2022 Subaru Ascent vs 2022 Toyota Highlander Comparison in Huntington Beach, CA

Whether you have a large family, a considerable amount to haul around, or just enjoy the roomy feeling an extra-large vehicle gives you, a three-row SUV is the perfect choice. The 2022 Subaru Ascent not only gives you ample passenger volume and a plethora of cargo space, but it also offers generous features, safety technology, and more all in an attractive package. We know that shopping for a new family SUV can be stressful so we've put together this head-to-head comparison below, showing you how the 2022 Ascent stacks up to one of its rivals, the 2022 Toyota Highlander. We think you'll agree that Subaru is the best choice for you and your family.

Cargo area of Subaru Ascent

2022 Subaru Ascent vs 2022 Toyota Highlander Design & Capability

The 2022 Subaru Ascent is made of sleek lines, muscled curves, and an aggressive silhouette, leaving little doubt that this is an SUV that means business. Both the 2022 Ascent and the 2022 Highlander come with standard 18-inch alloy wheels and an available power moonroof. The Highlander offers available raised roof rails while they're standard fare on the 2022 Ascent, giving you more cargo room without having to pay extra.

The 2022 Ascent is a longer and wider SUV than the 2022 Highlander, so it comes as no surprise that it's also roomier inside. With 15% more passenger volume than the Highlander, the 2022 Ascent delivers more head and legroom across the board. In the third row, your passengers are treated to 31.7 inches of legroom while the Highlander only offers 27.7 inches. When it comes to cargo space, the Subaru Ascent is again the victor. You get two more cubic feet of room behind the third seat in the Ascent over the Highlander and when you lay both sets of rear seats flat, the 2022 Ascent gives you a vast 86.5 cubic feet versus the Highlander's 84.3.


Subaru Ascent infotainment center

2022 Subaru Ascent vs 2022 Toyota Highlander Comfort & Convenience

The 2022 Subaru Ascent and the 2022 Toyota Highlander are similar when it comes to interior amenities. Both offer available heated seats, ventilated front seats, and second-row captain's chairs for a 7-seat configuration. Leather upholstery is standard on the highest trim level on both the Ascent and the Highlander for the epitome of comfort. Both SUVs offer a standard tri-zone climate control system to make sure everyone is at their most comfortable no matter how long the ride.

The 2022 Subaru Ascent makes sure you're always conveniently connected to the outside world with their easy-to-use infotainment center. Both the Ascent and the Highlander offer standard Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™, and Bluetooth® but only the Ascent delivers the available Harman Kardon® Quantum Surround Sound Audio System for concert-like sound that stands apart from the available JBL system in the new Toyota Highlander..

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Subaru Ascent performance specs

2022 Subaru Ascent vs 2022 Toyota Highlander Performance

The 2022 Highlander may have a larger engine that makes more horsepower than the 2022 Ascent but horsepower doesn't mean everything. The Subaru Ascent delivers 14 more lb/ft of torque than the Highlander, meaning you get more power under your foot, especially when towing. The 2022 Ascent also comes standard with a flat BOXER® engine, which gives you a better balanced drive than the Highlander's V6. The Ascent is paired with a CVT transmission for a smoother driving experience versus the 8-speed automatic mated to the 2022 Highlander. Symmetrical all-wheel drive is standard fare on the Subaru Ascent, AWD will cost you $1,600 more on the 2022 Highlander.


Subaru Ascent safety features

2022 Subaru Ascent vs 2022 Toyota Highlander Safety

The safety of you and your passengers is always the top priority for both Subaru and Toyota. This is why the 2021 Ascent and the Highlander were both named a Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS and the 2022 models were both given an overall five-star crash test rating by the NHTSA. The 2022 Ascent, however, scored a perfect five stars on the frontal crash test where the 2022 Highlander only scored four.

Both the 2022 Ascent and Highlander come with a wide array of standard and available driver assist technology. A Pre-Collision Braking System and Lane Departure Warning are standard on both SUVs, but only the 2022 Ascent offers standard Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control with Lane Centering for a safer highway drive. The Subaru Ascent offers available Reverse Automatic Braking, a feature that will automatically apply the brakes if it detects an obstacle behind you. You won't find this innovation on the 2022 Highlander.


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2022 Subaru Ascent vs 2022 Toyota Highlander Value

It's no secret that the 2022 Subaru Ascent is the better value when you're looking to step up to a family-size, three-row SUV. With a starting MSRP of only $32,295, the 2022 Ascent offers better handling, more standard features, and award-winning safety technology that you simply either don't get on the 2022 Toyota Highlander or have to pay extra for. Considering the 2022 Highlander starts with an MSRP of $35, 205, you're already paying more for less. To see the 2022 Ascent with your own eyes, we invite you to stop by our McKenna Subaru showroom in Huntington Beach, CA or contact us to schedule your test drive.

2022 Subaru Ascent2022 Toyota Highlander
$32,295Starting MSRP*$35,205
2.4-Liter Turbocharged SUBARU BOXER 4-CylinderStandard Engine3.5-Liter V6
260 HP / 277 lb/ftPerformance Output (Horsepower / Torque)295 HP / 263 lb/ft
Symmetric All-Wheel DriveStandard DrivetrainFront-Wheel Drive
27 MPG / 21 MPGStandard Fuel Economy (Highway / City)29 MPG / 21 MPG
8 PassengersSeating Capacity8 Passengers
47.5 / 86.5 Cubic FeetCargo Capacity (Behind 2nd Row / 3rd Row)48.4 / 84.3 Cubic Feet
5,000 lbs.Max Towing Capacity 5,000 lbs.
Tri-ZoneStandard Climate ControlTri-Zone
5/5 StarsNHTSA Overall Safety Score5/5 Stars

*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.