2020 Subaru Ascent VS 2020 Toyota Highlander Comparison in Salt Lake City, UT

Salt Lake City families in need of a three-row SUV would do well to consider either of these popular models, but we think the Subaru Ascent is the best value for your money in this segment. Of course, it's one thing to make such a claim -- it's another thing to back it up with facts, helpful information and a critical eye. But, when you look at them closely, you'll discover that the 2020 Subaru Ascent gives you so much more for a lower cost than the 2020 Toyota Highlander! Let us show you why below.

We've compared the 2020 Subaru Ascent against the 2020 Toyota Highlander below in four key areas. Read on to find out how your dollar goes further at Nate Wade Subaru!

Subaru Ascent Roof Racking

Subaru Ascent vs. Toyota Highlander: Comparing Exteriors

The 2020 Toyota Highlander features an all new design, but it's still missing some important exterior features and fixtures. For instance, the 2020 Subaru Ascent comes standard with roof rails so you can bring along more cargo and your favorite outdoor toys. Roof rails will cost you more on the 2020 Toyota Highlander as you'll need to buy a higher trim level to get them. With PIN code access, you can stash your key safely inside the Subaru Ascent when it's not convenient to have on your person, like when swimming, snowboarding or biking. That's a feature you can't get on the Toyota Highlander at all.

Furthermore, as an optional upgrade, the 2020 Subaru Ascent can be equipped with Steering Responsive LED Headlights. These headlights will swivel as you steer to better illuminate the path ahead -- yet another exterior feature you won't find on any 2020 Toyota Highlander.


Subaru Ascent Captain Chairs

Subaru Ascent vs. Toyota Highlander: Comparing Interiors

One thing that the interior of the Subaru Ascent has going for it compared to the Toyota Highlander? There's more of it! With 153.5 cubic feet of passenger volume, the 2020 Subaru Ascent is spacious enough that everyone can spread out and get comfortable. The 2020 Toyota Highlander gives you just 141.3 cubic feet of passenger volume. Nowhere is this more obvious than the third row. The cramped third row of the Toyota Highlander gives you just 27.7" of legroom, so it's only suitable for younger travelers. Even adults can find enough room for their legs in the way back of the 2020 Subaru Ascent with 31.7" of third row legroom.

There's also far more room for storage in the 2020 Subaru Ascent. Compared to the 2020 Toyota Highlander, the Ascent has more cargo volume, more cup and bottle holders, standard roof rails and a standard underfloor storage tray with convenient dividers for smaller items. We know the family shuttle has to hold a whole lot of stuff -- so pick the 2020 Subaru Ascent and keep them all organized and ready for the daily drive.

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Subaru Ascent On Rainy Street

Subaru Ascent vs. Toyota Highlander: Comparing Capability

The 2020 Toyota Highlander is powered by a naturally aspirated V6 engine. It provides a little bit more horsepower compared to the 2020 Subaru Ascent, but there's so much more to the performance of your next family SUV than horsepower....

To begin, the 2020 Subaru Ascent actually develops more torque thanks to its turbocharged four-cylinder BOXER® engine -- 277 lb-ft compared to just 263 lb-ft in the Highlander. Torque helps heavier vehicles like three-row SUVs feel quicker off the line and also helps when it comes to towing.

But most important of all, Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive comes standard on the 2020 Subaru Ascent. All-wheel drive is an available upgrade on the 2020 Toyota Highlander that'll cost you extra. If you add this system, not only will you spend more, you'll get slightly worse fuel economy than you get from the 2020 Subaru Ascent!


Subaru Ascent Front view Camera

Subaru Ascent vs. Toyota Highlander: Comparing Safety

Both these cars come standard with a suite of driver assistance features -- putting them well ahead of most brands when it comes to active safety technology. But both Subaru and Toyota are making these features standard across virtually their entire lineups. That means both the 2020 Toyota Highlander and 2020 Subaru Ascent feature standard automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams and more.

When it comes to integrity in a crash, the 2020 Subaru Ascent has earned numerous industry accolades, including a five-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and a 2020 Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. So you know it's safe enough for your most precious cargo. These organizations have yet to announce crash test results for the 2020 Toyota Highlander.

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Why Choose The 2020 Subaru Ascent At Nate Wade Subaru In Salt Lake City?

The 2020 Toyota Highlander starts at an MSRP of $34,600. That's already more than the Subaru Ascent, but that's before you add important features like all-wheel drive! At an MSRP of just $31,995, the 2020 Subaru Ascent is an outstanding value. Or, upgrade to the Subaru Ascent Premium for roughly the cost of the base model Toyota Highlander! The 2020 Subaru Ascent Premium trim level adds features like heated front seats, mobile WI-Fi hotspot, leather-wrapped steering wheel and 8.0" infotainment display -- all for an MSRP of just $34,395. That's still less than the base 2020 Toyota Highlander.

2020 Subaru Ascent2020 Toyota Highlander
$31,995Starting MSRP*$34,600
260Horsepower295
277 lb-ftTorque263 lb-ft
StandardAll-Wheel DriveAvailable Upgrade
21 City MPG / 27 Highway MPGAWD Gas Mileage20 City MPG / 27 Highway MPG
5,000 lbsTowing Capacity5,000 lbs
StandardRoof RailsAvailable Upgrade
153.5 Cubic FeetPassenger Volume141.3 Cubic Feet
86.5 Cubic FeetMaximum Cargo Capacity84.3 Cubic Feet
14-Speaker Harman Kardon Quantum Surround SoundAvailable Audio System11-Speaker JBL System

*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.