Thanks for answering my AWD question and for sharing your personal experience with a Pilot in Alaska’s winter! They are very common cars here so must be doing something right. I always ran Blizzaks before we moved to the mountains; now I swear by studs. I have no doubt the AWD Pilot will be unstoppable with studs.Only the LX doesn't get the "Intelligent Traction Management" system. All other trims do. Heck, I always found the base AWD system fantastic. In the 2 Alaskan winters I lived through I only used Snow mode when it was super icy or slick, and Sand or Mud when I was playing around in fresh deep snow. (always on Blizzaks)
As for the body roll question, I dunno, I have always thought the Pilot was great to drive. I've spent plenty of time in more aggressive sporty cars, so I'm no stranger to what it feels like to drive quickly, and no the Pilot is no sports car. But while I may be slightly disappointed with modern Honda reliability, I think they still are producing vehicles with enjoyable driving dynamics. The Pilot is no different when compared to other bigger SUVs I've driven; it drives well, period. That said, I'm a former Subaru owner too, and I always enjoyed how the higher trim Subarus drove. Honda's excellent AWD system and my fear of the Subaru CVT pushed me to the Pilot over the Ascent.
Good luck with your decision!
I’m also thrilled to hear about someone who picked the Ascent over the Pilot! I’ve been rattling that one around in my head and only the other day definitively concluded that the CVT is too screwy/risky and the engine (even with the turbo) far too undersized for a car that big on the terrain I’ll be dealing with day in, day out. Although, the Ascent interior is lovely, particularly the Touring with the brown leather, and it does have some very nifty safety features for the money. After three test drives, I found the ride in even the nicest trim very loud, giving it yet another strike. Very stark contrast between its road + engine noise and that of the supremely quiet, airtight Pilot. I think my sentimentality for Subarus (plus that gorgeous brown leather!) blinded me from immediately seeing all of those major flaws in the Ascent. (Remarkably poor reported gas mileage is another one.) So now I’m sitting deliberating over the Pilot with an appropriate engine and my beloved Outback with an appropriate engine!