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After 10 years with XC90s, and the maintenance headaches that comes with them, we’re a few weeks in to our ‘22 Ascent Onyx (first Subaru) and totally satisfied. Really appreciated this forum in learning about the vehicle when we were deciding what to get. Thanks to you all!

Special shout out to the absolutely fantastic team at Otto’s Subaru in Ottawa. Chris, Mark and Holly are absolute pros and we couldn’t be more happy with how things went. They got us our new Ascent in less than 3 months and everything went exactly as we discussed. Best car buying experience ever.
 

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Can you talk a bit about the differences of going from the XC90 to the Ascent? I've test driven the XC90 Recharge and also the XC90 Recharge Extended Range in the past 2 weeks. I am tempted to do the Overseas Delivery Program with Volvo for the 2023 XC90 PHEV.

The Subaru Ascent test drive I did felt more comfortable (in overall experience/confidence) than the XC90, but the XC90 just felt like a league of it's own by comparison (it has TONS of power... 0 to 60 in 4.5 seconds for the latest plug-in hybrid version).
 

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Our last XC90 was a 2016 T6 Momentum and so had a very similar turbo 4 to the Ascent - power and mileage felt very similar, though the Volvo was likely a little more peppy (though required 91+ gas). That hybrid you are considering would be much more powerful than the T6 and Ascent - it was a big jump in price and wasn’t yet available in 2015 when we were looking to replace our 2012.

Interior space and layout was pretty similar. The kids seem just as happy in the Ascent. The XC90 has a super clean finish inside which looks great, but could be a bit of a pain when needing to fiddle with the touch pad for anything. Overall, the Volvo did have a more luxurious look and feel (for whatever that’s worth).

The main issues we had were maintenance ones, basically from the start of owning the 2016 Volvo - perhaps because it was very early production on the updated new model. This just got worse after the warranty ended and problems over the last 2 years with water and wiring meant it was time to move on. Above all, just grateful to be driving now without constant worry of the maintenance light coming on, and knowing we have some predictability for the next 7 years (that’s as long as the Canadian extended warranty runs for) in a vehicle that’s well designed for a big family and for our winter driving.
 

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After 10 years with XC90s, and the maintenance headaches that comes with them, we’re a few weeks in to our ‘22 Ascent Onyx (first Subaru) and totally satisfied. Really appreciated this forum in learning about the vehicle when we were deciding what to get. Thanks to you all!

Special shout out to the absolutely fantastic team at Otto’s Subaru in Ottawa. Chris, Mark and Holly are absolute pros and we couldn’t be more happy with how things went. They got us our new Ascent in less than 3 months and everything went exactly as we discussed. Best car buying experience ever.
Awww… you should have waited for the 23’ Onyx which going to be half better than your 22 model. You just missed out on green stitching over the seats, 11.2 infotainment screen, a better radio sound system, led lights and that awesome new grille and lowers front intake. Also that rear camera will have a standard lens washer which yours will constantly get foggy when it rains or when the freezing temperatures come around. I’m going to get the new Onyx as they open the order. You could always sell yours back to Carvana and make a fortune anyway!
 

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Awww… you should have waited for the 23’ Onyx which going to be half better than your 22 model. You just missed out on green stitching over the seats, 11.2 infotainment screen, a better radio sound system, led lights and that awesome new grille and lowers front intake. Also that rear camera will have a standard lens washer which yours will constantly get foggy when it rains or when the freezing temperatures come around. I’m going to get the new Onyx as they open the order. You could always sell yours back to Carvana and make a fortune anyway!
I have a 2022 Onyx, no issues so far. I like the StarTex interior, and my MPG has been better than most Ascent owners report (driving style?). The main disappointment is the MFD (Multi Function Display) above the main screen. On the base, Premium and Onyx, it is basically a monochrome $10 Walmart digital clock, with only time and MPG displayed. On the upper trim levels it is in color and has much more info displayed. Hopefully, they'll include the better MFD on the 2023 Onyx, something to consider. Also, the Tom Tom nav system is disappointing. It is a b*tch to update, has no real time data, and I gave up on it early on. My preferred nav is Waze (free app) that has real time delays, detours, hazards, etc. Apple Car Play and Android Auto are also supported.
 
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