When an SUV has room for the whole family, it should be able to keep you safe, give you plenty of cargo room, and make your life easier. Vehicles like the Subaru Ascent and Honda Pilot are built to do just that.

So, which one is right for you and your family? To help drivers near Parsippany, Wayne, and Morristown decide, Paul Miller Subaru looks at what each one has to offer in this Subaru Ascent vs. Honda Pilot comparison.

Subaru Ascent vs Honda Pilot: Performance

The Subaru Ascent delivers a capable and efficient performance. It'll keep you in control in any driving conditions with standard Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. The Honda Pilot is also an efficient SUV. However, it's not always as capable. While all-wheel drive is available, front-wheel drive comes standard on most trim levels.

Both SUVs can travel far on road trips with an EPA-estimated 27 MPG highway. The Ascent is slightly more efficient downtown, though, with an EPA-estimated 21 MPG city. The Pilot forces you to make a pit stop for gas more often on your commute with an EPA-estimated 20 MPG city.

While each vehicle can tow up to 5,000 pounds, the Subaru has an easier time getting your trailer up hills and through the snow. In addition to giving you standard all-wheel drive, the Ascent also provides you with extra torque when you need it most. Its 2.4L turbocharged 4-cylinder SUBARU BOXER® engine gets up to 277 lb-ft of torque.

On the other hand, the Honda needs a 3.5L V6 engine to haul your cargo. Despite its extra size, it can only offer up to 262 lb-ft of torque.

Ascent vs Pilot: Passenger & Cargo Room

There are three rows of seats in both the 2020 Subaru Ascent and Honda Pilot. A second-row bench seat comes standard in both and gives you seating for up to eight people. If you're interested in having a convenient center aisle, you can choose to have a pair of captain's chairs and seating for seven.

The Ascent gives passengers a little more room to relax, though. It features 153.5 cubic feet of passenger space compared to the Honda's 152.9 cubic feet of passenger room. You'll notice a difference when you're behind the wheel. The Subaru's 42.2 inches of legroom gives you more space to stretch out on drives, while the Pilot will feel a little cramped with 40.9 inches of front legroom.

Both SUVs are also designed to carry lots of cargo. The Ascent features 17.8 cubic feet of trunk space, 47.5 cubic feet of cargo room with the back seats folded down, and 86.5 cubic feet of cargo room with both the second and third rows folded.

The Honda Pilot has a slightly smaller trunk with 16.5 cubic feet of space. While it also has folding seats in the second and third rows, it can't offer as much space. With both rows down its maximum cargo room is still just 83.9 cubic feet of space.

Honda Pilot vs Subaru Ascent: Amenities

The Subaru Ascent is focused on making your drive more convenient. Its wide doors give you more space to install a children's car seat or load a pet carrier. Each trim level comes with a set of roof rails, so you can tie things to the roof, too.

Inside, you'll find all sorts of comfortable amenities, including power-adjustable front seats, heated and ventilated front seats, and heated second-row seats. To help everyone stay refreshed, there are 19 cup and bottle holders throughout the interior.

The Honda Pilot also has power-adjustable, heated, and ventilated front seats, plus heated second-row seats. Unfortunately, the doors can't swing open as wide, and roof rails don't come standard until the higher trim levels. It doesn't have nearly as many cup holders, either.

Infotainment System

Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ come standard in the 2020 Subaru Ascent. They give you the freedom to sync your smartphone to your SUV and access all your favorite apps. You'll also be able to stream your music and make hands-free phone calls using Bluetooth®.

All this smartphone compatibility can be found on a standard touchscreen display. It's also the place to find all your music with features like SiriusXM® All Access Radio, HD Radio®, iHeartRadio®, and Pandora®. To give you great sound quality, you can also add a 14-speaker Harman Kardon® QuantumLogic™ surround-sound system.

The Honda Pilot offers a touchscreen, Apple CarPlay®, and Android Auto®. However, the standard system only includes a small LCD monitor. While Bluetooth® comes standard, you won't find SiriusXM® Radio or HD Radio™ on the base trim. It can't offer the same sound quality, either, with a 10-speaker sound system.

Safety Features

The Subaru Ascent also gives you peace of mind during your drive. On top of delivering standard all-wheel drive, it protects the interior with seven airbags. The system even includes a driver's knee airbag and side-curtain airbags that cover all three rows of seats.

There's also standard EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology. This system gives you more awareness during your drive and helps prevent accidents with features like:

  • Pre-Collision Braking
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Lane Departure and Sway Warning with Lane Keep Assist
  • Pre-Collision Throttle Management

The Honda Pilot also has a set of standard driver-assistance features and offers all-wheel drive. While it also has side-curtain airbags, it leaves some of the interior unprotected with only six airbags.

Test Drive a Family Friendly SUV in Parsippany Today!

To learn more about this Subaru Ascent vs Honda Pilot comparison, get in touch with Paul Miller Subaru and take a test drive. The 2020 Subaru Ascent offers more cargo room, standard features, and traction to drivers in Parsippany, Wayne, and Morristown.

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