Compare the Subaru Ascent and the Ford Explorer

The Subaru Ascent and Ford Explorer are two main contenders for midsize SUV buyers' attention. When your choice comes down between these two, you wonder which one will ultimately suit your transportation and lifestyle needs the best. You can make this decision confidently and take the winner out for a test drive by knowing how these two midsize SUVs compare to each other.

   
 
 

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Compare the Subaru Ascent and the Ford Explorer

The Subaru Ascent and Ford Explorer are two main contenders for midsize SUV buyers' attention. When your choice comes down between these two, you wonder which one will ultimately suit your transportation and lifestyle needs the best. You can make this decision confidently and take the winner out for a test drive by knowing how these two midsize SUVs compare to each other.

Ascent Trim Levels Available Near Onalaska

The new Subaru Ascent is available to Holmen shoppers in four trim levels:

  • Base
  • Premium
  • Limited
  • Touring

All four of the Ascent trims come with all-wheel drive. They also all have towing capabilities of more than 2,000 pounds.

The new Ford Explorer likewise comes in four trims:

  • XLT
  • Limited
  • ST
  • Platinum

Unlike the Ascent, the Explorer comes standard with rear-wheel drive.

Performance

Both the new Subaru Ascent and the Ford Explorer come with performance features that make them some of the safest and most powerful midsize SUVs on the road today. These features are standard on all trim levels for both vehicles and are designed to maximize the speed, ease of handling, and enjoyment that come with owning and driving them.

The new Subaru Ascent, for example, comes with a standard direct injection turbocharged H4 2.4-liter engine. It has an eight-speed automatic transmission. It also comes with built-in paddle shift control, X-mode, and hill descent control that lets you handle your SUV easily on challenging roads around Sparta.

Similarly, the new Ford Explorer features a 2.3-liter I-4 engine. It has a 10-speed automatic with overdrive transmission. To facilitate its ease of handling on the road, it also comes with a built-in ABS system and driveline traction control.

Interior

The interiors of the Subaru Ascent and Ford Explorer highlight their comfort, luxury and beauty. Both offer ample dimensions that allow for convenient storage of cargo as well as leg and head room for passengers during road trips. They also come with third-row seating.

The new Subaru Ascent, however, offers you the option of upgrading your SUV from a seven to eight-seater vehicle. The standard model comes with two seats in the middle and three seats in the back to accommodate up to seven passengers. However, you can order a three-seat middle row for your Ascent to create space for up to eight passengers if desired.

The new Ascent also comes with upholstered leather seating, a leather padded steering wheel and a panoramic sunroof. These assets make the interior bright, airy and comfortable in which to ride.

The new Ford Explorer likewise has leather upholstered seats and a sunroof. However, it can only accommodate up to six passengers. There is no option to upgrade seating.

Technology

Both the new Ascent and new Explorer come with shared technology features that make them convenient and fun to drive. When you buy a new Subaru Ascent, for example, you can enjoy using:

  • Apple CarPlay®
  • Satellite and HD radio
  • Eyesight Driver Assist technology
  • Integrated navigation

It also comes with lane keeping assist and blind spot monitoring to keep you safe while driving.

You get a number of the same features in the new Ford Explorer. However, it lacks Eyesight Driver Assist technology and instead uses Amazon Alexa for purposes like navigation.

The new Subaru Ascent and new Ford Explorer are similar to each other in a number of important ways. Both midsize SUVs offer innovative performance and technology features that keep you safe while driving while giving you access to mobile apps and driver-assist programs.

See the Subaru Ascent for Yourself in La Crosse, WI

The Ascent has a bit of an edge over its competition with an optional three-seat middle row bench and slightly more powerful engine. You can compare the two in person today by visiting Dahl Subaru.

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