In the world of SUVs, the 2020 Subaru Ascent and the Ford Explorer are two cars that really embody everything we love about these types of haulers. Families will love their spacious interiors, while off-road travelers will enjoy their outstanding performance capabilities.

Both SUVs have a lot to offer for drivers near the Bloomfield, Clifton, and Newark areas. To discover which can check off all your must-haves on your SUV wish list, here's a closer look at the Subaru Ascent and Ford Explorer from the team at Lynnes Subaru.

Space for the Entire Family

When it comes to long road trips with the kids, it always helps to have a little space. Fortunately, the Subaru Ascent and Ford Explorer have just enough room to keep everyone comfortable and prevent those squabbles that are all too often caused by sitting in a cramped car.

They each have three rows of seats as well as ample legroom for each row. Cargo volume specs are pretty impressive for both SUVs as well. Behind the third row, the 2020 Ascent and the Explorer come with enough space for a big-screen TV, a small kayak, or even a surfboard or two.

However, the Ascent does have a bit of the advantage. Unlike the Explorer, which can only seat up to seven, the Ascent has space for up to eight people.

The Ascent also comes with 153.5 cubic feet of overall passenger space, which means you and your passengers have all the space they need to stretch out comfortably during those long drives. The Ford Explorer only comes with 152.7 cubic feet of overall passenger volume.

Subaru Ascent vs Ford Explorer: Safety

With impressive safety ratings and decades of delivering dependability, reliability is expected with these two SUVs. However, you're bound to find more standard safety in the Ascent.

The Subaru Ascent features standard EyeSight®, a system of driver-assist technologies that makes it easier to keep your eyes and attention on the road. If you're too close to the car ahead or are changing lanes without signaling, the features will let you know with dashboard lights and audible warnings so you can quickly act accordingly. Some EyeSight® technologies can help you avoid an accident, too, by automatically applying the brakes as needed.

Safety features that come standard for the 2020 Subaru Ascent include:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Pre-Collision Braking
  • Lane Keep Assist and Sway Warning
  • Pre-Collision Throttle Management

The 2020 Ford Explorer comes with many of the same driver-assist technologies. However, select features, like Adaptive Cruise Control, are only available for select trims. If you do want those options for the Explorer, you'll need to choose a higher trim or add an extra feature package to the car. 

Dependable All-Weather Performance

Not only does the Subaru Ascent come standard with driver-assist technologies, but it also offers standard all-wheel drive. If you're searching for an SUV that can take on the snow-covered trails, off-road paths, and smooth city streets around the Bloomfield area, the Ascent is worth a closer look. 

Subaru's Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive is an intuitive system that can automatically send power to the wheels that need it most. When you're traveling through those less-than-perfect conditions, all you'll feel is exceptional stability and response. Plus, you'll get a more efficient performance. 

The Explorer can get you through just about anything, too, thanks to its 4-wheel drive system. Working with Terrain Management System™, it responds quickly to changing conditions and offers optimum control when things get a little rough. The only downside for this feature: It doesn't come standard for the Explorer.

Subaru Ascent vs Ford Explorer: Which Comes Out on Top?

There are lots of great things about the Ford Explorer and Subaru Ascent, but in the end, it all comes down to which SUV offers more for drivers near Bloomfield, Clifton, and Newark. With more standard driver-assist technologies, a standard all-wheel drive system, and a more spacious interior, the 2020 Subaru Ascent definitely comes out on top in this comparison.

To learn more, contact Lynnes Subaru to schedule your test drive.

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