2019 Subaru Ascent vs 2018 Toyota Highlander Model Comparison Information in Redwood City, CA

When you're looking for the most capable three-row SUV on the market, the all-new 2019 Subaru Ascent is a great choice! But what about the popular 2018 Toyota Highlander? The 2019 Subaru Ascent is a brand-new design, all-new for 2019 and packed with impressive standard features and available upgrades. Whatever you're looking for in your next family car, you can bet that the Subaru Ascent has got it. For our money, the Toyota Highlander just can't compete with the Subaru Ascent when it comes to technology and features. We'll prove it to you below!

Compare 2019 Subaru Ascent VS 2018 Toyota Highlander Interior Styling

2019 Subaru Ascent VS 2018 Toyota Highlander: Interior Comfort

You can seat eight individuals in both these family-sized crossovers, but they'll be a little more comfortable in the 2019 Subaru Ascent - and you'll be able to fit more of their stuff!

The 2018 Toyota Highlander provides 144.9 cubic feet of interior passenger volume, compared to 153.5 cubic feet in the Subaru Ascent. And behind the rear seats, you'll find just 13.8 cubic feet of cargo room in the Toyota SUV. By contrast, the Subaru Ascent provides 17.7 cubic feet of standard cargo volume.


Compare 2019 Subaru Ascent VS 2018 Toyota Highlander Technology Advances

2019 Subaru Ascent VS 2018 Toyota Highlander: Infotainment Technology

The 2019 Subaru Ascent simply provides a more-connected cabin than the 2018 Toyota Highlander. For connecting your phone to the infotainment system - in order to access apps, stream music or utilize navigation - the Subaru Ascent provides standard Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto® integration. Plus, so everyone can enjoy a high-speed connection on all their devices, the Subaru Ascent is standard with a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. You won't find any of this technology on any 2018 Toyota Highlander.

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Compare 2019 Subaru Ascent VS 2018 Toyota Highlander Performance Advantages

2019 Subaru Ascent VS 2018 Toyota Highlander: Engine Performance

Both these vehicles come standard with a four-cylinder engine for improved fuel efficiency - however, the base Toyota Highlander engine is naturally aspirated, and puts out a meager 185 standard horsepower with 184 lb/ft of torque. By contrast, the four-cylinder BOXER® engine on the 2019 Subaru Ascent is turbocharged! That improves fuel economy while also boosting power. The Subaru Ascent makes 260 standard horsepower plus 277 lb/ft of torque.

There is an available V6 engine upgrade for the 2018 Toyota Highlander, but even that doesn't make as much torque as the 2019 Subaru Ascent.


Compare 2019 Subaru Ascent VS 2018 Toyota Highlander Outstanding Safety Features

2019 Subaru Ascent VS 2018 Toyota Highlander: Safety

Safety is the most important factor when it comes to choosing your next family car. And in this area, both these vehicles excel. The 2018 Toyota Highlander earned a 2018 Top Safety Pick Award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Meanwhile, the 2019 Subaru Ascent has not yet completed crash testing with the IIHS. However, the Subaru Ascent is built on the new, ultra-durable Subaru Global Platform. It's the strong new chassis technology all Subaru designs are migrating to. All 2018 Subaru models built on this platform earned the even-more-exclusive 2018 Top Safety Pick+ accolade from the IIHS! We have every reason to expect the Subaru Ascent will perform similarly.


Compare 2019 Subaru Ascent VS 2018 Toyota Highlander Driver Assistance Features

2019 Subaru Ascent VS 2018 Toyota Highlander: Driver Assistance

The 2019 Subaru Ascent comes totally standard with the Subaru EyeSight® suite of driver assistance features - a true rarity in this segment! Most other vehicles offer such features only as available upgrades. Here, the 2018 Toyota Highlander is a rare exception, able to keep up with the 2019 Subaru Ascent for standard driver assistance features - almost.

While both vehicles can be equipped with rear cross-traffic alert and blind zone monitor, only the 2019 Subaru Ascent is available with reverse automatic braking. When backing out of a tight parking spot, both vehicles can alert you to suddenly passing traffic. That said, only the Subaru Ascent can engage the brakes for you, potentially saving you from an unfortunate fender-bender.

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