2019 Subaru Ascent vs 2018 Toyota Highlander | What's the Difference?

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2019 Subaru Ascent

vs.

2018 Toyota Highlander

8

Seating Capacity

8
260 hp

Horsepower

185 hp
277 lb-ft

Torque

184 lb-ft

Serving Duluth, Atlanta, and Johns Creek, GA

With so many of today's drivers now turning to crossover SUVs, Subaru decided to release the three-row Ascent. It’s currently the biggest SUV in Subaru’s lineup. Families are destined to fall in love with the all-new Ascent’s spacious interior and sharp styling. World-class safety innovations transform the Accent into an even more impressive family hauler. When shopping for a new three-row SUV, you may also consider the 2018 Toyota Highlander. Let’s see which one of these vehicles wins this head-to-head clash.

Performance

Motivating the new Ascent is a 2.4-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder “Boxer” engine. Drivers can enjoy impressive fuel economy without giving up any performance. With a total production of 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque, it’s far stronger than the Highlander’s base four-cylinder engine. Although the Highlander can be equipped with a powerful V6 engine, city fuel economy takes a noticeable hit. When it comes to tackling bad weather, the 2019 Subaru Ascent is a step ahead of the competition. It comes standard with Subaru’s famed Symmetrical AWD system. Not only is the Highlander’s available AWD system less advanced, but it also costs extra.

Interior

You can expect the 2019 Subaru Ascent to offer an incredible amount of comfort. Your family and friends will certainly appreciate its spacious interior design. While the 2018 Toyota Highlander matches the Ascent’s seating capacity, it does not provide as much space for folks sitting in the third row. The Ascent rewards your third-row passengers with an additional four inches of legroom. There’s also more cargo space in the back of the Ascent, which will come in handy on road trips. Fortunately, both SUVs come loaded with an impressive number of standard features. However, Subaru’s new Starlink Multimedia interface gives the Ascent the edge. For the first time, it’s now available with Wi-Fi connectivity. Meanwhile, the 2018 Toyota Highlander’s infotainment system still fails to offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration.

Safety

Over the years, Subaru has earned a reputation for producing vehicles that provide superior crash protection. Subaru's ring-shaped reinforcement frame enhances the Ascent's strong structure. Like the 2018 Toyota Highlander, the 2019 Subaru Ascent is expected to earn a five-star overall safety rating. Although the Highlander proves to be a well-built SUV, it doesn’t offer as many driver-assist safety technologies as the new Ascent. Exclusives features, such as Subaru’s innovative Smart Rear-View Mirror and a front-view camera, help you to maintain excellent outward visibility in every type of driving situation. Steering Responsive LED headlamps are also only available on the new Ascent.


While the 2018 Toyota Highlander is a solid vehicle, it is simply outclassed by the all-new 2019 Subaru Ascent. To experience everything that the Ascent has to offer, contact us at Subaru of Gwinnett to request a test drive.

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