2020 Subaru Ascent vs 2020 Ford Explorer
2020 Subaru Ascent 2020 Ford Explorer
Starting MSRP *
  $31,995 $32,765
All-Wheel Drive
  Standard $2,000 Option
Seating Capacity
  8 seats 7 seats

2020 Subaru Ascent vs 2020 Ford Explorer

Serving Charlottesville, VA

If there's one name associated with hardy vehicles in the SUV market, Subaru is it. The 2020 Subaru Ascent stays true to Subaru's tradition of producing rugged and reliable vehicles that are also fun to drive and filled with state-of-the-art technology. The 2020 Subaru Ascent is designed to take you to new places, which is apparent from its tough-as-nails exterior, impressive ground clearance, and respectable mechanical configuration. Like SUVs are intended to be, the Subaru Ascent is truly designed for off-road performance. The Ascent offers more ground clearance than the 2020 Ford Explorer, which is one of its competitors. The Ascent also surpasses the Ford Explorer with its impressive list of standard features, including its class-leading safety and technology.

Durability & Design

The 2020 Subaru Ascent features 8.7 inches of ground clearance, which is plenty to help you power through streams and navigate over rocky terrain. The Subaru Ascent is also specially designed with durable exterior materials that are designed to take on the elements while still looking attractive. The Subaru Ascent comes with all the features required for a true off-road vehicle, including standard sophisticated all-wheel drive handling. The Subaru comes with LED lighting as well for optimal visibility, and it is also equipped with roof rails. The Ford Explorer is a larger vehicle that lacks the agility of the Subaru Ascent. If you want off-road features you have to upgrade to add-on packages or higher-end trims. The Explorer doesn't match the Ascent for ground clearance, and you don't have the option of all-wheel drive.


A spacious and modern cabin are one of the first things you'll notice upon stepping into the 2020 Subaru Ascent. The Subaru has a comfortable cabin with room for eight with bench-style seating and room for seven with captain's chairs. When you fold the rear seats down, the Ascent can hold over 86 cubic feet of cargo. The second-row and third-row seats also have a handy split-folding design. The Ford Explorer only seats a maximum of seven occupants, and most trim levels have maximum seating for six. The Explorer also doesn't have the same high-quality interior materials as the Subaru Ascent.

Safety & Technology

When it comes to safety and technology, the 2020 Subaru Ascent is the car you want on your side. All trims are equipped with Subaru's award-winning EyeSight technology. The Subaru also gets a standard infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. WiFi is offered on the higher-end trims. The Ford Explorer only offers advanced safety aids through packages. The Subaru also offers more standard USB charging ports than you'll get with the Explorer.

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