Toyota Highlander vs Subaru Ascent

July 15th, 2019 by

Throughout the years, there has been a rise in the popularity of SUVs. Its space, capabilities, and technology are what draw many N Charlotte Toyota customers and there is no doubt this trend is here to stay for a while. If you’re trying to get with the program by purchasing an SUV but don’t know exactly what you’re looking for, you don’t have to worry. Toyota of N Charlotte is here to help make your decision easier. In fact, today we will be comparing two popular SUVs: The 2019 Toyota Highlander and the 2020 Subaru Ascent. Once you learn more details, you’ll know what you would like in your future vehicle.

Toyota of N Charlotte compares the Toyota Highlander with the Subaru Ascent.

Toyota Highlander vs Subaru Ascent

We may be a little biased when it comes to Toyota vehicles, but we will always give you the facts no matter what. Toyota and Subaru are both exceptional manufacturers, they’ve even collaborated on a couple of vehicles in the past (Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86). Both the Subaru Ascent and the Toyota Highlander are both great SUVs with excellent features that you’ll enjoy, no matter which one you’ll choose. Nevertheless, here at Toyota of North Charlotte, we’ve compiled a list of the differences between the two models.


  • Both the Toyota Highlander and the Subaru Ascent feature the rounded exterior designs along with prominent front grilles
  • The N Charlotte Toyota Highlander is available in 9 different paint colors while the Subaru Ascent is only available in 8
  • The Subaru Ascent has roof storage racks; the Toyota Highlander doesn’t
  • The Highlander maintains a ground clearance of 8-inches; Its Subaru counterpart maintains 8.7 inches


  • Both models feature optional second-row captain’s chairs and front seat ventilation and heating
  • Both models feature 8-inch touchscreen infotainment displays with optional navigation
  • The N Charlotte Toyota Highlander uses a 12 speaker JBL sound system in the Limited model; The Subaru Ascent uses a 14 speaker Harman Kardon Quantum system in its limited model
  • The Subaru Ascent’s cargo area (86.5 cubic feet) is slightly bigger than the N Charlotte Toyota Highlander’s (83.7 cubic feet)


  • Both vehicles get an EPA estimated 21 MPG in the city and 27 on the highway
  • All trim levels of the Ascent use symmetrical all-wheel drive; the Highlander offers it as an option
  • Both vehicles can tow up to 5,000 pounds off their trailer hitches
  • The N Charlotte Toyota Highlander offers a 2.7-liter 4-cylinder engine that gets 185 lb/ft of torque, a 3.5-liter V6 engine that gets 295 horsepower and 263 lb./ft. of torque, and a hybrid variation of the V6 models. The Subaru Ascent uses a 2.4-liter turbocharged Boxer 4-cylinder engine across all trim levels that gets 260 horsepower and 277 lb./ft. of torque.


  • Both feature a suite of safety technology, the only difference is that the Highlander offers it on all trim levels while some of the safety features on the Ascent are limited by trim level.

If you’re still debating which SUV to purchase, stop by Toyota of N Charlotte and check out our selection in person! We’re located at 13429 Statesville Rd just off I-77 at exit 23 in Huntersville.

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