2019 Subaru Ascent vs. 2018 Toyota 4Runner | Chicago, IL

Have you been searching for a new SUV with the comfort, space, and technology your family requires? With so many options available, it can be difficult to make the right decision. Two popular new SUVs for drivers in the Chicago, IL area includes the 2019 Subaru Ascent and the 2018 Toyota 4Runner. Continue reading the following page to decide which SUV is right for your family, or contact Grand Subaru in Chicago, IL to speak directly to a specialist at (888) 840-3934.

2019 Subaru Ascent vs. 2018 Toyota 4Runner

Interior and Design

Your new SUV should be comfortable for the whole family on trips of any length. When you choose the 2019 Subaru Ascent, you'll appreciate standard tri-zone climate control, a feature unavailable with the Toyota 4Runner. The 2019 Ascent also comes with 19 standard cup holders compared to just 12 in the 4Runner. Additional interior features with the 2019 Subaru Ascent include:

  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Leather-trimmed seating
  • Cargo area underfloor storage tray
  • Heated steering wheel
  • 10-way power adjustable driver's seat with memory

2019 Subaru Ascent and 2018 Toyota 4Runner Interior side by side image

Seating Capacity

Do you require an SUV with ample space for your family? The 2019 Subaru Ascent can seat up to eight passengers, compared to just seven in the Toyota 4Runner. Passengers in the third-row will have more legroom inside the Ascent, with 31.7-in. of space, compared to only 29.3-in. in the Toyota 4Runner.

Safety and Technology

Modern drivers require an SUV equipped with the latest safety and technology options available. While both the 2019 Subaru Ascent and Toyota 4Runner offer a host of connectivity and protection features, our experts agree the Subaru Ascent is the superior choice. With a larger standard touchscreen and EyeSight® Driver Assist technology, you'll look forward to every ride in the Subaru Ascent. Additional safety and technology features with the 2019 Ascent include:

  • STARLINK™ infotainment with 6.5-in. standard touchscreen
  • High Beam Assist
  • Blind Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist
  • Reverse Automatic Braking
  • Harman Kardon® premium audio system

2019 Subaru Ascent driving in the rain

Engine and Specs

With power on the highways and efficiency at the pumps, your new SUV makes running errands or commuting to work a breeze. While the engines in the 2019 Subaru Ascent and 2018 Toyota 4Runner offer similar horsepower and torque, the Subaru Ascent is far more capable. With up to 27 MPG on the highway, you'll spend less time and money on gas compared to the Toyota 4Runner. Additional engine specs for both SUVs are as follows:

2019 Subaru Ascent


2018 Toyota 4Runner



4.0L V6

260 HP


270 HP

277 lb.-ft.


278 lb.-ft.


MPG city/highway


Towing Capacity

Do you plan to tow a small boat, camper, or trailer with your new SUV? Both the 2019 Ascent and 2018 4Runner can tow up to 5,000 lbs., however only the 2019 Ascent has all-wheel-drive for increased traction. The Subaru Ascent also includes standard trailer stability assist to ensure you will tow safely each time.

2019 Subaru Ascent towing a boat

Price and Incentives

You'll be pleased to find out that the 2019 Subaru Ascent has a significantly lower starting MSRP at $31,995, compared to the Toyota 4Runner, which starts at $36,685 MSRP. At Grand Subaru in Chicago, IL, you can save even more on your new 2019 Ascent by checking out the incentives and lease deals we have available. Browse our available offers today before they expire!


Schedule a Test Drive

Test-drive the 2019 Subaru Ascent to experience the powerful engine and spacious cabin first-hand at Grand Subaru in Chicago, IL. Head to our new inventory and select which 2019 Ascent model you want to take for a ride, and then schedule your appointment by calling our dealership at (888) 840-3934.

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