2020 Subaru Ascent

2020 Subaru Ascent

  2020 Toyota Highlander

2020 Toyota Highlander

The new Subaru Ascent is more than just a capable three-row crossover SUV. It's a Subaru SUV. With the Subaru name comes everything the brand represents: quality, capability, standard Subaru Symmetrical AWD, and the latest Subaru technologies like Subaru STARLINK™ touchscreen infotainment and Subaru EyeSight®. Suffice it to say, the 2020 Subaru Ascent is a pretty well-rounded new SUV for you and your family's Scotts Valley driving needs. But how do the 2020 Subaru Ascent vs. Toyota Highlander compare? Find out with %%di_name%%!  Find out with Santa Cruz Subaru! 


2020 Highlander vs. Ascent: Performance and Efficiency

Like the 2020 Toyota Highlander, the 2020 Subaru Ascent comes equipped with just one capable engine. Where the Toyota Highlander makes use of a 3.5L V6 that's been used in Toyota models for years, the Subaru Ascent uses a newer SUBARU BOXER® four-cylinder turbocharged engine to further enhance your every drive around Watsonville. 

While the Highlander engine is slightly more powerful than the Ascent engine at 295 hp vs. 260 hp, both realistically provide plenty of power for your Monterey area adventures. Comparing the Ascent vs. Highlander, both also provide similar city mpg estimates, with the Ascent getting about 2 mpg less on the highway than its Toyota competitor, a trade-off that's well worth it for many, thanks to its standard Subaru Symmetrical all-wheel-drive vs. the Highlander's standard front-wheel-drive.

2020 Subaru Ascent driving along the coast

2020 Highlander vs. Ascent: Capability

Comparing the Subaru Ascent vs. Toyota Highlander, you'll be glad to know about these capabilities:

  • Ascent Ground Clearance: 8.7 inches
  • Highlander Ground Clearance: 8 inches 
  • Ascent Max Towing Capacity: 5,000 pounds 
  • Highlander Max Towing Capacity: 5,000 pounds 
  2020 Subaru Ascent towing a boat 

2020 Highlander vs. Ascent: Interior Features

Step inside the new Subaru Ascent and you'll immediately be greeted with a spacious cabin with seating for up to eight passengers, the same passenger capacity of the Toyota Highlander. Comparing the Toyota Highlander vs. Subaru Outback? The Highlander offers a bit more room.

But the Ascent is large and provides an even match as far as passenger capacity goes. Here's some other key Ascent interior information::

  • Headroom in inches (front/middle/rear): 41.3/40/36.3 with moonroof
  • Legroom in inches (front/middle/rear): 42.2/38.6/31.7
  • Total Passenger Volume: 153.5 cubic feet or 150 cubic feet with moonroof
  • Cargo Volume Behind Second Row: 47.5 cubic feet or 47 with moonroof
2020 Ascent cargo area

2020 Highlander vs. Ascent: Pricing

Pricing is the final factor most families consider when buying or leasing a new SUV. After all, staying within budget when you have competing drains on your resources is important. Thankfully, the 2020 Subaru Ascent costs just under $32,000 to start or about $2,600 less than the Toyota Highlander. That's enough for the new fridge you've been wanting to buy, or a nice boost to your savings. 

  2020 Subaru Ascent Limited in Crystal White Pearl 

Learn About the Ascent vs. Highlander with Santa Cruz Subaru

Ready to learn all about how the 2020 Subaru Ascent vs. the 2020 Toyota Highlander or the Ascent vs. the Pilot? Contact us here at Santa Cruz Subaru to see how the new Ascent could be the perfect new SUV for your daily commute from Capitola to Apatos. Don't forget to explore our Subaru financing solutions and current specials while you're at it to save even more! All of us here at Santa Cruz Subaru can't wait to get you behind-the-wheel of a new Ascent sometime soon!