How much size, space, and capability do you need for your daily adventures? The new Honda Pilot offers greater size, but the new Subaru Forester provides the capability, safety, and usable cargo space that you need to make it through your day. Learn how the two popular SUVs stack up when compared side-by-side below. In this comparison, the Subaru Forester 2.0XT Premium will be compared to the Honda Pilot LX. If you already know that the new Forester is right for you, get in touch with the team at Grand Subaru near Chicago to schedule a test drive by calling (888) 840-3934.

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Subaru Forester vs. Honda Pilot: Fuel Efficiency & Performance

Which performance aspects matter most for your daily drive? If you're looking to avoid the gas pump, the Subaru Forester offers greater fuel efficiency while still delivering impressive power. Important performance and efficiency specs for the new Forester and new Pilot are as follows:

Subaru Forester


Honda Pilot

2.0L Turbocharged


3.5L V6

258 lb.-ft.


262 lb.-ft.

23 MPG

City MPG

19 MPG

27 MPG

Highway MPG

27 MPG

Subaru Forester vs. Honda Pilot: Advanced Capability

When it comes to overall size, the Honda Pilot casts a large shadow, but the new Subaru Forester actually offers several advantages when it comes to capability. If you choose the Forester, you'll find a bigger cargo area, greater ground clearance, and extra storage. Key differences in capability between the two popular SUVs include:

Subaru Forester


Honda Pilot


Ground Clearance


31.5 cu. ft.

Interior Cargo Space

16.5 cu. ft.


Roof Rails Available

Optional only

  • 4 Bottle Holders
  • Underfloor storage
  • 60/40-split flat folding rear seats

Storage Features

  • Beverage Holders available
  • 60/40-split flat folding rear seats

Subaru Forester vs. Honda Pilot: Technology & Safety

2018 Subaru Forester Dashboard Finding an SUV that keeps you connected and protected during your daily commute matters now more than ever. Advanced multimedia technology and adaptive driver aids are included with both the new Forester and new Pilot, but the Subaru SUV offers more standard tech features than the Honda. Important differences that you'll want to check out during your test drive appointment at our dealership near Chicago include:

  • The Forester features the STARLINK™ 7-in. multimedia plus system that includes smartphone app integration, voice-activated controls, SiriusXM®, and All Access Radio and Travel Link
  • Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive comes standard with every Forester SUV
  • STARLINK Safety and Security connected services are only available with Subaru models
  • Brake Assist, 4-wheel ABS brakes, and Vehicle Dynamics Control are standard with the Forester

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If you're ready to take your family through their daily routine in a new Subaru Forester, you only need to make one phone call. Get in touch with a product specialist at Grand Subaru near Chicago by calling (888) 840-3934 or through our test drive form to get behind the wheel of a new Forester with us. Grand's best Internet price on a new Subaru Forester is only a click or a call away!

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