Subaru Ascent Vs. Toyota RAV4

Comparing the Subaru Ascent to the Toyota RAV4

Comparing crossovers is an important task for Bristol shoppers before purchasing their next SUV. That's why Schaller Subaru helps break down SUVs like our very own Subaru Ascent and the Toyota RAV4. After discovering what makes the Subaru Ascent the superior SUV, we encourage New Britain customers to schedule a test drive at our Subaru dealership in Berlin, CT.


The Toyota RAV4's basic tech setup includes a 7-inch display with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™. The Subaru Ascent shows off with the standard Subaru STARLINK® Multimedia system, allowing Meriden families to enjoy Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™, Pandora®, Bluetooth®, and more. Additional technology in the Ascent includes 4G LTE Wi-Fi capability, a TomTom® voice-activated navigation system, and a 14-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system, a list the Toyota RAV4 can't top.

Interior Space

The Toyota RAV4 only has room for five, while Hartford families can fit eight passengers in the Subaru Ascent, a larger and more spacious midsize SUV with three rows and 153.5 cubic feet of passenger volume. The Toyota RAV4 has a total cargo capacity of 70 cubic feet, far less than the Ascent's 86.5 cubic feet.


The Subaru Ascent is superior in nearly every performance category. When driving a Subaru Ascent through Connecticut, Middletown motorists get more ground clearance (8.7 inches to 8.4 inches), greater towing power (5,000 pounds to 1,500 pounds), higher horsepower (260 ponies to 203 horsepower), and more torque (277 pound-feet to 184 pound-feet).

Those differences are staggering, and the differences don't end there. The Subaru Ascent offers standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and Subaru X-Mode® with Hill Descent Control, while there's no traction system or standard AWD for Toyota's SUV.

The Toyota RAV4 may earn superior fuel economy ratings of 28/35 (city/highway) miles per gallon - compared to the Ascent's 21/27 ratings - but the RAV4's 2.5-liter inline-4 isn't turbocharged like the direct-injected 2.4-liter Turbo flat-4 BOXER® in the Subaru Ascent.


The RAV4's standard Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0 safety suite is similar to the Ascent's Subaru EyeSight® standard suite. Behind the wheel of the Subaru Ascent, Berlin, CT drivers receive:

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

Toyota's safety package is noteworthy, but the Ascent has more upgrades with Subaru STARLINK® Safety and Security, Blind-Spot Detection and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Reverse Automatic Braking, and a 180-Degree Front-View Monitor.

Why Choose the 2022 Subaru Ascent?

The Subaru Ascent rises to the top, cruising past competitors like the Toyota RAV4. Hartford drivers will want to take home a new Subaru Ascent for its superior power and performance capabilities, in addition to ample space and an impressive technology setup. Buy your new Subaru Ascent at Schaller Subaru soon!

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