Posted Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at 11:31pm
Vehicles come loaded with so much technology these days that it can be difficult to take it all in during a short test drive. Because I test more than 50 cars a year, certain tech features stand out as either positive or negative and on how they compare with other vehicles in the same class.
Subaru’s last attempt at a three-row SUV, the Tribeca, didn’t turn out so well. Due to its polarizing appearance and ill-fated launch in 2006 at the dawn of the recession and downsizing, the Tribeca was discontinued in 2014 after years of slow sales.
The 2019 Ascent, however, enters a red-hot SUV market with the appearance of a pumped-up version of the popular Outback, room for up to eight passengers and plenty of useful tech, some new and some familiar. The Limited trim that I tested had a sticker price of $38,995, the $2,950 7-Passenger Technology Package option and a $975 destination and delivery charge, for a final sticker price of $42,920.