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2019 Subaru Ascent vs 2019 Toyota Highlander vs 2019 Nissan Pathfinder

2019 Subaru Ascent

2019 Toyota Highlander

2019 Nissan Pathfinder

2.4L 4-Cylinder

2.7L 4-Cylinder

3.5L V6

Differences Between 2019 Subaru Ascent & 2019 Nissan Pathfinder

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The 2019 Subaru Ascent arrives before changes have been announced for the 2019 Nissan Pathfinder or 2019 Toyota Highlander. Yet it’s clear to see the direction things are going since neither of these automakers have hinted at big changes for the next model year. There's much to explore as we look at how the Ascent, an all-new Subaru three-row SUV, will stand up to its rivals.


While beauty is subject to individual opinion, the Ascent interior is undeniably high quality. Subaru craftsmanship, soft touches, and contemporary materials combine to make the Ascent feel like a home away from home for parents and kids. A touchscreen provides access to Bluetooth Streaming Audio. Unlike Toyota, Subaru has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Unlike Nissan, it has made this a standard on its new three-row ride.

2019 Subaru Ascent Interior

Spaciousness and Cargo Space

The 2019 Subaru Ascent offers almost 153 cubic feet of passenger volume. Next year’s numbers aren’t available, but the present Pathfinder has comparable space. Meanwhile, the current Highlander measures 144.9 cu.ft. That’s seven cubic feet of extra space for passengers in the Ascent. The third row demonstrates the Ascent’s emphasis on spaciousness. Backseat passengers get 31.7 inches of legroom. Pathfinders are rated at 30 inches, and Highlanders are rated at only 27.7 inches.

Again, we can only judge by this year’s stats, but the Ascent definitely pulls ahead of the Highlander and Pathfinder in terms of usable cargo space. Buying a three-row generally means you need the seats. Then you need cargo space without folding the back row. The Ascent has 20 cubic feet in its hold, making it basically the size of a large sedan’s trunk. The Highlander lags behind with 13.8 cu.ft., the size of compact sedan’s trunk! Pathfinders slot in the middle with 16 cu.ft. Comparing total cargo room with folded seats, the Ascent leads with 86.5 cubes, beating the Highlander (83.7 cubes) and Pathfinder (79.5 cubes).

2019 Subaru Ascent Exterior

All-Weather Capability and Safety

Nissan and Toyota always make all-wheel drive an extra cost on their SUVs. Subaru makes its Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive standard on the Ascent. After all, if you are calling it a utility vehicle, it should have serious utility. Regardless of whether the weather is dry, wet, icy or snowy, the Ascent knows how to handle the road. By the way, the Ascent earns 27 mpg highway. AWD Pathfinders and AWD Highlanders earn 26 mpg highway.

As for safety features, the current Pathfinder has a forward collision warning with an autobrake. The current Highlander has this feature plus a lane keeper system. Subaru has added its EyeSight system to the Ascent as a standard. This includes a collision warning with autobrake, lane watch with assist, and adaptive cruise control. There’s also a reverse automatic braking system and a blind spot monitor on the menu.

Which new three-row ride is right for you? Your search starts with the 2019 Subaru Ascent. Find it now at Proctor Subaru, located in Tallahassee, FL. It's always nice to be ahead of the crowd!

MSRP excludes destination, taxes, title and registration fees. Starting at MSRP refers to the base model, optional equipment not included. Pricing and offers may change at any time without notification. To get full pricing details, see your dealer.

EPA-estimated fuel economy. Actual mileage may vary.