2020 Subaru Ascent vs 2020 Toyota Highlander
2020 Subaru Ascent 2020 Toyota Highlander
Starting MSRP
  $31,995 $34,600
Cargo Space
  17.8-86.5 cu. ft. 16-84.3 cu. ft.
Ground Clearance
  8.7 in. 8.0 in.

2020 Subaru Ascent vs 2020 Toyota Highlander

Serving New Bern, NC

Three-row SUVs are excellent for large families. While the segment gives you some reliable options to choose from, the new 2020 Subaru Ascent ranks among the best. Not only does the new Ascent provide great everyday comfort, but it's also a remarkably competent off-road performer. A 5,000-pound towing capacity further highlights this SUV's versatility. Let's find out how the 2020 Subaru Ascent stacks up against the 2020 Toyota Highlander.

Interior Room

When shopping for a three-row SUV, the interior room becomes a critical factor. The 2020 Subaru Ascent gives your family plenty of space to unwind. While the 2020 Toyota Highlander also accommodates up to eight people, it's not as spacious on the inside. Subaru lists the Ascent with a total passenger volume of 153.5 cubic feet, which outclasses the Toyota Highlander's total passenger volume of 141.3 cubic feet. Among the Ascent's most significant advantages is its adult-friendly third row. When sitting in the Ascent's third row, passengers will enjoy an extra 4.0 inches of legroom. No longer will help you need to take two separate vehicles on a road trip.

Off-Road Capabilities

While the 2020 Toyota Highlander performs well in the snow, it can't match the 2020 Subaru Ascent's superior off-road capabilities. A standard Symmetrical AWD system and 8.7 inches of ground clearance make the Ascent ready to tackle the trails. When traveling on slippery terrain, activating the Ascent's exclusive X-MODE system further enhances traction. Subaru also designed X-MODE with hill descent control, which helps you to travel down steep grades safely.


Both of these SUVs provide excellent impact protection. While the 2020 Toyota Highlander is a secure vehicle, only the new Ascent comes standard with all-wheel drive. When the road conditions start to get slippery, you'll greatly appreciate the extra traction provided by the Subaru full-time Symmetrical AWD system. Furthermore, Pre-Collision Throttle Management is only found on the new Ascent. By restricting engine output during an impending crash, this exclusive safety feature helps reduce the seriousness of the impact.

Visit Riverside Subaru in New Bern, NC Today

To test drive the 2020 Subaru Ascent, please contact or visit Riverside Subaru to schedule an appointment today. Our Subaru specialists will assist with any questions or concerns regarding the Ascent. We look forward to meeting you soon.

* 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.