The Ascent was brand-new to Subaru's lineup for 2019. Despite being new on the scene, the 2020 Subaru Ascent compares favorably when compared to the 2020 Pilot, a Honda SUV that has been on the market for many years. The two vehicles are similarly priced with the 2020 Honda Pilot's MSRP starting at $31,650 and the 2020 Subaru Ascent starting at $31,995. Read on to see how the vehicles size up, when comparing the 2020 Subaru Ascent vs. 2020 Pilot.
Is the Subaru Ascent bigger than the Honda Pilot?  

Subaru vs. Honda, which SUV model is bigger? Passengers will enjoy the leg room available in the 2020 Ascent. It has more legroom than Honda Pilot in the front, (42.2" vs. 40.9"), and in the backseat, (38.6" vs. 38.4"). The Ascent is bigger in terms of height and width versus the Pilot, at 196.8" long by 85.7" across. In addition, it's also one inch taller than the Honda Pilot, at 71.6" tall. One reviewer also found that more luggage could fit with the third row in place in the 2020 Ascent vs. 2020 Pilot.

Is Subaru better than Honda?

Subaru vs. Honda, which one is better? While the Subaru Ascent is a new entry into this category of SUVs, the newcomer Ascent appraised very well versus the long-standing Honda Pilot. One popular vlogger, Alex on Autos, found that the new Subaru Ascent had better fuel economy versus the Pilot. He also liked the cargo space of the 2020 Ascent vs. 2020 Pilot, and declared the Subaru Ascent to be a better value versus the Honda Pilot.


How good is the Subaru Ascent? 
When comparing the 2020 Ascent vs. 2020 Pilot models, many reviewers praised the Ascent's excellent crash-test scores and its accident avoidance technology. The 2020 Subaru Ascent features high-quality interior materials, good ground clearance, and an easy-to-use infotainment system, according to The Ascent has more interior space versus the Pilot. Kelley Blue Book also praised the high resale value of the Subaru Ascent. Subaru's latest SUV has the capability to tow up to 5,000 pounds and comes standard with all-wheel drive. There is a lot to like about the 2020 Subaru Ascent vs. 2020 Pilot. 

Does Subaru Ascent have enough power?

In terms of towing power, Subaru vs. Honda, the 2020 Ascent can tow up to 5,000 pounds, compared to 3,500 for the Honda Pilot. In addition to towing power, the benefits of the Subaru Ascent's boxer engine include better fuel economy, better responsiveness, less engine vibration, and better safety in the event of a frontal collision. All Subaru models are made with four-cylinder boxer engines and utilize continuously variable transmissions (CVT) which sends power to the wheels without interruption.

  Is Subaru Ascent good in snow?
Subaru vs. Honda, all wheel drive is available as an option for the Pilot, but all-wheel drive comes standard on the 2020 Subaru Ascent. All-wheel drive helps drivers maintain traction for travel in rain and snow. Consumer Reports tested all-wheel drive SUVs in the snow and found that Subaru made four of the top-ten vehicles, with the Subaru Ascent ranked number one.

Can you test drive an Ascent at Rafferty Subaru?

Receive a gift card just for test driving the new 2020 Subaru Ascent at Rafferty Subaru! Current lease specials for the Subaru Ascent include:  $329 per month with $3,250 due at signing plus tax, title, and first payment. Call 888-520-0930 to schedule a test drive the 2020 Subaru Ascent, or visit the Rafferty Subaru showroom, located at 4700 West Chester Pike in Newtown Square. Hours are 9am to 9pm on weekdays and 9am to 5pm on weekends.

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