2020 Subaru Ascent VS 2020 Ford Explorer Comparison in Salt Lake City, UT

The Ford Explorer was a popular SUV when it first arrived on the scene. But, all these years later, it's just not as successful now that just about every other automaker has their own feature-packed three-row SUV. The 2020 Ford Explorer is all-new with some new features and technology, but can it match the capability, comfort and utility of the 2020 Subaru Ascent? To find out, we've compared both models side-by-side. There are quite a few similarities but, in a few key areas, you find that the 2020 Subaru Ascent is a better pick for life in Salt Lake City. We'll go into detail below and show you exactly what we mean.

Subaru Ascent Rooftop Bike Rack

2020 Subaru Ascent vs. 2020 Ford Explorer: Size & Features

When it comes to size, these vehicles are nearly identical in interior legroom and available cargo volume. However, at least the 2020 Subaru Ascent is a couple inches shorter overall. With a commanding seating position and great visibility, the 2020 Subaru Ascent wears its size well.

However, on the outside, the 2020 Subaru Ascent gives you standard roof rails, so you can more easily carry outdoor toys and other gear. Roof rails cost extra on the 2020 Ford Explorer. On the inside, the 2020 Ford Explorer also gives you only 12 cupholders. When you're a parent, you know well that cupholders can hold a whole lot more than cups, and the 2020 Subaru Ascent was designed with families in mind. It provides tons of convenient storage as well as 19 standard cupholders, so it's easier to keep things organized in the 2020 Subaru Ascent.


Subaru Ascent Backup Camera

2020 Subaru Ascent vs. 2020 Ford Explorer: Technology

Now that it's all-new for 2020, the Ford Explorer has caught up with the rest of the leaders in this segment. Both the 2020 Subaru Ascent and the new 2020 Ford Explorer now come with a standard touchscreen multimedia system and Apple CarPlay® / Android Auto™ functionality as standard equipment. As an available upgrade, you can get a bigger touchscreen with navigation on both models as well.

Best of all, with a unique 180-degree Front-View monitor, the 2020 Subaru Ascent helps you peer around corners, an extra handy feature on big-nosed vehicles like three-row family SUVs. That's a piece of technology the 2020 Ford Explorer lacks entirely.

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Subaru Ascent On Country Road

2020 Subaru Ascent vs. 2020 Ford Explorer: Performance

The 2020 Subaru Ascent, like all Subaru SUVs, comes totally standard with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. With all-wheel agility being especially important in our area, the 2020 Ford Explorer comes standard with front-wheel drive. A four-wheel drive system is an available feature, but it'll cost a whopping $2,000 extra as a standalone option!

And while you get a little bit more horsepower in the 2020 Ford Explorer, it's the 2020 Subaru Ascent that gives you the most civilized ride. It's all thanks to the unique design of the BOXER® engine. With its flat, wide design and horizontally opposed pistons, the engine can be placed low and deep in the engine bay. This lowers the center of gravity for planted, level handling. The taller inline and V-shaped engine options in the 2020 Ford Explorer just aren't as refined and tuned for a smooth, serene drive as a Subaru BOXER®.


Subaru Ascent LED Headlights

2020 Subaru Ascent vs. 2020 Ford Explorer: Crash Test Scores

The 2020 Ford Explorer failed to earn any safety accolades from the not-for-profit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, one of the leading automotive safety authorities in the US. The 2020 Ford Explorer earned a score of merely "Acceptable" for its LED headlights and in the driver's side small overlap frontal crash test. By contrast, the 2020 Subaru Ascent earned the best-possible score of "Good" in every single IIHS crash test! Furthermore, the available steering-responsive LED headlights were also rated "Good" by the IIHS -- earning the 2020 Subaru Ascent a 2020 Top Safety Pick award.


Subaru Ascent Adaptive Cruise Control Illustration

2020 Subaru Ascent vs. 2020 Ford Explorer: Driver Assistance

Every 2020 Subaru Ascent comes standard with Subaru EyeSight® Driver Assistance. That means you get standard forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist and adaptive cruise control. Even the all-new for 2020 Ford Explorer still doesn't come standard with distance-pacing cruise control! You'll have to upgrade to a higher trim level to have access to this convenient feature that also makes navigating stop-and-go traffic safer and easier.

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Why Subaru Is The Right Choice For Life In Salt Lake City:

With a starting MSRP of just $31,995, the 2020 Subaru Ascent has all the size and features of the 2020 Ford Explorer plus standard all-wheel drive at an even lower price. That's why we think it's the right choice for Salt Lake City families! Learn more here on our site, then head to Nate Wade Subaru to test drive a new 2020 Subaru Ascent. Our friendly team will be there to help you find the perfect model in the right color with the right features at the right price for you.

2020 Subaru Ascent2020 Ford Explorer
$31,995Starting MSRP*$32,765
260Horsepower300
277 lb.-ft.Torque310 lb.-ft.
5,000 lbs.Maximum Towing Capacity5,600 lbs.
All-Wheel DriveDrivetrainRear-Wheel Drive (4WD Available)
153.5 cu. ft.Passenger Volume152.7 cu. ft.
8Seating Capacity7
2020 Top Safety PickIIHS AwardNone
StandardAdaptive Cruise ControlAvailable Upgrade
Standard FeatureRoof RailsAvailable Upgrade

*Manufacturer's suggested retail price does not include destination and delivery charges, tax, title and registration fees. Destination and delivery includes handling and inland freight fees and may vary in some states. Prices, specifications, options, features and models subject to change without notice.