2019 Subaru Ascent vs 2018 Toyota Highlander Comparisons in Seattle, WA

The Toyota Highlander has been a popular three-row SUV, but there's a new sheriff in town: the all-new 2019 Subaru Ascent! It's so impressive that it almost doesn't seem fair to compare it to the Toyota Highlander. However, we understand that research is important when choosing a new vehicle. Keep reading to find out more about what the 2019 Subaru Ascent offers, and schedule a test drive to experience it for yourself.

2019 Subaru Ascent Interior

Interior Comparison: 2019 Subaru Ascent vs 2018 Toyota Highlander

Interior space is a big reason why many people choose three-row SUVs, and the interior of the 2019 Subaru Ascent is cavernous. It has 153.5 cubic feet of passenger volume and up to 86.5 cubic feet of cargo space. The 2018 Toyota Highlander, on the other hand, has just 145 cubic feet of passenger volume and a maximum of 83.7 cubic feet of cargo space.

The dedication to comfort shown by the Subaru Ascent goes beyond mere space. Every trim level of the 2019 Subaru Ascent has standard three-zone automatic climate control, for example. The Toyota Highlander comes standard with manual air conditioning.


2019 Subaru Ascent Technology

Technology Comparison: 2019 Subaru Ascent vs 2018 Toyota Highlander

When it comes to technology, the 2019 Subaru Ascent has a clear advantage. All but the entry-level trim come standard with 4G LTE Wi-Fi capability, allowing it to become a mobile hotspot to keep you connected. You won't find anything like this in the 2019 Toyota Highlander.


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2019 Subaru Ascent Performance

Performance Comparison: 2019 Subaru Ascent vs 2018 Toyota Highlander

When it comes to performance, the 2019 Subaru Ascent immediately stands out. It comes standard with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, which allows it to travel on slick city streets and rugged off-road paths alike. Front-wheel drive is standard with the 2018 Toyota Highlander--if you want AWD, you'll have to pay for an expensive upgrade.

Furthermore, the standard SUBARU BOXER® four-cylinder engine generates considerably more horsepower and torque than the four-cylinder in the Toyota Highlander: 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque, compared to 185 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. You can pay more for a V6 in the Toyota Highlander, but even this has less torque than the 2019 Subaru Ascent.


2019 Subaru Ascent Safety

Safety Comparison: 2019 Subaru Ascent vs 2018 Toyota Highlander

The standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive lets the 2019 Subaru Ascent handle off-road terrain, but it does so much more: it keeps you safe in the city, as well. We're no strangers to slick, wet streets, and this AWD system lets you traverse them safely, keeping your grip on the road better than the standard FWD of the 2018 Toyota Highlander.


2019 Subaru Ascent Driver Assistance Features

Driver Assistance Features Comparison: 2019 Subaru Ascent vs 2018 Toyota Highlander

The 2019 Subaru Ascent comes standard with Subaru EyeSight®, a powerful suite of driver assistance technology features. The 2018 Toyota Highlander, to its credit, also includes standard driver assistance features known as Toyota Safety Sense™ P. However, there are a few areas where Subaru still takes the lead. For example, reverse automatic braking is available on the Subaru Ascent, while the 2018 Toyota Highlander lacks this feature entirely.

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What Can You Expect from a New Subaru in Seattle?

Subaru vehicles are amazing no matter where you live, but they're especially a perfect match for the Pacific Northwest. With numerous industry quality and safety awards, it's no wonder Subaru vehicles are becoming more and more popular with each passing year. And as the Subaru Love Promise demonstrates, Subaru is dedicated to giving back to the community and protecting and preserving the earth. Carter Subaru Ballard is proud to be your source for all things Subaru.