Subaru Ascent vs Honda Pilot Comparison in Huntington Beach, CA

When it's time to upgrade to a three-row SUV for your growing family, you want proven safety. You want reliability and durability, too. You also want rugged capability and a powerful drive so you can get where you're going even in poor conditions. That's where the 2020 Subaru Ascent comes in! The biggest Subaru SUV combines the all-terrain, all-weather capability you know and love from Subaru with the space and comfort Southern California families need most. That means it's an even better choice than its rival from Honda, the 2020 Honda Pilot. Find out below why the Subaru Ascent is the right choice for your next family SUV.

Subaru Ascent Cargo Area

Size & Design: 2020 Subaru Ascent vs 2020 Honda Pilot

Size doesn't always matter, but of course it matters when you're comparing three-row SUVs. Even though these vehicles are almost identical in exterior size, clever engineering means the 2020 Subaru Ascent is more spacious inside! With 42.2" of front seat legroom, there's more room to stretch your legs in the 2020 Subaru Ascent. There's only 40.9" of front seat legroom in the 2020 Honda Pilot. Plus, a few extra cubic feet of cargo room means you'll have extra space for everyone and their backpacks in the 2020 Honda Pilot.

And on the outside, the 2020 Subaru Ascent comes standard with rugged roof rails so you can easily attach accessories like bike racks and surfboard carriers. That'll cost you extra on the 2020 Honda Pilot.


Subaru Ascent Touchscreen

Technology: 2020 Subaru Ascent vs 2020 Honda Pilot

The entry-level 2020 Honda Pilot LX features a 5" static display and a basic AM/FM radio with smartphone pairing through Bluetooth® only. Instead, the 2020 Subaru Ascent features a standard 6.5" touch display and Apple CarPlay® / Android Auto™ functionality! That means even the entry-level 2020 Subaru Ascent feels as modern and connected as fully-loaded models -- though you can get optional features like an even larger touchscreen with built-in navigation. The 2020 Honda Pilot makes you pay for a trim level upgrade to enjoy these features.

The 2020 Subaru Ascent also comes standard with tri-zone automatic climate controls for personalized comfort. The 2020 Honda Pilot LX comes only with single-zone manual air conditioning.

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Subaru Ascent In The Rain

Performance & Capability: 2020 Subaru Ascent vs 2020 Honda Pilot

These SUVs provide similar power. The 2020 Subaru Ascent doesn't make quite as much horsepower as the 2020 Honda Pilot, but more torque, so on road performance should be similar. A little extra torque helps the 2020 Subaru Ascent feel responsive from a stop. Both vehicles also have a maximum available towing capacity of 5,000 pounds.

And while you can get all-wheel drive as an optional extra on the 2020 Honda Pilot, that's another standard feature on the 2020 Subaru Ascent! Standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive ensures you've always got grip, even in wet weather, wintery conditions and on unpaved roads. The 2020 Subaru Ascent also has more ground clearance than the 2020 Honda Pilot and standard Hill Descent Control and X-MODE® technology for when things get really tricky! Hill Descent Control isn't available at all on the 2020 Honda Pilot.


Subaru Ascent LED Headlights

Safety Accolades: 2020 Subaru Ascent vs 2020 Honda Pilot

Both models earned awards from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, but the 2020 Subaru Ascent still comes out on top. It earned the 2020 Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS, and got the best-possible score of "Good" in each and every crash test area. The 2020 Honda Pilot won the less-stringent 2019 Top Safety Pick award, and got a score of "Acceptable" in passenger-side small overlap frontal crash test. That means the 2020 Subaru Ascent has been found to be even more durable in the event of an accident.


Subaru Ascent Surfboard Carrier

Driver Assistance: 2020 Subaru Ascent vs 2020 Honda Pilot

Both these vehicles come standard with cutting-edge safety features. Many rivals in this segment only provide features like forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control as optional upgrades -- but both the 2020 Subaru Ascent and 2020 Honda Pilot provide these features as standard!

But while both cars also offer optional rear cross-traffic alert, only the 2020 Subaru Ascent offers optional reverse automatic braking. Not only can the Subaru Ascent monitor crossing traffic while you're reversing, it can even hit the brakes if sudden cross-traffic is detected. This feature can turn a would-be fender-bender into a simple near-miss! And you won't find this feature on any 2020 Honda Pilot.

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Why A New Subaru Offers You More Value At McKenna

You get so much more from the 2020 Subaru Ascent, and yet -- at a starting MSRP of just $31,995 -- the Subaru Ascent is merely a few hundred dollars more expensive at the entry-level. When you choose Subaru, that difference gets you features like automatic tri-zone climate control, all-wheel drive and more. Similar capability will cost you thousands more on the Honda SUV, so head to McKenna Subaru and climb behind the wheel of a new 2020 Subaru Ascent and take your test drive today! Your family (and your pocketbook) will be glad you did.

2020 Subaru Ascent2020 Honda Pilot
$31,995Starting MSRP*$31,650
27 Highway / 21 CityFuel Economy (MPG)27 Highway / 19 City
277 lb-ftTorque262 lb-ft
StandardRoof RailsAvailable
8.7 InchesGround Clearance7.3 Inches
153.5 Cubic FeetPassenger Volume152.9 Cubic Feet
86.5 Cubic FeetMaximum Cargo Volume83.9 Cubic Feet
StandardTri-Zone Automatic Climate ControlAvailable Upgrade
StandardApple CarPlay® / Android Auto™Available Upgrade
2020 Top Safety PickIIHS Safety Award2019 Top Safety Pick

*Manufacturer's suggested retail price does not include destination and delivery charges, tax, title and registration fees. Destination and delivery includes handling and inland freight fees and may vary in some states. Prices, specifications, options, features and models subject to change without notice.