Compare the  Subaru Ascent to the Competition at Ewing Subaru of Plano

Finding that next SUV can be a challenge, especially with so many options available for Texas drivers. The Subaru lineup often comes up in research, as it is widely touted for its off-road capability, comfortable passenger-oriented interior, and an arsenal of standard technology and safety features. With the 2020 Subaru Ascent, you'll find the perfect three-row SUV companion for your travels, and the team here at our Subaru dealership is happy to walk you through how it improves your lifestyle. You might discover that there are other suitable options out there like the Ford Explorer, Toyota Highlander, and the Honda Pilot, but only the Subaru Ascent takes your experience a step further.

Check out a comparison of the models down below to learn why the Subaru Ascent is out preferred large SUV for the Plano commute.



Subaru Ascent vs Ford Explorer

Looking for a great, family-friendly SUV in the Dallas area? If so, then you've got to check out the new Subaru Ascent for sale here at Ewing Subaru of Plano and see how it stacks up to rivals like the new Ford Explorer. Sure, the Subaru Ascent may be relative newcomer to the three-row SUV market, at least when compared with the Ford Explorer that's been around for decades, but sometimes a breath of fresh air is what the auto market around Dallas really needs. And once you've taken a look into the advantages to buying or leasing the new Subaru Ascent here at our dealership near Richardson, TX, we think you'll discover it's leagues ahead of the competition.

Need some extra space for your growing family?

If so, then you'll find that the Subaru Ascent wins out overall! Sure, both the new Ford Explorer and Subaru Ascent offer three rows of seating. But while the Explorer tops out at seating for seven passengers, the new Subaru Ascent can accommodate up to eight passengers with ease in its roomy and well-appointed interior.

Want the confidence of all-wheel drive for all your adventures around Frisco, TX?

Whether it's the rain-slick roads of a sudden summer shower or an off-road adventure to your family's favorite campgrounds and hiking trailheads, the new Subaru Ascent has you covered with Standard Subary Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive on all its trims. By comparison, the new Ford Explorer can be outfitted with all-wheel drive, but only if you spring for a pricey option package of high-end trim.

Which of these two SUVs offers better gas mileage?

That'd be the new Subaru Ascent. Even with its standard Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, the Subaru Ascent still achieves an EPA-estimated 21 mpg city / 27 mpg highway. Now, compare that with a comparably equipped Ford Explorer with its all-wheel drive system, and you'll see a dramatic difference in fuel economy returns. In fact, the Ford Explorer's 3.0-liter engine achieves about an EPA-estimated 18 mpg city / 24 mpg highway, which is just not going to cut it for drivers running day-to-day errands around the greater Carrollton, TX area.

Of the Subaru Ascent and Ford Explorer, which is more dependable?

Well, that's a tricky question to answer. On the one hands, the Ford Explorer has definitely been around for longer than the Subaru Ascent, but Ford has had a history of transmission difficulties that make it hard to vouch for the current Ford Explorer. On the other hand, while the new Subaru Ascent is a newcomer in the segment, it has the pedigree of Subaru as its backing. And given the fact that 97-percent of Subaru vehicles sold in the last 10 years are still on the road today, that should give you a lot of confidence in the overall quality of the new Subaru Ascent.

Which is the safer of these two SUVs?

We'll concede that both the new Subaru Ascent and Ford Explorer are exceptionally well-rounded on the safety feature front. The Subaru Ascent comes standard with Subaru EyeSight® Driver Assist technology, which includes EyeSight Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-Collision Braking, EyeSight Lane Keep Assist and Sway Warning, and more. Additionally, the Ford Explorer has comparable features in the form of its standard Ford Co-Pilot360 system. However, of these two new three-row SUVs, only the Subaru Ascent earned the Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in 2020. So, if you're looking for a ride you can truly feel secure cruising around Dallas, TX in, choose the Subaru Ascent every time.

Interested in taking the new Subaru Ascent out for a spin?

The new Subaru Ascent is the clear winner in this contest, and it's more than well-equipped to take on all contenders in the three-row SUV market. To find out more about how the new Subaru Ascent excels, visit our showroom in Plano, TX to take test drive in the bold new Subaru Ascent today.



Subaru Ascent vs Toyota Highlander

2020 Subaru Ascent vs. 2020 Toyota Highlander

  • The highlight of any Subaru is the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. It comes standard on every level of the Subaru Ascent. To prepare you for any condition you might face on your drive through Carrollton. The Highlander has it available, but not until its midlevel trim.
  • When it comes to cargo space, the Toyota Highland can't touch the Ascent. The Highlander gives families a generous 16 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row. With the 60/40 split rear seats up, the Ascent lets you fill up nearly 18 cubic feet. Overall, the Ascent gives you 86.5 cubic feet of storage space when both rear rows are folded. The Highlander can only vouch for 84.3 cubic feet.
  • When you are carrying up to eight people, legroom is important. Everyone will enjoy riding in the Subaru Ascent, as the third-row passengers can stretch out in 31.7 inches of legroom, compared to the 27.7 inches in the Highlander.
  • The Subaru Ascent makes for a better SUV when your travels take you away from the paved road. With 8.7 inches of ground clearance, it is ready for a rugged adventure. The Highlander gives you eight inches of ground clearance. The Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive with X-Mode and Hill Descent Control allows it to handle all terrain, steep and level, with sure-footed confidence. The Highlander cannot provide these features.

Subaru Ascent vs Honda Pilot

2020 Subaru Ascent vs. 2020 Honda Pilot

  • Both offer second-row captain's chairs for their passenger comfort. However, the Pilot chooses to put a center console with cup holders and USB ports in the middle of theirs, which drastically cuts the amount of access to the third-row for riders.
  • Once again, the competition falls just short on cargo space, with the Pilot checking in with a maximum of 83.9 cubic feet of cargo, with the two rear rows folded. It is closer, but still can't match the 86.5 available in the Ascent.
  • When it comes to standard infotainment features, the Ascent cannot be matched. Smartphone integration for Apple and Android devices come standard with a 6.5-inch touchscreen display. The Pilot doesn't even offer Apple or Android integration in its base model. And it starts with a puny five-inch display.
  • Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive continues to be a showstopper for the Subaru Ascent. All-wheel drive is available for the base Honda Pilot, but it will cost you even more.
  • Based purely on numbers, the Honda Pilot has a slight edge when it comes to horsepower, but there is more to an engine than that. The Ascent is powered by a turbocharged BOXER four-cylinder that pumps out 160 horses. However, it is more nimble and agile than the Honda Pilot, with its 280-horsepower V6.
  • When driving the Honda Pilot, be prepared to stop for gas. In its most efficient engine, the EPA estimates it earns 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highways. The Ascent gets you an EPA-Estimated 21 mpg in the city and 27 on the highways.

Discover the Subaru Ascent Difference in Plano, TX

The best way to find out which midsize SUV is the best fit for you and your family is to experience it for yourself. Take the 2020 Subaru Ascent for a test drive and feel how energetic and adventurous it can feel to explore Dallas in a three-row SUV.

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