Toyota Highlander vs Subaru Ascent

2022 Toyota Highalnder white jellybean 2022 Subaru Ascent white jellybean

When it comes to picking the right midsize SUV, the choice really comes down to two models: the 2022 Toyota Highlander or 2022 Subaru Ascent.

To start off your research, Toyota of Gastonia has created this easy-to-read comparison. We’ll go through the major differences and similarities between these two midsize SUVs.

If you’re a resident of Gastonia, Charlotte, and Lincolnton, NC, keep reading below to learn more.

2022 Toyota Highlander vs Subaru Ascent: Making Room for Efficiency

Both models keep up with one another in terms of seat capacity. The Highlander and Ascent allow for 7-8 passengers at a time. However, the model differs in overall size. Check it out:

Toyota Highlander

(no antenna)

Subaru Ascent

(with roof rails)

Length 194.9 inches 196.8 inches
Width 76 inches 76 inches
Height 68.1 inches 71.6 inches

The Highlander manages to have a smaller build compared to the Ascent. The main difference being in their lengths. The Highlander cuts down on a few inches which can ultimately make your driving experience run smoother.

A smaller, lighter vehicle means easily fitting into parking spots and passing through height clearances. This Toyota model and its smaller build also help with fuel economy. The Highlander lineup offers a Hybrid XLE version which produces an impressive EPA-estimated 36 city and 35 highway MPG.1

The Toyota model can handle itself during long road trips and can withstand the stop-and-go traffics associated with city driving. All the while using every bit of fuel so you can spend more time getting to where you need to go.

Highlander vs Ascent: Cabin Connections

If your crew needs some road entertainment, the Highlander and Ascent has got your covered. Both models are compatible with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™. This means you can connect your smartphone and play your favorite audio files, stream your go-to paylists or enjoy your morning podcast.2022 Toyota Highlander XSE front dash with red seating and infotainment screen

However, the Toyota Highlander goes the extra mile by including Amazon Alexa. Here are a few things you can do with this cool feature:

  • Receive step-by-step directions
  • Make phone calls
  • Stay updated on current news
  • Check your calendar
  • Create to-do/grocery lists

Simply ask Amazon Alexa and you’ll get access to all these functions, plus a whole lot more. The Highlander also comes with Connective Services which aims to keep drivers connected to their vehicle at all times, through the Toyota app. Here are just some features:

  • Safety Connect®: Get emergency assistance in case of a breakdown or accident
  • Remote Connect: Start/stop or lock/unlock your vehicle from your smartphone
  • Service Connect: Receive maintenance alerts and digital vehicle health reports

2022 Highlander vs Subaru Ascent: Safety Systems

Both models come with advanced airbags as well as LATCH systems. The Highlander Hybrid LE comes standard with Star Safety System™. This is a suite of safety features that are designed to help prevent and protect in the case of a collision.2021 Toyota Highlander cabin showing all three rows of seats

  • Electronically Controlled Braking
  • Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control
  • Traction Control
  • Anti-lock Brake System
  • Electronic Brake-force Distribution
  • Smart Stop Technology® (SST)

For all around safety, each Toyota Highlander model does come with Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.5+. Which includes active, passive, and defensive features that come in handy when on the road.

Choose Between the Toyota Highlander or Subaru Ascent Today!

By reading our comparison, we hope we’ve helped in your decision between the 2022 Toyota Highlander or 2022 Subaru Ascent. It’s clear that the Highlander is a bit more intentional with its size, features, and available safety systems.

Visit our Toyota of Gastonia showroom and we’ll get you started with a test drive. If you live near Gastonia, Charlotte, and Lincolnton, North Carolina, reach out to us today!