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I doubt that very much, but please prove me wrong.
I will either get the info corrected on the website, or figure out why it's not working for some/all people, and will let you know.
 

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We are shopping for a 2020 Outback or Ascent. (Subaru #6 starting in 1992) While comparing at the dealership last week we used the badge wave hands free on the Outback to open the hatch. This was WAY better than the old foot kick dance on our full size SUV. While looking at the Ascent we tried it. No Go. The Sales rep assured us it would work. He retrieved the FOB and tried it several times. We had a good laugh. This is not a feature on the Ascent. (But he was right about the 19 cup/bottle holders.) Just one more little thing pushing us towards the Outback. But BOTH were awesome. I still miss my 1.8L 1993 Loyale Wagon.. That vehicle changed our lives. Subaru has come a long way.
 

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I could have sworn that 2 different salesman at 2 different Subaru dealerships opened the tail gate by waving their hand over the Ascent's Subaru logo. Did I miss them sneakily pressing the button as they swiped the logo? Does Subaru call it hands free because you don't have to manually lift the gate rather than the common understanding everyone else has hands free as in touch free?
 

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Does the 2020 Ascent really have "hands-free Power Rear Gate"?

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The basic and premium trims do NOT have hands free lift gates. The manual in my 2021 Ascent Premium seems to cover ALL trim options, and it does not mention a hands free power option at all. We didn’t want leather interior or the moon roof, and to add some of the other options you might want you have to first upgrade to the limited trim which adds another $5,000 to the price and occluded things we were not interested in. A couple neat options are only available if you upgrade to the Touring trim and that still another $5,000. Before you knoe it you’re knocking on a $50,000 sticker!
 

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I could have sworn that 2 different salesman at 2 different Subaru dealerships opened the tail gate by waving their hand over the Ascent's Subaru logo. Did I miss them sneakily pressing the button as they swiped the logo? Does Subaru call it hands free because you don't have to manually lift the gate rather than the common understanding everyone else has hands free as in touch free?
The 2018 model has hands free, because my daughter has one. My 2021 premium model does not.
 

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2019 doesn't have hands free (there's no 2018). 2020 does not have it.

2020+ Outback comes with it (certain trims/configurations).

It is controlled by the button in the image with the blue dot.

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My 2021 Ascent Premium does NOT have hands-free opening. The owner's manual, which is for all trims of Ascent, does not mention it either.
 
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