Subaru makes great vehicles. Subaru doesn’t always make vehicles that are easy to mount stuff. In terms of compatible mounts, the big giant Subaru Ascent is no different from most other Subaru vehicles. We previously looked at a few other vehicles from this manufacturer including the Subaru Crosstrek and were met with similar challenges.
The Subaru Ascent appears to share many similar interior design characteristics as the Subaru Crosstrek. Vertical vents and a display jutting up in the middle of the dashboard. This makes the vent, dash and even the windshield a bit more difficult to mount a device.
Our usual photo of the interior of the vehicle accompanies this article. The Subaru Ascent is a large SUV reminiscent of the Nissan Pathfinder. A lot of width. That’s good as it will work in terms of finding a tablet mount. The other welcome feature is a CD player. That’s often a good place to put a phone or GPS.
As already mentioned, the Subaru Ascent has vertical vents and they have a strange slope to them. We are going to steer clear of vent mounts in this vehicle. If pressed, you might be able to find something for a vent but there are better locations so we’re going to look at different locations.
The windshield will work as a mounting point for a phone. Just mount it high enough to clear the raised console in the middle. Our typical recommended mount is a good choice for the Subaru Ascent. Consider the Arkon MegaGrip Suction Cup Windshield and Dash Mount. These open to 3.4 inches so it will fit most phones even with a big thick Otterbox Defender case. The mount features a vacuum locked suction assembly attached to a pivoting arm. The phone can swivel into any orientation. The mount also comes with an adhesive disk at no additional charge so that you can stick to the dash and turn this into a console mount. However, it’s going to be difficult to find a good dash spot, so use this on the windshield.
The nice part about this mount is it can also be used for a Garmin GPS. Just remove the dual T adapter to expose a 17mm ball which is the size required for the socket on the back of the Garmin vehicular GPS cradle.
The Subaru Ascent put the CD player in a great spot for mounting a phone or GPS. Consider the Mpow CD Slot Mount for SmartPhones which uses a knob on the bottom to secure within the CD player. The cradle opens to 3.4 inches which is wide enough for most phones and many GPS devices. The ball and socket design features a 17mm ball so you can remove the cradle and just use it for a Garmin GPS.
The Subaru Ascent has cup holders placed towards the front of the vehicle and placed on the passenger side of the middle console. Coupled with the wider profile of this larger SUV, it’s possible to mount a tablet. While we do not suggest using this location for applications that require viewing while driving, it makes a good spot for use in applications that are setup prior to driving or for passenger use. Be sure to face it at an angle to ensure the gear shift doesn’t get in the way.
Consider the iKross Cup Holder Mount for Tablets and Phones. These mounts include two cradles for phones and tablets. The mount is adjustable and solidly made to easily handle the weight of your tablet. The tablet cradle will hold devices from 7 to 10.2 inches. Large enough for almost all tablets except the largest ones such as the Apple iPad Pro series.
So when it comes to the Subaru Ascent, we recommend the windshield and CD player for phones. The cup holder should work on a tablet. The dash and vent are poor choices.