Compare Subaru Ascent Thousand Oaks


See How the 2019 Subaru Ascent Soars Over Rivals in Thousand Oaks

If you've been lamenting the lack of a three-row Subaru crossover, it's time to rejoice! The Subaru Ascent is the latest addition to the Subaru family, bringing plenty of space, capability, and, of course, the undeniable adventurousness that runs strong in the Subaru bloodline. The Ascent is a powerful contender, bringing a spacious interior and a wealth of technology on top of a balanced, confidence-inspiring ride.

So, how does the Subaru Ascent stack up against top competitors like the Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander, and Jeep Grand Cherokee? The Ascent may be new to the game, but we threw it in the ring with its rivals and found that it's a unique formidable force that excels in the areas that define an excellent family-friendly vehicle and leaves the competition pushing to catch up.

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Interior Space

Subaru's largest SUV yet also pulls ahead of other models designed to hold a lot of passengers and gear. The Ascent, Pilot, and Highlander all offer seating for up to eight passengers, but the Ascent offers more passenger volume, giving riders more wiggle room for your trips around Oxnard and Camarillo. The two-row Grand Cherokee only has enough seating for five passengers. When you need to usher the family into the car and head off on an adventure, the Subaru Ascent supplies more max cargo space than its rivals.

Max Cargo Space

  • Subaru Ascent: 86.5 cubic feet
  • Honda Pilot: 83.9 cubic feet
  • Toyota Highlander: 83.7 cubic feet
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee: 68.3 cubic feet

The Subaru Ascent also comes out on top when you compare cargo space behind the second the third rows, making it easier to find space for gear no matter how many passengers you have with you.


In true Subaru fashion, the Subaru Ascent comes standard with all-wheel drive, a key feature for drivers who appreciate added traction and stability, particularly when cornering or traversing rough terrain. AWD is available on the Pilot and Highlander, but it'll cost you. The Grand Cherokee offers rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, but you'll need to shell out more for 4x4 power.

You'll also find that the Ascent offers better gas mileage than its rivals. Its continuously variable transmission is unique among its competitors, offering better fuel economy and efficient power delivery. Subaru's dedication to fuel efficiency shines through in the Ascent, allowing you to adventure more and spend less time at the pump. The Ascent is also capable of towing up to 5,000 pounds when properly equipped, which vastly outperforms the Honda Pilot's 1,500-pound tow rating.


Many drivers near Calabasas and Simi Valley who are on the hunt for a family vehicle tend to prioritize two things: space and safety. We've already covered the Ascent's superior passenger and cargo space, but this three-row crossover also offers incredible safety features to help you and your loved ones stay secure.

For the first time, Subaru EyeSight Driver Assist Technology, a dual-camera driver-aid system, comes standard on the Ascent. This includes advanced features such as:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Lane Keep Assist and Sway Warning
  • Pre-Collision Braking
  • Pre-Collision Throttle Management

Similar systems are available on the Pilot and Grand Cherokee, but at an added cost. The Toyota Highlander also offers a handful of driver-aids, but it lacks other desirable features such as Apple CarPlay (this isn't even available as an option).

Stop by for a Test Drive

Put the new Subaru Ascent to the test yourself when you visit us at our Subaru dealership in Thousand Oaks. Learn more about this incredible three-row SUV and other new or certified pre-owned Subaru models when you team up with our friendly sales experts. Our finance center can help you put your purchase or lease goals in motion!

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