Comparing the Subaru Ascent SUV in Staten Island, NY.

The All-New Subaru Ascent Leaves Other 3-Row SUV Models Behind In Its Dust

No, the Subaru Ascent won't literally leave its competition behind in its dust because of its speed - it focuses on far more important things for daily-drivers like you with a large family to drive around NYC and beyond. However, when you take a close look at the value, interior space, standard features, technology, and safety features belonging to even its biggest mainstream rivals, it becomes crystal-clear that the all-new Ascent is the winner in this race for the superior SUV for families!


Subaru Ascent vs. 2019 Mazda CX-9

  • Looking at pricing alone, the Ascent is the winner here with its very affordable starting MSRP of only $31,995, while the Mazda CX-9 will force you to take more savings out of your bank account.
  • Standard equipment for the all-new Subaru Ascent includes the brand's proven and praised Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (AWD) System for precise control and superb wheel-grip in all kinds of harsh driving conditions from Brooklyn to Jersey City. Mazda will unfortunately make you pay extra if you would like all-wheel drive capability.
  • The Ascent offers a truly massive interior cabin that features 3 roomy rows of seating for up to 7 or 8 (your choice) of your passengers. With a whopping 153 cubic feet of total passenger volume, everyone onboard can sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride. On the other hand, the Mazda CX-9 can only seat 7 at the most, and also has far less interior spaciousness too.
  • In order to always keep you connected to the world around you, the Subaru Ascent also comes with both the Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ smartphone-connecting systems for no additional cost. You guessed it; Mazda only offers these systems as expensive additional equipment for the CX-9.
  • Subaru's award-winning EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology is yet another standard feature for the 2019 Ascent SUV. In stark contrast, it is again the same story, as Mazda's i-ACTIVSENSE® safety features are just available, and not included with the CX-9's starting price tag.


Subaru Ascent vs. 2019 Ford Explorer

  • MSRP begins at a very competitive $31,995 for the Subaru Ascent, while things start notably more expensive for the less-equipped 2019 Ford Explorer SUV.
  • Thanks to Subaru's Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (AWD) System that's standard for all trim levels, harsh winter-weather over in Avenel and Woodbridge of New Jersey will never be able to stop you from getting where you need to be. The new Ford Explorer does in fact offer an available 4-Wheel Drive (4WD) System if you spend more money for it, however this kind of off-road drivetrain truly isn't necessary here in Staten Island and all of NYC.
  • The Ascent consists of a huge interior cabin with 3 spacious rows, comfortable seating for 8 (or 7 if you'd prefer) of your loved ones, and also over 150 cubic feet of total passenger volume. The cabin of the new Explorer fails to offer as much space, and it only can seat 7 at the most.
  • Regarding technology and connectivity, the Subaru Ascent SUV comes fully-equipped with standard Apple CarPlay™ as well as Android Auto™, making it effortless for you to access your smartphone's mobile apps. Ford is going in their own direction with their SYNC®3 System, which some find less intuitive and user-friendly than Subaru's infotainment.
  • The base trim level of all-new Ascent model includes Subaru's exceptional EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology with Pre-Collision Braking, Lane Keep Assist and Sway Warning among other cutting-edge safety features. Sure, you can equip the new Ford Explorer with a Lane-Keeping System, you just have to come to terms with purchasing the pricey Safe and Smart™ Package in addition to its MSRP.

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