A comparison of the 2019 Toyota Higlander and the 2019 Subaru Ascent

The 2019 Toyota Highlander and the 2019 Subaru Ascent are two of the most well equipped midsize SUVs on the market, making it difficult to choose between them. To assist you in your decision, our Fox Toyota experts crafted a Toyota Highlander vs. Subaru Ascent comparison page, showcasing the best features and specs of each model. For the purposes of this comparison, we will be analyzing the 2019 Toyota Highlander Limited, starting at $44,090 MSRP, and the Subaru Ascent Limited, starting at $38,995 MSRP.

Read on to discover the differences between the Toyota Highlander and the Subaru Ascent, then head to our Fox Toyota inventory to browse our assortment of Highlander trims. If you find a model that suits your needs, be sure to browse our lease deals to see how you can save big! If you have any questions, please reach out to a team member at our Rochester Hills, MI, location through our online platform or at (248) 731-0221.

Performance Specs

While the Ascent delivers respectable performance figures, you'll find the 2019 Toyota Highlander provides equal or more capability in almost every category. See how the Highlander rises above in the engine specs table below.

2019 Toyota Highlander Limited


2019 Subaru Ascent Limited

3.5L V6


2.4L DOHC Turbo I4

295 HP


260 HP

263 lb.-ft.


277 lb.-ft.

21 MPG city/27 MPG hwy

Fuel Efficiency

21 MPG city/27 MPG hwy

5,000 lbs.

Towing Capacity

5,000 lbs.

A black interior on the 2019 Toyota Highlander

Interior & Technology

The Highlander and Ascent both aim to keep you comfortable and engaged on the road, each with a suite of tech specs, family-sized dimensions, and finely crafted upholstery. However, when you dive into the details, it's clear the Highlander is the superior choice. Look through the following list to see the high-end features included on this Toyota SUV:

  • Entune™ Premium JBL® Audio w/ integrated navigation and Entune® app suite, and 8-in. high-resolution touchscreen
  • Perforated leather-trimmed seats
  • Heated/ventilated front seats
  • Seating for 7 with second-row captain's chairs and 60/40 split 3rd row seats
A white 2019 Toyota Highlander driving around a lake


Both the Highlander and Ascent have received a 5-Star NHTSA Overall Safety Rating from the NHTSA as well as a Superior Front Crash Prevention Rating from the IIHS, ensuring you and all your passengers stay safe at all times. Check the list below for safety features equipped on the 2019 Highlander:

  • Toyota Safety Sense™ P
  • Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA)
  • Rear parking assist sonar
  • Integrated rear view camera

A red 2019 Toyota Highlander driving down an open road

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