2021 Honda Pilot compared to 2021 Subaru Ascent

2021 Honda Pilot vs. 2021 Subaru Ascent

$32,250 MSRP*

Starting Price

$32,295 MSRP

Trim Levels

3,500 pounds

Towing Capacity

2,000 pounds
3.5L V6 engine


2.4L engine
9-speed automatic transmission


CVT transmission
109 cubic feet

Maximum Cargo Space

86.5 cubic feet

When shopping for a midsize SUV in the Denver area, you may be considering options like the 2021 Honda Pilot or Subaru Ascent. With either the Ascent or Pilot, you’ll have access to a wide array of impressive features, but only one delivers better overall performance and more cabin space at a more budget-friendly price. Find out which SUV is best suited for you in this 2021 Subaru Ascent vs. Honda Pilot comparison from Fisher Honda.

Pilot vs. Ascent: Starting Price and Trim Levels

Comparing the starting price of the Honda Pilot vs. Subaru Ascent shows that the Honda SUV is the more affordable of the two. The entry-level Honda Pilot LX 2WD with 9-speed automatic transmission starts at $32,250 MSRP*, while the Subaru Ascent comes with a starting MSRP of $32,295. Arvada drivers will not only save more with the Honda Pilot, but will also have seven unique trim packages from which to choose. The Subaru Ascent only has four configurations available.

Pilot vs. Ascent: Performance Specs

If you’re like most Boulder-area drivers, you expect a midsize SUV to pack plenty of power under the hood. Looking at the performance specs of the Pilot vs. Ascent, you’ll find that the introductory model Honda SUV generates stronger overall performance and greater towing power than the base Subaru model. Check out the performance specs of each below.

  • 2021 Honda Pilot LX 2WD
    • 3.5L V6 engine
    • 9-speed automatic transmission
    • 280 horsepower
    • 262 lb-ft of torque
    • 3,500-pound towing capacity
  • 2021 Subaru Ascent AWD
    • 2.4L engine
    • CVT transmission
    • 260 horsepower
    • 277 lb-ft of torque
    • 2,000-pound towing capacity

Pilot vs. Ascent: Interior Space

A spacious interior is another reason why many Aurora drivers opt for a midsize SUV. With either the Ascent or Pilot you’ll enjoy similar passenger room specs, but the well-reviewed Honda Pilot comes with third-row seating and folding seats, which enable you to easily configure the interior to maximize cargo capacity. Review the interior dimensions for both models below.

  • 2021 Honda Pilot
    • Passenger Space: 152.2 cubic feet
    • Cargo Space (behind 1st row): 109.0 cubic feet
    • Cargo Space (behind 2nd row): 55.9 cubic feet
    • Cargo Space (behind 3rd row): 18.5 cubic feet
  • 2021 Subaru Ascent
    • Passenger Space: 153.5 cubic feet
    • Cargo Space (behind 1st row): 86.5 cubic feet
    • Cargo Space (behind 2nd row): 47.5 cubic feet

Test Drive the Honda Pilot Today at Fisher Honda

Now that you’ve compared the 2020 Honda Pilot vs. Subaru Ascent, see how this capable Honda SUV compares to the Toyota Highlander. Ready to get behind the wheel of the new Honda Pilot? Schedule a test drive with Fisher Honda. Make sure to take advantage of our current Honda Pilot lease offers, to save even more on this affordably priced SUV. If you have any questions or would like more information on the Pilot safety ratings, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $1,120.00 destination charge and options. Dealers set own prices.

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