No Adventure in Helena, MT is Out of the Way for the All-New 2020 Subaru Ascent


The three-row mid-size SUV tradition of the late, great Subaru Tribeca just went full-size. In a quartet of trims ranging from capable base and step-up Premium to the luxury Limited and fully loaded Touring, the new Subaru Ascent is nothing short of what you and your family need to make your Helena-area trip memorable. It may be powerful, even sporty, comfortable, well-equipped tech-wise, and exceedingly safe, but above all, it's an experience unlike any other. Learn more about the new Ascent and what it's capable of right here at Placer Subaru!

Power and Performance Features

Under the hood, a 2.4-liter SUBARU BOXER engine, paired with an efficient Lineartronic® continuously variable transmission, stands ready to shell out 260 horses with 277 pound-feet of turning and pulling power behind it. The flat-four is turbocharged for a confident feel, to be sure, but more importantly, it's horizontally opposed, which means the pistons move from side to side, resulting in a lower center of gravity as well as more efficient power delivery to the SUV's systems.

Couple that with Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, our automaker's permanent, always-on AWD system, an X-MODE®, and Active Torque Vectoring, all standard across the line. The result is clear. Subaru Ascent offers the kind of FWD understeer and RWD oversteer compensation, proactive wheel-slip reduction, and precision cornering abilities you won't find elsewhere. That's peace of mind over rugged Townsend terrain and through foul Helena Valley weather alike.

Factor in a responsive four-wheel independent raised suspension with towering ground clearance of 8.7 inches, however, and not only is avoiding obstacles a matter of course. It's even a breeze to tow anywhere from 2,000 to 5,000 pounds, with trailer stability assist, a wheel-specific braking control system, to rein in your trailerful. That's enough for loads as small as a pop-up tent camper or a couple of dirt bikes or ATVs to those as large as a light towable RV or even a second vehicle.

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

A new Subaru Ascent offers unrivaled peace of mind around Montana City and beyond likewise. EyeSight®, the Subaru proprietary driver-assist technology suite, comes standard down the line, incorporating lane departure, sway warning, and keep assist features to help you stay on track, adaptive cruise control to put a safe distance between you and other traffic, and a pre-collision brake system to help you steer clear of an accident.

Options are numerous, too. They include a blind-spot detector with lane change assistance and rear cross-traffic alert for situational awareness and reverse automatic braking to help keep from backing into or over impediments. Plus, with available features like LED fog lighting and LED steering responsive headlights to illuminate the way, especially around corners, it's easy to see the trail ahead.

But, should the worst happen, know that your new Subaru SUV is there for you. An advanced airbag system and LATCH child seat restraints provide wraparound protection, while STARLINK Safety and Security services provide first-responder and enhanced roadside-assistance access in the event of a collision. Plus, you can get maintenance notifications, generate a vehicle health report monthly, and receive diagnostic alerts -- welcome help when it comes time for a service visit. These aren't to mention further perks like remote engine start and climate control abilities, remote lock and unlock support, Concierge services and more.


Interior and Technology Features

Above all, Ascent is an accommodating ride. Among eye-catching optional ivory carbon fiber, ivory leather, or woodgrain accents, and under an available panoramic glass moonroof that tilts and slides, a huge interior spreads out. It's home to a choice among cloth, stain-resistant cloth, and leather seating, available heated and ventilated up front as well as heated in the second row, a lap of luxury that only second-row bench seating that's upgradable to captain's chairs can top. Bring tri-zone climate control into the mix, with air vents for all three rows and second-row climate controls available, and it's a snap to make the cabin just the way you and the gang like it.

To keep you all entertained and connected for the ride, 6.5- and 8.0-inch STARLINK multimedia infotainment options appear. Each system features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support to let you connect a smartphone and access apps and features from the dash, cloud-based app support, and optional GPS navigation for directional convenience. Plus, you can find front, second- and third-row USB ports, depending on trim, as well as a 120-volt outlet -- all great for powering everything from your personal electronics to outboard equipment. Of course, there's also available 4G LTE Wi-Fi capability to keep you in touch with civilization and six-speaker audio to keep your favorite tunes playing on the road. The latter even becomes a 792-watt-equivalent, 14-speaker Harman Kardon QuantumLogic Surround Sound audio system, complete with a GreenEdge amplifier, in higher trims, taking that mix into anthem territory.

But let's not forget cargo capacity. Ascent has a ton of it. Expect up to 86.5 cubic feet of space for luggage, camping gear, and other essentials, depending on trim, with an underfloor storage tray in the hold and raised roof rails for extras. Arrive at your destination, and accessing your quarry is easy thanks to a power rear gate with height memory function.

If you're eager to learn more, the best way to do it is with a test drive, and here at 1515 Euclid Ave in Helena, you can expect one to remember. Visit us and take a spin in the new Subaru Ascent today!

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