Compare Subaru Ascent

Compare the Subaru Ascent with Other New Full-Size SUVs in Lewiston, ID

Our Lewiston, ID Subaru dealership can help any car shopper find the right new car or SUV as we have a terrific selection of models to consider. There are many all-wheel drive sedans and SUVs on our lot, and if you need a three-row vehicle, the new Subaru Ascent is the model to look at. The Subaru Ascent made it's debut to the Subaru lineup in 2018, but it has already impressed families that want a comfortable, spacious, and safe SUV.

Of course, the new Subaru Ascent is not without some competition in the mid-size SUV class, and it has two strong competitors in the Toyota Highlander and Volkswagen Atlas. But we believe that drivers from Asotin, WA to Moscow, ID will find that the Subaru Ascent has more to offer, and that's why we compare the Subaru Ascent, Toyota Highlander, and Volkswagen Atlas below!

Subaru Ascent vs. Toyota Highlander

These three-row SUVs combine capability, safety, cabin space, and convenience to make them great options for families, but the Subaru Ascent comes out ahead of the Toyota Highlander in some clear areas.

Capability and Design

  • Like most Subaru models, the Subaru Ascent comes standard with all-wheel drive that helps the SUV tackle snow, ice, and mud with ease, and this makes it a better value than the Toyota Highlander that makes you pay an extra $1,600 to have all-wheel drive added.
  • Every Subaru Ascent comes with a capable turbocharged four-cylinder engine that has 277 pound-feet of torque, which is more than the 263 pound-feet of torque that is standard in the V6 engine of the Toyota Highlander.
  • These are both large SUVs, but the Subaru Ascent provides more cubic feet of passenger space, including much more room for third-row passengers, and a greater max cargo capacity than the Toyota Highlander does.

Safety and Features

  • The Subaru Ascent and Toyota Highlander have standard safety packages that include driver-assist technologies like Adaptive Cruise Control, but the Subaru Ascent comes standard with a Rear Seat Reminder System while the Highlander does not.
  • Want to go biking or boating? Every Subaru Ascent comes standard with roof rails while this is yet another feature that the more expensive Toyota Highlander will have you pay extra for.
  • At the top trim level, the Subaru Ascent has features like a 180-degree view camera, which lets you see more of the street you're pulling out on, and a 14-speaker sound system, neither of which are available in the Toyota Highlander.

Stress-Free Car-Shopping

The Subaru Ascent and Volkswagen Atlas are both relatively new additions from car brands known for innovation and reliability. They share some similarities, but the Subaru Ascent comes out ahead in items like value and capability, which you'll see below.

Capability and Design

  • Both of these SUVs offer a four-cylinder engine, but the Subaru Ascent provides more. It has 260 horsepower, 277 pound-feet of torque, and a 5,000-pound towing capacity while the four-cylinder of the Volkswagen Atlas tops out at 235 horsepower, 258 pound-feet of torque, and a 2,000-pound towing capacity.
  • The Subaru Ascent is yet again the only one of these two SUVs that comes standard with all-wheel drive, and this time the difference is even starker as all-wheel drive is a $1,900 addition to the Volkswagen Atlas.
  • Large families will find more seats in the eight-passenger Subaru Ascent than the Volkswagen Atlas that seats seven, and they'll also enjoy more legroom for the first two rows in the new Subaru SUV.

Safety and Features

  • Families want advanced safety features in their new SUVs, and the Subaru Ascent provides them with items like Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Keep Assist coming standard. The Volkswagen Atlas does not have those safety systems standard.
  • Subaru engineers know how much mess your family can make, and that's why the Subaru Ascent offers stain-resistant cloth upholstery, which is another item not available in the Volkswagen Atlas.
  • Heated seats can go a long way in keeping passengers comfortable, and the Subaru Ascent has them for the first two rows while the Volkswagen Atlas only provides them for those in the front.

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