Price: from $52,731
For 2023, Honda is revamping its Pilot. Covered more than the model it replaces, this SUV also promises more clearance for middle and rear row occupants, enhanced off-road prowess and more responsive all-wheel drive. All are good, except the price which makes it much lower than Climbing. A full Test review will be released next month once the roadshow ban is lifted.
Mazda’s CX-9 is in a similar position to the Ascent. It may not be the most desirable SUV in the lineup, but last year, its sales still exceeded those recorded by Subaru (4,113 units compared to 3,247). That said, the CX-9 features a slimmer silhouette, more enhanced drivability, a more generous warranty and uses less fuel than the Subaru. The latter, on the other hand, is more spacious, more active and more rewarding and can pull a bigger load.
Price: from $48,934
The Toyota Highlander is definitely a safe bet in the category, but that doesn’t mean it shines all around. Therefore, compared to the Kupang, Toyota’s mid-size SUV offers shorter seats (especially in the third row), inefficient all-wheel drive, less trunk volume in all possible configurations, unless the third row of seats folded down. And it also costs more. For its part, the Highlander has the advantage of offering a hotter 2.4-liter supercharged engine. For more savings (at the pump), a hybrid version is also available.