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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 Ascent got updated styling and fresh tech.

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Subaru's lineup is full of useful, adventure-ready vehicles, but most are not accommodating for full-size families. The Ascent solved that issue for the automaker a few years ago, and has been a popular family option since. It got a mild update for 2023 with a facelift and new tech. The Ascent comes in five trims: Base, Premium, Onyx Edition, Limited, and Touring. It's expected to go on sale in fall 2022.

The Subaru comes with a new front fascia design that adds a new grille and aggressive styling up front. Lower air ducts help improve aerodynamics, and in higher trims the components come with chrome trim. The SUV's C-shaped taillights got a refresh as well, and now feature a sharper shape to better match the vehicle's overall styling.

2023 Subaru AscentThe new front fascia design is more aggressive than before. Subaru

The Ascent's powertrain remains in place, which is a turbocharged 2.54-liter four-cylinder making 260 horsepower. It sends power to all four wheels through a continuously variable transmission that offers a simulated eight-speed manual shifting mode. Subaru's X-Mode driving mode comes standard, which alters throttle response and other vehicle behavior to maintain traction in slippery conditions. Torque vectoring, which allows the vehicle to shift torque between wheels that need it most, also comes standard.

A new Onyx Edition trim joins the Ascent line for 2022. It brings a standard 11.6-inch touchscreen with navigation, a Harman Kardon sound system, power seats, and a panoramic sunroof. The base Ascent comes with features such as 18-inch wheels, USB inputs, tri-zone automatic climate controls, three rows of seating, and a whopping 19 cupholders. Subaru also offers an optional Cabin Connect system, which allows the driver or front passenger to communicate to people behind them through the stereo using a front-cabin-mounted microphone.

2023 Subaru AscentThe Ascent's interior is available with great tech, such as an 11.6-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Subaru

Subaru EyeSight safety equipment comes standard with every Ascent. The system is improved for 2023 with a wider field of vision and new software. A new wide-angle camera joins EyeSight's existing two-camera setup to provide better pedestrian and cyclist detection when approaching intersections. Blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alerts, and lane change assist are available.

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The 2023 Crosstrek starts at $23,645.

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Subaru is one of the best at listening to its customers' needs, and the Crosstrek is a great example of that mindset. It's a useful vehicle with plenty of interior space and enough ground clearance to take its passengers well of the beaten path. Today, Subaru announced pricing for the 2023 Crosstrek and Crosstrek Hybrid. The duo will go on sale this summer.

Subaru CrosstrekThe Crosstrek's cabin is adventure-ready and packed with great tech. Subaru

The standard Crosstrek starts at $23,645 before destination and the Crosstrek Hybrid starts at $36,845. Five trims are available for the standard model, including Base, Premium, a new Special Edition, Sport, and Limited. The Hybrid comes in a single trim level. All Crosstrek variants get all-wheel drive with active torque vectoring and 8.7 inches of ground clearance.

The Base, Premium, and Special Edition trims come with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 152 horsepower. The Sport and Limited trims get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder making 182 horsepower. Most models come with a continuously variable transmission, but the Base and Premium trims come standard with a six-speed manual gearbox. The Crosstrek Hybrid comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder paired with two electric motors. The plug-in system can deliver 17 miles of electric range.

Subaru CrosstrekThe Crosstrek delivers 8.7 inches of ground clearance.Subaru

True to Subaru form, the Crosstrek comes with a full suite of advanced driver aids, including automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, lane departure alerts, adaptive cruise, and more. These features are only available for CVT-equipped models. The Limited trim and the Crosstrek Hybrid add automatic high beams, reverse automatic braking, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alerts.

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