2022 Subaru Ascent vs. 2022 Toyota Highlander Rochester, MN

If you’re searching for the perfect three-row SUV for you and your family, and you love all that the Subaru brand stands for and offers, the 2022 Subaru Ascent should be on your must-see list. It has a lot to offer both the daily driver and road trip traveler.

See how the new Ascent compares to the 2022 Toyota Highlander in this side-by-side review from the Subaru of Rochester team in Rochester, MN. If you’d like to explore the 2022 Ascent further, search our inventory to locate a trim that interests you, then stop by our dealership or contact us at (507) 285-4777 to set up a test drive so you can experience the ride, handling, and interior comfort for yourself. You can also send us a text or chat.

Starting MSRP on the 2022 Subaru Ascent is $32,795, while the starting MSRP on the 2022 Toyota Highlander is $35,855. Make sure you take a look at our Ascent finance and lease offers for an attractive opportunity.

Exterior Design 2022 Subaru Ascent vs. 2022 Toyota Highlander

Stylishly adventurous, the 2022 Subaru Ascent is ready for just about any adventure thanks to its 8.7-inch ground clearance, double-wishbone suspension, raised roof rails, and all-season tires. Head up to the Boundary Waters or go west where the buffalo roam ― your Ascent is equipped to handle less-than-smooth terrain.

The exterior look and feel of the Toyota Highlander is bold yet sophisticated. Ground clearance on the three-row 2022 Toyota Highlander is slightly lower at 8 inches.

When it comes to exterior design details and features, the 2022 Subaru Ascent and 2022 Toyota Highlander both offer 18- or 20-in. aluminum alloy wheels, a hands-free power liftgate, panoramic sunroof, and LED headlights, tail lights, and daytime running lights. The Ascent also features LED fog lights on higher trims.

Depending on the trim level, the 2022 Subaru Ascent comes with manual or power-folding side mirrors with turn signal indicators. The Highlander features heated outside mirrors with turn signal indicators and adds power-folding, blind spot warning, and puddle light features on higher trims.

2022 Subaru Ascent

2022 Subaru Ascent

2022 Subaru Ascent

2022 Subaru Ascent

Interior Design & Technology 2022 Subaru Ascent vs. 2022 Toyota Highlander

Both the three-row Ascent and three-row Highlander accommodate up to seven or eight people, depending on whether you prefer second-row bench or captain’s chair seating. Among the tech features they share:

  • Keyless and remote access
  • Push-button start
  • Wi-Fi® hotspot functionality
  • Bluetooth®
  • SiriusXM® Satellite Radio
  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration

Similar interior amenities include:

  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Heated second-row seats
  • Reclining 60/40 split-folding rear seats
  • Heated, leather-trimmed steering wheel
  • Eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat
  • Power-adjustable front passenger’s seat
2022 Subaru Ascent

2022 Subaru Ascent

2022 Subaru Ascent

2022 Subaru Ascent

2022 Subaru Ascent


2022 Toyota Highlander

Cloth, stain-resistant cloth, StarTex® water repellent, leather-trimmed upholstery

Seating Material

Fabric-trimmed, SofTex®, leather-trimmed upholstery

STARLINK® Plus or STARLINK Multimedia Navigation

Multimedia System

Audio or Audio Plus with or without Dynamic Navigation

Harman Kardon® Quantum surround sound system with 14 speakers

Premium Sound System

Premium audio system with 11 JBL® speakers

Engine Specs & Fuel Economy 2022 SUBARU ASCENT VS. 2022 TOYOTA HIGHLANDER

The 2022 Subaru Ascent is equipped with a continuously variable transmission and symmetrical all-wheel drive (AWD). The 2022 Toyota Highlander features an eight-speed automatic transmission with front-wheel drive (FWD) and available AWD.

2022 Subaru Ascent


2022 Toyota Highlander

2.4L turbocharged BOXER®


3.5L V6

260 HP


295 HP

277 lb.-ft.


263 lb.-ft.

21 city/27 hwy

Fuel Economy (MPG)

21 city/29 hwy

2,000 to 5,000 lbs.

Max Towing Capacity*

Up to 5,000 lbs.

*When properly equipped

Size & Cargo Space 2022 Subaru Ascent vs. 2022 Toyota Highlander

Both three-row SUVs offer plenty of space on the inside, while appearing well-designed and streamlined on the outside. The 2022 Subaru Ascent and 2022 Toyota Highlander are comparable in length ― at 196.8 inches and 197.4 inches, respectively, but you’ll find more passenger volume in the Ascent ― 153.5 cubic feet versus 141.3 cubic feet in the Highlander.

2022 Subaru Ascent

Expandable Cargo Volume (cu.-ft.): 16 / 48.4 / 84.3

Legroom (in.) Front / 2nd / 3rd: 42 / 41/ 27.7

2022 Toyota Highlander

Expandable Cargo Volume (cu.-ft.): 17.8 / 47.5 / 86.5

Legroom (in.) Front / 2nd / 3rd: 42.2 / 38.6 / 31.7

Size & Cargo Space 2022 Subaru Ascent vs. 2022 Toyota Highlander

You’ll find a wide range of safety features and advanced driver assistance tech in both the 2022 Subaru Ascent and 2022 Toyota Highlander. Both models feature a rear view camera, auto-dimming rear view mirror, electronic stability control, and traction control.

2022 Subaru Ascent

  • EyeSight® driver assist technology suite
  • High beam assist
  • Blind spot detection with lane change assist and rear cross traffic alert
  • Reverse automatic braking
  • Brake assist and brake override system
  • Trailer stability assist

2022 Toyota Highlander

  • Trailer sway control
  • Blind spot monitor
  • Toyota Safety Sense™ driver assistance suite
    • Automatic high beams
    • Pre-collision system with pedestrian detection
    • Lane tracing assist
    • Road sign assist
    • Full-speed range dynamic cruise control


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