2024 Subaru Ascent vs. 2023 Toyota RAV4 Prime Review

Picture of the 2024 Subaru Ascent

2024 Subaru
Ascent

MSRP*: $34,395 to $48,695
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Picture of the 2023 Toyota RAV4 Prime

2023 Toyota
RAV4 Prime

MSRP*: $43,090 to $46,960
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MPG - City 19 - 20 MPG Info not available
MPG - Hwy 25 - 26 MPG Info not available
Seating Capacity 7 - 8 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space 72.8 - 75.6 ft3 63.1 - 63.2 ft3
Engine
  • 260-hp, 2.4-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
  • 302-hp, 2.5-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Plug-In Electric/Gas)
Transmission Continuously Variable Continuously Variable
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Horsepower 260 hp 302 hp
Towing Capacity 2,000 - 5,000 lbs 2,500 lbs
Exterior Length 196.8 in 180.9 in
Exterior Width 76.0 in 73.0 in
Leg Room Front 42.2 in
Rear 38.6 in
Front 41.0 in
Rear 37.8 in
Head Room Front 40.4 - 41.2 in
Rear 38.7 - 40.0 in
Front 37.7 - 39.5 in
Rear 37.7 - 39.5 in

*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

Comfort
The Subaru Ascent offers rear passengers about the same room to stretch out as the Toyota RAV4 Prime, with comparable 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 RAV4 Prime.

Cost
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 RAV4 Prime.

Dimensions
Since the Subaru Ascent is much wider than the Toyota RAV4 Prime, finding a wide enough spot in a parking lot may be a bit more challenging. If you go with the Subaru Ascent, you may be circling the block looking for a space large enough to park more often than with the Toyota RAV4 Prime.

Handling
The Subaru Ascent has a larger turning radius than the Toyota RAV4 Prime, making it slightly more difficult to maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When considering towing capacity, the Subaru Ascent is clearly the choice over the Toyota RAV4 Prime for pulling heavy loads. The Subaru Ascent has a little less horsepower than the Toyota RAV4 Prime.

Powertrain
Due to its much higher torque, the Subaru Ascent does a much better job of transmitting its engine's horsepower to its wheels than the Toyota RAV4 Prime.

Utility
The Subaru Ascent offers greater seating capacity than the Toyota RAV4 Prime, making it a better choice for those who find themselves chauffeuring others around. The Subaru Ascent has a roomier cargo area for putting your bags or other items than the Toyota RAV4 Prime.