Planet compares the three-row crossovers: Subaru Ascent, Toyota Highlander, and Honda Pilot. Visit www.planetsubaru.com/subaru-ascent-vs-toyota-highlander-vs-honda-pilot.htm for a complete analysis.

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    • Rafael Mirabal
      Rafael Mirabal

      I got my Ascent touring edition just two weeks ago. I love it. Before I went and got one I tested the higherlander and the pilot. I hands down loved the Subaru. I never gotten anything besides a toyota in the past, but this vehicle won me over. So many reasons why it's hard to just choose one.

      about 1 year ago
    • Ash Desmond
      Ash Desmond In reply to Rafael Mirabal

      @elpechu I was wondering what you liked more about the Ascent than the Highlander Hybrid? After driving my Ascent mainly around the city, I am kind of regretting not test driving the Highlander Hybrid (29 mpg in Highlander vs like 20 mpgs in Ascent). I realize mpgs are not everything, but as a former Prius owner, I have trouble not focusing on that somewhat. When I drive around town and it is not hilly, I get like 25 mpgs in Ascent. Portland, OR where I live is very hilly so hard to avoid drops in fuel economy going up all the hills. I'd appreciate your insight. The Ascent is an inspired ride for sure. I am loving the way it drives.

      about 2 months ago
    • Boombah49
      Boombah49 In reply to Rafael Mirabal

      elpechu I have a 2017 Highlander hybrid also. I test drove a Subaru Ascent yesterday and it blew me away in all regards. Just might be my next car.

      about 2 months ago
    • randomrazr
      randomrazr In reply to Rafael Mirabal

      elpechu  what is the difference u saw between the highlander and accent?

      about 11 months ago
    • elpechu
      elpechu In reply to Rafael Mirabal

      Right now I have Highlander 2017 Hybrid and I decided to check Ascent for a test drive. I say to myself "Oh WOW!" I spoke to dealer to see if they can trade my Toyota Highlander to Ascent and they said Yup! I can't wait to get mine :-)

      about 1 year ago
    • Jamoo Phatt
      Jamoo Phatt In reply to Rafael Mirabal

      Czeal Tamahawk said the Toyota salesman.

      about 1 year ago
    • mavasquez8301
      mavasquez8301

      Toyota and pilot and even Chevy r going too small. Chevy had right size in its traverse in 2016/2017. Don’t know why they made newer traverse smaller. Toyota and Honda need to get alittle bigger. I believe if the Toyota Highlander got alittle more size, it would be unbeatable.

      about 1 month ago
    • visacan k
      visacan k

      Highlander 👍

      about 2 months ago
    • The Centrist American Muslim
      The Centrist American Muslim

      Off Topic what's going on over there? I noticed the fire arlme was going off and fire Trucks are coming. As I see it Once you go subie you can't drive anything else. Am a Proud new owner of the 2011 Subie Outback.

      about 5 months ago
    • Planet Subaru
      Planet Subaru In reply to The Centrist American Muslim

      That's the If-you're-driving-anything-other-than-a-Planet-Subaru-then-it's-time-to-trade-up alarm going off. Get to Hanover stat!

      about 5 months ago
    • Fantasy101
      Fantasy101

      Pilot is wider as per specifications by 2 inches. Pilot also has much larger windows making better sight lines.

      about 6 months ago
    • Jack Again
      Jack Again

      The Dec. 2018 issue of Consumer Reports has the Ascent at #1 with the Highlander #2.

      about 7 months ago
    • TakeDeadAim
      TakeDeadAim

      Ok...I LOVE Subaru. I've been a loyal Subie owner since 1999. I've owned 5 Subaru's of various incarnations, amassing almost 3/4 million relatively trouble free miles between me, my wife and two daughters who got a couple handed down and was REALLY looking forward to buying my 6th. We saw a new Ascent while out in Montana and started doing my research. I was very disappointed to see that rather than working on improving their fine 6cyl...they decided to follow the trend of stuffing turbo charged 4 cylinder engines into heavier and heavier bodies. I'd have MUCH happier had Subaru modified their 3.6l to get a little better MPG to use in it. I've driven both and although it's smooth, I just don't trust it to pull around the heavier SUV day after day for a couple hundred thousand miles. It has obvious turbo lag and it's louder in the cockpit compared to the Toyota. I'll be honest; IF it had a re-engineered H6 in it...I probably would have bought it without bothering to drive anything else. Anyhoo...we went and drove the Highlander XLE and all in all...I just TRUST that 3.5l V6 to last without fail for the driving/hauling I do. Both have 5klb tow ratings but there's NO WAY I'm strapping on a trailer, two sleds and gear for a trip out west in that Subaru. I REALLY REALLY wish I would have loved it but have decided to buy the Highlander instead. Maybe in 5 or 6 years IF the Ascent lasts that long...and it's proved itself in REAL WORLD driving/living OR they decide to offer 6 holes rather than 4...I'll look at it again. Sorry Subaru...you've let me down.

      about 7 months ago
    • Seacrest Smith
      Seacrest Smith In reply to TakeDeadAim

      For me, it not a matter of trusting the V6 over a turbo 4, what I find objectionable is the vibration of the turbo that comes through the engine wall. It sounds and feels like an eggbeater. We have a BMW X1 turbo 4 and we test drove a few other turbo 4s. The BMW was the quietest though you can still feel some eggbeater vibration/sound. A V6 is much, much smoother. I'm looking for a new SUV so I'll test drive the Ascent and I hope I'll be pleasantly surprised by the engine.

      about 2 months ago
    • Planet Subaru
      Planet Subaru In reply to TakeDeadAim

      Thanks for the thorough comment. People used to say the exact same thing a decade ago when manufacturers abandoned V8s in favor of 6 cylinder engines. The zippy four makes the Ascent a lot more fun to drive, and as for reliability, Subaru has earned a reputation for long-lasting durability. I think that we can trust that their engineers know how to build an engine that lasts.

      about 7 months ago
    • Nimai S
      Nimai S

      Cvt is a deal breaker

      about 7 months ago
    • Henry Tauch
      Henry Tauch

      Is the ascent has a timing chai or belt ?

      about 7 months ago
    • Planet Subaru
      Planet Subaru In reply to Henry Tauch

      Chain, which will save you from the cost of replacing belts as part of a regularly-scheduled service.

      about 7 months ago
    • Empe Amparo
      Empe Amparo

      Please compare all 3 vehicles Subaru Ascent 2019 Touring , Honda Pilot Touring 2019 or Elite 2019 model and Toyota Highlander limited 2019 or PRemium end but use snow or going uphill wet rain conditions like going - (if affordable locations )like going to Whistler mountain in British Columbia if Subaru , Canada will loan you a Subaru Ascent Premium 2019 Canadian make is equivalent to US Subaru Ascent model Touring . Thank you much.. l ‘m debating which one to buy among the 3 SUV maker . Subaru , Honda or Toyota ?.

      about 8 months ago
    • Planet Subaru
      Planet Subaru In reply to Empe Amparo

      Not sure we're the drivers you want conducting such a review...unless you want to see a demolition derby!

      about 8 months ago
    • TheDavePhan
      TheDavePhan

      I much prefer the v6 in the Toyota or Honda. Much smoother and more power delivery in general. Toyota would be the pick for me out of these 3 cars.

      about 8 months ago
    • Edwin Aragon
      Edwin Aragon

      Could've been better with providing cargo information. People actually sweating in the cars to show the relative size. By video alone, they all look the same size on the interior, so not was disclosed to help me determine buying an Acent. People who buy these suv's is looking for cargo space and for mid size families.

      about 8 months ago
    • Planet Subaru
      Planet Subaru In reply to Edwin Aragon

      Edwin...lots of detail here: https://www.planetsubaru.com/subaru-ascent-vs-toyota-highlander-vs-honda-pilot.htm

      about 8 months ago
    • Da Lang
      Da Lang

      Were you guys in the middle of a fire alarm and decided to publish a quick video? Lol. I like your drive.

      about 8 months ago
    • Planet Subaru
      Planet Subaru In reply to Da Lang

      For real, if you're driving anything but a Subaru, it's an emergency to trade that thing in at Planet!

      about 8 months ago
    • Allen Schneider
      Allen Schneider

      Should one have to replace a transmission, what is the cost of replacing a Suburu Ascent CVT compared to a Pilot or Highlander automatic transmission?

      about 9 months ago
    • Philip Bernier
      Philip Bernier In reply to Allen Schneider

      @Allen Schneider Nissan owns the company which provides CVTs for many of the manufactorers.

      about 1 month ago
    • Allen Schneider
      Allen Schneider In reply to Allen Schneider

      Plaso it's sounds like you find the cvt to be pretty reliable. I know nissan had trouble with some of their cvt's and a Nissan salesman told me theirs were the same as in the suburu. Is their a difference between a Nissan transmission and other cvt's like the Nissan?

      about 8 months ago
    • Planet Subaru
      Planet Subaru In reply to Allen Schneider

      Gosh, that's a tough one. We don't replace a lot of complete transmissions...usually parts or assemblies within them...so it really depends on what exactly went wrong. And of course we don't have access to all the Toyota and Honda information in this area...

      about 8 months ago
    • Jody Bruce
      Jody Bruce

      Which one of these will last 200,000 miles with just regular maintenance?

      about 11 months ago
    • Jody Bruce
      Jody Bruce In reply to Jody Bruce

      True, but i would think with todays level of engineering we can make a car go 200,000 without any major mechanical failure.

      about 11 months ago
    • Planet Subaru
      Planet Subaru In reply to Jody Bruce

      200,000 is a long way to go without a significant repair, but any of them might get there with a little luck...

      about 11 months ago
    • Eric LeBlanch
      Eric LeBlanch

      Give me 2019 Kia Sorento..lol..

      about 11 months ago
    • bobby skully
      bobby skully In reply to Eric LeBlanch

      Eric LeBlanch smh

      about 11 months ago
    • сергей петров 71
      сергей петров 71

      subaru respect!!!

      about 11 months ago
    • My Echo
      My Echo

      Well done! I really like that you reviewed all 3 fairly. There is one change in the Pilot, it does not have the camera in the passenger side mirror any more in the 2019. I am so happy that the Subaru does not have the "Auto Idle Stop" built in so that the engine shuts off when your at a light, or stopped. I have a 2016 Pilot Touring and after 2 ½ years it started to stall when i took my foot off the brake! It turns out that there are several other people that have the 2016 Pilot with the same problem. The Ascent is looking very good ;-)

      about 11 months ago
    • Ohsic gwon
      Ohsic gwon

      한국에도 들어와라

      about 11 months ago
    • Planet Subaru
      Planet Subaru In reply to Ohsic gwon

      Ohsic gwon 그것은 긴 운전이다.

      about 11 months ago
    • Asgore Dawn
      Asgore Dawn

      HONDA & SUBARU 👍👍 FUCK THAT TOYOTA 😂

      about 11 months ago
    • william gale
      william gale

      All good vehicles, I have a Highlander and a forester, Subaru has a poorest dealership network, particularly in Canada
      That is a significant factor. No matter how,good,it is. Also compare, the same models, options are different and you are not necessarily comparing apples to apples

      about 11 months ago
    • Planet Subaru
      Planet Subaru In reply to william gale

      We won't speak for the rest, but you'll be happy with your experience at Planet...we're only a few hours drive, south of the border! In all three vehicles, we compared the best seller---the one model down from the highest trim. This model is called the "Limited" for Honda and Toyota, and the "Touring" for the Honda. It's as apples-to-apples as you can get considering that the manufacturers don't exactly line up the features you get at every trim level. Thanks for watching..

      about 11 months ago
    • Rakesh Lalla
      Rakesh Lalla

      From a maintenance cost standpoint - Subaru costs much more to maintain than the Honda and Toyota.

      about 1 year ago
    • Renny k
      Renny k In reply to Rakesh Lalla

      rollingrecliner
      I agree with that.

      about 3 months ago
    • Rakesh Lalla
      Rakesh Lalla In reply to Rakesh Lalla

      You're correct (@ Planet Subaru) but for me personally, and I'm sure this is going to be true for a lot of weekend-mechanics, I find Hondas are easier to work on. For that reason I can do a lot of the work myself saving me a ton of money.

      about 11 months ago
    • Rakesh Lalla
      Rakesh Lalla In reply to Rakesh Lalla

      I currently own a Honda and a Subaru. Hondas are just easier to work on which makes it cheaper because you can do a lot of the work yourself. I recently had to change the spark plugs on my 2012 Subaru and discovered that I had to remove the air cleaner, vent house, engine mounts, and then had to jack up the engine. All that just to change spark plugs. That's ridiculous. I had to do none of that when I had to change the plugs on my Honda. Subaru cost $250 because I had to take it to a dealer. Honda cost $20 because I did the work myself.

      about 11 months ago
    • rollingrecliner
      rollingrecliner In reply to Rakesh Lalla

      I've owned both Honda and Subaru products and the Honda cost me way more in maintenance.

      about 11 months ago
    • Planet Subaru
      Planet Subaru In reply to Rakesh Lalla

      Toyota does provide 2 years of free oil changes, which is a nice benefit. According to many consumer research organizations, though, repair costs are pretty comparable across these three manufacturers.

      about 1 year ago
    • Clorox Bleach
      Clorox Bleach

      The Ascent is literally a copycat of Highlander.

      about 1 year ago
    • Al Castill
      Al Castill In reply to Clorox Bleach

      But love is what makes a Subaru.

      about 5 months ago
    • បង ម៉ាប់
      បង ម៉ាប់

      Turbo pulls is always fun..have owned a few turbo cars in the past. Pure fun!!

      about 1 year ago
    • RedRoscoe61
      RedRoscoe61

      Nonetheless Subaru wins by a landslide

      about 1 year ago
    • RedRoscoe61
      RedRoscoe61

      No one heard the fire alarm and fire trucks.

      about 1 year ago
    • Fernando Paez
      Fernando Paez

      I have a 2004 honda pilot and I love it. But I am so so so ready to hop in that new Ascent!! I own hondas all my life and I love subarus and now I'm so ready to own 1 or more!! Ascent here I come!! 😁

      about 1 year ago
    • Jody Bruce
      Jody Bruce In reply to Fernando Paez

      any issue with high mileage hondas? will they last 200,000 miles?

      about 11 months ago
    • Vince M
      Vince M

      Can it go off-road? Drive in deep snow?

      about 1 year ago
    • Planet Subaru
      Planet Subaru In reply to Vince M

      Yes and yes, though these vehicles are optimized for road performance (where they will spend most of their lives). If you want a serious off-road vehicle, you'll prefer a body-on-frame SUV like the Toyota Forerunner. If you go that route, though, be prepared to sacrifice a lot of handling, fuel economy, etc.

      about 1 year ago
    • Steven Pelayo
      Steven Pelayo

      Does anybody else feel like the steering on the ascent has too much power assist? There really is no road feel or tightness in the wheel. The handling was still great though. Just didn’t like the wheel feel. That is my only complaint when I test drove all of them last week.

      about 1 year ago
    • Andre Helmstetter
      Andre Helmstetter In reply to Steven Pelayo

      Yup. I just got mine this last weekend. I love it. The steering feels like it’s not really connected to the road. Getting used to it mostly...taking what it gives. But if there was an option to pull back on the power, I’d jump on it. And it’s really noticeable when I switch from my 2005 outback H6 to the Ascent. Still, that’s a pretty small complaint for something I got for road trips with the family. It’s safe, has plenty of power, can carry all of our stuff on highway and byway. Yeah.

      about 7 months ago
    • Aqua Rius
      Aqua Rius

      Nissan Rogue

      about 1 year ago