2020 Subaru Ascent vs 2020 Honda Pilot Comparison in Salt Lake City, UT

The biggest Subaru SUV on the market is perfect for life in Utah. The 2020 Subaru Ascent is remarkably roomy and filled with high-quality features to make the drive comfortable for you and your family. And, since it's a Subaru, it's also equipped with capability that's a match for some of our state's more rugged adventures. But the family SUV market is filled with worthy competitors, like the 2020 Honda Pilot. Which one is better suited to your family's needs? Take a closer look below at just how these two compare.

Subaru Ascent inside view with second and third rows folded

2020 Subaru Ascent vs 2020 Honda Pilot: Capacities

When you're in the market for a three-row SUV, space is naturally one of the most important factors you'll be looking at. Both the Subaru Ascent and the Honda Pilot come with seating for up to eight passengers. The passenger volume is similar, though the 2020 Subaru Ascent comes with a bit more room. This translates into greater front and second-row legroom, as well as greater front headroom, in the Subaru Ascent. You'll also get greater cargo capacity in the Subaru Ascent. There's 17.8 cubic feet behind the third row, which can expand up to 86.5 cubic feet with the second and third rows folded! The 2020 Honda Pilot has just 16.5 cubic feet of standard cargo space, and it can expand up to 83.9 cubic feet. But the superior cargo capacity of the Subaru extends to the exterior, as well. Every 2020 Subaru Ascent comes standard with roof rails, which make it easier to pack bicycles, kayaks, or other oversized gear along for the adventure. Roof rails are not even available in the entry-level Honda Pilot model, or the two trim levels above that!


2020 Subaru Ascent touchscreen

2020 Subaru Ascent vs 2020 Honda Pilot: Interior Comfort & Technology Features

While space is important, it's only part of what makes an SUV comfortable. That's why Subaru has outfitted the 2020 Ascent with a number of features that the 2020 Honda Pilot can't match. Tri-zone automatic climate control is standard in the 2020 Subaru Ascent, making it easy for all your passengers to enjoy customized comfort. This is an available upgrade only in the Honda Pilot, which comes standard with manual air conditioning.

In addition, staying connected is much easier with the 2020 Subaru Ascent. The standard STARLINK® Multimedia Plus system includes a 6.5-inch touchscreen, access to cloud-based applications, and connectivity through Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™. The entry-level Honda Pilot stands in quite stark comparison to this. It reluctantly drags its feet into the 2020s by the lacking a touchscreen in the entry-level model. The standard 5-inch LCD screen means that the base Honda Pilot also lacks Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ capabilities. You'll have to pay more and upgrade to the next trim level just to get these features and a touchscreen!


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Subaru Ascent towing a boat parked by a lake

2020 Subaru Ascent vs 2020 Honda Pilot: Performance

When it comes to performance, the Subaru Ascent is the victor. The engines may seem similar on paper, with the Honda Pilot getting more horsepower and the Subaru Ascent getting more torque--but the engine layout is different. While the Honda Pilot has a V6, the Subaru Ascent has a turbocharged BOXER® engine that provides better balance, reduced body roll, and a lower center of gravity. But there's another notable difference. The 2020 Subaru Ascent also comes standard with a powerful full-time all-wheel drive system. This makes for better city driving in all four seasons, as well as giving the Subaru Ascent some off-road capability. All-wheel drive is an available upgrade in the Honda Pilot, but it will cost more. Since the Subaru Ascent also has over an inch more ground clearance and standard features like Hill Descent Control and the proprietary traction-improving X-MODE®, it's much more suited to exploring the wild places that make Utah so beautiful.


Subaru Ascent driving in a residential area in the rain

2020 Subaru Ascent vs 2020 Honda Pilot: Safety

These are family vehicles, and nothing is more important than your family's safety. Subaru understands this, and it shows. The 2020 Subaru Ascent earned the 2020 Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Though the 2020 Honda Pilot also earned an award, it was the less stringent 2019 Top Safety Pick. What's more, the 2020 Subaru Ascent earned perfect five-star ratings in the Overall, Frontal Crash, and Side Crash categories from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The 2020 Honda Pilot got only four stars in the Frontal Crash category. With these ratings and features like the standard all-wheel drive for improved traction, the Subaru Ascent is the natural choice for keeping everyone as safe as possible.

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2020 Subaru Ascent vs 2020 Honda Pilot: Value

The 2020 Subaru Ascent has a standard MSRP that's slightly more than that of the 2020 Honda Pilot. When we say "slightly," we mean that it's not even $350 more. They're nearly identical in price, but the stripped-down base Honda Pilot lacks features like all-wheel drive or even a touchscreen. To get features like these, you'd have to pay considerably more. We invite you to experience the Subaru Ascent for yourself at Nate Wade Subaru.

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.