Best Family SUV in Ocala: Subaru Ascent vs. Ford Explorer

When shopping for a family SUV, Dunnellon area drivers have many impressive options. While the Ford Explorer has dominated the market for many years, the new Subaru Ascent is giving the Ford model a run for its money. Compare the features and capabilities of the two mid-size SUV options and discover the ideal SUV for you and your family.

Mid-Size SUV Overview

The largest Subaru yet, the Ascent comes in the all-new three-row style, becoming the perfect vehicle for taking your friends and family along for the ride. The SUV offers an athletic exterior, comfort and advanced features to Inverness drivers while maintaining the iconic Subaru stance, superior quality, and practicality.

The new Ford Explorer is known for its contemporary look, a wide engine lineup and a long list of equipment. The roomy 3-row makes an impression with a user-friendly tech and a spacious interior, but the vehicle struggles when it comes to off-roading, despite the available terrain-management system and optional all-wheel drive.

Fuel Economy

The Ford Explorer may offer more engine options, but the Ascent beats the Ford SUV out of the park when it comes to fuel economy, which is crucial in a family vehicle. The base V6 on the Explorer gets 17 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway, while the base Subaru gets 21 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.

Off-Road Capability Features

In a true Subaru style, the Ascent handles any terrain with no issue. The SUV may be switched into X-Mode, allowing the vehicle to handle rough or dangerous situations by managing the power to the wheels for best traction. With a confident stance and plenty of height, the Ascent offers 8.7-inches of ground clearance, a useful skill for an off-road adventure.

Meanwhile, despite its name, the Ford Explorer does little to impress when it comes to off-roading. The SUV offers several off-road features like hill descent control and a terrain management system, but the capabilities don't go much beyond handling mild off-road.

Test Drive the Subaru Ascent with Ocala Subaru Near Silver Springs

We welcome shoppers from Hernando and East Lake Weir to visit our dealership to browse our new exciting new inventory, including the capable Subaru Ascent. Make sure to speak to our professionals in the finance center about your vehicle needs and budget. We look forward to meeting you!

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