2020 Subaru Ascent vs 2020 Honda Pilot
2020 Subaru Ascent 2020 Honda Pilot
Engine Torque
  277 lb-ft 262 lb-ft
Ground Clearance
  8.7 in. 7.3 in.
Power Rear Gate
  Standard Available on other styles

2020 Subaru Ascent vs 2020 Honda Pilot

Serving New Bern, NC

Midsize SUVs are excellent family vehicles with three rows of seating, abundant cargo space, and impressive performance. Two of the most popular vehicles in this category are the Subaru Ascent and Honda Pilot. The Subaru Ascent was a brand new model for 2019, and it carries everything over for 2020. The latest Honda Pilot was introduced in 2016, and the 2020 is part of this vehicle's third generation.


While many three-row SUVs look large and ungainly with uneven proportions, the 2020 Subaru Ascent features an attractive, almost sleek, athletic appearance. The Subaru Ascent features a generous 8.7 inches of ground clearance, and raised roof rails are standard. This combination means the 2020 Subaru Ascent is ready for adventure and your next road trip to the great outdoors. Meanwhile, the 2020 Honda Pilot is attractive from most angles, but it features a long overhang in the rear, which is not uncommon in this SUV class. Additionally, the 2020 Honda Pilot only features 7.3 inches of ground clearance, and you'll have to step up to a higher, more expensive trim to get roof rails.


Both of these SUVs offer seating configurations for up to 7 to 8 passengers. Standard interior features for the 2020 Subaru Ascent include tri-zone automatic climate control, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a 6.5-inch infotainment screen. You'll also receive a power rear gate with automatic close and height memory functionality. For the 2020 Honda Pilot, standard interior features include manual air conditioning and a 5-inch infotainment screen. You'll have to upgrade to a higher trim level for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and an even higher trim level for a power tailgate. Additionally, Ascent drivers will enjoy over an extra inch more of front legroom than drivers who choose the Honda Pilot.


The 2020 Subaru Ascent offers standard all-wheel drive, and its automatic transmission comes with standard paddle shifters. Additionally, its 2.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine generates 277 lb-ft of torque. The 2020 Honda Pilot offers all-wheel drive as an option, but drivers who choose it will enjoy a slightly lower fuel economy than they would with the Ascent. Additionally, the Pilot's engine produces marginally less torque at 262 lb-ft, which means the Ascent will seem slightly faster when accelerating from a standstill.

Our Subaru team is dedicated to providing excellent service and high levels of customer satisfaction. If you'd like to experience the 2020 Subaru Ascent firsthand, contact our Subaru dealership for a test drive today!