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2021 Subaru Ascent vs. 2021 Toyota Highlander Review

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$32,295 to $45,445
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$35,085 to $49,190
Invoice* $30,304 to $42,290 $32,032 to $44,911
MPG - City 20 - 21 20 - 21
MPG - Hwy 26 - 27 27 - 29
Engine(s) Horizontal V-6
Seating Capacity 7 - 8 7 - 8
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** ***** *****
Frontal Crash Rating** ***** ****
Side Crash Rating** ***** *****

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Passengers in the backseat will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Toyota Highlander than in the Subaru Ascent, due to its greater head- and legroom. The Subaru Ascent will be popular with taller drivers and passengers in the front seat, due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Toyota Highlander.

You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Subaru Ascent as you will with the Toyota Highlander, as they are both able to travel similar distances on a tank of gas.

There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). When looking only at MSRP, the Subaru Ascent will have less of an impact on your bank account than the Toyota Highlander. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Subaru Ascent carries a much lower Destination Charge than the Toyota Highlander.

The Subaru Ascent is about the same width as the Toyota Highlander. When looking at overall length, the Subaru Ascent takes up about the same amount of space in your garage as the Toyota Highlander.

With somewhat higher torque, the Subaru Ascent transmits power to its wheels a bit more effectively than the Toyota Highlander.

The Subaru Ascent has the same turning radius as the Toyota Highlander, so they both maneuver the same in and out of tight spots.

If you've got something you need to pull, the Subaru Ascent will do just as well as the Toyota Highlander, since they have about the same towing capacity. The Subaru Ascent has a little less horsepower than the Toyota Highlander.

In terms of seating, you'll be able to fit about the same number of people in both the Subaru Ascent and the Toyota Highlander. You'll be able to fit about the same amount of groceries in the Subaru Ascent as you will in the Toyota Highlander.

The Subaru Ascent comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Toyota Highlander.