An ascent took us to our descent.
At first it seemed ironic. Then we considered Subarus's first attempt, more than a decade ago, by producing a three-row crossover SUV. Compared with its far gone predecessor, we concluded with the new 2019 Ascent was up for the trip down.
The "descent" of the question was a trip through the Missouri Onondaga Cave, a guided gameunking adventure we enjoyed during our four day camping stay at Onondaga Cave State Park. The new Ascent – with its 5,000 pound towing capacity, "X-Mode" -bike locking gear drive and challenge-surmounting name – seemed quite comfortable in the rugged outdoor clay setting.
You may remember in 2006 and 2007, Subaru offered three-line B9 Tribeca. Alright, SUV fans found B9 for kindness. Then in 2008, the name was just changed to Tribeca, a moniker lifted from an artistic neighborhood in New York. Subaru apparently realized if it could do it there, it could do it anywhere.
Flashes up to now, and the new ascent moves fast to destroy the unfamiliar Tribeca, with a more appropriate handle. After all, "Tribeca", for the few people west of Hudson who even knew what it meant, counted pictures of poets, models and actors – hardly things of tough outdoor adventures. "Ascending", on the other hand, gives the impression of overcoming odds. If it evokes an actor, it's John Wayne.
This new seven or eight passenger transition is offered in Base, Premium, Limited and Touring trim, all with standard all-wheel drive and X-Mode locking and Hill Descent Control. Each Ascent also has three zones of climate control and the Subaru EyeSight range of technologies, which include automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and lane-departure warning, including children's friends.
To ensure that everyone on board is hydrated and charged, Ascent offers 19 standard beverage containers, eight USB charging ports and a 120-volt outlet in the home.
Infotainment includes a 6.5-inch display in base models, which grows to 8.0 in other trimmer. Either way, each increase is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto-compatible.
Of course, the loaded Touring had we sampled everything, including heated seats for the first and middle rows (also ventilated in the front row), power lift gate and proximity key with pushbutton start.
Power Supply Each Ascent is a new 2.4-liter turbo that delivers 260 hp and 277 lb.-ft. of torque, the latter at only 2000 rpm. Power is sent to all four wheels via a continuous variable automatic gearbox that can provide paddle shifters capable of accessing eight preset conditions. Ascension feels peppy around the city and certainly sufficient during speedy passing maneuvers. And despite a tough brake weight well north of two tons, it will greet 60 km / h for about 7 seconds.
The propulsion delivered to us 23 mpg over 225 miles, 150 on the highway, the rest around town or around the camp and cave.
Rooms, as expected, are amazing in lines one and two – we had medium-sized captain's chairs in Touring – and possible in row three, although the children will be most comfortable in the last perch.  In the Ascent junction, Subaru has a vehicle that feels like a true SUV, and an impressive challenger for such stalwarts as the VW Atlas and Honda Pilot.