2021 Subaru Ascent vs Ford Explorer Comparison Information in Huntington Beach, CA

Getting your family around Southern California takes a special kind of vehicle and we think the 2021 Subaru Ascent is the perfect three-row SUV for the job. With a host of the latest technological features, a spacious cabin, and standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, there's no good reason not to pick the Ascent. We also know there are a lot of three-row SUVs to choose from so we've set up this side-by-side comparison to help you make your decision. Keep reading to compare 2021 Ascent and the 2021 Ford Explorer then stop into McKenna Subaru for your test drive.

Subaru Ascent utility specs

2021 Subaru Ascent vs 2021 Ford Explorer: Utility & Comfort

When you choose a three-row SUV as your next family vehicle, size is a big factor in that decision and that's something the 2021 Subaru Ascent has a lot of. Offering a roomy 153.5 cubic feet of passenger space, more than the Explorer, you know your family will have plentiful head- and legroom. The Ascent and the Explorer are very similar when it comes to cargo space and when you fold both rows of seats down, the Ascent delivers a whopping 86,5 cubic feet to store sports equipment, luggage, or camping gear.

The 2021 Ascent offers seating for up to 8 people while you can only fit 7 into the 2021 Explorer. Both vehicles, however, are engineered for comfort and both offer luxurious amenities such as available heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear outboard seats, and a standard tri-zone climate control.


Subaru Ascent technology specs

2021 Subaru Ascent vs 2021 Ford Explorer: Technology

Both the Ascent and the Explorer offer the latest in technology to help you stay connected no matter where you are. This includes standard infotainment centers with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ capability and seamless device pairing for audio streaming, hands-free calling, and smartphone mirroring. Only the Ascent offers the Harman Kardon® Quantum Surround Sound audio system for an exhilarating musical experience.

Subaru's EyeSight® Driver Assist technology comes standard on the 2021 Ascent, which includes features such as Pre-Collision Brake System, Lane Departure Warning, and Adaptive Cruise Control. Both the Ascent and the Explorer offer standard High-Beam Assist and Forward Collision Warning, but only the Ascent offers the innovative Reverse Automatic Braking. This feature will automatically engage the brakes if an obstacle is detected while in reverse.

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Subaru Ascent performance specs

2021 Subaru Ascent vs 2021 Ford Explorer: Performance

The 2021 Explorer may generate more horsepower than the 2.4L turbocharged engine on the 2021 Ascent but the advantage still goes to Subaru. That's because of the horizontally opposed BOXER® engine which, thanks to its lower center of gravity, means better handling, cornering, and Balance. Most importantly, while Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive comes standard on the Ascent, it's an optional feature on the Explorer, which will cost you an extra $2,000 and further reduce fuel economy.


Subaru Ascent safety specs

2021 Subaru Ascent vs 2021 Ford Explorer: Safety

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awarded both the 2021 Ascent and the 2021 Explorer an overall rating of five stars in their crash safety tests and they were both named a Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety. While the Explorer boasts LED adaptive headlights, which adapt to changing conditions, the Ascent delivers the innovative LED Steering Responsive Headlights. This feature allows for safer cornering with better vision since the headlights swivel with your vehicle instead of staying stationary.

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2021 Subaru Ascent vs 2021 Ford Explorer: Value

There's hardly any difference in the starting MSRP for either the 2021 Ascent and the 2021 Explorer, but when you think of the amazing features you get on the Ascent such as All-Wheel Drive, LED Steering Responsive Headlights, a power BOXER® engine, and a spacious cabin, it's clear why the Subaru Ascent is best value overall. Stop by McKenna Subaru today to see the difference for yourself.

2021 Subaru Ascent2021 Ford Explorer
$32,295Starting MSRP*$32,225
260Standard Horsepower300
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.
8Max Seating Capacity7
StandardSteering Responsive HeadlightsAvailable Upgrade
StandardAdaptive Cruise ControlAvailable Upgrade
Standard Roof 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.