2019 Subaru Ascent VS 2019 Ford Flex AWD SUV Comparison in Redwood City, CA

Ford won't be flexing on its rival automakers for much longer -- because the brand recently discontinued the Flex model for good. The 2019 Ford Flex will be the last year for that model, and it's not hard to see why. With outdated styling, a cramped interior and a lack of modern technology features, it's no wonder buyers are turning to other family SUVs.

At Carlsen Subaru, come test drive the 2019 Subaru Ascent instead! It's got more room inside for passengers, more features to keep you comfortable and connected, plus the added safety and grip of standard all-wheel drive. It's packed with all the features your family needs, plus the driving experience you demand. Discover below why the 2019 Subaru Ascent is a much better value for you and your loved ones than the not-long-for-this-world Ford Flex.

The roomy inside of this Subaru Ascent is equipped with leather upholstery and 2nd row captain's chairs.

2019 Subaru Ascent VS 2019 Ford Flex: Interior Comfort

While the 2019 Ford Flex only offers seating for up to seven passengers, the 2019 Subaru Ascent offers up to eight seats! And since Subaru understands that things can get tight when sitting three abreast in a single row of seats, it's noticeably wider inside than the Ford Flex, too. You'll appreciate several more inches of hiproom and shoulder room in each row of the 2019 Subaru Ascent compared to what you'd get in the Ford Flex.

What's more, the Subaru Ascent comes with even more standard features than the 2019 Ford Flex. From tri-zone automatic climate control to built-in SiriusXM® Satellite Radio, HD Radio and roof rails, it all comes standard on every 2019 Subaru Ascent. To get comparable features on the 2019 Ford Flex, you'll have to pay a whole lot extra.


Every 2019 Subaru Ascent trim level gets an intuitive touchscreen infotainment display like the one shown here.

2019 Subaru Ascent VS 2019 Ford Flex: Smartphone Technology

Pairing your compatible mobile device to the infotainment system for audio streaming, navigation and hands-free communication is incredibly easy in the 2019 Subaru Ascent. That's because it comes standard with a handsome touchscreen display, Apple CarPlay™ and Android™ Auto technologies! These features are available on the 2019 Ford Flex, but not on the base trim. Instead, you'll find a small static display that's operated by buttons.

Want to stay connected on your drive without tapping into your mobile data plan? The 2019 Subaru Ascent can be equipped with a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, so everyone has a high-speed connection for their devices. You can't get a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot on the 2019 Ford Flex at all.


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Symmetrical All Wheel Drive gives this Subaru Ascent a confident drive, even in the rain.

2019 Subaru Ascent VS 2019 Ford Flex: Performance

The all-new Subaru Ascent makes a little bit less horsepower than the Ford Flex, but a bit more torque, for added quickness when heavy-laden with passengers and groceries. So, when it comes to acceleration, both these vehicles will perform similarly. It's on rough terrain and in inclement weather where the 2019 Subaru Ascent truly shines!

It's all thanks to the standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system. Paired with standard Hill Descent Control and X-MODE® traction optimization technology, this system gives you unrivaled grip and control for muddy backroads and wet or icy streets. For an additional cost, the 2019 Ford Flex can be equipped with all-wheel drive -- but it's not as safe or sophisticated as the legendary Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system that made Subaru famous.


Seen here are the safe and stylish LED daytime running lights on the 2019 Subaru Ascent.

2019 Subaru Ascent VS 2019 Ford Flex: Crash Test Scores

In crash tests performed by the non-profit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the 2019 Subaru Ascent passed with flying colors! It received the best-possible score ("Good") in all crashworthiness areas, and earned the 2019 Top Safety Pick+ award -- the highest safety honor given by the IIHS. By contrast, the 2019 Ford Flex earned some less-than-desirable scores. For example, it earned a score of merely "Acceptable" in the driver side small overlap frontal crash test; its structure and safety cage was deemed only, "Marginal."


This graphic illustrates how the Subaru Ascent uses advanced sensors to monitor traffic around you.

2019 Subaru Ascent VS 2019 Ford Flex: Driver Assistance

The all-new Subaru Ascent provides the Subaru EyeSight® suite of driver assist features as standard equipment! That means every 2019 Ascent provides pre-collision automatic braking, lake keep assist and adaptive cruise control. While not found on the base model, the 2019 Ford Flex does offer adaptive cruise control -- but lane keep assist and pre-collision automatic braking aren't available at all. When you want a vehicle intelligent enough to intervene in a dangerous situation and protect your crew, pick the 2019 Subaru Ascent.

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Visit Carlsen Subaru In Redwood City For The Best Subaru Selection & Service In The Bay Area

Car shopping can be a hassle, but we're making it simple, easy and fun at Carlsen Subaru! It begins with our incredible selection of all the latest Subaru models. They're perfect for getting around San Francisco and beyond thanks to features like Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, the smooth, efficient and powerful BOXER® engine design and the latest Subaru STARLINK™ infotainment.

But that's not all! We'll also promise a friendly, welcoming environment free of the kind of high-pressure sales tactics you might expect from lesser dealerships. Carlsen Subaru is different -- so different that we've been recognized by Subaru with the 2019 Subaru Love Promise Customer Commitment Award. We're providing outstanding customer experiences while giving back to our community through organizations like Meals on Wheels, Save the Bay and the ASPCA. Come down and see us at 480 Veterans Blvd, Redwood City, CA 94063 when you're ready to step up to a dynamic new Subaru vehicle!

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.