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2019 Ford Explorer vs 2019 Subaru Ascent

Red 2019 Ford Explorer on Wet Sand Beach vs White 2019 Subaru Ascent in a Driveway

Are you looking for a family-friendly SUV that is perfect for family adventures or day-to-day carpools? A mainstay in the three-row SUV segment, the Ford Explorer pairs an athletic style and power-packed engine options with a spacious cabin and family-friendly technology that competitors cannot match. Learn more about what sets the Ford Explorer apart from competitors with this 2019 Ford Explorer vs 2019 Subaru Ascent comparison.

Families who choose the 2019 Ford Explorer at Marshal Mize Ford will have a choice of five family-friendly trim levels – Explorer, XLT, Limited, Sport and Platinum – that make room for seven passengers. To make family adventures safe and exciting, the Ford Explorer comes standard with Ford MyKey® safety technology, remote keyless entry, a 4.2-inch Ford SYNC® LCD infotainment system with Bluetooth, a rearview camera and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System.

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2019 Ford Explorer VS 2019 Subaru Ascent
$32,365 Base Price $31,995
290-Horsepower 3.5-Liter V-6 Standard Engine 260-Horsepower 2.4-Liter Turbocharged 4-Cylinder
5,000 Pounds Towing Capacity 5,000 Pounds
21 - 81.7 Cubic Feet Cargo Space 17.6 - 86.5 Cubic Feet

What Are the Differences Between the Ford Explorer and Subaru Ascent?

Ford Explorer entries represent the total package in the three-row SUV segment and promise to check all the boxes in this 2019 Ford Explorer vs 2019 Subaru Ascent comparison. With a starting price that stands at $32,365 and a powerful design, the Ford Explorer will outperform the all-new Subaru Ascent. Armed with a design that is perfect for family adventures, the Explorer provides an impressive 21 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row that will transform to 81.7 cubic feet with the rear seats laid flat. Subaru Ascent entries possess a lackluster 17.6 cubic feet behind the rear seats with up to 86.5 cubic feet of cargo space with the seats laid flat.

Power and performance are highlights of the 2019 Ford Explorer that start with a standard 290-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 engine that pairs with a standard six-speed SelectShift® automatic transmission. To upgrade performance, Ford Explorer entries are available with a fuel-efficient 280-horsepower 2.3-liter EcoBoost® four-cylinder or a power-packed 365-horsepower 3.5-liter EcoBoost® V-6 engine. With the addition of Intelligent 4WD, the Ford Explorer can handle any climate or terrain. When equipped for towing, the Ford Explorer will tow up to 5,000 pounds of cargo. Subaru Ascent models counter with a standard 260-horsepower 2.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that puts focus on fuel economy.

Inside the 2019 Ford Explorer’s family-friendly cabin, you will enjoy a wealth of innovative features at every turn. An 8-inch Ford SYNC® 3 touchscreen infotainment system is a highlight of the Ford Explorer spec sheet that will provide easy access to Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and onboard Wi-Fi with voice-activated navigation capabilities. Highlights of the Ford Explorer include a twin-panel moonroof, a power liftgate, Multicontour front seats, a Terrain Management System™, Ford BLIS® safety technology and premium leather upholstery.


White 2019 Ford Explorer Front Exterior on a Beach at Dusk
2019 Ford Explorer Steering Wheel, Dashboard and Ford SYNC 3 Touchscreen Display
Red 2019 Ford Explorer Rear Exterior Spraying Up Mud
2019 Ford Explorer Rear Cargo Space with Seats Laid Flat and Kayak Paddles