2019 Honda Pilot

Starting Price: $32,445 | Price yours

Above Average: Reliability, high resale, a suite of standard safety features and plenty of interior space make the Honda Pilot a great bet.

Below Average: A bit of a snooze to drive and the somewhat bulbous design isn’t for everyone.

Consensus: The 2019 Honda Pilot is still one of the most recommendable 3-row midsize SUVs.

2019 Subaru Ascent

Starting Price: $32,970 | Price yours

Above Average: Upscale, roomy enough for 8 people, tech loaded, and sportier than most midsize SUVs.

Below Average: Only one engine option and no hybrid.

Consensus: The 2019 Subaru Ascent is pretty much everything you could want including, comfort, safety, practicality and sportiness.  If you only need to use the third row for tiny humans, it’s a great buy.


The 2019 Subaru Ascent offers pretty much everything you could want in a 3-row SUV including, comfort, safety, practicality and sportiness.  Its Subaru’s first entry into the space, the 2019 Subaru Ascent is a great first effort and comes standard with AWD. It offers a good combination of sportiness thanks to the 260 horsepower 4-cylinder engine, comfort, safety (EyeSight comes standard), and versatility. It comes with tri-zone climate control and rear doors that open to 75-degrees making getting into the second and third rows a less acrobatic move. The Honda Pilot on the other hand, regularly wins the Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Award in its segment because of its durability, class-leading reputation, and its long list of  available features. For 2019 Honda has replaced the annoying volume slider with a knob on the infotainment system, refreshed the front and rear fascia, and updated the previously cranky 9-speed automatic transmission. Honda has also made their suite top-of-the-line active safety and driver-assistance features standard on the 2019 Honda Pilot.


Spacious 3-row SUVs with clever features that make either vehicle great family haulers.

Honda Pilot Advantages

Class-leading safety, reliability, and features for a competitive price.

Subaru Ascent Advantages

All-wheel drive standard. USB ports for every row and 19 (19!) cup holders make the cabin of the Subaru a very comfortable place to be.

Final Recommendation

The 2019 Honda Pilot takes first place in this comparison thanks to its solid resale, reliability, versatility, and pricing. 

  2019 Honda Pilot 2019 Subaru Ascent
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 3.6-liter V6 3.3-liter V6
Horsepower 310 hp @ 6800 rpm 290 hp @ 6,400 rpm
Torque 266 lb-ft @ 2800 rpm 252 lb-ft @ 5,200 rpm
Transmission Automatic, 9-speed Automatic, 6-speed
Fuel Economy 21 mpg (18 city, 27 hwy) 23 mpg (21 city, 27 hwy)
Also Available 2.0-liter turbo I4  
Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety Rating 5 Stars 5 Stars
Max Seating Capacity 7 passengers 7 passengers
Wheelbase 109.4 inches 110.2 inches
Overall Length 187.4 inches 193.1 inches
Width 74.4 inches 74.2 inches
Height 66.3 inches 66.5 inches
Turning Diameter 37.2 feet 36.9 feet
Headroom, Front 39.5 inches 39.9 inches
Headroom, 2nd row 39.3 inches 39.4 inches
Headroom, 3rd row 36.3 inches 35.7 inches
Legroom, Front 44.1 inches 41.3 inches
Legroom, 2nd row 39.4 inches 40.4 inches
Legroom, 3rd row 31.7 inches 30.9 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 59.1 inches 59.4 inches
Shoulder Room, 2nd row 58.0 inches 58.3 inches
Shoulder Room, 3rd row 52.8 inches 53.9 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 154.2 cu. ft. 146.6 cu. ft.
EPA Cargo Volume 73.0 cu. ft. 80.0 cu. ft.
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