Matt Myftiu

Matt Myftiu

Matt Myftiu has been a journalist for two decades with a focus on technology, NASCAR and autos.

The first image that pops into most people’s minds when hearing the word Subaru likely involves wagons or rally cars. But Subaru has recently rejoined the rest of the automotive world by offering its own brand new three-row SUV: The Subaru Ascent.


Subaru exited the three-row SUV category a half-decade ago when the Tribeca was retired, but the Ascent is a much better offering than their previous go-around.

I recently spent some time in the 2019 Ascent, which has the daunting task of battling a bevy of longtime competitors in the segment — including the Ford Explorer, Chevy Traverse, Dodge Durango, Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot and more.

Read on for a full assessment on how the Ascent succeeds in its attempt to climb that hill.

The first image that pops into most people’s minds when hearing the word Subaru likely involves wagons or rally cars. But Subaru has recently rejoined the rest of the automotive world by offering its own brand new three-row SUV: The Subaru Ascent.


Subaru exited the three-row SUV category a half-decade ago when the Tribeca was retired, but the Ascent is a much better offering than their previous go-around.

I recently spent some time in the 2019 Ascent, which has the daunting task of battling a bevy of longtime competitors in the segment — including the Ford Explorer, Chevy Traverse, Dodge Durango, Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot and more.

Read on for a full assessment on how the Ascent succeeds in its attempt to climb that hill.

Audi of America has won four Vincentric “Best Value in America” awards, including an overall brand award in the Luxury Car Brand category. This is the second time Audi has received this honor. Vincentric also awarded Audi three model-specific “Best Value in America Awards.” The 2019 Audi A7 was named winner in the Premium Luxury Large Sedan segment for the third time, while the Audi A6 was named winner in the Premium Luxury Mid-Size Sedan segment, and the 2019 Audi A5 Cabriolet received the award in the Luxury Convertible segment.  

In its 15th year, the Vincentric “Best Value in America Awards” determine value by measuring cost-of-ownership using eight different cost factors: depreciation, fees & taxes, financing, fuel, insurance, maintenance, opportunity cost and repairs. Using a statistical model, Vincentric identified the Best Value in America winners by measuring which vehicles had lower than expected ownership costs given their market segment and price. More than 3,000 vehicle configurations were evaluated in all 50 states plus D.C. using a range of annual mileage intervals and insurance profiles.

For the 56th time, the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards will take to the 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway as it kicks off the 2019 stock car racing season with the Lucas Oil 200 driven by General Tire. Defending race winner Michael Self (No. 25 Sinclair Lubricants Toyota) will be back to go for his second consecutive victory, and he'll be faced with steep competition throughout the field. 
 
Self returns to Daytona brimming with confidence. Not only will he be chasing his second straight Daytona win, he'll be pursuing the ARCA Racing Series national championship for the first time. 
 
"As we focus on a championship for the first time, it's really important that we get things right and are as prepared as possible for Daytona," he said. "If we can go in and win again, obviously that's the best scenario for many reasons but ultimately this year is about the championship so coming out of Daytona clean with a solid finish is important on its own."
 
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