There aren’t as many traditional SUVs on the market as there used to be, but there are still a few holding down the fort. One of them is our very own Toyota 4Runner, which reps the segment quite well in our opinion. We thought that Subaru’s new flagship utility vehicle might be a traditional SUV based on its shape and size, but alas it’s a midsize crossover. However, we still thought we’d see how the two utility vehicles measure up to one another by pitting the 2019 Toyota 4Runner vs 2019 Subaru Ascent.
The Toyota 4Runner has established quite the legacy for itself since being introduced way back in 1984. Many might forget that it’s been around for several decades as it isn’t quite as popular as vehicles like the RAV4, but it’s gone through five generations and remains a great off-road option on the market. The Ascent, on the other hand, just made its debut this year.
As you can see from a single glance at the table above, these two vehicles clearly have their advantages over the other. They’re quite comparable, but each has its areas of expertise. Let’s move through the table row by row starting at the top. We looked at power first, an area in which the 4Runner clearly leads, though not by much. Offering an extra 10 horsepower isn’t a huge advantage, but it is an advantage nonetheless.
On the other end, it’s clear the Ascent is a crossover by its superior fuel economy ratings. However, only offering 5 extra mpg is a bit low. It’ll certainly lead to some savings at the pump, but it could’ve been worse. The second half of the table showcases each vehicle’s area of expertise, as we mentioned. The three-row Ascent is clearly meant for carting around people, while the off-road 4Runner offers much more room for your weekend gear. The third row shows the 29.4 cubic feet of extra space in the Toyota, while the final row shows the Ascent’s three extra seats.
If you’re interested in a 4Runner of your own, be sure to get in touch with us right here at Arlington Toyota!