I disagree about the paddle shifters. I use them extensively to improve my gas mileage. I can't tell you the number of times I've found myself cruising at 65 mph on a level highway, only to find that my Subaru has me in 6th or 7th gear! So I put my Ascent into Manual, and use the paddle shifters to keep me in a higher gear. If I work at in, on highways I can get 30+mph. In the city, I can get 1-2 mph better than in automatic.Hi,
I like this thread. I hope Subaru is monitoring and LISTENING to us. We just want to make their product better!
1) As stated in another post - but it is so obvious, it bears repeating: Power folding side view mirrors.
2) push button activation from cargo area for folding down 3rd row seats. This is standard on: Kia, Hyundai, Toyota. The Ascent should have this feature.
3) USB charger/outlet on driver's side of 3rd row seating area.
4) The plastic clips used to lock in the rear passenger head rests are cheap and old technology. They are a break point and should be better engineered.
5) the carpeting in the cabin is very cheap and thin. I have concerns it will not hold up to rugged, everyday use over the next 10 years.
6) don't need transmission paddle-shifters on an SUV. This is over-engineering by definition. My wife, the main driver, has no idea what to do with these. Frankly, I don't see any need for them at all. Very poor decision. Keep them on the WRX.
7) The driver's instrument gauges are set to deep in the dash. With the driver's seat raised to it's highest, and the steering wheel advanced to a comfortable position, the driver loses a clear view of the gauges. Poor engineering. the steering wheel needs more / better tilt options to off-set the poor gauge location.
A small list, but all very easy to fix on future iterations.
That said, I think almost all of the settings should be power driven...mirrors (position), steering wheel, shoulder strap, headrest, and seat. My wife is 1' shorter than I, and I swore when we bought our next vehicle, it would be all automatically adjustable....then we bought the Ascent. Don't get me wrong, I like the Ascent, but wonder about the automatic mirror/seat/headrest/wheel adjustments.