This is why I chose the Limited. It is, by far, the best trim choice IMO. There’s a lot of crap on the Touring I didn’t want (including being forced into the brown leather, top-heavy moonroof that I’d never use and awful stock stereo). I did a LOT of pre-sales research and the Limited has the best bits (Leather, LED headlights is an absolute must (love em), electronics etc).I'm really pissed the upper small screen is nothing more than a microwave oven clock with outdoor temperature on the Premium model. Nothing nowhere says that. I only test drove a touring as no Premiums were in stock at the time I visited. My 2015 Forester Premium had all sorts of graphics and info there and I see the Limited and Touring do too. I think it was pretty skin flint to eliminate what is essentially a safety feature as it provides all sorts of status on safety devices built into the car.
The 'way back' light is mounted mere inches along driver side, rendering it pretty much useless. Now I gotta modify and cut holes for lights to mount where they should have from the get-go.
The hood holder-upper arm. How cheap is that?! Again, my 2015 Forester has gas arms to hold up the hood. This Ascent is the new flagship of the Subaru line. At near $50K, it's stupid that it doesn't have a way to raise the hood with one hand. Fortunately found a thread and parts kit to install for under $30.
There are more things, but those are top three. Like the fur-shirt battery. Again; the biggest, most electric-heavy vehicle Subaru makes and they put in this thing? Replaced mine on a Christmas sale Bosch AGM. Rear wheel well liners made of fur-like material that holds onto ice. Weak back-up/reverse lights. Wimpy volume horn. Wifi won't connect to my house router because I don't use a password. World's crappiest halogen head light bulbs. Thank God there's an unlimited number of bulbs on Amazon to chose from. Front license plate mounting options.
But all those are minor compared to it's qualities.