You get to know a vehicle on a road trip. The Ascent logged its longest to date when office-mate Frank Markus took a 2,114-mile jaunt from Detroit to Memphis, Greenville South Carolina, and back. The Ascent doesnt have the same grunt as the Durango that made a similar trip a year earlier, but the Subaru averaged 22.4 mpg, whereas the Dodge logged 2,024 miles and averaged 18.9 mpg. That means the Ascents 2.5-liter turbo delivers an 18.5 percent improvement in fuel economy at a cost in 060 mph acceleration of just 7.8 percent, relative to the V-8 Durango . Lets face it, most buyers will have more opportunity to enjoy the efficiency than they will the drag-racing performance, Markus admits. With 5,861 miles on the odometer since October, our Ascent is averaging 19.9 mpg, up 0.2 from the arrival calculation . The three-row SUV was more than laden. It took on furniture at each stop including a chair and a 200-pound TV stand. They joined three expanded suitcases, three hanging bags, a dog cage, and assorted items. The Ascent swallowed it all, despite rear seats that dont fold completely flat, and left a peephole to see out the back. A previous trip to buy winter tires also posed no challenge for the cargo hold. We appreciate the space under the load floor to store the cargo cover. Not as impressive: door panel cubbies that cant handle much beyond a large travel mug. The third row is best used for cargothree adults are not comfortable, but the ability to recline helps substantially. If you regularly transport seven, consider swapping second-row captains chairs for a bench so only two people need to squeeze into the back, which offers vastly less hip- and shoulder room. Kudos for grab handles atop the inside shoulder of the captains chairs to aid the journey to the back. Entering the vehicle, assist handles are roof-rail mounted, which is not as easy to use as the B-pillar-mounted handles in the Durango. These quibbles aside, the Ascent provided quiet, comfortable transportation with reasonable range requiring a single fill-up halfway through each 700-plus-mile leg of the trip. Read more about our long-term 2019 Subaru Ascent: Arrival Update 1: Hot Time in the Cool City The post 2019 Subaru Ascent Long-Term Update 2: Road Trip appeared first on Motortrend .
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