Thanks for the reply VNeBLOB42!!
I totally agree on the warranty part, but as you mentioned trusted Subaru quality and resale should be considered.
Yes, Ascent doesn't have the surround vision camera...but that won't be available in SEL either. Need to go for premium for that. Also, you don't get the heated steering wheel on SEL, but with Limited trim Ascent you do.
Also, on your sheet - Ascent has the second row heated seats from Limited and you get 2 years or 4 visits free maintenance (just to clarify)
My Passat buy back is until September, so I should be able to test drive the Ascent and make a decision (I already preordered for the Limited Ascent, it's totally refundable deposit and I can not buy it if I don't like it)
Here are my thoughts on Ascent which Atlas doesn't have (Atlas SEL Vs Ascent Limited with upgraded package)
Standard AWD (no need to pay extra)
Boxer engine (I never owned any subaru before, but it got to be good)
Heated steering wheel
Heated second row
Leather upholstery (I think SEL has leatherette only)
Premium audio (14 speaker Harmon Kardon with upgraded package)
20" premium alloy wheels
Gas mileage (Atlas totally lost here)
Adaptive steering head lights with high beam assist
Also, I got 5k discount on my Ascent pre-order. I think thats a very good deal for a car not even released yet
Again, those are my thoughts and I still need to test drive once it released and then I would make a decision.