How Does the 2019 Subaru Ascent Compare to the New Honda Pilot?

For many drivers in Clairton and West Mifflin, midsize is the right size when it comes to SUVs. For a long time, that fact limited how much Subaru could compete with other automakers. The introduction of its midsize SUV, the Subaru Ascent, has changed all that. Offering drivers a robust package of great features infused with Subaru's unique brand of versatility, the Ascent has made some serious ripples in the pond of the SUV market.

What exactly does the Subaru Ascent have going for it, though? And, more importantly, how does it compare to popular and established competitors like the Honda Pilot? Let's take a look at what both models bring to the table.

The 2019 Subaru Ascent

A comfortable mid-size SUV with three rows and seating for up to eight, the Ascent checks off all of the major boxes that drivers often look for when they go shopping for a midsize model. It also delivers some excellent features, a robust standard safety suite and, like all Subaru models, standard all-wheel drive.

Performance: 2.4-liter turbocharged flat-4 (260 horsepower, 277 pounds-feet of torque, 21/27 miles per gallon)

Feature Options: Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, Heated Side Mirrors, Keyless Entry, Push-Button Start, Heated/Ventilated Seating, Three Zone Climate Control

Safety Features: Lane Departure Warnings, Sway Warnings, Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-Collision Braking, Blind-Spot Detection, Lane-Change Assist, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Front/Rearview Monitor

Starting Price: $32,970



The 2019 Honda Pilot

With seating for up to eight, the three-row Honda Pilot is a perennially popular midsize SUV with an excellent selection of equipment and features. Its robust safety system makes it a favorite among family drivers, as does its solid powertrain and comfortable interior.

Performance: 3.5-liter V6 (280 horsepower, 262 pounds--feet of torque, 19/27 miles per gallon

Feature Options: Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, Three-Zone Climate Control, Heated/Ventilated Seating, One-Touch Folding Second-Row Seats, Universal Garage Control, Built-In Wi-Fi, Rain-Sensing Windshield Wipers

Safety Features: Blind-Spot Monitoring, Cross-Traffic Alert, Automatic Emergency Braking, Active Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keep Assist

Starting Price: $32,500

Which One is the Right One for Me?

On paper, the Subaru Ascent and Honda Pilot probably look like very similar vehicles. In some ways they are. They share the same size class and many of the same features. Where they differ most is with the little things. While the Pilot's standard safety is quite robust, the technology behind it can't quite compare to the acclaimed EyeSight technology in the Ascent. The Ascent also happens to offer a more spacious interior, allowing for cargo space, legroom and headroom.

Easily the biggest difference between the two, however, lies in the realm of performance. While the Honda Pilot's V6 can reach a higher peak of horsepower and torque, it doesn't come with standard all-wheel drive like the Subaru Ascent does. That on its own could be enough to convince many drivers that the Ascent is the right SUV for them. It definitely helps it qualify as the better of the two, in our opinion.

If you'd like to learn more about the new Subaru Ascent, get in touch with us at Bowser Subaru in Pleasant Hills, PA. We serve customers all over our state, from Clairton and West Mifflin to Elizabeth, South Park, and more. We'd love the opportunity to tell you more about the Ascent and to show you other highlights from our inventory of new Subaru cars.

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