Face-Off: 2019 Subaru Ascent vs. 2019 Toyota Highlander

Subaru’s all-new midsized SUV takes on the segment stalwart

Subaru Ascent vs. Toyota Highlander

The Toyota Highlander has been among CR’s top-rated SUVs for years—and a nine-time Top Pick—but now it faces a new challenger in the 2019 Subaru Ascent. These two models match up closely, and it’s a hard-fought battle to declare a winner.

There are dozens of midsized, three-row SUVs on the market, but the Highlander has been a Top Pick for so many years because it has consistently delivered good performance, fuel economy, and very good reliability. It’s a well-rounded SUV that’s easy to live with. Toyota introduced an all-new Highlander for 2020.

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This isn’t Subaru’s first three-row SUV. It used to sell the Tribeca from 2006 through 2014. It was an okay vehicle, but it couldn’t compete well because of its small second- and third-row seats, underpowered engine, and poor fuel economy. Now that Subaru has a true three-row SUV, the question is, has the automaker learned the lessons of the Tribeca? And can the Ascent unseat the category champ?

We take an in-depth look at these two models by comparing how they fared in CR’s testing and surveys. And we let you know which one climbs to the top.

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The Case for the Subaru Ascent

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