at the rear with all three rows of seats in use. If you need to transport bulkier items, you can fold down the third row to access over 47 cubic feet of capacity. With both rear rows down, you gain up to 86.5 cubic feet of cargo storage. The Ascent also has an impressive towing capacity of 5,000 pounds, which is more than enough to haul a fishing boat or camper trailer for a weekend trip away.

Infotainment and Technology

The entertainment features in this SUV draw largely on the successful options available in the 2021 model. The standard setup is equipped with a 6.5-inch screen and six-speaker stereo. It also has smart phone compatibility, Bluetooth connectivity, and four USB ports, two in the front and two in the second row.

You can select from various upgrades. These include an 8-inch screen and a 14-speaker premium stereo. Improved connectivity is offered by an additional two USB ports located in the third row and a wireless hot spot. In addition, you can get your hands on a built-in navigation system so you never have to worry about remembering the route to your next destination.

In addition to the infotainment system, this Subaru SUV has some other notable tech features. Keyless entry comes standard, which is not the case for many of the Ascent's rivals. It makes the job of getting into your vehicle that bit easier, especially when you've got your hands full. Optional tech upgrades include remote start and climate controls in the second row.

Engine Performance and Gas Mileage

Under the hood, Subaru has stuck with its turbocharged four-cylinder engine from the 2021 model. It's capable of putting out 260 horsepower and is paired with a continuous variable transmission. You also benefit from the added control of all-wheel drive in every trim.

We don't have official gas mileage figures for the 2022 Ascent yet. However, given that it's powertrain is unchanged from the 2021 model, it's a safe bet to say that it will manage 20-21 mpg on city roads and 26-27 at highway speeds. If you keep in mind that all Ascents operate with all-wheel drive, these numbers are strong.

Thanks to its 8.7 inches of ground clearance, the Ascent performs well during light off-roading. It also features available traction management and hill descent controls for added performance on rough terrain.

Driver Assistance

Subaru retains its reputation in the 2022 Ascent for providing a long list of standard safety features. The rear seat reminder will prove a useful feature for parents who want to make sure everyone is out of the car. When you get up to highway speeds, adaptive cruise control can help manage the distance between your SUV and other vehicles up ahead. The lane keep assist and lane centering features can help you stay on track.

Forward automatic emergency braking is also standard. You can add reverse automatic emergency braking for added security. Another useful optional safety feature is rear cross traffic alert. This warns you if another vehicle is about to cross your path while you're reversing your Ascent. Subaru's rain-sensing windshield wipers are another useful add-on worth considering.

Get an All-New 2022 Ascent at Hiley Subaru of Fort Worth

Now that you've learned a little more about what has changed and stayed the same for the 2022 Ascent, why not check out our extensive inventory? You can browse by trim level and learn more about the specs of each SUV on its vehicle page.

If you have any questions about the 2022 Ascent, feel free to reach out to our auto experts. Here at Hiley Subaru, we pride ourselves on being one of the top auto dealerships in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Our knowledgeable staff can explain the various features of the Ascent to you in more detail, or set up a test drive so you can experience it on the road for yourself. We're looking forward to hearing from you and being your purchasing partner for your new family-friendly SUV.
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