2019 Subaru Ascent vs Honda Pilot

                                     

The may be the new model on the block, but it's already presenting a head-on challenge to long-time family SUVs, like the Honda Pilot. When it comes to space, performance, and capability, the Honda Pilot can't compete with the new Subaru Ascent.

 

Performance

The Honda Pilot sticks with its 3.5-liter V6 engine paired with either a six-speed or nine-speed automatic transmission. This powertrain generates 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. Front-wheel drive comes standard. All-wheel drive will add to the Pilot's cost.

 

Capability

Although the Honda Pilot offers more horsepower, the Subaru Ascent tops it in torque. As a result, the base Pilot tows just 3,500 lbs. Meanwhile, the base Ascent offers a maximum towing capacity of 5,000 lbs.

In order to match the Subaru Ascent's base towing capacity, the Pilot would have to be equipped with all-wheel drive. That added cost puts the Pilot's pricing well over that of the Ascent.

The Subaru Ascent's four-cylinder engine maximizes fuel economy. Even when equipped with all-wheel drive, the Ascent still earns up to an EPA-estimated 21 city/27 highway mpg.* The Pilot tops out at an EPA-estimated 20 city/27 highway mpg when equipped with front-wheel drive.*

 

Interior

The Subaru Ascent features more front-row and second-row legroom than the Honda Pilot. Both models offer seating for up to seven passengers and earned a top 5-star safety rating from the NHTSA, making them ideal SUVs for families.

The 2019 Ascent chalks up another win when it comes to cargo space. With all three rows raised, the Ascent offers up to 17.8 cu ft. of cargo space. The Honda Pilot features just 16.5 cu ft. of space. Lowering both rear rows opens up 86.5 cu ft. of space in the Subaru Ascent. The Pilot offers 83.8 cu ft. of cargo space with the second- and third-row seats lowered.

As you can see, the 2019 Subaru Ascent manages to outshine the competition. You can find out more about the latest addition to the Subaru lineup when you visit Steve Lewis Subaru.

*EPA-estimated fuel economy. Actual mileage may vary.

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