The Subaru Ascent is one of the newest additions to the SUV market, and although new and shiny things can be exciting, when it comes to cars there is value in going with something tried and true. So, how does the Ascent hold up against a model that has been in production since 2002? Well, we are here to help you find out by comparing the 2019 Honda Pilot vs the 2019 Subaru Ascent.
Being around for so many years with the Pilot, it seems clear in this comparison that Honda has some important details figured out. Take the transmission, for example. While horsepower is important to an enjoyable driving experience (of which the Pilot delivers more of), the transmission is also important, and that’s where Subaru may have gone wrong with its CVT in the Ascent. Now, this is up to the driver and a Continuously Variable Transmission can be great for some cars, but when driving a large SUV you need something to add a little pep into the driving dynamics. A CVT is only going to do the opposite due to the fact that you won’t feel the shift between gears, and that is where the Pilot’s 9-speed automatic transmission has the edge.
2019 Honda Pilot Elite
2019 Subaru Ascent Touring
|280 hp||Horsepower||260 hp|
|7 passengers||Seating Capacity||7 passengers|
|9-speed automatic||Transmission||8-speed CVT|
|153 cubic feet||Passenger Volume||150 cubic feet|
Another thing you might want in your SUV is space. Any SUV can provide sufficient cargo space for your belongings... you’ll rarely find a shortage of space for that. But what about passenger volume? That is just as important, especially on those long family road trips. Here, the 2019 Honda Pilot offers up to 153 cubic feet of it... just a bit more than the Ascent. It also has superior shoulder room in both the front and back seats.
As you can see by this comparison, the 2019 Honda Pilot does have an edge in some key areas when compared with the 2019 Subaru Ascent, but at the end of the day, we want you to be the judge. Come test drive the Pilot for yourself at Hilton Head Honda and find out why it’s a top choice for your new SUV.