Compare The 2021 Subaru Ascent to The Competition at Milford Subaru

2021 Subaru Ascent

2021 Honda Pilot
Symmetrical AWDStandardAWD Available With $1,400 Upgrade
Apple CarPlay & Android Auto
StandardSmartphone Integration Available With $2,900 Trim Upgrade
Front Head Room41.2"40.1"
Front Legroom43.3"41.3"
Overall Passenger Volume119.9"105.9"
KBB 2020 Best In-Class Resale Value

See How the 2021 Subaru Ascent Compares to the Honda Pilot at Milford Subaru

If you are looking for that next great adventuring SUV to help you handle all the challenges of life, nothing matches up with the Subaru lineup. As the only three-row SUV in the lineup, the Subaru Ascent allows you to bring your family along. It also equips a variety of standard and available features to help make your commute more enjoyable and comfortable. From ample passenger and storage space to a variety of technology features, no other SUV can do it all like the Subaru Ascent. Even when compared to the Honda Pilot, the Subaru Ascent comes out on top! Check out how they compare down below!


While the Subaru Ascent and Honda Pilot come with similar starting prices, the Ascent includes more standard features than the Pilot lineup can field. Adding on all-wheel drive to the Pilot - a standard feature to the Ascent - increases the price to almost $2,000 more than the Subaru SUV. The Ascent also comes with a standard touchscreen, smartphone integration, raised roof rails, and more - all features you need to pay more for with the Honda Pilot.


The Subaru Ascent is standard with a 2.4-liter turbocharged SUBARU BOXER® engine that delivers 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque to the Honda Pilot's 3.5-liter V6 that outputs 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet. The Honda Pilot has a nine-speed automatic transmission, but it is known to have imprecise upshifts and rough downshifts that are not typical of the Subaru's CVT. The Ascent's engine has great torque and very little turbo lag, while also offering good steering manners and body control versus the Honda Pilot. And, of course, the Subaru Ascent comes standard with All-Wheel Drive - the Pilot requires you to spend $2,000 more to unlock the same.

Interior Design

The Subaru Ascent is an impressively-crafted family SUV, praised for its better interior design in the second-row seat area. This allows it to provide easier access to the third-row seats. The Ascent's interior also offers a pleasing, earthy appeal to it, as compared to the Honda Pilot, which feels more unimaginative and crude. The Pilot's seats are also thought to be uncomfortable and hard, unlike the cozy, luxurious options standard to the Ascent.


The Subaru Ascent leads the charge with a variety of standard technology that the Honda Pilot lacks. The Pilot's audio system is viewed as less ergonomic as there is only a volume knob - station tuning is done through the touchscreen only. The Subaru Ascent doesn't have this problem, making it much easier to control your infotainment and climate control system. The audio system in the Pilot also employs outdated graphics compared to the Ascent, which seems more futuristic and innovative. With a standard touchscreen, smartphone integration, and more, the Subaru Ascent just offers more standard features than the Pilot can manage.

With the Subaru Ascent coming in at $32,295 and the Honda Pilot starting at $32,250, the initial price might tell a different story. 

But, with all the standard features available to the Ascent that are lacking from the base Honda Pilot, you can enjoy more without needing to pay to upgrade. Stop by Milford Subaru and schedule a test drive of the new Subaru Ascent!

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