The Subaru Ascent and Honda Pilot offer the kind of cargo room, technology, and safety features that families in Ithaca can rely on. So, which SUV is right for you?

Maguire Subaru can help you decide with this 2020 Subaru Ascent vs. Honda Pilot comparison.

Passenger & Cargo Room

Both the Subaru Ascent and Honda Pilot come with three rows of seats and offer room for up to eight people. In either SUV, you'll be able to choose between a bench seat for the middle row or a pair of captain's chairs. That second option gives you seating for seven but adds a convenient center aisle.

The Subaru offers slightly more room for you and your passengers to get comfortable, though. There's 153.5 cubic feet of passenger space. The Honda doesn't offer quite as much space with 152.9 cubic feet of passenger room.

Both SUVs are also made to carry lots of cargo. They're each capable of towing up to 5,000 pounds, and you can easily load up the interior, too. However, the Ascent provides more cargo room, both in the trunk and with the second and third rows folded down.


Cargo Room Behind 1st Row

Cargo Room Behind 2nd Row

Cargo Room Behind 3rd Row

Subaru Ascent

86.5 cubic feet

47.5 cubic feet

17.8 cubic feet

Honda Pilot

83.9 cubic feet

46.8 cubic feet

16.5 cubic feet


Infotainment System

On top of offering a roomier interior, the 2020 Ascent comes with all the features you'll need to have a fun and convenient ride. The SUBARU STARLINK® Multimedia Plus system comes standard and can sync with your smartphone.

It offers either a 6.5-inch screen or an 8-inch screen. Both are compatible with your apps through Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™, and Aha™ smartphone integration. Plus, the standard Bluetooth® technology lets you stream music and make hands-free calls. By using the available voice controls, you can reply to text messages and switch between apps without taking your eyes off the road.

The 2020 Pilot also comes with a Bluetooth®-compatible infotainment system. However, its standard system features a 5-inch LCD monitor. It also doesn't offer Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™, or text message capabilities on the base trim.

Safety & Driver-Assistance Features

Above all, the Subaru Ascent was built to help keep you and your family safe. It runs on Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, so you'll have a safe and stable drive in any condition. Inside, you'll be protected by an advanced airbag system that covers all three rows of seats with side-curtain airbags.

You'll also have lots of driver-assistance features looking out for your SUV. EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology comes standard and provides you with more awareness. It'll help prevent accidents with features such as:

  • Pre-Collision Braking
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Lane Departure and Sway Warning
  • Lane Keep Assist

The Honda Pilot also comes standard with driver-assistance features and side-curtain airbags. However, the vehicle isn't as capable during tough weather because of its standard front-wheel drive.

Test Drive a Family-Friendly SUV

Contact Maguire Subaru to learn more about this 2020 Subaru Ascent vs. Honda Pilot comparison and take a test drive. The Ascent offers peace of mind, extra space, and a convenient infotainment system to families in Ithaca.

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