The FA24: The Subaru Ascent’s Remarkable Engine

Those who own mid-sized crossover SUVs know that such vehicles come with limitations. They won’t get the highest mileage, and they won’t always be the most powerful. Yet, the latter assumption is why SUV enthusiasts may come to love the Subaru Ascent.

Described by the manufacturer as the most “tow-friendly” SUV, it is also the vehicle to get the company’s latest engine – the FA24.

The Specs

The FA24 offers aluminum heads and block as a smart way to keep the vehicle’s weight low and its warm-up times brief. The heads feature dual overhead cams that rely on a timing chain rather than a traditional belt. This actuates 16 vales with variable timing.

The cylinder pressure is kept high with compression ratios at 10.6:1, and they displace 2,387cc, rounded to 2.4-liters, with a 94-millimeter bore and an 86-millimeter stroke. To overcome high cylinder pressures, direct injection is used and sends exhaust through the low-lag, twin scroll turbocharger.

The result? 260-horsepower at 5,600 rpm, and a band of 277 pound-feet between 2,000 and 4,800 rpm. This is forwarded through a Lineartronic Continuously Variable Transmission, or CVT, to all four wheels through the torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive, making it a champ where towing is concerned.

Subaru’s CVT constantly adjusts gear ratios to prevent loss of momentum. Its adaptive control shifts to the best gear ratio for whatever conditions prevail and for the way you prefer to drive. The CVT ensures the engine runs at the ideal speed and yet ensures power and fuel efficiency.

Able To Tackle Up To 5000 Pounds Towing Capacity

Subaru’s design team indicated that this engine had been designed for all of that torque rather than tons of horsepower. Faster than other, similarly designed SUVs, it is more competitive than the rest when under a full load.

In fact, it is one of the only mid-sized SUVs able to tackle up to 5000 pounds towing capacity. While there is an option for a Touring Package, all Ascents have identical powertrains. Plus, the CVT uses that chain drive to have faster response times to throttle input, while boosting performance, ensuring a lag-free, quiet and smooth ride with or without towing.

Pair this with the Ascent’s 8.7” of ground clearance, its remarkable X-Mode tech that features five different control functions (including Hill Descent Control), and long list of safety features and standard options, and you have an SUV designed for the long haul. Add-ons include Class III trailer hitch capabilities, racking accessories, premium seating, and infotainment equipment, and make the Ascent a great new entry in the towing category.

Test Drive Subaru Ascent

Are you eager to see if an Ascent can meet your needs for towing or a more powerful engine? There’s a lot to learn about this vehicle, in addition to its advanced engine and towing capability. There’s nothing like getting your questions answered on the spot. You’ll learn more when you take a test drive, and at that time, you can work with a dealership team member who can help guide you as you ask questions about the Ascent.
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