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2020 Subaru Ascent Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: December 8, 2019

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When Subaru entered the Big SUV space with it’s Tribeca, people were looking forward to it with great expectations. Sadly though, the Tribeca wasn’t accepted by the consumers in the way, Subaru wanted it to. Subaru however, isn’t backing out and is back in the segment with the All New Ascent.

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Pros

Mammoth Third Row Space

Long List of Standard Driver Aids, Safety Features

Massive Towing Capacity

Seating for 8 passengers

Interior Fit and Finish

Cons

CVT feels dull to respond

Resembles the Outback on the outside

What's New?

Rear Seat Reminder

Power Rear Gate Lock Function


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$31995

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

8

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

146 cu.in.

horsepower

260 hp @ 5600 rpm

torque

277 lbs.-ft. @ 2000 rpm

transmission

7 speed auto shift manual

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

64.4/64.2

dimensions

wheelbase

113.8 in.

length

196.8 in.

width

76 in.

height

71.6 in.

curb weight

4430 lbs.

ground clearance

8.7 in.

capacity

passenger volume

153.5 cu ft.

cargo volume

86.5 cu ft.

towing capacity

2000 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.2 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

21/23/27 mpg

ev range

405.3 mi.

highway range

521.1 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

3 yr./ 36000 mi.


Pictures

Exterior
Interior

Styles

 2020 Subaru Ascent in Crystal Black Silica color  2020 Subaru Ascent in Crystal White Pearl color  2020 Subaru Ascent in Ice Silver Metallic color  2020 Subaru Ascent in Magnetite Gray Metallic color
Crystal Black Silica

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

8.0

Interior

8.0

Safety

9.9

8.4

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Subaru Ascent Base

Base

power
260 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
23 combined

$31,995


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
8-Passenger 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) Starting at $31,995 MSRP (21/23/27) 260 hp @ 5600 rpm, 2.4L, flat 4, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic all wheel drive 8

 2020 Subaru Ascent Premium

Premium

power
260 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
23 combined

$34,395


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premium 8-Passenger 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) Starting at $34,395 MSRP (21/23/27) 260 hp @ 5600 rpm, 2.4L, flat 4, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic all wheel drive 8

 2020 Subaru Ascent Premium Convenience Package

Premium Convenience Package

power
260 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
23 combined

$35,855


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premium Convenience Package 7-Passenger 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) Starting at $35,855 MSRP (21/23/27) 260 hp @ 5600 rpm, 2.4L, flat 4, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic all wheel drive N/A
Premium Convenience Package 8-Passenger 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) Starting at $35,855 MSRP (21/23/27) 260 hp @ 5600 rpm, 2.4L, flat 4, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic all wheel drive N/A

 2020 Subaru Ascent Premium Sporty Package

Premium Sporty Package

power
260 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
23 combined

$38,655


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premium Sporty Package 7-Passenger 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) Starting at $38,655 MSRP (21/23/27) 260 hp @ 5600 rpm, 2.4L, flat 4, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic all wheel drive N/A
Premium Sporty Package 8-Passenger 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) Starting at $38,655 MSRP (21/23/27) 260 hp @ 5600 rpm, 2.4L, flat 4, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic all wheel drive N/A

 2020 Subaru Ascent Limited

Limited

power
260 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
22 combined

$39,345


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Limited 8-Passenger 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) Starting at $39,345 MSRP (20/22/26) 260 hp @ 5600 rpm, 2.4L, flat 4, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic all wheel drive 8
Limited 7-Passenger 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) Starting at $39,345 MSRP (20/22/26) 260 hp @ 5600 rpm, 2.4L, flat 4, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic all wheel drive 7

 2020 Subaru Ascent Limited Technology Package

Limited Technology Package

power
260 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
22 combined

$42,295


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Limited Technology Package 8-Passenger 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) Starting at $42,295 MSRP (20/22/26) 260 hp @ 5600 rpm, 2.4L, flat 4, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic all wheel drive N/A
Limited Technology Package 7-Passenger 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) Starting at $42,295 MSRP (20/22/26) 260 hp @ 5600 rpm, 2.4L, flat 4, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic all wheel drive N/A

 2020 Subaru Ascent Touring

Touring

power
260 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
22 combined

$45,045


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Touring 7-Passenger 4dr SUV AWD (2.4L 4cyl Turbo CVT) Starting at $45,045 MSRP (20/22/26) 260 hp @ 5600 rpm, 2.4L, flat 4, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic all wheel drive 7

Expert Review

8.4

Overall Rating


Launched in 2019, the Ascent replaced the Slow Selling Tribeca and comes in with a whole plethora of features and massive space on the inside. The Ascent comes powered by a 2.4L Boxer 4 Turbocharged motor and comes with AWD as standard across the range. The 4 trims on offer include the Base, Premium, Limited, and Touring. For 2020, Subaru is introducing 2 new features in the Ascent. The Ascent now gets Rear Seat Reminder function and Power Rear Gate Lock function as standard across all the 4 trims.

Prices for the Ascent range from $31,995 to over $45,000. Talking of the rivals of the Ascent, there is a lot in the segment. The Note-worthy rivals to the Ascent include the Honda Pilot, the newly redesigned Ford Explorer and the All-New Kia Telluride.

2020 Subaru Ascent front view
2020 Subaru Ascent front view
2020 Subaru Ascent rear view
2020 Subaru Ascent rear view

8.0/10
Features

 
 
 

8.0/10
Interior

 
 

9.9/10
Safety

 
 
 

2020 Subaru Ascent Features

8.0/10

The Subaru Ascent is available in four trim levels – Ascent base, Premium, Limited and Touring. The base trim comes accomplished with standard AWD, tri-zone climate control and a 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system. The Premium trim adds rear-seat climate controls and towing capacity is increased to 5,000 lbs.

Trim Ascent Base Ascent Premium Ascent Limited Ascent Touring
MSRP $31,995 $34,395 $39,945 $45,045
Key Features Subaru Starlink Multimedia with Apple Car Play and Android Auto Includes Ascent's features and adds - Includes Ascent Premium's features and adds - Includes Ascent Limited's features and adds -
  Flexible 3 Row Seating for 8 Available 2nd Row Bench Seats/ Captain Chairs Leather-Trimmed Upholstery Java Brown Leather-Trimmed upholstery
  Roof Rails 4G LTE Connectivity Power Rear Gate Starlink Multimedia Navigation
  18” Alloy Wheels Subaru Starlink Safety and Security 20” Alloy Wheels Panoramic Power moonroof
  Eyesight Driver Assist Technology Rear Climate Control with Front Heated Seats Heated Second Row Seats with 10 Way Powered Driver Seat and Memory 14 Speaker 792W Harman Kardon Audio System
      Keyless Access with push-button Start 180 Degree Front view monitor

The Limited trim increases the premium-factor by offering leather trim upholstery and keyless access with push-button start. Touring trim takes it to another level with heated and ventilated seats, premium Harman Kardon audio system and a standard power moonroof.

Which trim to go for?

The Premium trim adds to the base variant with features like Climate Control in the rear seats, 4G LTE connectivity, and Subaru Starlink Security. Considering this and a price hike of just $3,000, you are getting a lot of value and which is why it’s the trim to go for.

 

2020 Subaru Ascent Engine and Performance

The base model of the Ascent is powered by a Subaru special boxer-four engine that belts out 260 hp and a healthy 277 lb-ft. of torque. All the power is transferred to the wheels via a CVT automatic transmission. Unlike the competition, this Subaru comes with a standard AWD system.

2020 Subaru Ascent engine
2020 Subaru Ascent powered by a subaru special boxer-four engine

One major positive about this engine is its early torque delivery. Getting off the line with the Ascent would be a no-drama affair. Even with a full load of passengers and cargo, this engine has enough grunt to easily merge with the highway traffic or get off the line from the stoplight. Whether you are hustling around the town or on a weekend getaway, this engine has got your back.

Models

Subaru Ascent

Honda Pilot

Ford Explorer

Kia Telluride

MSRP

$31,995

$31,550

$32,765

$31,690

Engine

2.4-liter turbocharged Subaru Boxer 4-cylinder

3.5-liter Naturally Aspirated V6

2.3L Inline-4 Turbocharged Ecoboost

3.8L GDI 24 Valve V6

Transmission

CVT

6-Speed Automatic

10 Speed Automatic

8 Speed Automatic

Horsepower(hp)

260 @ 5600 rpm

280 @ 6000 rpm

300 @ 5500 rpm

291 hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque(lbs.-ft.)

277 @ 2000 rpm

262 @ 4700 rpm

310 @ 3500 rpm

262 @ 5200 rpm

Honda Pilot and Ford Explorer beat the Subaru Ascent at the horsepower game. When we talk about the base variants, the Toyota Highlander is outclassed by its competition. As we talk about torque, Subaru takes an obvious lead with its turbocharged boxer engine’s 277 lb.-ft. torque output.

How good is the acceleration of the Subaru Ascent?

Don’t expect any big surprises here. The Ascent with its turbo spooled up does considerably well for a three-row crossover SUV. Ascent achieves its 0-60 within 6.9 seconds and runs through the quarter-mile in 15.5 seconds. Subaru uses a CVT in favor of increasing fuel efficiency but unlike other CVTs in this segment. This CVT works well and comes with 8 electronically programmed ‘shift’ points.

2020 Subaru Ascent acceleration
2020 Subaru Ascent achieves its 0-60 within 6.9 seconds

Models

Subaru Ascent

Honda pilot

Ford Explorer

Kia Telluride

0-60 MPH

6.9 seconds

6.2 seconds

5.3

8.1

Quarter mile

15.5 seconds

14.8 seconds

13.9

15.4

Engine

2.4-liter turbocharged Subaru Boxer 4-cylinder

3.5-liter Naturally Aspirated V6

2.3L Inline-4 Turbocharged Ecoboost

3.8L Gasoline Direct Injection V6

Emission

(Tons/yr. of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

8.8

8.0

7.3

7.6

Honda Pilot takes the lead with its 6.2-second naught to sixty runs. Honda’s 6.2-second run is followed by Subaru’s 6.9-second. And finally, the Kia Telluride takes the longest 8.2 seconds to achieve a similar speed.

Is the ride and handling, as good as other Subarus?

The Subaru Ascent offers a compliant ride. The Ascent’s suspension can easily level out the impact of road undulations. With comfort being Subaru’s priority here. This Subaru is a little shy of the corners. The steering isn’t the best out there, but it adequately transfers feedback to the driver. The steering is light to use in city conditions but it does not come off as vague or hesitant. So, maneuvering your Ascent in the city wouldn’t be too much of a task.

When you are driving the Subaru Ascent, it wouldn’t feel like a large 3-row Crossover. Like its smaller cousin, the Subaru Outback, Ascent benefits from a well-engineered driving ergonomics. The visibility, both front, and rear is good. It surely gives the Ascent an edge over the competition.

Does it stop as well as it accelerates?

The Subaru Ascent is equipped with the largest front and rear disc brakes in its class. Ascent comes with four-wheel anti-lock brakes as standard. Under emergency braking, Ascent comes to a halt from 60 mph within 117 feet. Like other SUVs, nose dive is evident but it never gets unsettling or nerve-wracking. You have enough stopping power at all times and there isn't much, to complain about the braking of the Ascent.

2020 Subaru Ascent brake
The 2020 Subaru Ascent is equipped with the largest front and rear disc brakes

Model

Subaru Ascent

Honda Pilot

Ford Explorer

Kia Telluride

Brake Front (in.)

13.1

12.6

12.8

13.4

Brake Rear (in.)

13

13

12.8

12.0

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4430

4036

4345

4211

60-0 MPH (ft.)

117

118

108 (With optional tires)

118

The Ford Explorer manages to score an impressive stopping distance of 108 ft. Although it does achieve the same with optional stickier tires. Honda Pilot’s estimated braking distance is 118 ft and it matches the Telluride’s braking distance as well.

What is the Subaru Ascent's Towing Capacity?

One of the important selling points for these new breed 3-row CUV’s is their versatility. Come the weekend and the duty calls for trailering equipment. Subaru has an advantage over the rest –a standard AWD system that helps it rival the best in this segment even with its puny 2.4-liter engine. The Subaru Ascent can tow 5000 lbs. of equipment.

Model

Subaru Ascent

Honda Pilot

Ford Explorer

Kia Telluride

Capacity (lbs.)

5000

3500

5300

5000

2020 Subaru Ascent Fuel Economy

Subaru Ascent uses a CVT automatic transmission which helps its case in offering a slightly better fuel economy than the competition. Ascent is rated for 21 mpg in city driving conditions and 27 mpg on highways. The combined mpg stands at 23 for the base model of the Ascent. Overall, with a massive 19.3-gallon fuel tank, you can expect a minimum of 400 miles of full tank range on the Subaru. 

Model

Subaru Ascent

Honda Pilot

Ford Explorer

Kia Telluride

MPG (city)

21

19

21

20

MPG (highway)

27

27

28

26

MPG (combined)

23

22

24

23

Fuel Tank Capacity(Gallons) 19.3 19.5 19.2 18.8
Range(City/Hwy) in Miles 405/521 371/521 403/538 376/489

When you compare the Subaru with its rivals, you will find that the Ford Explorer, comes the closest both in terms of range and MPG figures. That's owing to the well-optimized transmission and lightweight materials on use. The Honda and the Kia, both lose out to the top 2, owing to their slightly lesser efficient powertrains.

2020 Subaru Ascent Interior

8.0/10

The biggest Subaru ever – the Ascent offers segment-leading interior space. Ascent offers the segment-best passenger volume of 153.5 cu-ft. The cabin is spacious enough and offers a good number of cubby spaces. Starting with a total number of 19 cup holders distributed throughout the cabin, 14 in the first two rows and 5 in the third row. There is a compartment above the glove box that can be used to store items like keys, coins, and tickets.

The Ascent has a welcoming interior. The quality of plastics is not upscale but neither does it feel cheap. Ascent maintains a level of consistency that is pleasing to the eye. The seats are comfortable and offer decent support in all the 3 rows.

2020 Subaru Ascent seating
2020 Subaru Ascent offers the segment-best passenger volume of 153.5 cu-ft

The Subaru Ascent offers to seat for 8 people at the base trim level. Second-row seats can be easily flipped to make a passage to the third-row seats. Ingress and egress to the third-row seats isn’t a chore even for taller passengers. You can also opt for a 7 seater version with Captain chairs, for added comfort and convenience.

Model

Subaru Ascent

Honda Pilot*

Ford Explorer

Kia Telluride

Passenger capacity

8

8

7

8

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

41.3/61.1/42.2

40.1/ 62/40.9

40.7/61.8/43.0

40.9/61.6/44.1

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

40/ 60.3/ 38.6

40.2/62/38.4

40.5/61.9/39.0

40.2/61.2/42.2

Third (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

36.3/57.2/31.7

38.9/57.6/31.9

38.9/54.6/32.2

38.1/55.3/31.4

On paper, the Subaru Ascent doesn’t offer the best in the segment numbers but it doesn’t stray away from the segment-leaders by much. The Honda Pilot and the Ford Explorer, rake in the best space on the inside and are marginally ahead of the Kia as well.

What about the Infotainment system?

Subaru has updated the infotainment system of the Ascent for 2020. The interface is mostly slick to use and intuitive as well. Sunlight legibility is decent as well and most of the buttons, fall into hands easily. Some of the other features of the Infotainment system includes the following few features

2020 Subaru Ascent Infotainment Display
Subaru has updated the infotainment system of the Ascent for 2020
  • 8” Touchscreen Infotainment System with navigation
  • 14 Speaker Harman Kardon music system
  • Dual USB ports in all 3 rows
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi capability
  • Android Auto, Apple Car Play
  • 180 Degree Front View Monitor

Features to expect on the inside?

On the inside, the Subaru feels roomy and spacious as we have seen previously. However, with all the space, you do have plenty of creature comforts on offer as well that can be useful on a lot of occasions. The notable highlights include the following few features

  • Power Adjustable Front Seats
  • Heated and Ventilated Front Seats
  • Heated Second Row Seats and Steering Wheel
  • Power Rear Gate
  • Second Row Captain/Bench Seats
  • Leather Upholstery and Wrapped Steering
  • Smart auto-dimming rearview compass mirror with HomeLink
  • Auto-up / auto-down driver's and front passenger window with anti-pinch protection
  • Second Row Climate Control
  • Manually adjustable tilt/telescoping steering column

What is the Subaru Ascent's Cargo Capacity?

The Ascent offers generous cargo capacity and ranks well in this segment. At 17.8 cu.-ft., Ascent’s cargo space behind the third row is second only to Ford Explorer. Fold the second row and you will have 47.5 cu-ft. of cargo space. Fold both the rows and the total cargo area increases to 86.5 cu-ft. When we consider maximum cargo capacity, the Ascent offers the maximum in this comparison.

2020 Subaru Ascent Cargo space
The 2020 Subaru Ascent offers generous cargo capacity

Model

Subaru Ascent

Honda Pilot*

Ford Explorer

Kia Telluride

Cargo Volume (cu-ft.)

17.8

16.5

18.2

21

 

2020 Subaru Ascent front seat
2020 Subaru Ascent front seat
2020 Subaru Ascent cupholder
2020 Subaru Ascent cupholder
2020 Subaru Ascent rear seat
2020 Subaru Ascent rear seat
2020 Subaru Ascent sunroof
2020 Subaru Ascent sunroof
2020 Subaru Ascent cargo
2020 Subaru Ascent cargo

2020 Subaru Ascent Exterior

Speaking of the dimensions and the weight, the Ascent feels the same as the other big crossovers in the segment. In terms of weight, the Subaru is the heaviest among its rivals and offers the most ground clearance among the same. This gives it an unprecedented advantage while off-roading and going over potholes. A lower width when compared to its rivals, makes it a jiffy for drivers to maneuver the Ascent through the city or when parking in tight spaces.

2020 Subaru Ascent side view
2020 Subaru Ascent Exterior Design

Model

Subaru Ascent

Honda Pilot*

Ford Explorer

Kia Telluride

Curb weight (lbs.)

4430

4036

4345

4211

Length(in)

196.8

196.5

198.8

196.9

Width(in)

76

78.6

78.9

78.3

Height(in)

71.6

70.6

69.9

68.9

Ground clearance (in)

8.7

7.3

7.9

8.0

Wheelbase (in)

113.8

111

119.1

114.2

The Explorer is the longest of all in the segment and is followed by the other 3. The Honda Pilot has the least Ground Clearance of the lot and is the most prone to failures while water wading or while moving over bumps.

What are the most notable features on the Outside?

Subaru is offering a number of features on the outside of the 2020 Ascent, that will surely grab the eyeballs of the onlookers. The notable highlights include

  • 20" Dark Gray machine finish alloys
  • LED Steering responsive headlights and foglights
  • Satin-chrome power folding ORVM's with turn indicators
  • Two-speed windshield wipers
  • Windshield wiper de-icer
  • Rear Window wiper
  • Raised roof rails
  • Power Tilt/Slide Panoramic moonroof
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2020 Subaru Ascent
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2020 Subaru Ascent Safety

9.9/10

The Subaru Ascent focuses a lot on safety, it comes equipped with Subaru’s EyeSight system across all the trim levels. This system combines adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, lane departure warning, and lane-keep assist. Subaru also offers its Starlink Connected Services standard on all models except the base model.

Ascent scores an overall 5-star rating from NHSTA and also scores well on the tests conducted by IIHS. 

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Safety Ratings

 

Overall Rating

5*

Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

4*

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver

5*

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger

4*

Overall Side Crash Rating

5*

Side Barrier Rating

5*

Side Barrier Rating Driver

5*

Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat

5*

Combined Side Rating Front Seat

5*

Combined Side Rating Rear Seat

5*

Rollover Rating

4*

 

International Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Ratings

 

Small overlap front driver side

Good

Small overlap front passenger side

Good

Moderate overlap front

Good

Side

Good

Roof strength

Good

Head restraints & seats

Good

Front crash prevention

Superior

Headlights

Good

Child seat anchors (LATCH)

Good

Safety Features

The Subaru Ascent is equipped with the following safety features:

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Pre-collision braking
  • Lane departure warning and lane-keep assist
  • Blind-spot detection and rear cross-traffic alert
  • Reverse automatic braking
  • Front, Side and Side-Curtain airbags
  • LATCH system
  • Height-adjustable seatbelts

2020 Subaru Ascent Competition

Subaru Ascent vs Honda Pilot

Honda Pilot is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that generates 280 hp and 262 lb-ft. of torque. Pricing for the Honda Pilot starts at $31,450. Honda Pilot has been one of the best vehicles in this segment. The third generation of the Pilot was introduced in 2016. Honda Pilot is a can’t go wrong decision in the three-row CUV market.

When compared to the Subaru Ascent, the Pilot has a bigger engine as standard but it can’t match the towing and hauling capacity of the Ascent’s turbo-four engine which has better low-end torque. Moreover, the Ascent has better ground clearance, passenger volume, and cargo capacity. Choosing one between the two can be hard but it was our money we would choose the Ascent because it offers a powertrain is more refined and is hassle-free, unlike Honda’s V6.

2020 Honda Pilot
2020 Honda Pilot

Subaru Ascent vs Ford Explorer

The Ford Explorer is the benchmark of the Big Crossover SUV space. The Explorer enjoys a status as the bestseller three-row SUV in the US market. Unlike the Subaru Ascent, Ford Explorer isn’t offered with standard AWD. Still, it manages a similar towing capacity. Explorer only offers to seat for 7 people. It falls behind the Ascent when it comes to maximum cargo space and passenger volume. The standard four-cylinder mill on the Ascent is much frugal and offers better drivability.

2020 Ford Explorer
2020 Ford Explorer

 

2020 Subaru Ascent Final Verdict

With the All-New Subaru Ascent, Subaru is taking another shot at the hotly contested Big Crossover SUV space. The Ascent comes with terrific road manners, is spacious on the inside, packs in plenty of driver aids as standard and feels premium to be driven in. Couple that with Subaru’s reliability and low cost of ownership and you won’t be disappointed with the same. While the Ford Explorer and the Kia Telluride offer something more than the Subaru in some areas, as an overall package, the Ascent comes in as a good buy and worth a visit to your nearest Subaru dealership.