2019 Toyota Highlander in Bend, OR: Can It Compete Against the 2019 Subaru Ascent?

The 2019 Toyota Highlander in Bend, OR is gaining popularity, becoming a more practical option for midsize crossover SUVs. But the competition has just started, and the 2019 Subaru Ascent climbs up to the top of the list with its superb capability, which asserts its SUV superiority in more ways than one.


Safety Comparison

The 2019 Toyota Highlander boasts of the Toyota Safety Sense feature, an active safety technology breakthrough. Key features of the technology are the Pre-collision system (which detects oncoming objects in front via camera and radar and automatically brakes the vehicle based on the type of object) and the lane departure alert (which alerts the driver via sound reminders if they are not keeping within their lane). Apart from the technologies, the Highlander also has passive safety systems such as all row roll-sensing airbags, adjustable seatbelts, and child-protector rear door locks. While these are highly useful technologies, the 2019 Highlander has no rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS); its predecessor, the 2018 version of Highlander got a Top Safety Pick rating.

The 2019 Subaru Ascent, on the other hand, is equipped with EyeSight Driver Assist Technology. This technology has been proven highly effective; it helped reduce rear-end crashes with injuries by 85 percent. Subaru’s EyeSight also includes pre-collision braking for possibly dangerous collisions, and a lane keep assist and sway warning to alert drowsy drivers. This is backed up by Subaru's airbag system, three-point adjustable seatbelts, and rear child safety locks. Ultimately, the Ascent received a Top Safety Pick+, the highest rating possible, beating the Highlander. This makes 2019 Subaru Ascent the runaway winner in this category.

Passenger Space Comparison

When it comes to passenger space, the 2019 Toyota Highlander has one of the best cabins in its class. All the vehicle’s seats have a good deal of adjustability for comfortability; the driver's seat can be adjusted six ways, and the front passenger's seat can be adjusted in four ways. The rear seats are of 60/40 split make and can be folded readily to make room for extra cargo if you need to pack in a couple more things.  All in all, it has a remarkable 152.2 cubic feet dedicated to passenger space alone.

Meanwhile, the 2019 Subaru Ascent also has excellent passenger space, accommodating up to 8 passengers in total. The driver’s seat is 6-way power adjustable, and the front passenger seat has power adjustment capabilities as well. The rear seats are also 60/40 split make, and can easily be folded.  When it comes to space, however, it has a maximum passenger volume of 153.5 cubic feet, which is bigger than the Highlander’s. This, no doubt, makes passengers more comfortable in the 2019 Ascent, which takes the lead on this round.

Reliability Comparison

For reliability, we turn to two crucial factors – the driving performance and the warranties offered. The 2019 Toyota Highlander is impressive in driving performance, and it employs a front wheel drive (FWD) mechanism. However, this is not as innovative as the 2019 Subaru Ascent’s symmetrical all-wheel drive (AWD) feature, which distributes driving weight to all wheels, making it more flexible in handling any terrain.  Since the all-wheel drive is a standard feature for all Ascent trims, Subaru beats Toyota in this aspect.

In terms of warranties offered, it’s quite a tough competition between the Highlander and the Ascent. Each vehicle gives at least three years or 36,000 miles for basic warranties and five years or 60,000 miles for the powertrain warranties. The big difference lies in the Rust Perforation Warranty, wherein the Highlander offers only five years or 60,000 miles; compared to the Ascent, which offers five-year unlimited mileage, giving it longer coverage and making it a more reliable option.

Engine Comparison

These two vehicles, being mainstays of the midsize SUV market for so long, have invested in extremely strong engines. The 2019 Toyota Highlander carries a 2.7 liter 4 cylinder 16 valve engine. It can produce 185 horsepower at 5,800 rpm, as well as a torque of 184 lb-ft at 4,200 rpm.

On the other hand, the 2019 Subaru Ascent flaunts a 2.4 liter turbocharged Subaru Boxer standard engine. This engine produces 260 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and has a torque of 277 lb-ft at 2,000 to 4,800 rpm. Despite being slightly smaller, the Ascent delivers more power than the Highlander, making it more efficient for its size.

Between the 2019 Toyota Highlander in Bend, OR and the 2019 Subaru Ascent, only one SUV gives the ultimate ride. The 2019 Subaru Ascent is the sure-fire winner with all-around performance.

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