2019 Subaru Ascent vs. 2018 Honda Pilot | Chicago, IL

Are you torn between the new 2019 Subaru Ascent and 2018 Honda Pilot as your next new family SUV? While both models offer exciting features, only one is equipped to accommodate your active lifestyle. The following page highlights the key differences between the 2019 Subaru Ascent and 2018 Honda Pilot to help you decide which SUV is right for you. If you'd like to speak to a product specialist before reading on, contact Grand Subaru in Chicago, IL at (888) 840-3934.

For the purposes of this comparison, we will be taking a closer look at the 2019 Subaru Ascent Premium, starting at $34,195 MSRP, and the 2018 Honda Pilot EX, starting at $33,330 MSRP.

2019 Subaru Ascent vs. 2018 Honda Pilot

Interior and Design

If premium interior amenities are at the top of your wish list, then the 2019 Subaru Ascent is right for you. Only the 2019 Ascent has heated front seats and 19 cup holders. The Honda Pilot does not include either feature. Additional interior features you'll appreciate with the 2019 Subaru Ascent include:

  • 8-way power adjustable driver's seat
  • Reclining 60/40 split flat-folding second- and third-row seats
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
  • Stain-resistant cloth-upholstery
  • Tri-zone climate control

2019 Subaru Ascent Interior

Seating Capacity

A family-friendly SUV should be spacious and comfortable for all passengers. The 2019 Subaru Ascent has more passenger volume and cargo capacity compared to the Honda Pilot. Additional capacity specs for the Subaru Ascent and Honda Pilot include:

2019 Subaru Ascent


2018 Honda Pilot


Passenger capacity


153.5 cu.-ft.

Passenger volume

152.9 cu.-ft.

86.5 cu.-ft.

Maximum cargo capacity

83.9 cu.-ft.

Safety and Technology

Modern families require an SUV with the latest safety and technology features. Our experts agree that you will prefer the features included with the 2019 Subaru Ascent to the 2018 Honda Pilot. The Subaru Ascent has 4G LTE Wi-Fi® compatibility along with an 8-in. touchscreen. In-cabin Wi-Fi® is not available with the Honda Pilot. Additional safety and technology features included with the 2019 Ascent are as follows:

  • EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology
  • Brake Assist
  • STARLINK™ Safety and Security
  • STARLINK™ infotainment with navigation
  • Harman Kardon surround system

2019 Subaru Ascent

Engine and Specs

Your new SUV should have ample power and efficiency for all your driving needs. The 2019 Subaru Ascent provides more torque for quicker acceleration compared to the Honda Pilot. The 2019 Ascent is also more efficient for city driving with up to 21 MPG. Complete engine specs for both SUVs can be found in the table below:

2019 Subaru Ascent


2018 Honda Pilot



3.5L V6

260 HP


280 HP

277 lb.-ft.


262 lb.-ft.


MPG city/highway


Towing Capacity

Do you plan to use your new SUV to tow a small boat, camper, or trailer? If so, the 2019 Subaru Ascent will provide you with supreme towing capacity with 5,000 lbs. compared to the Honda Pilot, which can only tow up to 3,500 lbs. Our experts agree you'll also appreciate the standard all-wheel-drive system with the 2019 Ascent for improved traction and handling.

2019 Subaru Ascent towing a boat

Price and Incentives

The 2019 Subaru Ascent starts at $31,995 MSRP. To help you save on your family's new SUV, Grand Subaru in Chicago, IL has incentives and lease deals available for qualified buyers. Browse our current offers to find one that works best with your budget, and then get pre-approved for financing or speak to a finance specialist by calling (888) 840-3934.

Schedule a Test Drive

Now that you have decided the 2019 Subaru Ascent is the ideal new SUV for your family, it is time to schedule a test drive! First, view our new inventory to find a 2019 Ascent model you love, and then contact Grand Subaru in Chicago, IL at (888) 840-3934 to schedule your test drive appointment.

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