Subaru is updating the Ascent three-row crossover for 2023. On the inside, you’ll find a big new infotainment display and the latest versions of Subaru’s driver assistance systems. On the outside, the brand's biggest model gets a larger grille with more assertive headlights as well as new lower air ducts that Subaru says improve aerodynamic flow.
The new tablet-style screen measures 11.6 inches from corner to corner and controls the multimedia system, climate, X-Mode, and all other vehicle configuration settings. All trims get the bigger screen, but only the top ones offer voice-activated navigation with what3words location finding.
Along with the new system, wireless Apple CarPlay and wireless Android Auto are also now standard. Another small but very helpful change is the addition of steering response to the LED headlights on all trims, which will help light up twisty roads at night.
Cabin Connect is a new third-row intercom that picks up front-row voices and then transmits them to the rear. It’s included on any trim with the Harman Kardon audio system, and no, it won’t amplify rear-seat passengers so you can hear them.
For 2023, Subaru has given the Ascent its latest EyeSight driver assistance system updates. The changes include a new wide-angle camera that works with the existing dual-camera system to widen the field of view and better spot pedestrians and cyclists. Automatic Emergency Steering, which can help steer around a crash at speeds below 80 km/h is also new, while the rest of the changes are small ones that are meant to let the system operate in a more natural way.
Unchanged is the Ascent’s turbocharged 2.4L boxer four-cylinder engine and its 260 hp, standard all-wheel drive, and CVT that allows the big crossover to tow up to 2,270 kg.
The 2023 Subaru Ascent will arrive at dealers in Convenience, Touring, Onyx, Limited, and Premier trim levels this fall. Expect pricing later closer to that time.