2020 Subaru Accent vs Toyota Highlander Comparison Information in Shingle Springs, CA

The Subaru Ascent is a three-row SUV that's ready to take you to a higher plane. Not only is it a capable performer, but it also comes with the longevity, quality, and capability that have made Subaru vehicles so respected in the automotive world. Of course, it's not without its challengers. The 2020 Toyota Highlander is another popular 3-row SUV, but the Subaru Ascent offers more--and at a lower starting MSRP, too! On this Subaru model comparison page, we'll compare these two SUVs so that you can figure out which one best meets your needs. We recommend stopping by and taking the Ascent for a test drive so you can experience it for yourself, too.

2020 Ascent Cargo Space

Subaru Ascent vs Toyota Highlander: Size & Capacities

Both the 2020 Subaru Ascent and the 2020 Toyota Highlander have three rows of seating for up to eight occupants (seven, if you choose the second-row captain's chairs that are available on both models). But when it comes to space, the Subaru Ascent is the victor. It has a roomy 153.5 cubic feet of passenger volume, while the 2020 Toyota Highlander has just 141.3 cubic feet. In practical terms, this translates to greater headroom and shoulder room in all three rows of the Subaru Ascent.

It's not just hauling passengers where the Subaru Ascent is more capable; it's also better equipped to handle cargo. With all three rows of seating in place, the 2020 Subaru Ascent has 17.8 cubic feet of cargo space. Folding down the second and third rows increases this to a cavernous 86.5 cubic feet of cargo space. The 2020 Toyota Highlander has 16 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, with a maximum cargo volume of 84.3 cubic feet. Furthermore, the 2020 Subaru Ascent comes with roof rails so you can transport bicycles, extra cargo, or other items atop the SUV. Roof rails are an available upgrade only on the 2020 Toyota Highlander, and they're not even available on the entry-level model.


2020 Ascent Cupholders

Subaru Ascent vs Toyota Highlander: Interior Comfort & Infotainment

The larger space of the 2020 Subaru Ascent goes a long way towards helping you enjoy your ride more, but it doesn't stop there. You'll find comfort features available at a much lower price point in the Subaru Ascent than the Toyota Highlander. Take heated seats, for example. Every 2020 Subaru Ascent but the entry-level model comes standard with heated front seats. These features aren't available in the entry-level Toyota Highlander or the model above that; you have to upgrade yet again. And while a heated second row is standard in the top two Subaru Ascent trim levels, you'll only get the same feature in the top-of-the-line Toyota Highlander.

When it comes to infotainment technology, the Subaru Ascent gives you more. The available Harman Kardon Quantum Surround Sound audio system has fourteen speakers for an incredible high-fidelity listening experience. The most you'll get in the Toyota Highlander is eleven speakers.

Subaru even shows attention to detail in the little things. The 2020 Toyota Highlander has twelve cup and bottle holders. It's a respectable number, but it can't match the 2020 Subaru Ascent. In the Ascent, you'll get nineteen cup and bottle holders!

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2020 Ascent Towing

Subaru Ascent vs Toyota Highlander: Performance Specs

It's true that the Toyota Highlander has an engine with more horsepower than the Subaru Ascent (though it doesn't have as much torque). However, the Ascent has a feature that the Highlander can only dream of: a SUBARU BOXER® engine. Unlike the V6 in the Toyota Highlander, the BOXER® has a flat design and is placed low in the engine compartment. This gives the Subaru Ascent phenomenal balance and a low center of gravity that makes for better handling.

Both of these SUVs provide a refined driving experience on the road. But when it comes to dirt roads and off-road exploration, Subaru is the champion. For one thing, it comes standard with a powerful Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system. The 2020 Toyota Highlander is a front-wheel drive vehicle. You can upgrade to AWD, but it will cost you even more. The Subaru Ascent also has 8.7 inches of ground clearance, while the Highlander has only 8 inches.


2020 Ascent Driver Assistance

Subaru Ascent vs Toyota Highlander: Safety

The Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system that we mentioned earlier does more than just make the 2020 Subaru Ascent a powerful off-road performer; it also makes it safer. The extra traction that you'll get in the Subaru Ascent is just one of the many ways it keeps you safe. It shares many safety features with the 2020 Toyota Highlander, including adaptive cruise control, lane departure alert, pre-collision braking, and more. However, since the 2020 Subaru Ascent has a lower starting MSRP than the 2020 Toyota Highlander, you'll get these features for less.

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Subaru Ascent vs Toyota Highlander: Value

At the time of writing, the 2020 Subaru Ascent has a starting MSRP that's $2,605 less than that of the 2020 Toyota Highlander. And this only applies to the front-wheel drive Highlander; if you upgrade to AWD, that gap grows to $4,805! You can get an upgraded 2020 Subaru Ascent Premium model for less than the entry-level Toyota Highlander. This allows you to get even more impressive features that you won't find on the base Highlander.

2020 Subaru Ascent2020 Toyota Highlander
$31,995Starting MSRP*$34,600
260Horsepower295
277 lb-ftTorque263 lb-ft
StandardAll-Wheel DriveAvailable Upgrade
21 City MPG / 27 Highway MPGAWD Gas Mileage20 City MPG / 27 Highway MPG
5,000 lbsTowing Capacity5,000 lbs
StandardRoof RailsAvailable Upgrade
153.5 Cubic FeetPassenger Volume141.3 Cubic Feet
86.5 Cubic FeetMaximum Cargo Capacity84.3 Cubic Feet
14-Speaker Harman Kardon Quantum Surround SoundAvailable Audio System11-Speaker JBL System

*Manufacturer's suggested retail price does not include destination and delivery charges, tax, title and registration fees. Destination and delivery includes handling and inland freight fees and may vary in some states. Prices, specifications, options, features and models subject to change without notice.