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Well not so much every cup holder question, just how many cup holders are in the new Subaru Ascent. The answer to that all important questions is nineteen and we have Kristen Lee from Jalopnik to thank for this bit of automotive investigative news.

Seating a maximum of 8 people, nineteen cup holders would mean each occupant has around 2.5 cup holders available to them. Some will have to work out who gets which half.

Waiting until the coast was clear at the LA Auto Show, with barely any journalists left wandering around, she took the chance to enter the Subaru Ascent on display. Her goal was to locate every single one of these cup holders and the first place to look was of course the usual suspect.

There are two located in the center console with two more integrated into each front door. Those in the second row will have access to two holders in the fold-down armrest though that does sacrifice the middle seat. On either rear passenger door are three cup holders with one sitting near the handle and two below the window controls.

Those in the third row will find two cup holders beneath each window. At least that’s what they’ll see upon first glance. If you’ve kept track so far, we’ve only counted 18 cup holders, which leaves the 19the unaccounted for.

One set of third row cup holders actually has space for three cups instead of two. Now everyone’s curiosity has been sate.
 

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That's a lot of hydration, though some of them are bottle holders and not cup holders. :D As with most cars, a lot of those holders will be filled with things other than cups on long trips, but good to know the Ascent prepared in any case.
 

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would be nice if the plastic piece in the center driver cup holder was removable, once spilled coffee there and it dried. Never came out again....
 

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The center console cup holders are probably some of the worst I've seen in a long time. They are far too shallow, no adjusting to the size of the cup and the cups they accommodate are quite small. My issue is with normal driving water bottles and 12oz cans of redbull / la croix fall over any time there's acceleration, deceleration, or turns. Be very careful about what you put in these cup holders. The one closer to the front of the car is even shallower than the one behind for some odd reason.
 

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The center console cup holders are probably some of the worst I've seen in a long time. They are far too shallow, no adjusting to the size of the cup and the cups they accommodate are quite small. My issue is with normal driving water bottles and 12oz cans of redbull / la croix fall over any time there's acceleration, deceleration, or turns. Be very careful about what you put in these cup holders. The one closer to the front of the car is even shallower than the one behind for some odd reason.
To you I present the Drink Docker!

Stupid name, excellent product. I got a pair for my 2018 Crosstrek for the same reason you describe, and they kept my coffee from ever spilling all over my car again. Yeah, they look kinda silly too, but they are very much function over form. I had bought the medium for the Trek, and they seem to be the right size for the Big A too.
 

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To you I present the Drink Docker!

Stupid name, excellent product. I got a pair for my 2018 Crosstrek for the same reason you describe, and they kept my coffee from ever spilling all over my car again. Yeah, they look kinda silly too, but they are very much function over form. I had bought the medium for the Trek, and they seem to be the right size for the Big A too.
Thanks for the link. This looks like it could work well!

Oh, wait--what size did you get for the Ascent?
 

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It's in my post. Mediums with the little stick on shim thingies seem to work just fine in the Ascent, Bonus that they can be removed and cleaned easily. I actually don't need them for my current Yeti coffee cup, but they work great for soda's and water the smaller water bottles.
 

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Resurrecting this discussion. Picking up my wife's Ascent next week and want to get her some matching engraved Yeti/ RTIC coffee mugs. What size would fit well for those who have experimented with cup sizes in the center console?
 

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Resurrecting this discussion. Picking up my wife's Ascent next week and want to get her some matching engraved Yeti/ RTIC coffee mugs. What size would fit well for those who have experimented with cup sizes in the center console?
Did you ever find out which Yeti or RTIC mug work the best with the Ascent? Trying to figure out a father's day gift. thanks!
 

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Did you ever find out which Yeti or RTIC mug work the best with the Ascent? Trying to figure out a father's day gift. thanks!
This and all comparable other-brand 24-30oz mugs work perfectly with the cupholder insert installed.

Be aware that some of the handle options fit better than others (eg: some have a handle that sticks down too low and hits the cup holder's outside).
 

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Our 20oz Yeti ramblers ride happily in ours every day. (and they've kind of become part of the car, actually:))
 

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Never had a problem with the cupholders...

...but...

I had a 2021 Limited as a loaner from the dealership the other week, and it had cupholder inserts in it - either factory or dealer accessory, don't know. Maybe it's in another cupholder thread.
 
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