2019 Subaru Ascent vs. Its Competition

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Aaron Cole Aaron Cole Managing Editor

The Honda Pilot was our Best Car to Buy two years ago and remains among our favorites in the class.

The Subaru Ascent offers a similarly creamy ride, open space, and good fuel economy—game on.

The Chevy Traverse is a popular pick, and has a couple more inches for rear leg room than the Ascent.

We’re not as sold on the Traverse’s value, and most trim levels don’t offer standard all-wheel drive like the Ascent.

Mazda’s CX-9 does a reasonable job of convincing us it’s a premium crossover, although its interior packaging isn’t up to snuff for us.

The Dodge Durango has an available V-8, so pick it if dragging more than 5,000 pounds is a priority.

The VW Atlas is similarly conservative and sharp, but its V-6 is profoundly thirsty compared to the turbo-4 in the Subaru.

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Quick Specs
The 2019 Subaru Ascent isn’t another quirky hatchback-wagon-crossover thing—it’s a mainstream hit and Subaru will be better for it.
The 2019 Chevrolet Traverse is bigger and more butch, but still every bit as good for a bunch.
The muscle-SUV 2019 Dodge Durango offers engaging handling and powerful engines, but it's falling behind in terms of safety.
Subtle upgrades make the 2019 Honda Pilot a must-see for three-row crossover shoppers.
The 2019 Toyota Highlander delivers safety, features, comfort, and efficiency in a family-friendly package.
The 2019 VW Atlas prioritizes space above pace, which makes it a must-see for families.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
20 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded H-4Gas V6Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Standard SUV 4WDSport Utility VehiclesN/ASmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WD
Style Name     
2.4T 8-PassengerFWD 4-Door L w/1L0SXT Plus RWDLX 2WDLE I4 FWD (GS)2.0T S FWD
All Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Sport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
CVT w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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