Very happy to be able to join this forum as a new Ascent owner. Was on the fence for nearly a month, looked at a Lexus RX, the Toyota Highlander, Infiniti and Ford Edge. Lexus seemed a bit cramped, Highlander was underwhelming, and Infiniti and Edge were not as comfortable. I kept coming back to the Ascent, even though I'd never had a Subaru before. It looks a bit understated but classy, love the 4wd and the features, and the color combination with the Java seats was a big part of my decision. So was Subaru's brand loyalty and reputation for reliability. 500 miles on our SUV and so far we are proud new Subaru owners!