Compare 2021 Subaru Ascent vs. 2021 Honda Pilot

2021 Subaru Ascent
2021 Honda Pilot

2021 Subaru Ascent


2021 Honda Pilot

2.4L 4cyl turbo


3.5L 6cyl
260 HP


280 HP
21 city / 27 hwy*

Fuel Economy

20 city / 27 hwy*

Serving Cary, NC

If you want a car that can power through all your adventures, the 2021 Subaru Ascent at Johnson Subaru of Cary is an ideal companion. The Subaru Ascent is a standout SUV with many notable features. This year, the Subaru comes standard with more technology, including the EyeSight package of advanced driver-assist safety aids that includes lane-keep assist and adaptive cruise control. With an online test drive arranged at Johnson Subaru of Cary, you can try out the Subaru Ascent's new steering-responsive LED headlights that illuminate the road in low light conditions for better visibility. Seat belt reminders are standard, and the Ascent still has class-leading ground clearance and all-wheel drive. The Subaru has more off-road capabilities than the 2021 Honda Pilot, which is one of its competitors. The Subaru also has a more connected and comfortable cabin, and it also has distinctive styling.


You'll be able to try out the Ascent's standard engine during your 2021 Subaru Ascent online test drive, which gives all four trims the same amount of power. The Subaru Ascent is driven by a turbo 2.4L engine that has four cylinders. Its engine is capable of producing 260 HP and nearly 280 LB-FT of torque. The engine is connected to an automatic transmission across the board. All trim levels also come with Subaru's advanced all-wheel drive handling system for traction and performance. The Honda Pilot also has one engine for all trims. The Pilot's engine has a lower total torque output of 262 LB-FT. The Pilot only comes with front-wheel drive, and all-wheel drive is only an option if you choose to upgrade. The Subaru Ascent also has a towing capacity of 5,000 pounds, while the Honda Pilot tows up to 3,500 pounds.

Interior and Features

During your 2021 Subaru Ascent online test drive, you'll be able to see the Subaru's sophisticated and well-equipped cabin. The Subaru has standard three-zone climate control for comfort. It also has a 6.5-inch touchscreen interface. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are standard, and the sound system is Bluetooth-compatible. The Premium trim level adds heated front seats, upgraded interior materials, and an eight-inch touchscreen with WiFi. You can also get captain's chairs with the Premium trim. A panoramic sunroof is an available feature, along with navigation for the infotainment system and a power tailgate. The Limited gets more luxury amenities including perforated leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, and a high-end Harman Kardon sound system. The Honda Pilot has a plainer cabin in comparison to the Subaru. The Pilot is equipped with a five-inch touchscreen at the base level, and it does not have standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Additional luxury features such as heated and ventilated seats, interior ambient lighting, and more safety technology are added to the top trim level called the Touring. The Touring also adds a 120V power outlet. WiFi is not offered as an upgrade with the Pilot. Features such as captain's chairs and a heated steering wheel are not options on the Honda Pilot unless you choose the top trim, which gives the Subaru Ascent more value overall.


Along with its sophisticated and well-equipped cabin, the 2021 Subaru Ascent at Johnson Subaru of Cary has an attractive exterior with many functional components. Steering-responsive LED headlights are a notable upgrade on the 2021 Subaru Ascent. The new headlights, combined with 8.7 inches in ground clearance, make the Subaru Ascent a better choice against the Honda Pilot if you want an SUV that can power through your most demanding off-road adventures, even when you're out at dawn or dusk. The Subaru Ascent also comes ready for adventure with roof rails, which give it more cargo capacity and make it easier to haul your supplies and gear around. LED fog lights are included on higher-end trims, but they are not included on the Pilot.

For more information or to book your online test drive, contact Johnson Subaru of Cary today.

*All figures are EPA estimates. Actual mileage may vary.