2020 Subaru Ascent vs 2020 Toyota Highlander in Boulder CO

View Inventory2020 Subaru Ascent vs 2020 Toyota Highlander in Boulder CO

Vehicle Overview

Subaru recently introduced the Ascent nameplate as an all-new three-row SUV. The 2020 Subaru Ascent, which has recently arrived at Flatirons Subaru in Boulder Colorado, refines this popular entry into the market even more. Among the Ascent's chief competition is the Highlander. The Highlander nameplate is not new. Toyota introduced it for the 2001 model year. But the 2020 Toyota Highlander has been completely redesigned in order to make it more competitive with options like the Ascent. With that in mind, we present our 2020 Subaru Ascent vs 2020 Toyota Highlander comparison.

Boulder CO - 2020 Subaru Ascent's Overview

Exterior - 2020 Subaru Ascent

With the Ascent, Subaru has opted for a modern and streamlined appearance. The 2020 Toyota Highlander, however, is bulkier and stays true to the more the more traditional SUV design. With both vehicles, a power liftgate is available as well as included standard with the upper trims. Both vehicles offer up to 20-inch wheels but smaller wheels are included standard on the lower trims.

Boulder CO - 2020 Subaru Ascent's Exterior

Interior - 2020 Subaru Ascent in Boulder CO

Both the 2020 Ascent and the Highlander are three-row vehicles that can seat up to eight, but many of the configurations seat only seven due to captain's chairs rather than a bench. In the Ascent, the core cargo compartment is 17.8 cubic feet. You can fold the third row for access to 47.5 cubic feet and the second row also for access to 86.5. The Highlander does offer a bit less, which does make a difference in terms of practical usefulness. The core cargo compartment is 16 cubic feet. You have access to 48.4 cubic feet with the third row down and 84.3 cubic feet with the second row down.

Boulder CO - 2020 Subaru Ascent's Interior

Mechanical - Subaru Ascent specs in Boulder

The mechanical differences are among the more intriguing elements of our 2020 Subaru Ascent vs 2020 Toyota Highlander comparison for drivers choosing between the two vehicles. Subaru has opted to make all-wheel drive standard across the lineup as well as a continuously variable transmission and a turbocharged 2.4L four-cylinder engine. Toyota, on the other hand, has opted for front-wheel drive standard and to offer all-wheel drive as an option. The Highlander offer just a single powertrain as well: a 3.5L V6 mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Both vehicles can tow up to 5,000 pounds.

Boulder CO - 2020 Subaru Ascent's Mechanical
Technology - Subaru Ascent specs in Boulder CO

The base 2020 Subaru Ascent features a Starklink Multimedia Plus infotainment system with a 6.5-inch touchscreen. The Plus indicates smartphone integration, cloud-based apps and so forth. An 8.0-inch touchscreen becomes standard with the Premium, and you have the option of integrated navigation, which becomes standard with the Touring. Toyota offers similar options, but one way it distinguishes the Highlander is by including a larger 12.6-inch touchscreen on the range-topping Highlander. Both automakers includer a driver assistance suite as standard equipment. This is called EyeSight on the Subaru and Safety Sense 2.0 on the Toyota.

Contact Us Today - 2020 Subaru Ascent dealer

If you have not yet seen an Ascent in person, then you owe it to yourself to visit us in Boulder Colorado and test-drive it. The team at Flatirons Subaru also encourages you to call for more information and to contact us online. You can shop our selection via the website, and we offer live help too. Get the latest specials, personalized quotes, help with loan preapproval, trade-in information and so on.