2021 Subaru Ascent vs 2021 Ford Explorer Comparison in Shingle Springs, CA

Imagine getting the benefits of a Subaru, including the standard All-Wheel Drive, the award-winning safety, and the exciting BOXER® engine in a spacious three-row SUV. You can have all that and more with the 2021 Subaru Ascent. Perfect for carrying large families or large loads of cargo, the Ascent is not only versatile and durable, it's nice to look at too! Below is a side-by-side comparison of the Ascent to the 2021 Ford Explorer, so we can show you how we think the Ascent is the right vehicle for you. When you've finished reading, stop into Shingle Springs Subaru today and speak to any of ourfriendly Subaru experts.

Subaru Ascent utility specs

Comfort & Utility

With seating for up to 8, the Ascent boasts a large, roomy cabin that will keep all of your passengers comfortable and happy. The 2021 Explorer only seats 7 and has less overall passenger volume than the Ascent's 153.5 cubic feet. You'll get a wealth of headroom and legroom in both the Ascent and the Explorer, with almost 3 inches more shoulder room in the third row of the Ascent than you'll find in the Explorer. Cargo room in the Ascent is never an issue; fold down both sets of rear seats and it opens up into a vast 86.5 cubic feet of space. Luxury comfort features are found in both SUVs, including available heated and ventilated front seats and heated rear outboard seats.

Subaru Ascent technology specs


When we talk about driver assist technology, Subaru is always one of the leaders. Their extraordinary suite of features, the Subaru EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology, comes standard and offers innovative features such as Pre-Collision Braking System and Throttle Management and Lane Departure Warning. Adaptive Cruise Control is part of the standard package as well, but only an available feature on the Explorer. Reverse Automatic braking is an Ascent-exclusive feature, engaging the brakes automatically when it detects an imminent rear-end collision.

Staying connected no matter where you are in either the Ascent or the Explorer is easy, thanks to the standard multimedia systems in each vehicle. They both offer standard Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ capability plus smartphone pairing for easy access to your maps, music, and more.

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Subaru Ascent performance features


Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive comes standard on the 2021 Ascent, which means you can have more confidence on wet or muddy roads, or carving out your own path on an unpaved surface. Adding all-wheel drive to the 2021 Explorer will not only cost you $2,000 more but also gas mileage. The horizontally opposed BOXER® engine gives you better balance and handling than the Explorer and generates a hearty 260 horsepower. Daily drives and weekend adventures are both better driven in a Subaru Ascent.

Subaru Ascent safety features


Both Subaru and Ford are no strangers when it comes to accepting awards on behalf of their stellar safety features. Both the Ascent and the Explorer were named an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety 2021 Top Safety Pick+, the highest honor bestowed by that organization. Both SUVs also received five star crash test safety ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Explorer may offer Adaptive LED headlights, only the Ascent has standard LED Steering Responsive Headlights. Instead of staying stationary as the vehicle turns, these ingenious lights swivel with the Ascent to make cornering at night safer.

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Find the Best Value at Shingle Springs Subaru

With less than $100 separating the starting MSRPs of these two three-row SUVs, it's easy to think you'll get the same value from each. But when you consider all of the standard features on the Ascent that you can't get on the Explorer, it's crystal clear that Subaru is the best value. To take a test drive and see the difference for yourself, stop by Shingle Springs Subaru, or contact us with any questions.

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.