Which Full-sized SUV is the Best? - Subaru Ascent vs Toyota Highlander

The new Subaru Ascent and the Toyota Highlander are considered by many drivers to be among the best imported full-sized SUV options. Both the Subaru Ascent and the Toyota Highlander currently display their improvements that have been developed and improved over the years and come packed with upgrades, of which some are not featured in previous trims of the two models respectively. In this quick but important detail-packed reading, drivers from Holmen and beyond will acquire knowledge that refers to some key performance characteristics should demonstrate that 2020 Subaru Ascent is clearly a superior SUV between the two we are reviewing.


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Engine Performance

If we take a close look under the hoods of the 2020 Subaru Ascent and the 2020 Toyota Highlander, it is quite clear that they are very different engines. The Subaru Ascent features a smaller engine with a flat 4-cylinder configuration and 2.4-Liter engine displacement. Naturally, one would assume that the Toyota Highlander's larger V6 cylinder configuration and 3.5. engine displacement would provide greater torque than its rival's smaller motor, but this is not so. It is interesting to take note that the Subaru's engine produces the greatest torque measured at 277 feet-pounds at 2000 rpm, while the Toyota Highlander produces maximum torque measured at a lesser value of 263 feet-pounds at 4700 rpm. The Subaru Ascent is ideal for pulling trailers or even a boat. Of course, the Toyota Highlander will do these 2 things as well, but with slightly less torque and by using a much larger engine that will be a bit more expensive to repair for most parts on the motor, simply because it is a much larger motor with 2 more cylinders. The Subaru Ascent can provide superior engine performance when considering maximum torque due to Subaru's more advanced engine technology.

Warranty Levels

By comparing warranty levels one can clearly which covers you the best between these two SUVs. and you will see that both SUVs feature the same basic warranty of 3 yr./36000 mi. and the same drivetrain warranty of 5 yr./60000. The roadside assistance warranty level category is where the Subaru Ascent takes the lead with 3 years of coverage, where the Toyota Highlander only covers roadside assistance for 2 years. Subaru builds vehicles that are designed to last longer!

Fuel Economy and Range

If a driver owns a larger vehicle, it is only natural to take into consideration the fuel economy and range when deciding which vehicle to buy. Both the Subaru Ascent and the Toyota Highlander feature the same 20 - mpg in the city, while the Toyota Highlander features 27 mpg on the highway, which is only slightly better than the Subaru Ascent that gets 26 mpg. The Subaru Ascent has the best range in both city and highway categories. This is due to its larger fuel tank. The Subaru Ascent can drive up to 386 miles in the city or 502 miles on highways. Although the Toyota Highlander features slightly better highway mileage it still trails in its range with only 358 miles in the city or 483 on highways.


If you are near Onalaska be sure to drop by Dahl Subaru in La Crosse, WI to take any of our Subaru models for a smooth test-drive. You will then understand why the Subaru Ascent is such a great SUV. Because the Subaru Ascent features superior hauling capacity due to its amazing torque, good fuel economy levels, and great driving range, all backed by a superior roadside warranty coverage. Our professionals in Sparta are happy to help you understand more key performance indicators that will help you know why the Subaru Ascent is the best SUV for you!

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