2022 Subaru Ascent Facelift: Preview, Changes, Rumors, Hybrid, Release Date

Subaru’s biggest crossover has been around since 2019, which means that the 2022 Subaru Ascent will represent the fourth production year of the current generation. For those who are familiar with Subaru’s practice, this means that the mid-cycle refresh is on the way. At this point, it is hard to talk about the exact changes but presume that the Japanese manufacturer will be typically not so generous with updates. Styling changes should be minor, while we also count on a couple of additions in terms of features, colors etc. Other than that, things should remain pretty much the same.

This means you may count on pretty much familiar design characteristics and features. This is a great mid-size SUV, which is strong in so many fields. Of course, there is the standard AWD, while we also like the spacious and nice-looking cabin, long list of standard and available equipment, as well as a very good fuel economy for an AWD mid-size SUV. The 2022 Subaru Ascent should hit the market in summer.

2022 Subaru Ascent

2022 Subaru Ascent Redesign

As we’ve just mentioned, the 2022 Subaru Ascent will represent the fourth production year, the year when Subaru usually makes a mid-cycle refresh. Therefore, we count on a nice number of updates, mainly in terms of the styling. If you’re familiar with Subaru’s typical updates, you know you shouldn’t expect too much from this one. The overall appearance will certainly remain the same, while the best we could see in terms of changes is the new front face. This refers to slight revisions in areas like grille and bumper. Other than that, the visual appearance will remain the same.

Also, count on typical exterior updates, such as new color options and new wheel designs. Other than that, things should remain pretty familiar. This refers to mechanics as well, where we don’t expect any notable modification.


The same thing goes for the interior design. With the exception of a few new features, the 2022 Subaru Ascent interior should remain pretty much the same. We count on the same cabin design, which utilizes quality materials and features excellent build quality. Moreover, this Subaru looks better from the inside than most of its rivals.

Besides good quality and attractive aesthetics, this model is also very practical. Despite that dimensions are quite typical for the segment, this is one of the rare models in the class that can comfortably accommodate adults in all three rows. Moreover, the third row features three seats, which increases seating capacity to eight. Of course, you can always opt for the second-row captain’s chairs, which reduce capacity to seven.

2022 Subaru Ascent Interior

The cargo area also offers some pretty respectable numbers. It may not be as generous as Honda Pilot, for example, but there’s definitely plenty of space for large families. You may count on about 17.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the last row, 47.5 cubic feet behind the second row, and 86.5 cubic feet behind the first-row seats. Also, a power liftgate is on the list of standard equipment.


Without any doubt, the 2022 Subaru Ascent will bring novelties in terms of standard equipment. Still, keep in mind that the current model is already generous in this aspect. All models already come standard with tri-zone climate control, keyless entry, a 6.5-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, six speakers, satellite radio, Bluetooth, and four USB ports. The possible additions are those currently on the list of options, such as a bigger 8-inch touch screen, a Wi-Fi hot spot, two USB ports in the third row, navigation, and a 14-speaker Harman Kardon audio system.

The same thing goes for safety features, as the current model already comes with an impressive list of standard driver-assistance features. You may count on a rearview camera, forward automatic emergency braking, pre-collision throttle management, adaptive cruise control with lane centering and lane keep assist, lane departure and sway warning, and steering-responsive LED headlights with automatic high beams. The list of options currently includes things like reverse automatic emergency braking, LED fog lights, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane change assist, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a rear-vision mirror camera. Some of these could become standard in the 2022 Ascent.

2022 Subaru Ascent Engine

Things under the hood definitely won’t change and the 2022 Subaru Ascent will continue with the excellent 2.4-liter turbo-four Boxer engine, which puts out around 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque. The CVT may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it has a great impact on fuel economy, which goes around 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. That’s great considering that the company’s legendary AWD is standard.

2022 Subaru Ascent Release Date

2022 Subaru Ascent Release Date and Price

The 2022 Subaru Ascent should hit the market in summer. We don’t expect significant changes in price, so base models should go around 33.000 dollars.

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