Subaru Ascent vs. Ford Explorer SUV Comparison

The All-New 2019 Subaru Ascent Versus the Ford Explorer

With the advent of the all-new Subaru Ascent, drivers seeking a three-row SUV will likely seek to compare available options to weigh the models' respective pros and cons--however, throughout this comparison, one vehicle arises as objectively superior to the competition: the Subaru Ascent. When compared with the 2018 Ford Explorer, a comparable vehicle, the Subaru Ascent in its base configuration exceeds expectations with its meticulous craftsmanship and keen attention to detail.

Power and Performance

When comparing the power and performance of the All-New Subaru Ascent to the 2018 Ford Explorer, the Ascent reveals its successful focus on providing drivers with balanced performance and efficiency. While the Ford Explorer's 3.5-liter V6 offers 290 horsepower at 6,500 RPM, and 255 pound-feet at 4,000 RPM, the Subaru Ascent exerts 260 horsepower at 5,600 RPM while exerting 277 pound-feet between 2,000 and 4,800 RPM. The attentive driver will notice that the Ford Explorer's maximum power is reached at a significantly higher RPM range--this means additional wear on the engine over time, in addition to the massively decreased fuel economy required to reach the proper engine range for optimal power. Conversely, the Subaru Ascent's 2.4-liter DOHC turbocharged engine reaches maximum performance at a much lower RPM range, resulting in superior performance even while at lower engine speeds--resulting in superior efficiency and greater engine longevity. This becomes evident when comparing fuel efficiency: the Subaru Ascent features 21 highway and 27 city miles per gallon, while the Ford Explorer only offers 16 city miles per gallon and 22 highway miles per gallon.

Further enhancing the Subaru Ascent's performance, the legendary Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system with X-MODE® comes equipped on the 2019 Subaru Ascent. With active torque vectoring, hill descent control, and a Lineartronic® Continuously Variable Transmission for smooth, seamless shifting and improved fuel economy, the Subaru Ascent offers drivers a variety of performance-enhancing engineering advancements. The Ford Explorer, conversely, comes equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission, and provides drivers with either a four-wheel drive or front-wheel drive option, as opposed to the Subaru Ascent's standard all-wheel drive found on all models.


Size and Interior

Comparing space, the Subaru Ascent outstrips the competition once more--while the Ford Explorer offers 151.5 cubic feet of passenger volume, the Subaru Ascent offers 153.5 cubic feet. The additional two cubic feet, while seemingly negligible, can mean the difference between fitting that last sleeping bag in the car before a camping trip and giving a passenger an uncomfortable footrest for the duration of the trip. Furthermore, the Subaru Ascent's interior, at the highest trim, offers a panoramic moonroof experience, while the Ford Explorer relies on a twin-panel moonroof construction, obstructing the view.

Trim Levels

The Ford Explorer offers drivers five available trim levels--ranging from $32,140 to $53,940. The Subaru Ascent, while offering fewer trim levels, still provides four exceptional options to select from ranging from $31,995 to $44,695. As is evident, the Subaru Ascent's top trim level, featuring plush leather seating and a variety of amenities mirrored by the top-trim Ford Explorer, delivers drivers an almost identical degree of luxury at nearly $10,000 less than the Ford Explorer! Such a difference results in a clear victor when comparing these vehicles, as the 2019 Subaru Ascent offers a similar degree of luxury and convenience with greater fuel efficiency, power, and an ergonomic design.

JK SUBARU: Discover the 2019 Subaru Ascent

Committed to providing our service area drivers with the latest desirable Subaru models, JK SUBARU anticipates the 2019 Subaru Ascent with excitement. Stop by our dealership to speak with a sales professional about the upcoming Subaru Ascent, or give us a call to learn more about our inventory today!


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