2021 Subaru Ascent vs Honda Pilot Comparison Information in Columbus, OH

Compare The 2021 Subaru Ascent & Honda Pilot For Columbus, OH

From weekend trips to the home improvement store to soccer practice and violin lessons, a new three-row SUV is a great choice for families. Few other names in the automotive world are more renowned for value, quality, and reliability than Subaru and Honda. They both enter the market with a similar MSRP, but what is it that you're getting for your money in each case? Below, we look at the facts standing between these two midsize family SUVs. Once you have an idea of just how far your dollar goes in each one, come see us to test drive the Subaru Ascent at our Columbus dealership by the airport where we go the extra mile to show you a better car shopping experience.

2021 Subaru Ascent headlight

2021 Subaru Ascent vs Honda Pilot: Features & Design

As soon as you begin looking through the exterior features that come standard on each of these SUVs, it becomes clear that you're getting a better value from Subaru. While the new Honda Pilot does come standard with LED low-beam headlights, every new 2021 Subaru Ascent is equipped with LED steering-responsive headlights. Getting to the rear cargo area is easier with the new Ascent thanks to a standard power rear gate with automatic close and height memory. You'll have to shell out over $6,000 more to jump a couple Honda Pilot trim levels to get a similar feature. If you need to carry even more cargo, raised roof rails are standard on every new Subaru Ascent. You won't find those on a Honda Pilot until you get near the top of the lineup. When it comes to loading up cargo, the Honda Pilot is handy with 83.9 cubic feet of maximum cargo space, but the new Subaru Ascent is larger in the back with a max volume of 86.5 cubic feet of space in the back. If that's not enough, there are always the standard roof rails we mentioned before.


2021 Subaru Ascent touchscreen display

2021 Subaru Ascent vs Honda Pilot: Connectivity & Entertainment

The advanced technology found in today's cars and SUVs is quite remarkable. That's true of the latest Honda Pilot and Subaru Ascent. But take a closer look, and you'll start to notice some important distinctions. At the start of the lineup, the Honda Pilot is equipped with a five-inch color LCD screen while the new Subaru Ascent comes standard with a 6.5-inch touchscreen STARLINK® Multimedia Plus system. This means every new Subaru Ascent comes standard with seamless smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ while Honda will charge you for a trim level upgrade to get these.

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2021 Subaru Ascent towing a camper trailer

2021 Subaru Ascent vs Honda Pilot: Performance

Exceptional performance and adventurous capability may not be your first priorities when shopping for a new three-row SUV, but they can't hurt. When you look at the basic power numbers on paper for these two midsize SUVs, they seem similar. The Honda Pilot shows a few more horsepower while the Subaru Ascent shows a bit more torque. Both models are rated to tow up to 5,000 pounds, and the power difference isn't something you're likely to notice behind the wheel. What you will notice is a huge difference in how these two models feel to drive.

Under the hood of the new Subaru Ascent is a unique flat engine design that provides a much lower center of gravity. So, the Ascent provides a higher ground and seating position with much less body roll than the Honda Pilot. Additionally, every Subaru Ascent is equipped with the world-renowned traction of Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. You can upgrade the Honda Pilot to be equipped with their version of AWD, but it will cost substantially more.


2021 Subaru Ascent driving in rain

2021 Subaru Ascent vs Honda Pilot: Safety

When shopping for a new midsize SUV, it's especially important that you remain confident that your choice is among the safest available. We're pleased to report that the new Subaru Ascent and Honda Pilot are recognized as particularly safe models. However, once again, there are some distinctions to be aware of. Perhaps most notably are the results from independent industry experts at the IIHS and the NHTSA. Both found that the new 2021 Subaru Ascent proved safer throughout a host of demanding crash and safety tests than the Honda Pilot. The new Subaru Ascent even earned the prestigious 2021 IIHS Top Safety Pick + distinction, which is the highest safety award any vehicle can earn. The latest Honda pilot failed to earn any such safety award.


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Get More For Your Money In A New 2021 Subaru Ascent

With a starting MSRP that's a couple hundred dollars more affordable than the new Honda Pilot, a 2021 Subaru Ascent is clearly an outstanding choice. You'll get safer AWD traction for when adventure calls and when the roads get slick, a better multimedia system, and superior standard features throughout in this three-row SUV from Subaru.

2021 Subaru Ascent2021 Honda Pilot
$32,295Starting MSRP*$32,550
27 Highway / 21 CityFuel Economy (MPG)27 Highway / 19 City
StandardAll-Wheel DriveAvailable Upgrade
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
StandardLED Steering-Responsive HeadlightsNot Available
StandardApple CarPlay™ / Android Auto™Available Upgrade
StandardPower TailgateAvailable Upgrade

*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.