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I would buy the Touring if I could get to pick any interior other than Java Brown. If I go down a trim I lose a few accessories like the camera that is only available in the Touring. Will the 2020 give buyers a choice?
 

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It doesn't look like there will be a choice for the following year. I would have liked a few other options when we purchased, but I do like the brown, and it tends to be the optional, or high-end interior color for a number of car makers nowadays. What I do wish is that some of the interior trim were brown to match the seat color- my last Mercedes, and my Lincoln have leather on the interior trim that is color coordinated with the seat color, which adds a nice, classy touch.
 

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The Java Brown leather was our main selling point on the Touring, until we saw the front and rear view smart cameras. Those are awesome. When we have the rear piled high with kids and cargo, that rear view camera is indispensable.
 

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Unfortunately, there are quite a few "top trim" vehicles from various manufacturers that only feature one "special" interior color and the Ascent and Outback are two of them. No changes slated for 2020...that information is already published.

I also would have preferred an ivory (or beige/tan) interior in my Touring but didn't want to give up a few features that I was already used to. Further, my previous vehicle (2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland Summit) had a similar color interior to the Ascent Touring and I wanted a change after 7 years. In the end, the features were more important to me. Now if I would have been forced to consider a black interior...that would have been a show-stopper. I. Don't. Do. Black. Interiors. Ever. Even if there was a bigger discount...
 
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I wanted this color specifically as it does not seem to show dirt and I thought it was rich looking. I wanted the same coke when I looked at the MDX and highest trim of the Toyota Highlander. It is almost identical to a similar combo on 80’s era and early 90’s Mercedes E class interior I had.
 

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To answer the thread title's question, I believe they decided that Touring is the top of the line and requires no options. And the the top of the line has a special interior color that no other trim level has. Also, no option means higher profit because the components built into the Touring seats are unique. Or perhaps they didn't think that they would sell a lot of Touring to make it worth while.

Toyota Highland Limited AWD (top trim level $45K) is doing the same, offering only the
Almond Perforated Leather. However, the Limited FWD offers the Almond Perforated Leather and three other standard colors.
 

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We came pretty close to going with a CX-9 or the Atlas. The CX9 had the nicest feeling interior, but the top line trim is only available in this cranberry color, and no captains chairs. I will say one great feature about the Atlas was they have this beautiful tan and black two-tone interior available on the top line trim (they offer multiple choices for the top level trim). It looks great, the problem was the quality of interior materials felt like they came from an early 1990's Kia.

I do like that the top line Ascent trim comes with a unique interior color, but they've could have gone a little further and matched that front shelf, and some of the door trim with it as well. As it is, it looks kind of incomplete, almost as if the seat color were an afterthought once the rest of the interior had been completed. I realize from my manufacturing days it's easier just to have one option, and Subaru, not being a GM or Toyota, probably doesn't have deep enough pockets to offer multiple choices on their high end models.
 

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On my first look, I didn’t care for Java Brown. I remember asking the salesman, “Why would they choose this color on the top trim?” As I looked at more photos and reviews online, I’ve grown to like it—just ordered a Touring! I’m glad they didn’t add more Java to the interior than they did...just enough...and I think the blue and dark gray are the best complementary colors for the Java.
 

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I would buy the Touring if I could get to pick any interior other than Java Brown. If I go down a trim I lose a few accessories like the camera that is only available in the Touring. Will the 2020 give buyers a choice?
NO.....And unfortunately there are no aftermarket kits for them so dealers cannot refer their clients to specialists to install. I cannot imagine the gross in sensitivity to this issue
 

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I also didn't care for the brown interior so I purchased an 8 passenger Limited with option package 23 and black leather which is exactly what I wanted. This saved me over $2,000 and had most of the features of the Touring. However, like you, I also wanted the front and rear cameras so I found a way to add them on myself along with a front/rear dash cam. This gives me some additional features not found on the Touring with considerably less cost and the color and seating options I wanted.

I realize this is not for everyone, but with some determination, almost anyone can do this.
 

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...if I would have been forced to consider a black interior...that would have been a show-stopper. I. Don't. Do. Black. Interiors. Ever. Even if there was a bigger discount...
Same position on black interiors. It's literally the first thing I tell the salesman when I walk in. Don't even think of showing me any car with a black interior!
 
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