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Does anyone know about individual options, availability, and pricing yet? Wife and I are set on buying. (We miss my 08 wrx a lot but growing family...ya know)

Could anyone tell me if the Harmon Kardon audio will be available without the navigation? We want a limited with sunroof and HK audio, but don’t really need or want to pay for nav. Do you think the sunroof, HK audio, and cargo cover will be more than the $2950 package on the limited?

Keep going back and forth on the decision to preorder or not yet... sounds like the pricing is varying widely, even within regions judging by the other threads here...

I’m wondering here in Northern California if we already missed the boat for a July delivery preorder...
 

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Maybe I can offer a little perspective. I ordered a Limited and threw everything on it. My order was the first at the dealer and it was a bit of a learning curve to figure out how to put it together. I was ambivalent about the navigation, but I did not see much in savings if that could be deleted. Last year I purchased a new motor home. I could not find one optioned out to suit me, so I ordered one and added the desired options. I wanted the standard ($0.00) Pioneer radio in the dash. It was an excellent head unit with good radio reception, connectivity to the rear camera and to my phone which I use for navigation. No one has ever seen this RV without the top of the line in-dash unit with all the features. The process for getting the standard unit was wearing me down so I said, "OK, just go with what you have." It turned out to be a really great $2,665 rearview mirror (sarcasm). Apparently, Winnebago went all-in on this custom designed thing and put it in everything that rolled out of the factory. I have a belief that if you try to build something that tries to do everything, it will fail to do anything in an exceptional way. At some point one of the functions will fail completely and affect the operation of the unit as a whole. While I still think it is overpriced for what it is, I have gotten used to what it can do. One key thing is the navigation. When I am flying down the interstate at 80MPH trying to keep 6 tons of house on wheels going in the right direction, having the 9" touch screen Rand McNally navigation system is an asset. While I prefer my iPhone with Google Maps and Waze, there are times when it zones out and the built-in navigation tells me where I am and how to get to my next destination. Fiddling with a smartphone while driving is dangerous and now most everywhere, illegal. What I have learned from 4,500 miles in the motor home is how to use both the built-in nav and my iPhone effectively. I am curious to see how Android and iOS works when connected to the new Subaru. I have a feeling that out of convenience, I may use the built-in navigation more than originally thought. That being said, after years of observing navigation by smartphone, stand alone GPS and built-in systems, when you hear "Turn Right", you are now stuck on the mainline railroad tracks and the Amtrak is so close that you only have time to get out and watch your car reduced to a ball of crumpled metal and cracked plastic.

Before going down to order the car, I was thinking about that ad jingle Burger King ran some years ago. "Hold the pickle, hold the lettuce, special orders don't upset us." Imagine if all Subaru cars started out as a standard model and then you added options a la carte. You would end up spending more and the cars would just trickle out of the factory. The most expedient way is to offer four models with available option packages and hope each car comes out close enough to how the customer wants it. When I first asked if it was possible to just get the moonroof option, the sales guy said that it can't be ordered that way, but they know of places that do aftermarket installations. That idea made my blood run cold. Yeah, I am going to spend north of 40 Gs and have some dude chop a hole in the roof. Right; in a place where it rains seemingly all the time. Then, I thought he was just making this crap up to dissuade me from deviating from the normal option package. Mission accomplished, sign me up for option code 23.
 

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Subaru doesn't do a lot in the way of individual options outside the packages offered. Most german manufacturers allow the item in a package (more expensive but each item at a discounted rate) or as a stand alone option (can pick and choose but each option is more expensive than when included in a package) but Subaru and most Japanese manufacturers do not offer this for the reason's mentioned above. Cutting costs and ease of production.

You can order accessories to your hearts content with Subaru but if you want the sunroof you are also getting keyless access and the navigation.
Pricing is available on trims and packages on the media.subaru.com website but accessory pricing isn't online yet. I believe however based on my order that the accessory pricing is the same/similar to the other Subaru models so if you check pricing online for an outback, forrester, etc. is should be the same for the ascent.

I can't speak to availability in your area but I know orders in the mid-west are into August at this point.

I hope that helps and good luck spec'ing out a new Ascent! Also, why not have an Ascent AND a WRX? it's what all to cool people are doing? Haha
 

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Before going down to order the car, I was thinking about that ad jingle Burger King ran some years ago. "Hold the pickle, hold the lettuce, special orders don't upset us." Imagine if all Subaru cars started out as a standard model and then you added options a la carte. You would end up spending more and the cars would just trickle out of the factory. The most expedient way is to offer four models with available option packages and hope each car comes out close enough to how the customer wants it. When I first asked if it was possible to just get the moonroof option, the sales guy said that it can't be ordered that way, but they know of places that do aftermarket installations. That idea made my blood run cold. Yeah, I am going to spend north of 40 Gs and have some dude chop a hole in the roof. Right; in a place where it rains seemingly all the time. Then, I thought he was just making this crap up to dissuade me from deviating from the normal option package. Mission accomplished, sign me up for option code 23.
I agree I wish I could option the car the way I want but I also understand that if you allow that it makes it very complicated to manufacturer as you increase the differences between each car. This is why I ordered a Touring model as I wanted the ventilated seats but I would have preferred seating for 8 and no moon roof. Not to mention I would have preferred 17 or 18 inch wheels. I bet in the future they take feedback and change some of the options around.


As far as the Navigation my wife has Android Auto in her Sonata along with built in navigation and she never uses the built in as Android Auto is so much easier to use. It can download the map so having cell service doesn't matter and it can use the cars GPS instead of the phone so it is more accurate. But the best part is the voice where you can just say "Okay Google directions to closest Subaru Dealership" and it will bring it up automatically without taking your hands off the wheel. If the Ascent did not have Android Auto I would be driving a Ford Explorer right now that is how much we like it.
 

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Harmon kardon

Does anyone know about individual options, availability, and pricing yet? Wife and I are set on buying. (We miss my 08 wrx a lot but growing family...ya know)

Could anyone tell me if the Harmon Kardon audio will be available without the navigation? We want a limited with sunroof and HK audio, but don’t really need or want to pay for nav. Do you think the sunroof, HK audio, and cargo cover will be more than the $2950 package on the limited?

Keep going back and forth on the decision to preorder or not yet... sounds like the pricing is varying widely, even within regions judging by the other threads here...

I’m wondering here in Northern California if we already missed the boat for a July delivery preorder...
The only audio option I know of is the Rockford Fosgate upgrade to the sound system....$549 I was told is the price.....You can see its reviews on other Subaru models(WRX?)
 

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Could anyone tell me if the Harmon Kardon audio will be available without the navigation?
I’m wondering here in Northern California if we already missed the boat for a July delivery preorder...
No. Bundles are how Subaru does things. So your choices are OP21 - standard limited - or OP23 - limited with HK, Navi, roof, and cargo cover - and that's it.

Pre-orders are assigned to each dealership on an individual basis. As of right now, I still have one left from our first batch. What I expect to have happen is that after the Auto Show hits town in two weeks is that we'll sell all of the August and most of the September allocation that next week.

We've seen this in the past. It's a supply and demand situation, and the demand for these is very high, even with them not actually being released. I'll expect there to be one or two from each months allocation that's NOT pre-sold, but I doubt you'll see any quantity of these 'in the wild' and not pre-ordered or sold before arrival until summer of 2019 - just in time for the new model. (Which is what we went through when the Outback had it's last body change.)
 
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