The 2019 Subaru Ascent Vs. The Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot & Ford Explorer

See how the Toyota Highlander, Ford Explorer, and Honda Pilot Compare to the 2019 Subaru Ascent

Adventurous Capabilities, Compared

Living here in Massachusetts, having a vehicle that can handle our weather conditions (especially in those long winter months) certainly is important, and that goes double for drivers with families that they often drive around town. Good thing that Subaru's praised and proven Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive System comes as a standard feature, meaning that it is equipped at no extra cost for our customers whatsoever. You'll enjoy exceptional stability, tremendous grip on the roads, and quick responses to any wheel-slip with the 2019 Ascent on your side.

It's quite a different story when you look at the competition. In stark contrast, an all-wheel drive system in fact does not come equipped for the new Highlander, Explorer, nor the Pilot. AWD is made available for both the Toyota Highlander and Honda Pilot, except the price tag does dramatically increase if you would like this sure-footedness. And these systems are widely considered by many as less-capable than the cutting-edge Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive by Subaru.

The new Ford Explorer does have a rugged 4-Wheel Drive System which is made available for quite a hefty fee, and we can admit that this can tackle harsher terrain than the new Subaru Ascent. However, thanks to great ground clearance, X-MODE® with Hill Descent Control, the AWD system of the Ascent holds its own and then some.

Some SUVs Are Bigger & More Versatile Than Others

When you hit the open road for a fun weekend getaway with the whole family, it goes without saying that having a large and very roomy interior cabin with comfortable seating will be greatly appreciated by everyone onboard. Well, the fact of the matter is that the 2019 Subaru Ascent offers the most passenger volume when compared side-by-side with the Highlander, Pilot and the Explorer too! A whopping 153 cubic feet of space inside the cabin will keep everyone happy when driving around Natick, Belmont, Norwood, the city of Boston and beyond.

No matter how you look at it, the new Subaru Ascent is bigger in every single direction than both the new Toyota Highlander as well as the new Honda Pilot. It's longer, wider, and stands taller when placed next to these two rivals. Even though the new Ford Explorer is actually slightly bigger than the Ascent model, it fails to offer as much interior passenger space (as we just mentioned), a pretty important factor to consider for big families. And let's not forget that the Explorer can only seat 7, instead of 8 like the Subaru Ascent.

What about those long road trips across the country with your loved ones when you require even more cargo-carrying versatility? All trims of the Subaru Ascent have standard raised roof rails for this exact type of situation, while on the other hand, Honda and Toyota will make you pay extra for this.

Seamless Smartphone-Connectivity, Standard for Subaru

If you would like to always stay connected with your smartphone whenever you are on-the-go, then you'll definitely be drawn to the new Subaru Ascent SUV. Unlike its competitors, the most advanced infotainment system built by the automaker is included as standard equipment for the 2019 Ascent model, meaning that there is no additional charge at all. With Subaru's STARLINK™ Multimedia System, both Apple CarPlay™ and Android™ Auto will be ready to deliver a seamless and effortless connection to your smartphone. Whether you wish to be connected to music, navigation, podcasts, plus much more, the all-new Ascent makes it incredibly convenient for you to access your favorite mobile content.

Even for the latest 2018 Highlander model, Toyota remains very reluctant to even offer Apple CarPlay™ or Android™ Auto at all. Unfortunately, critics have found that the brand's Entune™ system is not exactly user-friendly or intuitive by any means. New Ford Explorer buyers can connect to their smartphone with the available SYNC®3 infotainment system, but again, this will cost extra. It's a similar story for Honda as well, as the new Pilot does indeed offer Apple CarPlay™ and Android™ Auto compatibility, but you guessed it; it is available only as an additional feature for a fee.

Test-Drive the All-New Subaru Ascent SUV here in Natick!

If you need to have confident and capable driving manners, plenty of space and versatility, as well as easy-access to your smartphone, then you really should choose the new Subaru Ascent SUV over the Toyota Highlander, Ford Explorer and Honda Pilot models.

Feel free to stop by our showroom here at MetroWest Subaru soon so you can get behind the wheel for yourself!


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