I am still very surprised at posts like this. We have a 2020 touring purchased in May. It has very slight surging when cold, especially going up a slight hill, but it is due to the programming trying to keep it above 2500 RPM, but not letting it get too high for a cold engine. It is not even an aggravation. Just slightly higher RPM than I would normally like to see. After it is warmed up, it is smooth as silk. I do find the fake shifts completely unnecessary, but even that is not more than a minor annoyance. When we test drove one we did not notice any surging at all. We were down to an Outback with the Turbo or an Ascent. The only difference we noticed was the Outback was quicker and handled a little better, both probably due to it being lighter. We came from a 2015 Outback 2.5 Limited. The Ascent seems more refined, and we love the huge power increase.