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Honda Pilot vs. Subaru Ascent

The Honda Pilot and Subaru Ascent 3-row, 8-passenger midsize SUVs are priced similarly, but the latter comes with standard all-wheel drive, effectively giving it the advantage. The Pilot counterpunches with better resale value and reliability ratings. The Ascent’s exterior design is a touch more stylish than the Pilot’s. The Pilot has a better-sorted interior, but the Ascent comes with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. The Subaru also has a larger, sharper touchscreen compared to the Honda. The Ascent has slightly more cargo room and a lot more cupholders, but the Pilot scores points for its clever interior storage features. While the Pilot offers a quality ride and a more powerful, standard V6 engine, the Ascent is more engaging to drive, especially when the pavement ends, thanks to its turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, extra ground clearance, and Subaru’s X-Mode traction control. The Pilot, however, is quieter than the Ascent and is better in terms of noise, vibration, and harshness.

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2022 Honda Pilot

2023 Subaru Ascent

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$38,798 - $51,617

Used Asking Price:

$31,798 - $45,877

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

44.4%

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$37,842 - $48,057

Used Asking Price:

$34,769 - $46,499

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

40.5%

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.7 / 10

Reliability:

8.6 / 10

Retained Value:

7.4 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

Not available

Reliability:

Not available

Retained Value:

7.9 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Rankings

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42 / 61

iSeeCars Rankings

8 / 25
9 / 31
13 / 25
16 / 61
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49 / 61

Summary Review

The Honda Pilot is one of America’s favorite three-row family vehicles. All but two trim levels offer seating for eight passengers, though many buyers opt for the 7-passenger configuration with two large captain's chairs in the second row.

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Summary Review

The Subaru Ascent joined the crossover SUV lineup at Subaru in 2018. It quickly earned the praise of reviewers.

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Pros and Cons

  • Seating for up to 8 in almost every trim 
  • Family-friendly features galore
  • Among the largest interior volume and cargo capacity of this segment’s SUVs
  • One of the most “made-in-America” models in this segment (Alabama)

  • No green (hybrid/electric) powertrain option available
  • Overdue for an update

Pros and Cons

  • Excellent on-road and off-road capability
  • Seven or eight-seat configurations available
  • Class-leading diver-assist technology

  • Below-average reliability scores (unusual for a Subaru)

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Trim Levels

Sport, Touring-8P, TrailSport, SE, Touring-7P, Black Edition, Elite, EX-L

Trim Levels

Onyx Edition, Base, Premium 8-Passenger, Touring, Limited 8-Passenger, Onyx Edition Limited, Premium 7-Passenger, Limited 7-Passenger

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

3 years / 36000 miles

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

Not yet available

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

TOP SAFETY PICK +

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

280 hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque:

262 foot-lbs @ 4700 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.069 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

Not yet available

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

260 hp @ 5600 rpm

Torque:

277 foot-lbs @ 2000 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.059 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

Not yet available

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

3.5 liters

Engine Configuration:

V

Number of Cylinders:

6

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD / AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

20 / 27 / 23

Range (city/hwy):

390 / 527 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2.4 liters

Engine Configuration:

Flat/Horizontally Opposed

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT Automatic)

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

20 / 26 / 22

Range (city/hwy):

386 / 502 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Standard

Heated Seats:

Standard

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Standard

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Available

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Standard

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Standard

360-Degree Camera:

N/A

Rear Seat Reminder:

N/A

Driver Attention Monitoring:

N/A

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

N/A

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Available

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Available

360-Degree Camera:

Available

Rear Seat Reminder:

Standard

Driver Attention Monitoring:

N/A

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

40.1 inches

Front Leg Room:

40.9 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

62 inches

Rear Head Room:

40.2 inches

Rear Leg Room:

38.4 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

62 inches

Cargo Space:

16.5 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

83.8 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

169.4 cubic feet

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

41.2 inches

Front Leg Room:

42.2 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

61.1 inches

Rear Head Room:

40 inches

Rear Leg Room:

38.6 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

60.3 inches

Cargo Space:

17.8 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

75.6 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

171.0 cubic feet

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

4030 lbs

Width:

78.6 inches

Height:

70.6 inches

Length:

196.5 inches

Wheelbase:

111 inches

Ground Clearance:

7.3 inches

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

4421 lbs

Width:

85.7 inches

Height:

71.6 inches

Length:

196.8 inches

Wheelbase:

113.8 inches

Ground Clearance:

8.7 inches

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

20.0 x 8.0 inches

Wheel Type:

painted alloy

Tire Size:

245/50R20

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

18.0 x 7.5 inches

Wheel Type:

aluminum alloy

Tire Size:

245/60R18