Subaru’s EyeSight system takes some getting used to. Cameras and sensors are part of this driver-assistance system that works with great vigor to help prevent accidents. In our early days with the Ascent, this roadrunner’s constant “beep beep” when it saw a car, lost a car it was tracking, started creeping out of the lane, or detected anything ominous seemed more distracting than helpful.
Colleague Frank Markus was first to dig into the settings—the menu item for beep alerts is under Sounds— to turn off the warning beeps lest he go mad during a long road trip. It only partially worked. In his words: “Sadly, over the ensuing 2,000 miles, I was unable to detect a meaningful drop in the Ascent’s beepiness. Apparently Subaru deems it mission critical to notify you every time it gets a lock on a car ahead and then again when the path ahead clears. It also beeps to alert the driver every time the EyeSight system loses track of or regains sight of the lane-marking lines. Most of the times this happens it also flashes the largely useless EyeSight screen up in the top center display—the one that I always want showing me the fuel economy and range. Hence, I was forever pressing the down arrow button to return to that screen.”
I turned the alerts back on to replicate the madness, but the tones seemed more muted than I remembered and didn’t sound as often. Am I the Ascent whisperer? Is the SUV saving its angry blasts for Frank?
We have both found that in heavy rain or fog, the EyeSight system shuts down completely (taking cruise control with it), lighting two bright yellow indicators in the dash, and flashing the EyeSight screen up on the central display.
The other issue we have had is a grunching sound (combination of grinding and crunching) from the front when the weight of the vehicle pitches forward upon braking. It got louder and started happening more often, so we had it looked at when we took the Ascent in for its first oil change and tire rotation, which is complimentary for the first two years or 24,000 miles. The service department said all was working properly; the Ascent is a larger vehicle, and we aren’t alone in experiencing loud load shifting upon braking. Noisy but normal. Hmm. Something to monitor. Frank said he heard a faint sound after the service, but it hasn’t recurred for me, the Ascent whisperer.
At halfway through our yearlong test, we’ve put on 8,905 miles on the Ascent, and fuel economy has dipped to an average 20.3 mpg, down from 22.4 mpg on our last update. But I have some road trips to the cottage planned, so I might be able to nudge that back up. For I am the Ascent whisperer.
Read more about our long-term 2019 Subaru Ascent:
- Update 1: Hot Time in the Cool City
- Update 2: Road Trip
- 7 Cool Things About Our Three-Row Crossover
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Author: Alisa Priddle