I would say your issue with the moonroof is more wanting the absence of a feature than a feature to be included. However, I very much agree that the 2nd row bench should be an option on all trims. That is a pretty minor variation and one I've seen requested on here a lot.Exactly. For me it's been the moonroof. Every car I've owned since 1982 has had some form of hole in the roof. Hasn't mattered where I've lived, I never use them. Please have a delete option.
For the Ascent, it's the Captain's seats on the Touring. My dogs hate the buckets and refuse to sit far away from me in the 3rd row. Besides the 3rd row is mostly folded down. Make the 3rd row a delete option too.
As for the 3rd row, it isn't like the 4runner where it is tacked on. It is part of the inherent design and would require a pretty massive re-design to remove. There likely would not be near enough demand to justify having an additional variant without it. It would lose money and therefore drive up the cost of the vehicle.
Something that seems more likely (and one I've been hoping for for a while) is for Subaru to make a true 2 row mid-size SUV. This would be similar to the Ford Edge and Honda Passport and could be based on the Outback frame like the Tribeca was a decade back. Just without unusable 3rd row. If it were to happen I would think it would be the year after the Outback re-design is announced.