Compare 2021 Subaru Ascent vs. 2021 Toyota Highlander

2021 Subaru Ascent
2021 Toyota Highlander

2021 Subaru Ascent


2021 Toyota Highlander

2.4L 4cyl Turbo


3.5L 6cyl
260 HP


295 HP
21 city / 27 hwy*

Fuel Economy

21 city / 29 hwy*

Serving Duluth, GA

Today's SUVs have stiff competition, no matter which category of SUVs they belong to. One SUV that consistently manages to stand out from the crowd is the 2021 Subaru Ascent. The 2021 Subaru Ascent at Subaru of Gwinnett is the popular Subaru at its best yet, complete with the addition of more safety technology this year. The newest Subaru Ascent is now equipped with adaptive LED headlights for a sharp-looking and more visible front end. The 2021 Ascent also now comes with a safety belt reminder in the back seats, and it is loaded with more safety aids through the Subaru EyeSight package. The 2021 Ascent has some competition in the crowded class of midsize SUVs, including the 2021 Toyota Highlander. However, the Ascent has a more rugged and unique design, a more comfortable interior, and a mechanical system that is more adept at navigating the trails and exploring off the beaten path.

Performance and Handling

The 2021 Subaru Ascent at Subaru of Gwinnett comes standard with all-wheel drive on all trim levels. The Ascent is ready to take on whatever terrain you want to traverse with class-leading ground clearance as well. With the Subaru Ascent you'll get strong performance and responsive acceleration from the standard engine, which is a 2.4L engine with four cylinders. The Ascent's engine is capable of 260 HP in power output, and it gets up to 277 LB-FT in torque. An automatic transmission is standard. The Subaru Ascent gets over 25 MPG combined, and it tows 5,000 pounds. The Toyota Highlander comes standard with front-wheel drive, while all-wheel drive is available. The Toyota maxes out at 263 LB-FT in torque, which makes the Subaru a better choice if you are seeking a car with more power.

Style and Design

A Subaru Ascent online test drive will also give you a good preview of the Subaru Ascent's unique design. The 2021 Subaru Ascent has a more rugged appearance with the addition of new adaptive LED headlights on the front end. The Toyota Highlander, on the other hand, does not offer LED adaptive headlights. The Ascent also has a number of off-road and adventure features, including roof rails and a power rear liftgate, that make it more ready for adventure than the Toyota Highlander. LED fog lights come with the Limited trim level.


With the option for an online test drive, you can try out all the great interior features that come with the Subaru Ascent. The Ascent has standard seating for eight, but you can opt for captain's chairs on select trim levels instead that seat seven people. The base trim has three zones of climate control, a 6.5-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. Heated seats and premium interior materials come with the second trim level and up. The Ascent has more comfortable seating than the Toyota, and it comes with more cargo capacity. You'll also find more advanced safety aids with the Subaru compared to the Toyota Highlander. If you need to charge your devices on the road, you'll find that the wireless charging devices that are included with the Subaru Ascent are easy to reach, while the device charging ports in the Toyota are comparably more difficult to find.

If you want to get behind the wheel of the 2021 Subaru Ascent at Subaru of Gwinnett, we encourage you to contact Subaru of Gwinnett to set up a test drive. For convenience, you can now try out the Subaru Ascent safely and easily from your own home through an online test drive. A Subaru Ascent online test drive is simple to set up. With just the click of a button, you can get behind the wheel of your favorite Ascent trim level in no time. Our staff is also available to answer your questions as you drive along, and they can point out the Subaru's most salient features and characteristics.

Contact Subaru of Gwinnett today for more information about the latest Subaru Ascent and its many great features.

*All figures are EPA estimates. Actual mileage may vary.