The Mid-Size Crossover: Then and Now

Introducing the all-new Subaru Ascent. This roomy luxury vehicle made its debut at auto shows in late 2017 and is sure to dazzle drivers across the globe with its combination of versatility and sporty features. The Ascent is classified as a crossover vehicle. Now if you’re not sure exactly what that means, here are the basic key points of the history of the mid-size crossover.


The term seems to have got its start as a marketing tool. In fact, in 2008, The Wall Street Journal called crossovers “wagons that look like sport utility vehicles, but ride like cars.”


But the concept of a crossover didn’t get its start there. It seems that the earliest example of this concept was a Jeepster convertible coupe in the late 1940’s. The vehicle used car-like features but still embodied Jeepster off-road capabilities. In the mid-‘50’s, Russian car makers got in on the game by producing the first unibody all-wheel-drive car. Another vehicle with similar concepts was designed in Greece later on. In the ‘70’s, the Matra Rancho, also fitting the crossover description, became a popular vehicle. Later that same decade the AMC Eagle became popular as “the first production four-wheel-drive passenger car.” The vehicle featured “passenger-car comfort, plus four-wheel-drive security.” Unlike its predecessors, this vehicle wasn’t a gas guzzler.


Today, Subaru has hit a home run with their crossover model, the Ascent. Car and Driver magazine raves, “Looking to climb to the top of the three-row family SUV heap, the Subaru Ascent offers room for up to eight as well as traditional Subaru all-weather readiness.”


For safety features, the Ascent offers automated emergency braking and adaptive cruise control. And what good is a great car without great technology features? Your new Ascent comes with touchscreen infotainment screens and Apple CarPlay connectivity. Some models even offer an onboard Wi-Fi hotspot and a panoramic sunroof.


A smooth ride, lots of functions, spacious interior, and sporty design are sure to make this crossover one for the history books.


To learn more about the Subaru Ascent, contact Muller Subaru in Highland Park, Illinois, or call 888-471-5314 today to set up a test drive.

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