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2023 Subaru Ascent vs. 2023 Toyota Highlander Review

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2023 Subaru
Ascent

MSRP*: $33,895 to $48,195
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2023 Toyota
Highlander

MSRP*: $36,420 to $51,225
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MPG - City 19 - 20 MPG 21 - 22 MPG
MPG - Hwy 25 - 26 MPG 28 - 29 MPG
Seating Capacity 7 - 8 seats 7 - 8 seats
Cargo Space 72.8 - 75.6 ft3 84.3 ft3
Engine
  • 260-hp, 2.4-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
  • 265-hp, 2.4-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
Transmission Continuously Variable 8-Speed A/T
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive
Horsepower 260 hp 265 hp
Towing Capacity 2,000 - 5,000 lbs 5,000 lbs
Exterior Length 196.8 in 194.9 - 197.4 in
Exterior Width 76.0 in 76.0 in
Leg Room Front 42.2 in
Rear 38.6 in
Front 42.0 in
Rear 38.7 in
Head Room Front 40.4 - 41.2 in
Rear 38.7 - 40.0 in
Front 38.4 - 39.9 in
Rear 37.1 - 39.4 in

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Passengers in the back seat may find themselves a little more cramped in the Subaru Ascent than the Toyota Highlander. The Subaru Ascent will be popular with taller drivers and passengers in the front seat, due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Toyota Highlander.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Subaru Ascent as you will with the Toyota Highlander, as they are both able to travel similar distances on a tank of gas.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). When looking only at MSRP, the Subaru Ascent will have less of an impact on your bank account than the Toyota Highlander.

Dimensions
The Subaru Ascent is about the same width as the Toyota Highlander. When looking at overall length, the Subaru Ascent takes up about the same amount of space in your garage as the Toyota Highlander.

Handling
The Subaru Ascent has the same turning radius as the Toyota Highlander, so they both maneuver the same in and out of tight spots.

Performance
If you've got something you need to pull, the Subaru Ascent will do just as well as the Toyota Highlander, since they have about the same towing capacity. In terms of horsepower, it's a virtual tie between the Subaru Ascent and the Toyota Highlander.

Powertrain
With its lower torque engine, the Subaru Ascent doesn't do as good a job transmitting power to its wheels as the Toyota Highlander.

Utility
The Subaru Ascent has less seating than the Toyota Highlander, making the Toyota Highlander the better choice, if you need to chauffeur many passengers. The Subaru Ascent has less cargo space than the Toyota Highlander, which is okay if you don't need to move a lot in one trip.