The Subaru Ascent near Santa Fe NM stands out among the throng of midsize three-row crossover SUVs. It's the largest and most family-friendly crossover Subaru has ever built but remains competitively priced.

Because there are just so many out there, consumers of 3-row SUV/crossovers have a multitude of choices. However, along with the standard all-wheel-drive (AWD), its generous standard features and strong resale values put the Subaru Ascent at an advantage over its competitors, especially when compared with the Chevy Traverse and the Ford Explorer. And it can tow up to 5000 pounds!

Instead of the traditional 6-cylinder engine, Subaru opted for a spirited turbocharged 4-cylinder that delivers good horsepower as well as decent fuel economy. It's also filled with safety features, such as a back seat warning system that reminds the driver to check the rear seat before leaving the vehicle. This is the kind of innovation that makes the 2021 Subaru Ascent near Santa Fe NM an ideal 3-row/8-passenger SUV.


A turbo-charged 4-cylinder motor that delivers 260 hp and 277 lb-ft of torque powers the Ascent, and it's a good compromise of energy and fuel economy. Getting up to freeway speeds and having enough oomph to climb grades or pass won't be a problem either.

Everyday driving is comfortable and relaxed. The cabin is quiet and the seats have excellent support for long trips. Visibility is good in all directions, and the A-pillars are narrow enough to make room for a larger glass area, which allows the driver to see more.

The 2021 Subaru Ascent near Santa Fe NM feels sporty in its handling, steering, and braking. On winding roads, quick reactions make this 3-row crossover feel nimble, like a much smaller vehicle. Braking is equally good - responsive without being touchy, and no mushy pedal feel.

Subaru's Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system includes the off-road-enhancing X-mode, as well as Hill Descent Control and Active Torque Vectoring. It's an excellent set up, and Subaru has so much expertise in this area.


Many of the Ascent's competitors only offer 'basic' driver assistance features as standard. Subaru's Award Winning EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology is in each and every model. This package includes automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control which gains lane-keeping assistance and lane-centering for 2021; lane-departure and sway warning, and a head-up display warning. Upgrades include blind-spot monitoring, reverse automatic braking, rear cross-traffic assist, and a front-view monitor.There are also now seat-belt reminders for second- and third-row occupants.

It also includes the new Rear Seat Reminder.This valuable but uncomplicated standard feature operates by detecting if either of the rear doors has been opened and closed within 30 minutes of the following three situations: starting the car, the vehicle is running and stationary or the engine is turned off and back on again with the rear doors remaining closed. An audible tone and message in the top display panel remind the driver to check the rear seats before exiting the vehicle.


Adventurers will love the 8.7 inches of ground clearance and the standard roof rails on the 2021 Subaru Ascent near Santa Fe NM. The SUV attitude is enhanced in the top two trims with fog lights, lower-door cladding, and chrome accents. The top-of-the-line Touring models add side mirrors in satin silver, chrome door handles, and a chrome skid plate up front.


The Ascent has a warm interior that's also very sensible, with seating for up to eight occupants. For the driver, controls are easy to reach and use. Amenities include a 3-zone automatic climate control (standard), heated seats, and a panoramic moonroof. Seat materials are either cloth, spill-repellent cloth, or leather.

The third row is easy to access, thanks to doors that open wide, and a pleasantly low step-in height. There's enough knee room for smaller people, but it's a bit tight for taller adults - 2nd-row passengers may need to slide their seats forward.The cargo area has a wide opening that makes loading your stuff easy. A powered tailgate also available, and there's even some storage under the load floor where the cargo area cover can go when it's not in use. The rear seats fold totally flat if the second row bench seat is installed. When it's folded, a bit more than 86 cubic feet of cargo space is created.

The Subaru Ascent near Santa Fe NM comes in four trim levels: Base. Premium, Limited, and Touring, and is an outstanding option for buyers looking for a new, larger crossover SUV.

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