So I have one question that I have yet to find a answer to. I currently have a 2014 Toyota Tundra 4x4 with 35s and 3" lift. It is for the most part, unpractical. I don't haul stuff very often, I almost never tow, and it gets 10.8 mpg average with the larger tires and lift. Now I do a lot of outdoor activities such as camping and hunting, which does require a 4x4 at times. To be honest though, even my Tundra completely stock with street tires could have easily got through anywhere I need to go that is "mild off road". So I set out looking at some of the most economical 4x4s. That led me to Subaru. Once I started looking at the ground clearance, gas mileage, and towing capacity of the Ascent, I was in love! It was the best of all worlds! So as I researched more about Subaru's AWD system, I quickly realized one downfall. This is well documented on YouTube but any Subaru vehicle (Outback, Forester, Crosstrek) that people get on a semi steep incline (like 35 degrees or great), the engine or transmission refuses to put full power down to the wheels and the vehcile wont climb up the hill, even if it has traction. For outdoor people or members of the light offroad community, this is the biggest complaint with the newer Subaru's with CVTs. So my point to this long story is, does the Ascent suffer from the same issue? I am hoping that with it having a lot more power, that the transmission is different and will allow enough torque through it to allow the vehicle to climb. It seems like Subaru would have to fix this on the Ascent as it can tow 5,000 lbs, and if someone was to back a 4,500 lb boat down a steep boat ramp, I would imagine they would be pissed later to find out the engine or transmission wont put the torque down to the ground to pull the boat back up and out of the water. If you search "outback gold mine hill" on YouTube, you will see what I am talking about. Subaru would sell a lot more Foresters, Outbacks, and Crosstrek's if they would fix this. Until I can either test this myself in a rental, or test drive, or see a video of some other Ascent owner doing it, I will not purchase a Ascent. I also hope Robert Mauro sees this and chimes in as well as I would love to hear his opinion as well.