Compare Subaru Ascent Vs. Toyota Highlander

2021 Subaru Ascent

2020 Toyota Highlander
Symmetrical AWDStandard$4,205 Upgrade
Fuel Tank19.3 gal.17.9 gal.
Torque277 lb. ft.@2000 rpm263 lb. ft.@4700 rpm
Passenger Volume153.5 cubic feet141.3 cubic feet
Cargo Volume86.5 cubic feet
84.3 cubic feet

Compare the 2021 Subaru Ascent to the Toyota Highlander

When you're looking for that next new vehicle that handles the challenges of life, you might consider the 2021 Subaru Ascent. Backed by impressive Subaru technology and with a yearning for off-road adventures, you'll be hard-pressed to find a better alternative than this Subaru SUV. The 2020 Toyota Highlander can be tempting, but it doesn't quite match what the Ascent can do with capability, price, and comfort. Check out some comparisons of the two down below!

2020 Subaru Ascent vs. 2020 Toyota Highlander

Engine Performance and Capability

The Subaru Ascent comes equipped with a turbocharged SUBARU BOXER® engine that delivers 263 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque. This gives it the capability to tow up to 5,000 pounds, ideal for all of your adventures. While the Toyota does manage a higher horsepower output, it can't quite match the Subaru with its lower torque output.


The Subaru Ascent can be equipped with the latest and greatest features, including a power moonroof, smartphone integration, heated seats, tri-zone climate control with second-row controls, and many more! These all become available with the Ascent Premium model and are offered at a price that is fair and affordable. The base trim on the Highlander also includes many luxuries, but you'll pay over $1,000 more to access them than you would with the Premium. The Touring trim level offers all the amenities that the Ascent lineup comes with, and it provides them for its drivers at a much more affordable rate than the most expensive Highlander trim can.

Performance and Handling

The Subaru lineup is legendary for its standard all-wheel drive, and the Subaru Ascent is no different. Not only does it handle impressively well for a larger SUV, but it also takes on off-road adventures and tricky road conditions with its Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. The base Toyota Highlander is more expensive than the base Ascent, and the 2020 Highlander only gets more expensive when you equip AWD - it's not standard.

Interior Design

With a cozy and family-designed interior, the Ascent provides a higher level of quality for its drivers and passengers. The 2021 Ascent offers plenty of passenger room, even in the third row of seats, making it both functional and comfortable. The third row of seats in the Ascent offers 31.7-inches of legroom, while the third row in the Highlander only offers 27.7-inches. You'll also find more cargo room, allowing you to bring just a bit more on your next camping trip with the Ascent than you would inside the 2020 Highlander.

Discover Your 2021 Subaru Ascent in Hyannis, MA

The 2021 Subaru Ascent starts at $32,295, and we're happy to help you explore it here at our Subaru dealership. Stop by today to test drive the Ascent and check out how it compares to popular models like the Toyota Highlander.

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