A Look at the Safety Behind the Subaru Ascent

A black 2023 Subaru Ascent Onyx Edition is shown driving on a city street.

There's a lot that goes into deciding what vehicle we want to invest in to transport ourselves and our loved ones. With so many available options, you can prioritize style, power, safety, technology, or whatever else gets you doing a double-take at a specific car. When it comes to Subaru, they believe safety should be a driving factor in your decision-making. While it's valuable to have an engaging, fast, and fun vehicle, it's no good if it doesn't help keep you safe when the unpredictable occurs. The good news is that today's advances in automotive technology mean you can have a car with everything. One standout model in the Subaru lineup is the Ascent, and if you're on searching for a Subaru Ascent for sale, look no further than Ruge's Subaru to experience this exceptional vehicle in person.

Subaru has built a reputation around designing safe vehicles. They have carefully curated an entire lineup of sedans and SUVs that stand out for their performance in crash tests and their available safety and driver assistance features. Not only are Subaru models safe, but they are also extremely reliable. Third-party agencies like the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration (NHTSA), and J.D. Power have consistently published reports that sing Subaru's praises in the safety and reliability categories. The latest Subaru Ascent model proudly joins the ranks of Subaru's other safe vehicles with the 2023 model. Here are some remarkable safety features you can expect to find that will have you driving with confidence.

A view of the dashboard of a 2023 Subaru Ascent for sale shows the infotainment screen and steering wheel.

Overview of the Ascent

The Ascent is one of Subaru's largest vehicles. It's a three-row SUV that seats seven or eight passengers, depending on which model you choose. This Ascent comes in your choice of six trim levels: the Base, Premium, Onyx, Limited, Onyx Edition Limited, and the Touring. It's incredibly family-friendly, with an interior designed around comfort and convenience. It's built to maximize cargo space so that everyone has ample legroom, and you can easily transport items like luggage, sporting equipment, groceries, and more. In fact, the 2023 Ascent offers up to 75.6 total cu.ft. of cargo volume.

Another perk of driving the Ascent lies in its potent powertrain that's fast yet efficient. Enjoy an EPA-estimated 26 MPG on the highway so that you can spend less time at the gas station and more time getting where you need to go. Under the hood of the 2023 Subaru Ascent is a 2.4L turbocharged Subaru BOXER four-cylinder engine. This engine is responsible for producing 260 hp and 277 lb-ft of torque. Working with a Lineartronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) with Adaptive Control, it moves smoothly through gear ratios, even on an incline.

Plus, there's an 8-speed manual mode with paddle shifters if you want to feel more connected with your vehicle. The powertrain also comes available with Dual-Function X-MODE that helps control traction in slippery conditions like rain, snow, and ice. A staggering 8.7 inches of ground clearance allow for some off-roading adventures. All but the base trim can tow up to 5,000 lbs. Finally, like all other Subaru models, the Ascent is equipped with standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive.

Safety Features on the 2023 Ascent

Having a great cabin and powertrain is important; however, one of the most standout qualities of this Subaru is the safety features that make it a perfect family vehicle at an affordable price. Each Ascent comes standard with Subaru's EyeSight Driver Assist Technology package. This package includes a generous suite of active features that use sensors on your vehicle to deliver real-time alerts and adjustments to help mitigate potential accidents. While it's always important to be an attentive driver and practice good driving habits, it helps to have a vehicle that has your back when driving conditions become unpredictable.

The EyeSight Driver Assist Technology suite includes Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-Collision Braking, Lane Departure and Sway Warning, Lane Keep Assist, and Automatic Emergency Steering. Many of these features are only offered as expensive add-ons with competing brands, but with Subaru, they understand the importance of making these features standard on every vehicle. High Beam Assist is also standard on every Ascent and works the EyeSight technology to automatically switch the headlights between high and low settings when an oncoming vehicle is approaching, helping both you and the other driver.

When you move into higher trim levels, there are even more additional driver assistance features that help you navigate today's traffic conditions. DriverFocus is a technology that recognizes if your attention is not on the road and sends an alert. There is also the available Reverse Automatic Braking that detects the areas behind your Ascent while you're reversing, and if an object is detected, it will automatically apply brakes.

You can also opt for a Surround View Monitor on high-end trim models. Finally, all but the Base Ascent come with Subaru Starlink, which includes Automatic Collision Notification, SOS Emergency Assistance, Enhanced Roadside Assistance Maintenance Notifications, Monthly Vehicle Health Reports, Diagnostic Alerts, Remote Engine Start with Climate Control, Remote Lock and Unlock, and Concierge services.

A father and son are shown putting luggage into the rear storage area of a 2023 Subaru Ascent.

Subaru's Statistics of Safety

You don't just have to take our word for it. Prominent third-party agencies have given the Ascent and other Subaru models top marks in safety and reliability reports. The IIHS has awarded the Subaru Ascent their Top Safety Pick award every year since its release, including the 2023 model year. Since 2013, Subaru has earned more IIHS Top Safety Pick awards than any other brand. Furthermore, the NHTSA awarded the 2023 Subaru Ascent a five-star overall safety rating. Where reliability is concerned, it's worth noting that 96% of Subaru models sold in the US in the last ten years are still on the road today. So aside from having the best available safety ratings, Subaru has also proven the reliability of its vehicles.

Check Out the 2023 Ascent Today

It's easy to see why Subaru models are so popular when it comes to choosing a vehicle that's safe and reliable. The 2023 Ascent offers the perfect package of advanced safety and driver assistance technology in Subaru's EyeSight suite. Aside from having a generous package of standard safety features, the Ascent also has extra features like the DriverFocus and Subaru Starlink to bring your Ascent to the next level and deliver the utmost confidence each time you get behind the wheel. These safety features help drivers by alerting them to hazards and applying brakes when needed, ultimately helping to mitigate accidents. Plus, like other Subaru models, the Ascent is reliable, cutting down on unexpected breakdowns and saving you money.

Aside from being safe and reliable, the Subaru Ascent is a well-rounded vehicle that offers its drivers a host of helpful features that make every commute more relaxed and enjoyable. Whether you opt for the seven-passengers or eight-passengers, you're greeted with a comfortable and spacious cabin full of soft materials, great entertainment technology, and first-class convenience. There's never been a better time to check out how the 2023 Subaru Ascent can deliver for you and your family. Come into Ruge's today to test drive one and experience the difference for yourself.