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2021 Honda Pilot vs 2021 Subaru Ascent

2021 Honda Pilot vs. 2021 Subaru Ascent

2021 Honda Pilot


2021 Subaru Ascent



3,500 lbs.

Standard Tow Rating

2,000 lbs.
109 Cubic Feet

Maximum Cargo Capacity

86.5 Cubic Feet

10-Way Power Driver’s Seat
w/ Power Lumbar Support

Not Available

CabinTalk® In-Car
PA System

Not Available

Advanced Rear
Entertainment System

Not Available

Any driver looking for a 3-row crossover SUV with space enough to take the whole family and power enough for everything from engaging on-road cruising to backcountry adventures is sure to end up comparing the 2021 Honda Pilot vs. Subaru Ascent. With that in mind, we’ve matched them up for you across the following factors:

  • Power and Capability
  • Interior Space
  • Features and Technology

Pilot vs. Ascent: Power and Capability

Subaru vehicles might have a reputation for engaging performance and go-anywhere capability, but you’ll actually find the Honda Pilot offers superior engine specs and higher standard tow ratings:

  • Honda CR-V Engine: A 3.5L V6 makes up to 280 hp.
  • Subaru Ascent Engine: A 2.4L turbo flat-4 makes up to 260 hp.
  • Honda CR-V Standard Tow Rating: Up to 3,500 lbs.
  • Subaru Ascent Standard Tow Rating: Up to 2,000 lbs.

Pilot vs. Ascent: Interior Space

Both the 2021 Honda Pilot and the 2021 Subaru Ascent provide eight passenger seating as standard or seven passenger seating when you choose to switch out the standard 2nd row bench seat for two 2nd row Captain’s Chairs.

You might expect these two cavernous crossover SUVs to be equally well-matched when it comes to cargo space, but the Honda Pilot offers considerably more with the 2nd and 3rd rows folded. You’ll find:

  • Up to 109.0 Cubic Feet of Cargo Space in the Honda Pilot.
  • Up to 86.5 Cubic Feet of Cargo Space in the Subaru Ascent.

Pilot vs. Ascent: Features and Technology

You’ll find several comfort features available with the Honda Pilot that aren’t offered with any configuration of the Subaru Ascent, including a 10-Way Power Driver’s Seat with Power Lumbar Support. Honda Pilot technology is equally unmatched – it’s the only model of the two available with:

  • CabinTalk® In-Car PA System
  • 10.2-inch High-Resolution Advanced Rear Entertainment System with Blu-Ray™ Player and Built-In Streaming Apps

You Can Find the 2021 Honda Pilot Available Now from Ocean Honda of San Juan Capistrano, CA

Made even more attractive by our latest new vehicle specials, the new Honda Pilot is a model every 3-row crossover SUV shopper needs to experience firsthand by taking a test drive. To arrange yours or find out more, simply contact us today.

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