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2023 Subaru Ascent gets a new mug and improved driver assistance systems

2023 Subaru Ascent gets a new mug and improved driver assistance systems
  • The Subaru Ascent 2023 gets a facelift that includes a new grille design and revised lighting elements.
  • The three-row SUV now comes standard with an 11.6-inch touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
  • Subaru is also improving its EyeSight technology for driver assistance, including a new automatic steering avoidance feature.

    The Subaru Ascent is a member of the hotly contested segment of mid-sized crossovers and SUVs. As such, Subaru is giving the three-row ute a slew of updates for the 2023 model year that aim to keep up appearances and maintain competitiveness.

    The look of the 2023 Ascent is refreshed with a redesigned mug. The grille is enlarged with a more pronounced design, the headlights have been reshaped for a more assertive look and the front bumper has been updated to accommodate air ducts that Subaru believes improve aerodynamics under the SUV. The rear has taillights that are now shaped like the letter C.

    While the Ascent’s revised styling cues help set it apart from previous model years, arguably the most notable updates are the influx of infotainment features and improved driver assistance technology. Every Ascent now comes standard with a vertically oriented 11.6-inch touchscreen that replaces the previously standard 6.5-inch and optional 8.0-inch displays. While the new interface replaces most physical switchgear with touch functions, it also brings wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto with it.

    Subaru has always equipped the Ascent with an extensive range of driver assistance systems. However, that roster has been improved on 2023 models thanks to the addition of the company’s latest technology, which it calls EyeSight. The improvements to existing features, such as adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assistant, would make them run smoother and under a wider spectrum of conditions. Subaru says this is achieved through new control software, a wider field of view for the camera system and the addition of an electric brake booster.

    With the improved driver assistance systems, the Ascent can recognize cyclists and pedestrians earlier at low speeds, warn the driver and brake if necessary. Likewise, models equipped with blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic warning will benefit from the introduction of what Subaru calls Automatic Emergency Steering, which is said to help steer the Ascent away from a collision at speeds below 80 mph.

    Other revisions to the Ascent range include the addition of an optional 360-degree camera system (previously only a 180-degree view was offered) and a feature called Cabin Connect, which is essentially a PA system where front seat passengers have their say. can amplify to third-row occupants through loudspeakers behind them. The black Onyx Edition also adds green contrast stitching inside, a new standard panoramic sunroof and additional riding modes with hill-descent control. The latter is now also standard on the top-of-the-line Limited and Touring versions.

    Subaru has not released pricing for the 2023 Ascent family, which last year ranged from the $33,970 base model to the $46,570 Touring model. We expect prices for the new model year to be announced sometime before reaching dealers this fall.

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