The Subaru Ascent Beats the Competition

Among SUVs new to the scene here in our Ventura, CA neighborhood, the latest descendant of the Subaru Tribeca is already capturing attention, and among the questions about it we receive the most is "how does it stack up against Honda, Toyota, Kia, and Ford?" Luckily, our experts here at Kirby Subaru of Ventura have more than a few answers.

The most direct one is -- superbly, and across the board, no less. 2019 Ascent offers a longer wheelbase than many in its mid-size segment, evocative of its solid stance and promise of a stable, confident ride. It's more maneuverable than many, too, outclassing on a broad scope with a shorter curb-to-curb turning radius. But really, it's with the time-honored, Mother Nature-tested, tried and found true SUBARU BOXER flat-four engine and standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive combo that the new Ascent outshines the rest.

The former has a flat-four design, contrasting an in-line engine insofar as ours is laid out horizontally, its pistons moving laterally to deliver power more efficiently while lowering the SUV's center of gravity. The latter's an AWD system with fewer moving parts than other electronic systems, permanent and always-on, and lower-maintenance than many. Together, they compensate for understeer in ways FWD SUVs can't match as well as for oversteer in ways RWD trucks simply don't.

But Subaru Ascent also bests its rivals in the areas where it counts the most. Versus Honda Pilot, Ascent gets more torque, better fuel economy in the city, makes gains in overall passenger space, with better front head and legroom as well as rear legroom, offers more minimum cargo volume, and can tow more. Versus Toyota Highlander, Ascent gets both higher horsepower and better torque, has a touch larger fuel capacity, excels in city and highway fuel economy, and features better overall passenger space, with more front and rear head and shoulder room as well as rear legroom. It even maintains its lead in minimum cargo volume and towing capacity.

What about challengers that may seem a little off-the-beaten-path, like the Kia Sedona minivan? Besides offering AWD standard, superior torque, advances in city and highway fuel efficiency, and having more front and rear headroom and rear legroom, Ascent offers, for example, a transmission that's eight-speed versus Sedona's six-speed auto, making for smoother gear shifts. Of course, versus segment mainstays like Ford Explorer, Ascent stays on top, too. Ours is torquier, offers more fuel tank capacity, better mileage in the city and down the highway, and a more capacious interior, and it's more affordable.

Best of all, you can compare the new 2019 Subaru Ascent to its competition in an even more in-depth way right here on our website. Then, when it's time to get the firsthand feel, be sure to give our friendly sales personnel a call at 877-738-1868 or stop by our showroom on Auto Center Drive in Ventura to schedule the test-drive you've been waiting for!

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