2019 Ascent Premium vs Limited

Shopping for cars can be complicated, there are a ton different models, trims, packages and accessories. One of the main goals of this blog is to help you understand the Subaru product and appreciate all that they have to offer so the next time you are looking for a new Subaru you will know exactly what you need and you will have the best buying experience possible. Today I am going to review the differences between the Premium and Limited trim levels on the new Ascent. Before I begin it is helpful to understand the different classifications that Subaru uses.

Most people are familiar with the terms “Make” and “Model” which refer to the manufacturer (Subaru) and the name of the car they are producing (Ascent). From there Subaru has four main trim levels, Base, Premium, Limited, and Touring. Between these trim levels, standard features like wheel size, seating upholstery, upgraded sound systems, and keyless access are added or taken away. Within the different trim levels you have option packages to include more options like a navigation system, a moonroof, advanced safety systems and many more. Most accessories can be added to any of the trim levels, things like a cargo tray, a sunshade, all weather floor mats, or a cargo cover. Hopefully this gives you a better understanding as we move forward.

Some of the standard features that both models are equipped with are:

  1. AWD
  2. Eyesight
  3. 7 or 8 seats
  4. 4G LTE
  5. Rear Seat Climate Controls
  6. 8 Inch Multimedia Plus with Apple Carplay and Android Auto
  7. Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross-traffic Alert
  8. 5000lb towing capacity
  9. 86.5 cubic feet of cargo space

The premium trim level comes with three different option packages. Option package 11 is the standard package and has a base MSRP of $35,170. Option Package 12 includes a Power Rear Gate, Keyless Access w/ Push Button Start, an Auto Dimming Mirror, and Reverse Automatic braking for an additional $1460 or $36,630. option package 14 is considered the “Loaded Premium.” It includes all the options of package 12 plus a panoramic moonroof, navigation, 20″ wheels and a cargo area cover for $4,260 or a total of $39,430.  The model we have here today is the Premium package 12.

The limited comes with more standard options as listed in the press release listed in the description, but only has two different option packages. The base limited is option package 21 and the MSRP is $39,970. The upgraded or “Loaded Limited” is option package 23 which includes the Harmon-Kardon Premium Sound System, Panoramic Power Moonroof, Navigation, and the Cargo Area Cover for $2950 and brings the MSRP to $42,920. The model we have here today is the Limited Package 23.  

Ascent Trim Level PricingAscent Option Packages

Starting with the exterior there are six things that can distinguish the two trim levels.

  1. LED Fog Lights
  2. LED Steering Responsive Headlights with High Beam Assist
  3. Lower door cladding with chrome accents
  4. Turn signal indicators on exterior mirror 
  5. 18″ vs 20″ wheels
  6. Power Rear Gate (opt on Prem)    

  Premium vs Limited Ascent

Inside the cars the differences become even more apparent

  1. Leather seats
  2. 10-way power adjustable driver seat and 4 way power adjustable passenger seat
  3. Heated rear seats and heated steering wheel
  4. 6.3 Inch color multi-function display
  5. Reverse Automatic Braking (Opt on Prem)
  6. Keyless Access w/ Push Button Start (Opt on Prem)
  7. Navigation (Opt on Prem)

Interior differences between premium and limited ascent