Honda Pilot vs. Subaru Ascent at Urse Honda

Compare the Honda Pilot and the Subaru Ascent with Your Bridgeport, WV Dealership

If you've been shopping for an affordable and reliable three-row family USV, you've likely encountered vehicles like the Honda Pilot or the Subaru Ascent. Both models sit within the same SUV segment, offer three rows of seating that seat up to eight passengers and are known to be well-loved by families who need reliability and durability. Here at Urse Honda, we always urge our local Morgantown area shoppers to consider the Honda Pilot instead. See why today.


Powertrain and Performance Features

One of the major defining features that set the Honda Pilot apart from the Subaru Ascent is the standard powertrain offering. The Honda Pilot will equip you and your Morgantown family with a powerful 3.5-liter V6 engine. This configuration produces 280-horsepower output and 262-pound-feet of torque and is paired with a smooth-shifting nine-speed automatic transmission. This configuration comes with available all-wheel drive, which many drivers love because of its all-terrain ability and versatility through tough weather conditions.

Those that opt for the Subaru Ascent may be disappointed by the sole engine option of the lineup: a 2.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder opting that only produces 260-horsepower and 277-pound-feet of torque. Auto enthusiasts also don't care for the continuously variable transmission, which is the only choice in the Subaru Ascent and is synonymous with pricey repairs and the likelihood of failure sooner compared to a multi-speed transmission as the Honda has.

Interior Space, Style, and Convenience Options

These two vehicles are extremely similar in space and size, differing by millimeters which likely won't make a huge difference to our Clarksburg area shoppers. However, the Honda implements a few extras that we think your family will appreciate. For example, you'll enjoy 16 cupholders throughout the interior and best-in-class visibility, thanks to slender roof pillars. Roomy side pockets, beneath the seat adjustable storage, and a generous center console send this vehicle over the edge in terms of cargo space and storage. However, the actual "cargo space" measurements may not at first reflect this.

Technology Controls and User-Friendliness

Yet another area where the Honda Pilot has it down to a fine science is in the realm of technology. You'll find that while the Subaru Ascent and the Honda pilot are similarly equipped with a generous center touchscreen, the Honda Pilot offers great useability while driving. The Subaru is limited to touch-only controls for your smartphone apps and other navigation features, which might cause you to take your eyes from the road and impede your safety. The Honda Pilot, on the other hand, provides drivers with complete smartphone connectivity as well as voice command functionalities that work well with natural language and will keep you in control without having to take your eyes from the road.

Summing it Up

If having copious amounts of convenient cargo space in your crossover-inspired three-row SUV, a user-friendly technology system that works with your life, and a generous standard power train are important features for you-the Honda Pilot is made for you. While both models will provide similar space on paper, the Subaru Ascent lacks the innovation of a beneath-the-floor storage area or 16 cupholders in all the right places.

Start Your Honda Pilot Shopping Experience near Fairmont

Start your personalized shopping experience with your local Urse Honda dealership today with a quick test drive of the Honda Pilot. We know you'll love what you see. This safe and versatile SUV was simply made for family life. Give us a call today.

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