Compare Subaru Ascent vs Toyota Highlander and Honda Pilot in Rutland, VT


Compare the Upcoming Ascent to the 2018 Toyota Highlander and 2018 Honda Pilot

For Vermont and Upstate New York families, a new three-row SUV is coming up, offering the safest setup with a smartly organized cabin that's filled with standard and optional tech features. Of course we're talking about the highly anticipated new 2019 Subaru Ascent, which is due to be available at our Rutland dealership this summer. If you're shopping from the Manchester, Bennington or Middlebury, VT areas, or from near Glens Falls, NY, come on in and find out when the new Ascent will be available.

Before you rush to find another family vehicle, see how the Ascent stacks up against two other popular three-row SUVs. In this space, we're comparing the Ascent to the latest editions of the Toyota Highlander and Honda Pilot, two options that might tempt you since Subaru has lacked a three-row crossover for the past several years. But as you'll see below, the new 2019 Ascent will prove to be well-worth the wait. Take a look through these comparisons, then visit our Rutland, VT Subaru dealership serving Glens Falls, NY, and find out more about the arrival date of the new Ascent.

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Subaru Ascent vs Honda Pilot Comparison in Rutland

  • Once again, the Subaru Ascent bests the competition when it comes to the standard AWD system. Of course AWD is available with the new Pilot, but you'll wind up paying more for that feature on top of whatever trim level you choose, that will most likely be more expensive to get a comparable set of options as you'll find in the base level Ascent. Keeping your family safe during snowy and icy winters here in the Rutland area shouldn't have to cost you more.
  • With all seats in place for the maximum eight passengers in both SUVs, the Ascent has a huge advantage in rear cargo space over the Pilot. While the Pilot may boast a larger cabin, you won't have the same combination of cargo space and passenger seating room as you will with the Ascent, so keep that in mind when shopping for a vehicle you'll want for long family road trips with plenty of cargo.
  • The new Ascent becomes one of the only Subaru models to offer the Subaru EyeSight suite in the base level, coming with the likes of adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist with sway warning, pre-collision braking and pre-collision throttle management. In the Pilot, you'll need an advanced trim level for comparable safety features, which you can expect to cost you quite a bit more.

Subaru Ascent vs Toyota Highlander Comparison in Rutland

  • Like other new Subaru models, the Ascent will come standard with AWD, while that's an added cost to include with the Highlander. That's an important feature to have with a safety-minded SUV you'll be driving around southern Vermont or Upstate Vermont with the whole family in tow.
  • While the Highlander can best the Ascent in maximum cargo capacity, that's only achieved with all the rear seats folded down. Behind the third-row seats in the Ascent, you'll have 19.6 cubic feet of cargo area, compared to the 13.8 cubic feet in the Highlanders back storage area. Similarly, the Ascent's passenger space is considerably larger than the Highlander's, making for more comfortable seating, which is especially important on those long road trips you're planning with your family.
  • Both SUVs come standard with safety suites, but the Subaru EyeSight package is far more comprehensive than the Toyota Safety Sense offering. In the Ascent, you'll have standard adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist with sway warning, pre-collision braking and pre-collision throttle management, while the Highlander's offering include the likes of automatic high beams and other features.

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