2020 Toyota Land Cruiser vs. 2020 Subaru Ascent

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Safety

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The Land Cruiser’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Ascent doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Toyota Land Cruiser are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Subaru Ascent doesn’t offer height-adjustable middle seat belts.

The Land Cruiser has a standard Multi-Terrain Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Ascent only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

The Land Cruiser’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Ascent doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Land Cruiser and the Ascent have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, all-wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems and rearview cameras.

The Toyota Land Cruiser weighs 1112 to 1385 pounds more than the Subaru Ascent. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

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Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Land Cruiser for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Subaru doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Ascent.

There are almost 2 times as many Toyota dealers as there are Subaru dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Land Cruiser’s warranty.

Reliability

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To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Land Cruiser has a standard 650-amp battery. The Ascent’s 530-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are better in initial quality than Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 23 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 25th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 28 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 14th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Subaru vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Subaru is ranked fourth.

Engine

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The Land Cruiser’s 5.7 DOHC V8 produces 121 more horsepower (381 vs. 260) and 124 lbs.-ft. more torque (401 vs. 277) than the Ascent’s 2.4 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Toyota Land Cruiser is faster than the Subaru Ascent:

Land Cruiser

Ascent

Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

7.5 sec

Quarter Mile

15.2 sec

16 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91.2 MPH

88.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Land Cruiser has 5.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Ascent (24.6 vs. 19.3 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Land Cruiser’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Ascent:

Land Cruiser

Ascent

Front Rotors

14 inches

13.1 inches

Rear Rotors

13.6 inches

13 inches

The Land Cruiser stops shorter than the Ascent:

Land Cruiser

Ascent

70 to 0 MPH

173 feet

178 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

121 feet

125 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Land Cruiser has larger tires than the Ascent (285/60R18 vs. 245/60R18).

The Land Cruiser has a standard full size spare tire so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare isn’t available on the Ascent, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling

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The Land Cruiser has active sway bars, which help keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnect at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The Ascent doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

The Land Cruiser has vehicle speed-sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Ascent doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The Land Cruiser’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (52.1% to 47.9%) than the Ascent’s (54.2% to 45.8%). This gives the Land Cruiser more stable handling and braking.

For greater off-road capability the Land Cruiser has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Ascent (8.9 vs. 8.7 inches), allowing the Land Cruiser to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Cargo Capacity

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A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Land Cruiser easier. The Land Cruiser’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 31.6 inches, while the Ascent’s liftover is 32 inches. The Land Cruiser Heritage Edition’s liftover is only 28.8 inches.

The Land Cruiser’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the tailgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The Ascent’s rear cargo window doesn’t open.

Towing

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The Land Cruiser’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Ascent’s (8100 vs. 2000 pounds).

Servicing Ease

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The Land Cruiser uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Ascent uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

Ergonomics

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The Land Cruiser’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Ascent doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Land Cruiser’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Ascent does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The Land Cruiser’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Ascent’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

If the windows are left open on the Land Cruiser the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. (This window function must be activated by your Toyota service department.) The driver of the Ascent can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Land Cruiser’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Ascent’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Land Cruiser has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Ascent doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The Land Cruiser’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Subaru only offers heated mirrors on the Ascent Premium/Limited/Touring.

When the Land Cruiser is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Ascent’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Land Cruiser has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Ascent offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The Land Cruiser has a standard heated steering wheel to take the chill out of steering on extremely cold winter days before the vehicle heater warms up. A heated steering wheel is only available on the Ascent Limited/Touring.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Toyota Land Cruiser has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Ascent doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

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