There’s a lot to like about the Subaru Ascent, the company’s large three-row SUV. It features a standard turbocharged engine that feels as peppy as many six-cylinder options, and includes the sort of interior amenities and safety scores families crave. For 2022, Subaru doesn’t mess with success, but it does add a new trim level—the Onyx.
As in the Outback, the $39,120 Ascent Onyx includes a bunch of dark-toned exterior trim—yet another example of a trend that seems to be sweeping mainstream brands—and a few other neat details, including blacked-out badging and 20-inch wheels. Inside, Subaru’s water-repellent fabric covers the seats.
The Onyx is based on the seven-passenger Premium trim, though it adds standard features including a reverse automatic braking system, hands-free power liftgate, heated steering wheel; and a proximity key with push-button start. There’s a single optional extra: a $2,200 package of features that includes a panoramic sunroof.
What the Onyx doesn’t offer over other Ascent trims is an upgraded engine. On the Outback, the Onyx is primarily notable as the cheapest way to get the upgraded 2.4-liter turbocharged engine. But in the Ascent, the turbo 2.4 is the only option, so the Onyx’s black exterior elements and water-repellent seats are the trim’s main selling points here.
The rest of the Ascent lineup continues unchanged. In fact, the 2022 Ascent even wears the same sticker price as 2021, with the eight-passenger base model starting at $33,420 and the flagship, seven-passenger Touring coming in at $46,570.
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