Subaru Ascent vs Honda Pilot

Subaru Ascent vs. Honda Pilot
Subaru Ascent
Honda Pilot
At a Glance: Ascent vs. Pilot

Committing to a vehicle means picking a brand that you truly love and are thrilled to drive. As a Yorkville, Utica, Rome, and New Hartford, NY local, you may not realize which SUV is right for you. Fortunately, the Carbone Subaru team is here to help!

Are you ready to see how the 2023 Subaru Ascent stacks up against the Honda Pilot? Check out our comparison below!



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Ascent vs. Pilot


153.2 cu. ft. | 151.7 cu. ft.
Ascent vs. Pilot


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Ascent vs. Pilot
See the Difference for Yourself
Select a category below to learn more about how the Subaru Ascent compares to the Honda Pilot.
Subaru Ascent

So, what kind of performance will you find with these family SUVs? The 2023 Subaru Ascent and the Honda Pilot each have one powerful engine, so performance preference comes down to what you want out of your SUV.

A Capable SUV Performance

Both vehicles have a maximum available towing capacity of 5,000 pounds when properly equipped, which means your annual camping trip to the lake can be complete by taking along your:

  • Small hard-sided RV
  • Small recreational boat
  • Personal recreational vehicles (jet skis, snowmobiles, etc.)
Standard vs. Available

Most brands offer available all-wheel drive (AWD) in their vehicles, but the Subaru Ascent provides standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive —even for the entry-level trim. Honda, on the other hand, lists AWD as an available option for the Pilot.

As for torque, you’ll get a little more oomph with the Subaru Ascent, which offers 277 lb-ft of torque. In comparison, the Honda Pilot only offers 262 lb-ft of torque.

Subaru Ascent

When you're on the road, there’s so much you need to think about. You need to think about everyone else on the highway as well as your kids in the back seat. Luckily, both Subaru and Honda put safety first and have comprehensive safety and driver-assistance suites

Driver-Assisting Safety Comes Standard

So, what kind of features can you count on for your next drive? Both the Subaru and the Honda have advanced safety suites: EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology and Honda Sensing® respectively.

Both the Subaru Ascent and the Honda Pilot offer standard features such as:

  • Pre-collision Braking system
  • Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control with Lane Centering
  • Lane Keep Assist and Sway Warning
Parking Is Easier Than Ever

Both models will allow you to drive around town with confidence. However, only the Ascent offers Reverse Automatic Braking.

If you’d like to back into a parking spot, this system will monitor the area behind your vehicle and automatically brake if it detects an obstacle.

Subaru Ascent

As a family always on the go—whether on vacation or making a run to the grocery store—any errand can be fun if everyone is comfortable in their own space. Fortunately, both the Subaru Ascent and the Honda Pilot have a lot of interior room.

Cabin Space Equals Cabin Comfort

The 153.2 cubic feet of passenger volume in the Subaru Ascent includes an impressive 41.2 inches of front headroom and 42.2 inches of front legroom.

The Honda Pilot only offers 40.5 inches of front headroom and 41 inches of front legroom. While impressive, it will still be a tighter fit than the Subaru Ascent.

Interior Convenience

Both models offer three rows of seating, allowing you to comfortably accommodate up to seven or eight people. With a full SUV, it’s important to have room for your belongings. Both models have more than 40 cubic feet of cargo volume with the third row folded down. However, this isn’t the only storage you’ll find.

Another feature within the interior of the Ascent which exceeds that of the Pilot is the number of places to store your beverages. The Honda Pilot provides 14 places to put your water bottles, while the Subaru Ascent tops that with a whopping 19 cup and bottle holders placed throughout the cabin.

Which SUV Will You Choose?
Subaru Ascent

When it comes to making a commitment to a car, the 2023 Subaru Ascent offers all the bells and whistles standard for any trim that Yorkville, Utica, Rome, and New Hartford, NY drivers choose. While similar key features exist in the Honda Pilot, it just cannot match the robust offerings of its competitor.

Come take a test drive today at Carbone Subaru and get ready for a steep Ascent in your driving excitement!

All of the tools you need to move forward with experiencing a new 2023 Ascent for yourself are conveniently available right here online.