I priced a 2019 Ascent and 4Runner getting what I wanted. MSRP is about 1000 difference, 4Runner being higher. At that closeness, I'd rather take the 4Runner's 4WD and higher ground clearance any day.
Totally. An Ascent is not for any 4wd roads, unless they are just sand. And the 4R's cargo area is fantastic. I can do Fins and Things and then I can do 80mph on the interstate. And I can also carry whatever I want to carry.
However, in snow on paved roads...I would much rather drive a Subaru. The 4R is nearly scary in 2wd and that is with winter rated tires (though I am heavily Subaru biased when it comes to those conditions, with close to zero truck experience).