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2021 Subaru Ascent features and powertrains broken down by trim level

Subaru sells the 2021 Ascent in four different trim levels.

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Subaru has announced small changes to the Ascent three-row SUV for the 2021 model year. The changes add more standard equipment and enhanced safety features. The model will start at $32,295, which is average for its segment when you consider the equipment buyers get with their purchase and $300 more than the 2020 model.

There are four trim levels of the 2021 Subaru Ascent and numerous available packages. All trim levels carry a destination fee of $1,050. The SUV arrives in Subaru retailers this summer. Here's how the models break down by trim level.

2021 Subaru Ascent 

The base model Subaru Ascent has a price tag of $32,295.

Every Subaru Ascent is powered by a turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 260 horsepower and 277 pounnd-feet of torque. The engine is paired with a continuously variable tranmsision that has an eight-speed manual mode that can be shifted using paddles near the steering wheel.

The powertrain allows for a 5,000-pound towing capacity. Trailer Stability Assist technology is standard.

Subaru has give each Ascent all-wheel drive and X-Mode with hill descent control.

Subaru's EyeSight Driver Assist Technology is a standard suite of safety and driver assist technology that now includes standard adaptive cruise control with lane centering and lane keep assist. There are also standard steering responsive LED headlights and high beam assist. Second- and third-row seat belt reminder technology is also standard.

The list of standard features includes tri-zone front and rear automatic climate control; automatic power door locks; power windows and side mirrors; multi-function display; security system with engine immobilizer; rear vision camera; two USB input ports in front section of center console; two USB charging ports in rear section of center console; raised roof rails; 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels; and 19 cupholders.

Additionally, there is a 6.5-inch infotainment touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, Ann AM/FM stereo, CD player, HD radio, satellite radio, and SiriusXM Travel Link.

2021 Subaru Ascent Premium

The Ascent Premium starts at $34,795. It builds on the base model and adds safety features - blind spot detection with lane change assist ad rear cross traffic alert. It also features body-color side mirrors, rear window privacy glass, eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift lever handle, and tri-zone automatic climate control.

The model comes standard with Subaru's All-Weather Package, which includes heated exterior mirrors, heated front seats, and windshield wiper de-icer.

Buyers get a upgrades 8.0-inch infotainment touch screen, Wi-Fi capability (subscription required), and available Starlink Connected Services.

In this trim level, buyers can choose between second-row bench seating or captain's chairs at no additional charge.

For $1,460, buyers can upgrade to an option package that includes keyless access with push-button start, a power rear lift gate, auto-dimming rearview mirror with Homelink, and reverse automatic braking.

A second package is available and priced at $4,260. it includes all the equipment in the first package ad adds 20-inch machine-finished dark gray wheels, a panoramic moonroof, navigation, and a stowable cargo cover.

2021 Subaru Ascent Limited

The Ascent Limited starts at $39,595. It includes all the standard features of the Ascent Premium and adds reverse automatic braking, keyless entry with push-button start, and a power rear lift gate with automatic lock button for the gate and doors.

LED fog lights, lower door cladding with chrome accents; body-color side mirrors with integrated turn signals; and 20-inch machine-finished aluminum-alloy wheels in dark gray are also standard.

This model gets a significantly upgraded interior. It features leather-trimmed upholstery with 10-way power driver seat with lumbar support and seat bottom cushion extension; four-way power-adjustable front passenger seat; and second-row retractable sunshades. Subaru has added two additional USB charging ports brining the total to six. The model also gets heated second-row seats and a heated steering wheel.

In this trim level, buyers can choose between second-row bench seating or captain's chairs at no additional charge.

Buyers can opt for a package that includes navigation, a Harman Kardon QuantumLogic surround sound system with 14 speakers, and a panoramic moonroof for an additional $2,950.

2021 Subaru Ascent Touring

The top-tier Ascent Touring is all-in and priced at $45,445. It builds one the Limited model and adds premium features like a high gloss black grille, chrome door handles, and satin chrome power-folding exterior mirrors with integrated turn signals. There's also woodgrain-pattern matte finish accent trim; three-mode ventilated driver and front passenger seats; and Java Brown perforated leather-trimmed upholstery.

Models also come standard with navigation, Harman Kardon QuantumLogic surround sound system with 14 speakers; panoramic moonroof; rain-sensing wipers; a smart rearview mirror; ad 180-degree front-view camera.

For the 2021 model year, Subaru has added Slate Black perforated leather-trimmed upholstery with silver stitching (only available in conjunction with certain paint jobs).

Subaru builds the Ascent at its plant in Lafayette, Indiana, along with the Impreza, Legacy and Outback.

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The 2021 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo is joining the company’s lineup

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The decision to add a turbocharged engine variant to the Mazda3 was met with praise for those who like getting in a little more excitement behind the wheel. Now It has been announced that the Mazda3's crossover counterpart, the CX-30 is getting the same treatment.

The 2021 Mazda CX-30 will be available with a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 250 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque when the tank is filled with 93 octane fuel. The performance drops to 227 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque when owners fill up with 87 octane. Engines with the turbo-four also get standard all-wheel drive.

2021 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo The body styling is pretty much the same as the rest of the Mazda CX-30 lineup, but it does have unique wheels and other attributes.Photo courtesy of Mazda North American Operations

To accommodate the new engine option, Mazda has not had to change the outward appearance of the model In earnest but does add some highlights including 18-inch black aluminum alloy wheels, larger tailpipes, gloss black door mirrors and a "TURBO" badge on the liftgate.

As the most premium Mazda CX-30 model, it comes with a frameless auto-dimming rearview mirror, black upper dash and chrome finishes. The features list includes a Bose 12-speaker audio system and an 8.8-inch infotainment screen..

The CX-30 2.5 Turbo, as the models with the engine will be known. Also comes equipped with Smart City Brake Support Reverse and rear cross-traffic braking technologies that can sense a vehicle coming into the lane of travel when reversing, warn the driver, and apply the brakes in order to possibly avoid a collision. Additional available safety technologies include a 360-degree view monitor, Active Drive Display, traffic sign recognition, and adaptation front lighting.

2021 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo The CX-30 debuted just last year.Photo courtesy of Mazda North American Operations

The 2021 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo is scheduled to go on sale by the end of 2020. Specific packaging and pricing details will be announced in the coming months

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The Chevrolet Silverado will be offered with a new, multi-way tailgate for the 2021 model year.

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Buyers love the GMC Sierra’s MultiPro Tailgate so it was only a matter of time before General Motors brought it over to the Chevrolet Silverado. That time has arrived.

Chevy will introduce the six-way tailgate on the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado at the end of the year. Instead of being known as the MultiPro Tailgate, the feature will be rebranded and called the Multi-Flex Tailgate. Yes, with the hyphen and everything.

The Chevrolet version of the tailgate really isn’t much different than the GMC version. The biggest difference is that it wears bow tie badging.

It’s functionality includes:

  • Primary gate — opens from the key fob, from inside the truck or via a button on the gate.
  • Primary gate load stop — helps prevent items from sliding out of the box.
  • Easy access — the inner gate folds down, allowing a deeper reach into the box.
  • Full-width step — the inner gate folds into a large step for easy access and holds up to 375 pounds.
  • Inner gate load stop — helps prevent second-tier items from sliding out of the box.
  • Inner gate with work surface — when opened, provides a work surface as well as second-tier loading.
It is likely that the Multi-Flex Tailgate will cost a premium when it arrives on dealer lots and it probably won’t be available on all Silverado models. In the video above, Chevrolet shows the tailgate on the Silverado High Country, its highest trim level.
In addition to the tailgate news, Chevrolet has already revealed that it will offer a Realtree Edition of the Silverado 1500 for the 2021 model year. It will feature familiar features and appointments that exemplify the Realtree brand.

The 2021 Chevrolet Silverado is slated to go on sale later this year.

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