2020 Ford Explorer vs 2020 Subaru Ascent 

2020 Ford Explorer vs 2020 Subaru Ascent

As we take in this year’s reveal of the fourth-generation Ford Explorer there’s no shortage of new features and design elements to gawk at. And with this year’s dramatic redesign closely following the 2019 debut of the rivaling Subaru Ascent, this midsize SUV matchup promises some excitement. Discover which entry backs its athletic personality best when we power through the similarities and differences of the all-new 2020 Ford Explorer versus the 2020 Subaru Ascent.

There’s a lot that sets these two SUVs apart, but when it comes down to the sheer amount of interior space, it’s pretty much a draw. Still, it’s worth noting that the Explorer is just ever-so-slightly more spacious in just about every dimension. That’s including cargo space and legroom in all three rows.

2020 Ford Explorer 


2020 Subaru Ascent 

$32,765  Starting MSRP  $31,995 
2.3-liter turbocharged EcoBoost I-4  Base Engine  2.4-liter turbocharged flat-4 
300 horsepower, 310 lb-ft of torque  Standard Power Ratings  260 horsepower, 277 lb-ft of torque 
3,000 - 5,600 lbs.  Towing Capacity  2,000 - 5,000 lbs. 

What Are the Main Differences Between the 2020 Ford Explorer and 2020 Subaru Ascent? 

As you can see, the 2020 Ford Explorer takes the win for overall performance over the 2020 Subaru Ascent. And while the Subaru Ascent sticks to the one engine across its entire lineup, the 2020 Ford Explorer keeps those specs climbing.

The upscale Explorer Platinum trim level uses a 3.0-liter EcoBoost V6, which doles out 365 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque. The new Explorer ST gets a retuned version of that same engine rated for 400 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque. And when it comes to drive quality, Ford’s ten-speed automatic transmission makes for a more enjoyable experience than the 2020 Ascent's CVT.

But if you want the very best in fuel-efficiency, we recommend the Explorer Hybrid. The new hybrid powertrain pairs a powerful 3.3-liter V6 with an electric motor to bring in up to 27 mpg city, 29 mpg highway. That makes for an impressive driving range of over 500 miles on one tank of gas. The best the 2020 Subaru Ascent can do is 21 mpg city, 27 mpg highway.

Looking for more information on the all-new 2020 Ford Explorer midsize SUV? You can contact the Akins Ford team for additional model details, or explore our vast selection of Ford Explorer models at the dealership in Winder, GA.