A year ago I started seriously considering the Toyota Highlander LE+, Honda Pilot EX and Subaru Ascent Premium...and likely posted a thread on this forum. Our need is for an AWD vehicle to replace our 2000 Honda Odyssey when it dies. We love the storage room, seating capacity and towing capability...but want AWD for winter use. It's been an amazing vehicle but now has 223K and is 19 years old. Though not in immediate need, we are doing our homework so we are ready to move ahead quickly when that day arrives (we also have a 2008 Honda CRV AWD). Here's my dilemma: I'm still somewhat partial to Honda but am concerned about the reliability plus VCM concerns, timing belt replacement, and apparent decline in quality. With Toyota, the 3rd seat is small, the 8 speed transmission is not loved, and the design is older... but the overall reliability appears to be intact. Just the other day I test drove a Subaru Ascent and was impressed (features, handling, safety). My concerns with Subaru include the long-term reliability of the new turbo and the CVT plus the fact that it is a first-year design...despite the #1 ranking by Consumer Reports. I read forums on all three vehicles so I realize no vehicle is perfect but want to spend our money wisely since this is a big purchase decision for us. I would appreciate any thoughts on the three vehicles. Thanks for your help.