Compare the new 2019 Subaru Ascent vs Ford Flex 3-row SUV models in Olympia, WA

June 6, 2019

Subaru has introduced the all-new 2019 Ascent, an incredible three-row SUV that has the inimitable Subaru spirit. It's big, powerful, and ready to take you on all kinds of adventures. But how does it compare to the 2019 Ford Flex? In this page, we take a look at these two SUVs to see which one is best suited to your lifestyle. Once you've seen what the Subaru Ascent has to offer, feel free to look through our large Ascent inventory or come take a test drive.

A view of the second row of seats in a new 2019 Subaru Ascent.

Subaru Ascent vs Ford Flex: Interior & Capacity

Though these SUVs have similar passenger volume, the 2019 Subaru Ascent has a huge advantage: it can seat up to eight passengers. The Ford Flex, on the other hand, can only seat up to seven. Both SUVs can also be equipped with second-row captain's chairs; this brings the number of people the Subaru Ascent can carry down to seven--but it also means that the Ford Flex can only carry six people when equipped this way!

When it's cargo space you need, the Subaru Ascent once again has your back. When you fold down the second and third rows of seating, the 2019 Subaru Ascent has up to 86.5 cubic feet of cargo space, while the Ford Flex has only 83.2 cubic feet. Additionally, the Subaru Ascent comes standard with roof rails. These are an available upgrade only on the 2019 Ford Flex.


Close-up of a touchscreen in a 2019 Subaru Ascent, showing a variety of apps.

Subaru Ascent vs Ford Flex: Tech

Subaru knows how important it is to stay safely connected when you're on the road. That's why every new 2019 Subaru Ascent comes standard with Apple CarPlay™ and Android™ Auto. These features are available in the 2019 Ford Flex; however, to get them, you'll have to pay more for an upgrade.

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A 2019 Subaru Ascent tows a boat next to a lake.

Subaru Ascent vs Ford Flex: Performance

Taking a look at the standard engines, you'll see that the 2019 Ford Flex has a little more horsepower; however, the Subaru Ascent has greater torque. What's more, the engine in the Subaru Ascent is a BOXER® engine, meaning that it has exceptional balance and a low center of gravity. You'll also get better gas mileage in the 2019 Subaru Ascent, so the adventure can last even longer.

Want to bring a boat or a trailer along? When properly equipped, the 2019 Subaru Ascent can tow up to 5,000 pounds. The 2019 Ford Flex, on the other hand, maxes out at 4,500 pounds.


A 2019 Subaru Ascent stays safe with AWD while driving on a rainy residential street.

Subaru Ascent vs Ford Flex: Safety

To keep you and your family safe, every 2019 Subaru Ascent provides extra traction through Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (AWD is an available upgrade only on the Ford Flex). This is just one of the many ways that Subaru takes the extra step to keep you safe, and it hasn't gone without notice. Every year, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives out safety awards, and the 2019 Subaru Ascent received the 2019 Top Safety Pick+. That's the highest award that the IIHS offers! The 2019 Ford Flex, on the other hand, received no IIHS awards at all.


A 2019 Subaru Ascent driving down a highway as blue lines indicate EyeSight features at work.

Subaru Ascent vs Ford Flex: Driver Assist Technology

Every 2019 Subaru Ascent comes standard with EyeSight®, an innovative suite of driver safety features like lane departure and sway warning, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, and pre-collision braking. Adaptive cruise control is an available upgrade in the 2019 Ford Flex, not a standard feature. Furthermore, you won't find automatic pre-collision braking at all in the 2019 Ford Flex.

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Why Choose Subaru for Your Next Vehicle? Find Out at Hanson Subaru

You've already seen what makes the 2019 Subaru Ascent special--but that shouldn't be a surprise, as the company itself is pretty amazing. Subaru has been Kelley Blue Book's Most Trusted Brand for five years running, as well as being #1 in owner satisfaction according to the American Consumer Satisfaction Index. And since 97% of Subaru models sold within the past decade are on the road today, you'll be enjoying your Subaru for years to come!

Hanson Subaru is the place to go when you're choosing your new Subaru model. We have a huge selection of new Subaru vehicles for sale or lease, as well as regularly updated special offers to help you save even more. But that's just the beginning of what makes us special. We've been family owned and operated for over 35 years, and are working hard to help our community by partnering with groups like St. Martins University, Puget Sound Blood Center, and Meals on Wheels. You'll be treated with care and respect when you visit Hanson Subaru, conveniently located near Hawks Prairie and Tenino at 2300 Carriage Loop SW, Olympia, WA 98502.

2019 Subaru Ascent2019 Ford Flex
$31,995Starting MSRP*$30,575
StandardAll-Wheel DriveAvailable Upgrade
27 Highway / 21 CityFuel Economy (MPG)23 Highway / 16 City
277 lb-ftTorque254 lb-ft
8 OccupantsSeating Capacity7 Occupants
StandardRoof RailsAvailable Upgrade
86.5 Cubic FeetMax Cargo Volume83.2 Cubic Feet
StandardApple CarPlay / Android Auto SupportAvailable Upgrade
StandardAutomatic Pre-Collision BrakingNot Available
StandardAdaptive Cruise ControlAvailable Upgrade

*Manufacturer's suggested retail price does not include destination and delivery charges, tax, title and registration fees. Destination and delivery includes handling and inland freight fees and may vary in some states. Prices, specifications, options, features and models subject to change without notice.