2019 Subaru Ascent in Abyss Blue PearlCan't decide between the 2019 Subaru Ascent and the 2018 Toyota Highlander? We at Fred Beans Subaru are here to help with this detailed comparison. Shoppers in Doylestown, Philadelphia, and Warminster should read ahead to see how these two capable full-size SUVs compare when it comes to performance, interior space, and technology!

Ascent vs Highlander: Performance

2019 Subaru Ascent PerformanceLeading the way in the 2019 Subaru Ascent is a Direct-Injection Turbocharged Subaru BOXER® engine that boasts 260 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque. With this power and other optional equipment, you'll be able to tow as much as 5,000 pounds1 in three out of its four trim levels.

In addition to the Ascent's powerful engine, you'll also have a standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drivetrain and Lineartronic® CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission). This transmission helps the Ascent achieve an efficient EPA-estimated 27 highway / 21 city MPG2.

As for the 2018 Toyota Highlander, your standard equipment won't be able to do what the Ascent's does. This model is standardly powered by a 2.7-L 4-cylinder engine, 6-speed automatic transmission, and front-wheel drivetrain. With this equipment, you'll have only 185 horsepower and EPA-estimated 20 city / 24 highway MPG.

Ascent vs Highlander: Interior Space

The 2019 Subaru Ascent and the 2018 Toyota Highlander are both equipped with eight seats. However, you'll find that one of the two has much more wiggle room with the following first- and second-row dimensions:




Total Passenger Space

153 cubic feet

145 cubic feet

Front / 2nd-Row Headroom

41.3 / 40.0 inches

40.7 / 39.9 inches

Front / 2nd-Row Hip Room

57.7 / 57.5 inches

57.2 / 57.1 inches

Front / 2nd-Row Shoulder Room

41.3 / 40.0 inches

40.7 / 39.9 inches

On top of having plenty of passenger space, the Ascent sports quite a bit of cargo space. With all eight seats in place, you'll have 17.8 cubic feet. Put the third row down for 47.5 cubic feet of cargo space, or all six rear seats for a whopping 86.5 total cubic feet of cargo space.

Compare this to the Highlander's 13.8 cubic feet behind the third row, 42.3 cubic feet behind the second row, and 83.7 total cubic feet of cargo space.

Ascent vs Highlander: Technology

2019 Subaru Ascent Technology PackageOn top of being spacious, the interior of the 2019 Subaru Ascent is tech-savvy, too. This model boasts a standard STARLINK™ Multimedia infotainment system that offers a wide variety of impressive standard features. You'll have Bluetooth® connectability, smartphone app integration via Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™, and SiriusXM® All Access Satellite Radio.

Upgrade this system to unleash its full potential with a high-resolution 8-inch multi-touch screen, voice-activated navigation, and even an available 4G LTE Wi-Fi® hotspot.

As for the 2018 Toyota Highlander, you'll have access to an 8-inch touchscreen as well as turn-by-turn navigation. However, there are several things you'll miss out on including Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™, and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi® hotspot.

2019 Subaru Ascent vs 2018 Toyota Highlander: Which One?

As you can see, the 2019 Subaru Ascent comes out on top in every category. Get a closer look at this impressive vehicle at Fred Beans Subaru. Shoppers in Doylestown, Philadelphia, and Warminster can schedule a test drive today by giving us a call!


1 Maximum towing capacity varies by trim level. Trailer brakes may be needed. See your retailer for details.

2 EPA-estimated fuel economy. Actual mileage may vary.

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