A 2019 Subaru Ascent Comparison to Midsize SUV Competition


Here at Castle Subaru of Portage, a showroom arrival of the 2019 Subaru Ascent marks an eventful brand return to the three-row SUV segment. With seating for up to eight, maximum 5,000 pounds of towing capacity, available 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot connectivity, standard Subaru EyeSight driver-assist technology and much more, this new Subaru model impresses as a worthy family carpooler of the future.


But how does it measure up against marketplace competition such as the Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander and Mazda CX-9? Consider the main differences and compare these new midsize  SUVs with the 2019 Subaru Ascent here in Portage for useful answers that support model-specific research.


2019 Subaru Ascent vs. 2019 Honda Pilot

  • Standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive - All-wheel drive, just available for the new Honda Pilot, comes with a standard symmetrical configuration in every new Ascent. From one season to the next, remain in control over different road surfaces and consistent despite changes in the weather
  • Fuel Efficiency - With its new turbocharged four-cylinder engine - confidently producing 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet to support up to 5,000 pounds of towing capacity - the new Ascent proves more efficient around town than the Pilot with higher city fuel economy estimates
  • Roof Rack - Enjoying over 86 cubic feet of available cargo storage inside, the 2019 Subaru Ascent also features standard roof racks to confidently tie down bikes, camping equipment and other gear on the outside. You won't enjoy this convenience luxury with the Pilot, as roof racks are just optional with the base trim level

2019 Subaru Ascent vs. 2019 Mazda CX-9

  • Standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive - Worried about roads influenced by recent snow or ice? In the new Subaru Ascent, these concerns are mitigated with a standard symmetrical all-wheel drive system operating in real time. For all-wheel drive with the Mazda CX-9, you will have to up in trim level and model pricing
  • Performance - With stronger horsepower production than the Mazda CX-9 - 260 hp to 227 hp - the new turbocharged SUBARU BOXER four-cylinder engine of the Ascent inspires confident in capability. Elite engine output even allows you to tow up to 5,000 pounds of trailer and boating equipment with this SUV
  • Interior Space - Considering the storage room and collective cabin spacing for both SUVs? The new Subaru Ascent ranks ahead in total passenger and cargo volume at impressive 153.5 cubic feet and 17.8 cubic feet with the rear seats in place. This new Subaru SUV features greater front leg space, along with more shoulder room in every row

2019 Subaru Outback vs. 2019 Toyota Highlander

  • Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive - All-wheel drive, just available for the Highlander, comes standard in the 2019 Subaru Outback. The symmetrical all-wheel drive configuration in every new Subaru model from this lineup ensures real-time power transfers and steady road surface grip for control expectations regardless of season
  • Fuel Efficiency - From work commutes to running daily errands around town, the new Subaru Outback proves more efficient than Toyota Highlander competition. Greater highway and city fuel economy estimates help you maximize every mile
  • Safety Ratings - With innovative Subaru EyeSight technology, the new Subaru Outback earns perfect NHTSA marks with five-star front driver and front passenger crash test ratings. The new Highlander earns just four stars with its NHTSA front driver crash testing, failing to match these impressive driver-assist technology and crash test design standards

The 2019 Subaru Ascent - Prepped for Test Drive Consideration in Portage, IN


To better appreciate the voluminous cabin, advanced technology, SUBARU BOXER performance and symmetrical all-wheel drive design of the new Ascent, we recommend scheduling a test drive with our team and stopping by our showroom soon to learn more.

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