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2019 Toyota Highlander vs 2019 Subaru Ascent

In the three-row SUV segment, drivers have a lot of options specifically tailored to family hauling. Some models, like the 2019 Toyota Highlander, have been meeting families’ needs for years while other models, like the 2019 Subaru Ascent, are newcomers to the arena.

We have put together a comparison of the 2019 Toyota Highlander and the 2019 Subaru Ascent to see which one fares better as a family hauler. Find pricing, fuel economy, and seating capacity specs below as well as a comparison of each model’s standard and available active safety feature lineup.

Split screen images of the 2019 Toyota Highlander and 2019 Subaru Ascent

2019 Toyota Highlander


2019 Subaru Ascent

$31,330 Starting MSRP $31,995
21/27 Fuel Economy 21/27
7-8 Seating Capacity 7-8
Toyota Safety Sense Standard Active Safety EyeSight Driver Assist

Which family-friendly SUV offers better safety features?

While both the 2019 Toyota Highlander and 2019 Subaru Ascent both offer robust active safety packages, the 2019 Highlander’s active safety comes standard on all trims and most of the 2019 Subaru Ascent’s doesn’t. Families looking for an SUV with better value may find that the base 2019 Toyota Highlander covers more of their bases.

Coming standard on all trim levels of the 2019 Toyota Highlander is the Toyota Safety Sense active safety bundle that includes Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Pre-Collision with Pedestrian Detection, and Automatic High Beams. They’re an essential piece in the 2019 Highlander’s overall safety offerings.

The 2019 Subaru Ascent offers many of the same active safety features that are found in the 2019 Highlander. However, on base 2019 Ascent models only EyeSight Driver Assist with Pre-Collision Braking is standard. Other active safety features like Blind Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, and High Beam Assist are only found as standard or available features on the Premium, Limited, and Touring trims.

If active safety is a priority in your next family vehicle, you may want to stick with the 2019 Toyota Highlander lineup unless you already plan on purchasing one of the more expensive trims of the 2019 Subaru Ascent. SUV shoppers in the Knoxville area can find in stock 2019 Toyota Highlander models ready for immediate lease or purchase at Fox Toyota in Clinton, TN. Stop by the dealership or use our online inventory pages to see if any of our current inventory matches what you have been looking for!