Committing to a vehicle means picking a brand that you truly love and want to drive as long as possible. As a driver in the Wakefield, Reading, and Danvers, Massachusetts, areas, you may not realize which SUV is right for you, so the team at Ira Subaru is here to help you make the right decision!

Subaru and Honda drivers may not think they want to change manufacturers, but the knowledgeable folks at Ira Subaru know that change is good. We'll show you how the 2021 Subaru Ascent stacks up against the Honda Pilot in our Subaru Ascent vs. Honda Pilot comparison. Learn more below before browsing our inventory!

Subaru Ascent vs Honda Pilot: Performance and Capability

The 2021 Subaru Ascent and the Honda Pilot each have one engine, so it comes down to what you want out of your SUV. Both vehicles have a maximum available towing capacity of 5,000 pounds, which means your annual camping trip to the lake can be complete by taking along your:

  • Small hard-side RV
  • Small recreational boat
  • Personal recreational vehicles (jet skis, snowmobiles, etc.)

Most brands offer available all-wheel drive (AWD) in their vehicles, but the Subaru Ascent provides the system as standard-even for the entry-level trim. Honda, on the other hand, lists AWD as an available option for the Pilot. Additionally, even though AWD is standard on the Ascent, it still meets and beats the Pilot in terms of fuel efficiency.



  • All-Wheel Drive
    • 21 City
    • 27 Highway
    • 23 Combined
  • 2-Wheel Drive
    • 20 City
    • 27 Highway
    • 23 Combined
  • All-Wheel Drive
    • 19 City
    • 26 Highway
    • 22 Combined

Greater Boston metropolitan-area drivers used to driving in harsh weather conditions need this vital tool from October snow squalls to that last April dusting. When you see snow, you want traction. The Ascent can provide that with its Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, which ensures stability on icy roads.

Subaru Ascent vs Honda Pilot: Dimensions

But you're not going to spend your time curled up under the hood snuggling with the engine-as cozy as that sounds. You're going to spend time driving around from home to the kids' school to work and back, so you need a vehicle that's just as fit for city roads as the great outdoors.

Exterior Dimensions

The exterior dimensions of your car are what make an impact on your everyday drives on the road. Below is a table comparing the outer measurements of the 2021 Subaru Ascent and the Honda Pilot.

Exterior Dimensions






Ground Clearance


196.8 in.

76 in.

71.6 in.

113.8 in.

8.7 in.


196.5 in.

78.6 in.

70.6 in.

111 in.

7.3 in.

As you can see, these SUVs are fairly close in most of their dimensions, but the Ascent wins in a few key places. Since it's almost three inches slimmer than its competitor, the Ascent is better for squeezing into those cozy parking spots either at the grocery store or the parking garage at work.

The Ascent also has a longer wheelbase and a higher ground clearance. These two measurements add up to less noticeable bumps in the road. The longer wheelbase means a delay between when the front wheels and the rear wheels make contact, which makes for a smoother ride. Plus, the higher ground clearance means you'll be able to tackle bigger obstacles that may impede your path.

Interior Dimensions

 As a family always on the go-whether on vacation or a run to the grocery store-any errand can be fun if everyone is comfortable in their own space. The Honda Pilot offers 152.9 cubic feet of passenger space, which is a great amount of room for the family or the morning carpool.

However, with 153.5 cubic feet of passenger space, your Subaru Ascent has three rows of seating that can comfortably accommodate up to seven or eight people, depending on the trim level you choose. This includes an impressive 41.3 inches of front headroom and 42.2 inches of front legroom.        

Another feature within the interior of the Ascent that exceeds the Pilot's is the number of places to store your beverages. The Honda Pilot provides 15 places to put your water bottles, while the Subaru Ascent tops that with a whopping 19 cup and bottle holders situated throughout the vehicle.

Cargo Space

While both the Ascent and the Pilot have 5,000 pounds of towing capability when properly equipped, there are things you just shouldn't tow behind your car. For all those items that should be kept inside, you'll need plenty of interior cargo space.




Cargo Space Behind the Third Row

17.8 cubic feet

16.5 cubic feet

Cargo Space Behind the Second Row

47.5 cubic feet

46.8 cubic feet

Cargo Space Behind the First Row

86.5 cubic feet

83.9 cubic feet

Families who embark on bike-riding adventures and weekly road trips will be pleasantly surprised that raised roof rails for securing your bikes, skis, and precious cargo come standard on every trim of the Subaru Ascent. Only three out of six trims in the Honda Pilot lineup come outfitted with roof rails.

Subaru partnered with Thule®, one of the leading manufacturers of racking accessories, to provide the quality equipment you need to make a spur-of-the-moment road trip into a memory that lasts for a lifetime.

Subaru Ascent vs Honda Pilot: Safety and Driver's Assistance Features

 When you're on the road, it isn't just you that 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's assistance suites-Eyesight® Driver Assist Technology and Honda Sensing® respectively. Both the Subaru Ascent and the Honda Pilot offer the following brand-specific features 


  • Collision avoidance braking
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Lane keeping systems

Though not part of the above-mentioned safety suites, both models have automatic high beams standard as well. Both models also offer available blind spot information systems, which is great for the busy morning and afternoon rushes.

However, only the Ascent offers Reverse Automatic Braking. If you like to back into a parking spot, this system will monitor the area behind your vehicle and automatically brake if it detects an obstacle. We know you're always looking out around you, but it's nice to have extra peace of mind that comes with a virtual copilot watching out for you.

Making a Commitment: 2021 Subaru Ascent vs Honda Pilot

When it comes to making a commitment to a car, the 2021 Subaru Ascent offers all the bells and whistles standard for whichever trim Wakefield, Reading, and Danvers, MA, drivers choose. While similar key features exist in the Honda Pilot, it just cannot match the love you'll feel for the Subaru.

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

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