The 2020 Honda Pilot vs. 2020 Subaru Ascent

January 29th, 2020 by

The SUV is one of the most versatile and capable vehicle segments on the market, perfect for busy parents, commuters, and active young drivers alike. With spacious interiors that merge flexibility with modern comforts, and efficient engines that offer off-road capabilities, they are perfect for tackling the terrain of Massachusetts while making sure drivers and passengers alike are safe and relaxed inside.

The Honda Pilot is one of the most well-loved SUVs of all time because it is roomy, powerful and still manages to be efficient despite its three-row seating. However, the 2020 Subaru Ascent is a fair competitor with its versatile cabin and driving capability. Let’s take a closer look to see how these two vehicles measure up.

Compare the 2020 Honda Pilot and 2020 Subaru Ascent at Boch Honda of Norwood MA | Black 2020 pilot on a black background

Which has better performance features: the 2020 Honda Pilot or 2020 Subaru Ascent?

Both SUVs are equipped to handle four-season family road trips to Cape Cod, but there are some key differences in their performance features that result in distinct driving experiences. For example, the 2020 Pilot’s more powerful 3.5L V6 engine offers up to 280-hp and 262 lb-ft of torque, while the 2020 Ascent has a less-responsive 2.4L engine with a max of 260-hp and 277 lb-ft of torque.

Although the Ascent can get a few more lb-ft of torque, the higher horsepower of the 2020 Honda Pilot allows it to get up to speed and overtake vehicles on the highway with much greater ease. In fact, the slow acceleration on the 2020 Subaru Ascent is a pain-point mentioned by car critics, along with its noisy transmission and loud cabin that lets in too much wind and road noise at high speeds. The Pilot is much quieter due to the standard Active Noise Cancelation™ (ANC) feature.

Both the Pilot and Ascent include all-wheel-drive capability, hill assist features, and traction control systems for the drivers of Norwood. However, only the 2020 Pilot includes an Eco Assist™ system that maximizes fuel efficiency and provides real-time feedback to promote good fuel-conserving driving habits. So, if you want a quieter, more stable and responsive driving experience with additional fuel-saving and performance-enhancing features, then the 2020 Pilot is definitely the better choice.



Compare the 2020 Honda Pilot and 2020 Subaru Ascent at Boch Honda of Norwood MA | The interior of the black honda pilot

Which has better safety features: the 2020 Honda Pilot or 2020 Subaru Ascent?

You can trust the 2020 Honda Pilot to carry your family because it comes standard with Honda Sensing®, an intelligent suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies. It includes a Collision Mitigation Braking System™, Road Departure Mitigation System, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keeping Assist, Forward Collision Warning, and Lane Departure Warning.

Additional standard safety features on the 2020 Honda Pilot include automatic high-beam headlights, a multi-angle rearview camera, Brake Assist, and numerous others. If you need any more reason to trust the Honda Pilot, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) awarded the 2020 Pilot with a five-star crash-test rating.

The 2020 Subaru Ascent is also a sturdy vehicle with an array of safety technologies. However, compared to the 2020 Pilot, it falls short in standard safety features. So, you will be spending more money on add-ons for the Ascent that would be included on the Pilot. For example, Blind-Spot Detection and automatic high-beams are not standard on the Ascent like they are on the Pilot.



Compare the 2020 Honda Pilot and 2020 Subaru Ascent at Boch Honda of Norwood MA | The black edition 2020 pilot

Is the Honda Pilot or the Honda CR-V more comfortable?

Both the Pilot and Ascent are exceptionally comfortable vehicles with spacious cabins. The 2020 Pilot is slightly wider, though, allowing for a few more inches of hip and shoulder room for you and your passengers. The second and third-row passengers will also appreciate the Pilot’s taller cabin, with 40-inches of headspace in the third row compared to the Ascent’s 36-inch height.

The Ascent’s cargo volume also falls behind at 86 cubic ft. compared to the Pilot’s whopping 109 cubic ft. of cargo space. So, if you need more storage for bags and gear in addition to seating space to keep the kids happy while running errands around Norwood, then the 2020 Pilot is your best bet.

Every Pilot comes with a power liftgate and push-button start, but those features are only available on the higher trims of the Ascent. Both SUV’s include Apple CarPlay and Andriod Auto capability, but the Pilot’s dashboard layout and gauge cluster is much more user-friendly and intuitive than the Ascent’s touch-only infotainment system. These convenience features may seem unimportant at first thought, but they really make a difference in the quality of your driving experience.

It looks like the 2020 Honda Pilot pulled through as the winner with its more powerful and responsive engine, broader range of standard safety features, and roomier cabin. Paired with the exceptional service offered at Boch Honda, the decision is a no brainer!



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