Car Cage Match: The Toyota Highlander vs the Subaru Ascent

July 1st, 2019 by

If you’ve been out on the road lately, you’ve probably noticed the abundance of Toyota SUVs and larger vehicles driving around. It’s true, drivers prefer larger vehicles to sedans and it looks like this is a trend that’s here to stay. With all the space, capabilities, and new technology, it’s easy to see why. If you’re looking to hop on the bandwagon, you’ve likely been shopping different makes and models to find the perfect one for you and your passengers. Luckily, at Toyota of Clermont, we’re comparing the 2019 Toyota Highlander and the 2020 Subaru Ascent to help you make your final decision on a Toyota SUV.

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Highlander vs Ascent

Both Toyota and Subaru are excellent auto manufacturers. In fact, they’ve collaborated on a few vehicles here and there (think Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86). Both the Clermont Toyota SUV Highlander and the Subaru Ascent sport great features that you’ll enjoy, regardless of which you choose. But we’ve compiled the differences between the two models in case you’re on the fence about which you should sign on the dotted line for.


  • Both the Toyota Highlander and Subaru Ascent feature rounded exterior designs with prominent front grilles.
  • The Clermont Toyota SUV Highlander is available in 9 different colors while the Subaru Ascent is only available in 8.
  • The Subaru Ascent is equipped with roof storage racks while the Highlander is not.
  • The Highlander maintains a ground clearance of 8-inches while the Ascent maintains 8.7-inches.


  • Both the Clermont Toyota SUV Highlander and Subaru Ascent feature 7 or 8-passenger seating with various upholstery options like perforated leather, fabric, stain-resistant cloth, and leather.
  • Both models also feature optional second-row captain’s chairs and front seat ventilation and heating.
  • The Subaru Ascent’s cargo area is slightly larger than the Toyota Highlander’s with the Ascent clocking in at 83.7 cubic feet and the Ascent at 86.5 cubic feet.
  • Both the Ascent and Highlander feature 8-inch touchscreen infotainment displays with optional navigation.
  • The Clermont Toyota SUV Highlander uses a 12 speaker JBL sound system in the Limited model while the Subaru Ascent uses a 14 speaker Harman Kardon Quantum system in its Limited model.


  • The Clermont Toyota SUV Highlander offers a 2.7-liter 4-cylinder engine that gets 185 horsepower and 184 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.
  • All trim levels of the Ascent use symmetrical all-wheel drive while the Highlander offers it as an option.
  • The Toyota Highlander and Subaru Ascent get an EPA estimated 21 MPG city and 27 highway.
  • Both the Subaru Ascent and Clermont Toyota SUV Highlander can tow up to 5,000 pounds off their trailer hitches.


  • The Subaru Ascent and Toyota Highlander both feature a suite of safety technology. However, the Highlander provides the suite standard on all trim levels while some features of the Ascent’s safety suite are limited by trim level.

The Winner?

Both the Toyota Highlander and Subaru Ascent are reliable vehicles that come equipped with excellent features that make them great to drive. Crowning a winner here is difficult as they both have an equal footing overall. They both also sit at a similar price point, the Highlander having a starting MSRP of $31,680 and the Ascent at $31,995.

If you still can’t decide between the two, come test drive the Toyota Highlander and other Toyota SUVs today at Toyota of Clermont! We also have a great selection of used vehicles to choose from. You can find us at 16851 State Road 50 and we’re open seven days a week!