2021 Subaru Ascent vs Toyota 4Runner Comparison in Huntington Beach, CA

Your family needs a tougher vehicle for more adventures, carrying more gear and navigating tricky terrain? Subaru has answered the call with the new Subaru Ascent SUV. With standard all-wheel drive and a turbocharged engine, it has the extra toughness and capability that Subaru is known for, now with room for up to eight passengers! It's a better value than more expensive all-terrain family SUVs like the 2021 Toyota 4Runner. We'll prove it to you in the head-to-head comparison below!

Subaru Ascent Parked Curbside At School

Size & Utility

The big, boxy 2021 Toyota 4Runner has an old-school body-on-frame design, and that means it's much bulkier than the 2021 Subaru Ascent. Still, it comes standard with just two rows and five seats. A third-row seat is an available option, and it can only seat two for a total of seven passengers. There's room for up to eight passengers in the Ascent!

What's more, the 2021 Subaru Ascent provides a whole lot more legroom in the second and third rows, so your rear seat passengers enjoy more comfort. And when the rear seats are folded down, the Ascent still provides more than 85 cubic feet of maximum cargo volume! All that utility and space comes in a more car-like, more affordable package when you choose the 2021 Subaru Ascent.


Subaru Ascent Steering Responsive Headlights

Features & Technology

On the outside, the 2021 Subaru Ascent comes standard with full-LED steering responsive headlights that pivot as you steer, for the best illumination in the city or on rural roads. That's a feature you can't get on any 2021 Toyota 4Runner.

Furthermore, the inside of the 2021 Subaru Ascent comes with plenty of storage, including 19 cup and bottle holders -- more than any other vehicle in this class! And with standard tri-zone automatic climate control, everyone will enjoy a comfortable cabin, even on sweltering summer days or chilly winter mornings. Manual climate control comes standard on the 2021 Toyota 4Runner, and only dual-zone climate controls are available when you upgrade.

And since both models feature modern touchscreen multimedia systems with standard Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™, they both help you stay safely connected to your smartphone. That means you get more value from the more affordable 2021 Subaru Ascent!

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Performance & Drive

The 2021 Toyota 4Runner has a reputation for toughness, but four-wheel drive is an optional upgrade that'll cost you nearly $2,000 on top of the standard MSRP! By contrast, every single 2021 Subaru Ascent comes with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive for added confidence. In wet weather, you'll have more control. And on dirt roads or gravel paths, you won't have to worry about slipping, sliding or skidding.

And while the 2021 Toyota 4Runner has a thirsty V6 engine, it'll only provide a mere 10 additional horsepower and 1 lb-ft of torque more than you get on the 2021 Subaru Ascent. Instead, the Ascent features a turbocharged four-cylinder BOXER® engine. It's far more efficient, getting up to eight more MPG on the highway than the 4Runner. And since it's a BOXER®, it provides a lower center of gravity and smoother performance with less vibration than a V6 engine. That means a more car-like driving experience around town. Both vehicles can even tow up to 5,000 pounds. You can get the utility you need with more comfort at a lower price when you choose the new Subaru Ascent!


Subaru Ascent Rear Seat Entertainment Tablets

Crash Test Scores

In government crash testing, the 2021 Subaru Ascent thoroughly outperformed its rival the 2021 Toyota 4Runner. The National Highway Traffic Administration gave the 2021 4Runner a four-star overall safety rating, and just three stars in the front passenger side crash tests! By contrast, the 2021 Ascent earned a five-star overall safety rating and five stars in every individual crash test.


Subaru Ascent Dashboard & Console

Driver Assist Technology

Both cars come with an advanced suite of standard driver assistance features, including standard forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control. Where most manufacturers make at least some of these features optional, they're standard on most Subaru and Toyota vehicles.

However, as optional upgrades, you can add even more driving aids like blind spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert and reverse emergency braking on the 2021 Subaru Ascent! Those features aren't available on the 2021 Toyota 4Runner at all.

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The 2021 Subaru Ascent is simply a better value starting at an MSRP of just $32,295, you can already save more than $4,000 dollars compared to an entry-level 2021 Toyota 4Runner -- and that's before you add four-wheel drive! There's so much to enjoy in a new 2021 Subaru Ascent, and we'd be glad to show it to you during a test drive. Call or stop by McKenna Subaru today to learn more!

2021 Subaru Ascent2021 Toyota 4Runner
$32,295Starting MSRP*$36,340
260Standard Horsepower270
277Standard Torque278
21 MPG City / 27 MPG HighwayStandard Fuel Economy16 MPG City / 19 MPG Highway
86.5 Cubic FeetMaximum Cargo Volume89.7 Cubic Feet
38.6"Legroom (2nd Row)32.9"
31.7"Legroom (3rd Row)29.3"
StandardAutomatic Emergency BrakingStandard
StandardAdaptive Cruise ControlStandard
StandardTri-Zone Automatic Climate ControlNot Available

*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.