Date Posted: January 22, 2019

The 2019 Honda Pilot in Bend, OR is one handsome-looking mid-size SUV. It has a massive build perfect for large family and group getaways. Beneath its exterior is a bevy of technologies and amenities that make driving enjoyable.

Coming in with improved features and performance, the all-new 2019 Subaru Ascent challenges the Honda Pilot in the top midsize SUV segment. Which car wins big in this arena?


Safety Comparison

With their massive sizes, these mid-size SUVs face high-expectations when it comes to safety. The 2019 Honda Pilot and the 2019 Subaru Ascent both deliver when it comes to their airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, and electronic stability systems. However, according to IIHS, the Honda Pilot fell short when it came to front passenger-side crashworthiness and LATCH system ease of use. The 2019 Subaru Ascent beats it with a Top Safety Pick+ rating, garnering the highest score in all categories.

Another area the Honda Pilot fell short is the Rearview Camera.  Compared to its competitors, the Honda Pilot's camera does not offer 360 rear view capabilities. This is crucial in preventing parking lot mishaps. Not only does the 2019 Subaru Ascent have a 360 rear view, but it also has a standard EyeSight Driver Assist Suite which is best in class in cruise control, pre-collision warning, and lane keeping assist. The fact that EyeSight has helped reduce dangerous rear-end crashes by 85% makes the Subaru Ascent the runaway winner in the safety category.

Passenger Space Comparison

The 2019 Honda Pilot and 2019 Subaru Ascent both have massive passenger volumes of 153 cubic feet, and seating capacities of up to eight people. The Subaru Ascent, however, holds the advantage when it comes to headroom and legroom, measuring 41.3 inches and 42.2 inches respectively. On the other hand, the Honda Pilot falls a bit short with 40.1 inches of headroom and 40.9 inches of legroom.

Another disadvantage to the Honda Pilot is its second row. While three full-grown adults can easily squeeze into the second row, it may feel cramped for each passenger. Furthermore, the interior styling, while not short on quality, is dull compared to its competitors.

The Subaru Ascent has several interior color options that range from slate black cloth to java brown leather. It also offers the STARLINK Multimedia touchscreen, the best infotainment system offered in any midsize SUV because of its intuitive nature. Lastly, the Subaru Ascent is equipped with 19 cupholders-an amenity that comes in handy for long road trips and large drive-thru orders. Admittedly, the Subaru Ascent's interior is hard to beat.

Reliability Comparison

The 2019 Honda Pilot has the potential to be a durable ride with all its features and amenities. However, the 2019 Subaru Ascent has history on its side. Studies have shown that 95% of Subaru vehicles bought in the last ten years are still on the road. Most likely, this will apply to the Subaru Ascent as well.

Another feature that determines an SUV's reliability is its ground clearance. This determines the vehicle's ability to maintain traction on different terrains and through different weather conditions.  While the Honda Pilot has respectable 7.3-inch ground clearance, it falls short of the Subaru Ascent's 8.7-inch ground clearance. Together with its X-MODE feature, the Subaru Ascent's ground clearance ensures balanced journeys in all conditions, even when towing up to 5,000 lbs of trailer weight.

Engine Comparison

The 2019 Honda Pilot's V6 engine is an expertly engineered beast, churning up to 262 lb-ft of torque. This, however, is inferior to the 277 lb-ft produced by the Boxer engine of the 2019 Subaru Ascent. Moreover, the Boxer engine's structure is better than the V6, as it has a lower center of gravity, giving the Subaru Ascent better overall handling.

In addition, the Subaru Ascent is more fuel efficient, producing a minimum of 21/27 mpg for city/highway. This trumps the Honda Pilot's 18/26 mpg for city/highway. Add the continuously variable transmission (CVT) engine to the list, and the 2019 Subaru Ascent proves that it is the midsize SUV that's in it for the long haul.

The 2019 Subaru Ascent: Coming Up Strong

As a midsize SUV, the 2019 Honda Pilot in Bend, OR is definitely a strong option. The 2019 Subaru Ascent, however, beats it when it comes to reliability, interior options, and safety technology. See the Subaru Ascent in action at Subaru of Bend! Click to schedule a test drive!

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