Subaru Superstore 3-Row SUV Comparison: The 2020 Subaru Ascent VS. the 2020 Ford Explorer

The field of three-row crossovers is larger than ever, as the demand continues to grow for a sporty and versatile people-mover for Phoenix-area families. Gone are the days when Ford's dominated that market. Now, competitors, like the Subaru are gaining ground and, in the case of the 2020 Subaru Ascent, taking the lead with comfort, elegance and technology that surpasses that of the old guard. Subaru Superstore believes pound-for-pound, the Subaru Ascent make its mark in the field of three-row SUVs. But don't take our word for it. Discover how it differs from its peers, starting with the 2020 Ford Explorer.


Which SUV Has the Best Interior Quality: 2020 Subaru Ascent or 2020 Ford Explorer?

Compared to the Ford Explorer, you'll find tons of extra space for all the people and items that your family needs to bring along in the 2020 Subaru Ascent. For one, the 2020 Ford Explorer can only be configured to seat seven. The 2020 Subaru Ascent is designed to fit eight, in the standard configuration. And when it comes to cargo volume, Subaru has got you covered. When you've got a big load of groceries and shopping bags, you can fold down the rear seats to find up to 86.5 cubic feet of storage space from the Subaru Ascent. From the 2020 Ford Explorer, you'll only get up to 83.9 cubic feet of cargo room.

Which SUV Has the Best Infotainment Features: 2020 Subaru Ascent or 2020 Ford Explorer?

Standard on the 2020 Subaru Ascent, you'll find the Subaru STARLINK™ infotainment system, powered by a touchscreen infotainment display and featuring Apple CarPlay® as well as Android Auto® smartphone connectivity. That's far more than you'll find at the start of the 2020 Ford Explorer lineup. That SUV comes standard with a static, button-operated display. To get Android Auto® or Apple CarPlay®, you'll need to upgrade the Ford Explorer to a higher trim level.

Looking for a premium audio system upgrade? The 2020 Ford Explorer offers a 500-watt, 12-speaker system from Bang & Olufson. That said, you can have your 2020 Subaru Ascent with the available 14-speaker premium audio system from Harman Kardon. That's a 792-watt-equivalent system, complete with subwoofer and advanced GreenEdge® amplifier.

Which SUV is the Most Efficient: 2020 Subaru Ascent or 2020 Ford Explorer?

You can choose from a variety of engines on the 2020 Ford Explorer - while the 2020 Subaru Ascent is a bit different. It's available with just one engine, and it's a turbocharged four-cylinder. That means it's far more fuel efficient! The Subaru Ascent can achieve up to 21 MPG in the city, according to EPA estimates. When equipped with all-wheel drive, the 2020 Ford Explorer can only manage up to 18 city MPG at the start of the lineup.

Which SUV is Safest: 2020 Subaru Ascent or 2020 Ford Explorer?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety performs crash tests and rates vehicles based on their performance. The 2020 Ford Explorer earned "acceptable" ratings in each of its crash tests. When you talk safety, you want your SUV to achieve the top rating of "Good" in these tests. The 2020 Subaru Ascent earned a Five-Star Overall safety rating from the IIHS earning high marks in each crash test. It was tabbed the Top Safety Pick+ from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Which SUV has Emergency Braking: 2020 Subaru Ascent or 2020 Ford Explorer?

Only the 2020 Subaru Ascent provides standard Subaru EyeSight® driver assistance features. Perhaps the most important feature provided by EyeSight® is its automatic pre-collision braking feature. It'll detect changes in traffic ahead, alert you to an imminent crash and even engage the brakes if you don't react in time. The 2020 Ford Explorer offers pre-collision warning, but no autonomous pre-collision braking.

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