How Does the 2020 Subaru Ascent Compare to the Toyota Highlander?

Mid-sized SUVs are one of the most competitive segments in the market, and it's not hard to see why. With the right mid-sized SUV, you'll enjoy high-performance engine, spacious interiors, and robust feature suites. When you're shopping for a mid-sized SUV in Garner and Raleigh? The new Subaru Ascent offers one of the best options out there.

Which isn't to say it's the only option. Other SUVs like the Toyota Highlander are also renowned for their top-tier experiences. The big question is which one's better for you?

2020 Ascent Raleigh NC

The 2020 Subaru Ascent

Seating for up to eight. Standard all-wheel-drive. The Subaru EyeSight safety suite. When you slip behind the wheel of a new Subaru Ascent, you'll enjoy all of these and more. With a robust feature suite and an impressive engine under the hood, the Ascent offers one of the most capable and best-equipped SUVs on the road.

Performance: 2.4-liter turbocharged flat-4 (260 horsepower, 277 pounds-feet of torque, 21/27 miles per gallon)

Feature Options: Standard 6.5-inch Touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Push-Button Start, Built-in Wi-Fi, Built-in Navigation, Starlink Infotainment System, Three-Zone Climate Control, Keyless Entry, Heated Side Mirrors

Safety Features: Automatic High Beams, Pre-Collision Emergency Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane-Departure Warnings, Blind-Spot Detection, Reverse Automatic Braking

Starting Price: Around $32,000

2020 Highlander

The 2020 Toyota Highlander

Toyota is considered, by many Garner and Clayton area drivers, to be one of the most dependable brands on the road. The Toyota Highlander is no exception. If you want something with space, features, and rock-solid options for performance and safety, you could far worse than a new Toyota Highlander.

Performance: 3.5-liter V6 (295 horsepower, 263 pounds-feet of torque, 21/29 miles per gallon), 2.5-iter inline-4 w/ electric motor (186 horsepower, 175 pounds-feet of torque, 36/35 miles per gallon)

Feature Options: Tri-Zone Climate Control, Heated Seating, Ventilated Seating, Built-in Navigation, Keyless Entry, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, HD Radio, JBL Audio

Safety Features: Lane-Departure Warnings, Forward Collision Warnings, Adaptive Cruise Control, Automatic Emergency Braking

Starting Price: Around $34,500

Which New SUV is the Right One for You?

The Toyota Highlander is a great SUV. The Subaru Ascent just happens to be a better one. Setting aside the perks of standard all-wheel-drive, the Subaru Ascent offers a more robust experience, overall, than anything you'll enjoy in the Toyota Highlander. For our money, it's the better purchase.

Contact Southern States Subaru Today to Learn More

For more information about the Subaru Ascent, contact Southern States Subaru. We serve drivers in Knightdale and Wake Forest, and we'd love the opportunity to tell you more about our new Subaru inventory.

  1. Southern States Subaru

    2511 Wake Forest Rd
    Raleigh, NC 27609

    • Sales: 919-839-7481
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Southern States Subaru

2511 Wake Forest Rd
Directions Raleigh, NC 27609

  • Sales: 919-839-7481
  • Service: 919-839-7481
  • Parts: 919-839-7481


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