Exterior comparison of a used 2019 Subaru Ascent and a used Toyota Highlander

When it comes to finding an affordable midsize SUV in Colorado Springs, drivers often look at the used Subaru Ascent vs. Toyota Highlander. Choosing either the used Subaru Ascent or Toyota Highlander requires that you understand both the similarities and differences. We strive to compare Subaru Ascent to Toyota Highlander in terms of performance, features, and pricing.

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Price Comparison - Used Subaru Ascent vs. Toyota Highlander

You will likely spend more for a used Subaru Ascent only because it is a newer model unless you want to buy one of the higher-end trim levels on a used Toyota Highlander. With a higher price range, you could end up spending more money on a used Highlander, depending on the trim level chosen. The first year that the Ascent ever released was 2019, so the only used models are still considered newer than most. On the other hand, you can get an older Highlander with more miles, keeping the price down, which leads to a lower average cost. On average, expect to pay around $34,000 for a 2019 Subaru Ascent and $32,000 for a comparable 2019 Toyota Highlander.

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Trim Levels & Configurations - Used Subaru Ascent vs. Toyota Highlander

Trim levels and configurations change with each model year, but we can look at what the 2019 models have to offer since this was the first year the Ascent was available.

2019 Subaru Ascent

Front exterior view of a white 2019 Subaru Ascent

  • Base ($31,995 - brand new)
  • Premium ($34,195 - brand new)
  • Limited ($38,995 - brand new)
  • Touring ($44,695 - brand new)

2019 Toyota Highlander

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  • LE ($31,830 - brand new)
  • LE Plus ($36,760 - brand new)
  • XLE ($39,720 - brand new)
  • SE ($40,940 - brand new)
  • Limited ($42,930 - brand new)
  • Limited Platinum ($46,050 - brand new)

Comparing Interior Features of the Used Subaru Ascent vs. Toyota Highlander

Front interior cabin and dashboard inside the Subaru Ascent SUV

Front interior cabin and dashboard of a used 2019 Toyota Highlander

Again, if we look at the 2019 models, we see plenty of features included with either SUV, just like there are with other vehicles similar to Toyota Highlander or Subaru Ascent. The 2019 Subaru Ascent features standard Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a 6.5-inch touch screen, four USB ports, a six-speaker sound system, HD Radio, satellite radio, and Bluetooth. In comparison, the 2019 Highlander is equipped with a 6.1-inch touch screen, a six-speaker sound system, five USB ports, and Bluetooth.

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Seating Capacity & Cargo Space Comparison

Rear interior seating inside the used 2019 Subaru Ascent*Rear interior seating of the Subaru Ascent shown.

Rear interior seating inside the used 2019 Toyota Highlander*Rear interior seating of the Toyota Highlander shown.

Does the seating change whether you get a Subaru or Toyota? Not really. Our Highlander vs. Ascent review shows that both SUVs come with eight-passenger seating and an option to choose a seven-seat configuration instead. However, when you look head-to-head at the Subaru Ascent or Toyota Highlander, the cargo space dimensions might change your mind. The 2019 Subaru Ascent features 17.8 cubic feet behind the back row, 47.5 cubic feet behind the second row, and a total of 86.5 cubic feet. The 2019 Toyota Highlander only contains 13.8 cubic feet behind the back row, 42.3 cubic feet behind the second row, and a total of 83.7 cubic feet. If you need space for family outings, sporting events, or that next big vacation you have planned, then the used Subaru Ascent might be more up your alley.

Engine, Powertrain, & Performance Specs

If you want an SUV comparable to the Toyota Highlander, you might be interested in the 2019 Subaru Ascent. With its 260-horsepower 2.4-liter turbo-four engine, standard all-wheel-drive (big selling point), and the smooth-shifting CVT, you're in for a fun ride. However, the 2019 Toyota Highlander has a standard 185-horsepower 2.7-liter four-cylinder, but it does offer a more robust 295-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine. You can choose between a front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive (usually an added cost) powertrain and a six-speed or eight-speed automatic transmission. In terms of sheer power, the Highlander slightly edges out the Ascent.

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Comparing Exterior Colors & Dimensions of the Used Subaru Ascent vs. Toyota Highlander

Rear exterior view of a used Subaru Ascent SUV

Rear exterior view of a used Toyota Highlander SUV

As a real Toyota Highlander equivalent in Colorado Springs, the 2019 Subaru Ascent measures 197″ L x 76″ W x 72″ H and comes in eight exterior paint colors (Crystal White Pearl, Ice Silver Metallic, Tungsten Metallic, Cinnamon Brown Pearl, Crimson Red Pearl, Abyss Blue Pearl, Magnetite Gray Metallic, Crystal Black Silica). The 2019 Toyota Highlander measures 193″ L x 76″ W x 68″ H and has nine exterior colors (Toasted Walnut Pearl, Ooh La La Rouge Mica, Salsa Red Pearl, Predawn Gray Mica, Alumina Jade Metallic, Shoreline Blue Pearl, Midnight Black Metallic, Celestial Silver Metallic, Blizzard Pearl).

Towing Capacity & Payload Rating Comparison

Looking at the Ascent vs. Highlander towing capacity, we see both are capable of towing up to 5,000 pounds. To achieve this, you would need the Ascent Premium, Limited or Touring model, or choose the Highlander V6 instead. They also offer comparable payload numbers, with 1,571 pounds in the Ascent and 1,607 pounds in the Highlander.

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Safety & Reliability Ratings of the Used Subaru Ascent vs. Toyota Highlander

It would be best to consider the safety and reliability of Subaru vs. Toyota when choosing an SUV in Colorado Springs. However, both brands have a stellar reputation for keeping customers safe at the point of purchase and down the road. The 2019 Subaru Ascent is a Top Safety Pick+, the highest safety designation given by the IIHS. However, the 2019 Toyota Highlander is still an IIHS Top Safety Pick, proving both models have plenty of advanced safety features designed to keep you protected. Besides, both SUVs received an above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five.

So, Which Used SUV Should You Buy: Subaru Ascent or Toyota Highlander?

Nose-to-nose comparison of the Subaru Ascent and Toyota Highlander with front grilles pointing at each other

Honestly, the Subaru Ascent or Toyota Highlander are both excellent options when you need a used midsize SUV in Colorado Springs. So, which one should you choose? You will likely pay a little more for the Subaru model, but it comes standard with all-wheel-drive and a more powerful base engine; two things you have to pay extra for with the Highlander. The Ascent does offer more cargo space but isn't quite as roomy for passengers. Either SUV provides the safety features and reliability that you need for peace of mind. Other than that, you won't be disappointed with either option.

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