2019 Subaru Ascent vs. 2018 Ford Explorer

Do you need a new vehicle to accommodate your active lifestyle? The 2019 Subaru Ascent and 2018 Ford Explorer are two viable options for drivers in the Chicago, IL area, but which model has all the features you want most? The experts at Grand Subaru have created the following page to help you decide which SUV is right for you. If you'd prefer to speak directly to a product specialist at our Subaru dealership in Chicago, IL, contact us at (888) 840-3934.

For the purposes of this comparison, we will be taking a closer look at the 2019 Subaru Ascent Premium, starting at $34,195 MSRP, and the 2018 Ford Explorer XLT, starting at $34,175 MSRP.

Interior and Design

You should be comfortable on trips of any length inside your new SUV. While both the 2018 Ford Explorer and 2019 Ascent provide a long list of amenities, our experts agree you'll prefer the Subaru Ascent. With features not included with the Ford Explorer such as heated front seats, tri-zone climate control, and stain-resistant upholstery, the Subaru Ascent is the clear winner. Additional interior and design features with the new Ascent include:

  • Eight-way power driver's seat
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Automatic headlights
  • 19 cup and bottle holders
2019 Subaru Ascent and Ford Explorer interior

Interior Capacity

If you require extra space inside your new vehicle, then you'll prefer the Subaru Ascent with 153.5 cu.-ft. of passenger volume, compared to the Ford Explorer, which only has 151.5 cu.-ft. of space. The Ascent also seats up to eight passengers, which is more than the seven-passenger Ford Explorer.

When it comes to cargo capacity, the 2019 Ascent provides more room with 86.5 cu.-ft. of maximum space, while the Ford Explorer only offers a maximum cargo capacity of 81.7 cu.-ft.

Safety and Technology

Are the latest safety and technology features at the top of your wish list? With the Subaru Ascent, you'll appreciate the larger 8-in. touchscreen, compared to the 4.2-in. LCD screen with the Ford Explorer. The 2019 Ascent also features 4G LTE Wi-Fi capability, and EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology, two features not included with the Ford Explorer. Key safety and technology specs for the Subaru Ascent include:

  • SUBARU STARLINK™ multimedia
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • Blind Spot Detection with lane change assist and rear cross-traffic alert
  • Brake Assist
2019 Subaru Ascent

Engine and Towing Specs

Do you expect your new SUV to be powerful yet efficient? While the Ford Explorer has a larger engine, the 2019 Subaru Ascent has greater torque and is significantly more efficient. When you choose the 2019 Ascent, you'll enjoy ample passing power on the highway while reducing the time and money spent at the pump. The table below details exact engine specs for both models.

2019 Subaru Ascent


2018 Ford Explorer

2.4L I4


3.5L V6

260 HP


290 HP

277 lb.-ft.


255 lb.-ft.


MPG city/highway


5,000 lbs.

Max. Towing

5,000 lbs.

2019 Subaru Ascent

Price and Incentives

The 2019 Subaru Ascent has a lower starting MSRP of $31,995, compared to the Ford Explorer, which starts at $32,140 MSRP. At Grand Subaru in Chicago, IL, you can save even more on your new vehicle when you take advantage of the Subaru Ascent lease deals and incentives available at our dealership.

Schedule a Test Drive

Now that you know you want to add the 2019 Subaru Ascent to your daily drive, it is time to schedule your test drive appointment! Once you find a specific model in our new inventory, contact Grand Subaru in Chicago, IL at (888) 840-3934.

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