The 3 row SUV market is a very competitive market in the US. Because it is meant for a growing family, it must be extremely safe, comfortable, and durable. In 2019 the Subaru Ascent hit the ground running. Boldly stamping its name as one of, if not the best, 3 row SUVs on the market. The benchmark of any 3 row SUV has been the Toyota Highlander. So, let's see how the new comer fairs against the current champion.

 2019 Subaru Ascent VS 2019 Toyota Highlander
 $31,995 MSRP $31,530
 2.4L Subaru Boxer Horizontal 4-Cylinder Engine 2.7L Inline 4-Cylinder
 260 / 277 Horsepower(hp)/Torque(lb ft) 185 / 184
 21/27/23 Fuel Economy(city/highway/combined) 20/24/22
 8.7 Ground Clearance
 Standard All-Wheel Drive Available
 153.3 Manufacturer Passenger Volume
(cubic feet)
 17.8 Manufacturer Cargo Volume
(cubic feet)
 Standard / Standard Apple CarPlay™/Android Auto™ Standard / Not Available
 Eyesight Standard Standard Safety Features Toyota Safety Sense Standard
We may be biased, but it is clear the Subaru Ascent is the winner. Not only does it have more volume in the SUV for passengers and for cargo, it also has better fuel economy, a better engine, better ground clearance, standard all-wheel drive, and the renowned reliability of a Subaru.