Welcome to the Forum. I am going to try my best to bite my tongue regarding some of the replies you are receiving. I sincerely hope you will consider the more reliable vehicles Subaru sells like the Forester or Outback. The purchase of any car today is a major investment. Don't regret your purchase by buying an Ascent . I have one & will never have another. I bought my Ascent based on my loyalty to Subaru and having an Outback that I truly loved. If you don't want to take my advice then please check reliability ratings, especially with respect to problem areas as listed with Consumer Reports. The total road test score is only a part of the overall testing they do. To the best of my knowledge, JD Power and other companies do not purchase the cars they test. Only CR does. Good luck!Hi fellow Subie groupies!
After a LOT of thinking, I’m about to pull the trigger on putting a deposit down on a new Ascent. The (quiet yet frumpy and expensive!!) Honda Pilot gave it a run for its money, but I so fondly remember my 2013 Outback Limited (selling that thing last year was a big mistake!) that I think it’s time to return to a trusty Subaru rather than venture to an untested Honda. I also live in Alaska and have a hard time believing what feels like at least 50% of people here are wrong about the most appropriate Alaska vehicle - Outbacks still dominate our roads, but Ascents are also everywhere.
Anyway, I need to pick an Ascent trim. Both a Touring and Limited (with pano roof, nav, better speakers, etc) are available at roughly the same ETA. I don’t need all of the Touring bells and whistles and prefer the Limited’s blue color option but I will pay for the quieter, cushier trim if there is indeed a difference between the two. Finding any Ascents to repeatedly test drive is impossible, so I can’t directly compare how each trim feels. Can someone help? Are they different? I saw someone on this forum’s anecdote that the Touring absolutely rode better than the Limited, which has really complicated my decision (had nearly settled on the Limited when I read that!). As an engineer, I have a very hard time seeing Subie make major design tweaks between the two upper trims. What can y’all tell me about this?
Also welcome your two cents about the silver colored Touring. I’ve never been crazy about silver cars, but maybe this one looks okay with all the chrome accents elsewhere on the car? My dream would be the blue Touring with the brown leather but that’s not viable given dealer stock (or lack thereof) and my timing. First world problem, right?