2020 Toyota Highlander in Covington LA Attempts to Outdo the 2020 Subaru Ascent

The 2020 Toyota Highlander in Covington LA is one of the best-selling midsize family SUVs on the market. Through September, Highlander sales were up 14.2% over last year. The 2020 Subaru Ascent, all new for 2019, is the latest entrant into the lucrative market for midsize three-row SUVs and it will not easily be outdone.

 

Studies show that 97% of Subaru vehicles sold in the last 10 years are still on the road today. The Subaru Ascent is well-built in the U.S.A. for long-lasting quality, so this vehicle will be part of your family for all the adventures ahead.

Performance

The 2020 Subaru Ascent in Covington LA is designed for optimal balance and an even distribution of power for maximum traction. Standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive makes for exceptional stability, impressive efficiency, and a quick response to driving conditions.

The all-new Direct-Injection Turbocharged (DIT) SUBARU BOXER® engine combines the power of turbocharging and the efficiency of direct injection to deliver 260 horsepower, 277 lb.-ft. of torque, and up to 27 MPG. Add that to a 19.3 gallon fuel capacity and almost any destination is within reach.

The 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid features a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that teams with a pair of electric motors to generate electricity and power the front wheels. All-wheel-drive Highlander Hybrids gain a third motor at the rear axle. Total system output is 240 horsepower, while Toyota estimates it will achieve 33-34 mpg combined. That's up from 28 mpg combined previously, and is by far the best fuel economy in the segment. You could save hundreds of dollars every year on gas by going with the hybrid, but you'd obviously be sacrificing quite a bit of power in the process.

Though the 2020 Toyota Highlander in Covington LA has superior fuel economy, it loses to the Subaru Ascent in this category. The Subaru Ascent has a longer driving range, more powerful engine, and more responsive handling.

Interior

The Subaru Ascent gives the choice of second-row bench seating for up to eight or available captain's chairs with space for seven. With up to 153.5 cubic feet of passenger volume and ample cargo space plus underfloor storage, there's room for every passenger and all their gear. Extra-wide rear door openings help your passengers enter and exit with ease and all three rows in the cabin are clad in durable soft-touch materials for a premium look and feel.

The Highlander is known to be one of the smallest three-row crossovers available. This is especially true in the third row. The second row slides a bit more to grant extra legroom now, but the third row remains awfully close to the floor, and it won't be long before your growing kids will feel cramped and claustrophobic in the far back. Full-size teens and adults will be flat-out uncomfortable in these seats.

Again, the Subaru Ascent takes the win with far more passenger space than the Toyota Highlander.

In-car technology

The 2020 Subaru Ascent offers standard Apple CarPlay™, Android™ Auto, and Pandora® integration, plus SiriusXM® All Access Radio. In addition, STARLINK Multimedia connects you to music, navigation, podcasts, and much more. Wireless pairing and hands-free smartphone operation allow for safe and easy access to your favorite apps and content, including Waze, Apple, and Android maps and STARLINK apps such as iHeartRadio®, Yelp and Magellan. A built-in, voice-activated navigation system powered by TomTom® and an 8-inch touchscreen are also available.

In terms of technology, every 2020 Toyota Highlander in Covington LA comes standard with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Amazon Alexa integration, Waze app control, satellite radio and in-car WiFi. All trim levels except the Platinum also come standard with an eight-inch touchscreen, which is currently the optional screen size on most Toyotas. The infotainment screen is mounted quite high on the dash, making it easy to see.

There are many similar specs from both SUVs, such as the in-car technology. However, the 2020 Subaru Ascent offers more cargo space and passenger space than the 2020 Toyota Highlander. Additionally, the Ascent is more powerful than the Highlander, has better safety ratings, and is on par with the Highlander's in-vehicle technology. Stop y Baldwin Subaru today to experience the greatness of the 2020 Subaru Ascent first hand.

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