The new Subaru Ascent, revealed at the Los Angeles motor show, is a very American sort of SUV. Which is to say it’s big (it’s the largest Subaru ever), practical, comfortable, can house up to nine people and can tow big things. There are vast chunks of America where such things matter.
As car firms do when launching most new large, practical SUVs, Subaru made much of the Ascent’s practicality, highlighting the multiple seating configurations, safety features and plentiful storage space. And descriptions of that storage space included one stat that really stood out to me: the Ascent has 19 cup and bottle holders. Nineteen. Nineteen!
That’s a lot of cupholders. Enough, according to my rudimentary maths, to hold 19 cups. Which is, I’m sure you’ll agree, rather a lot of cups. In fact, even if you’ve got your Ascent configured to house nine people, that’s two mugs or bottles per person – with a cupholder still to spare.