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 Duluth, GA

If you are looking for a car that can handle tough terrain and the elements while still looking polished enough to drive downtown, the 2021 Subaru Ascent at Subaru of Gwinnett is your car. The 2021 Ascent is a solid midsize SUV with leading ground clearance ratings for its class. The 2021 Ascent is a top pick for its rugged and durable build that provides you with the utility of a truck along with a comfortable and spacious cabin that offers the traditional comfort of an SUV. The Ascent is an even more appealing choice with updated safety technology inside and out this year. You may be wondering what sets the Ascent apart from its competitors, such as the 2021 Honda Pilot. The Ascent has more capability than the Honda, and it also has a more distinguished exterior and overall comfortable and stylish design.

Performance and Handling

If you want a car that can venture off the beaten path with ease and confidence, the 2021 Subaru Ascent is an optimal choice. With our Subaru Ascent online test drive, you can get behind the wheel of the 2021 Ascent to try out its power and performance capabilities for yourself. The Subaru Ascent gets slightly more than 25 MPG, and it comes standard with all-wheel drive. All trim levels have the same automatic transmission. The 2021 Ascent's engine is a 2.4L turbo with four cylinders. Driven by this engine, all trims have a maximum power output of 260 HP and about 280 LB-FT of torque. The Ascent will pull 5,000 pounds when it is properly rigged. Towing packages are available for safer and easier towing. The Honda Pilot only gets about 22 MPG combined on most trim levels. You will get a towing power of 3,500 pounds with most trims, and only select trims can tow 5,000 pounds. The 2021 Pilot also has less torque than the Subaru with a maximum output of 262 LB-FT. Front-wheel drive is the SUV's standard drivetrain, and all-wheel drive is only available.


The Subaru Ascent has a comfortable and well-equipped cabin even at the base trim level. The 2021 Ascent has standard tri-zone climate control. Its basic technology package includes Android Auto and Apple CarPlay with a 6.5-inch touchscreen display. The Ascent also has a six-speaker audio system with Bluetooth. The Honda has fewer standard tech features with just a five-inch touchscreen to start. It does not include Bluetooth on all trim levels. Moving up from the base trim of the Subaru Ascent brings a larger 8-inch touchscreen and a 4G WiFi hotspot. The seats are heated with the second trim, and you have the option of getting a seven-person seating configuration rather than eight seats. Keyless entry is also added, along with more safety aids.

Style and Design

The base trim of the Subaru Ascent has standard steering-responsive LED lights, which are not available with the 2021 Honda Pilot. A panoramic sunroof and power rear liftgate are other notable features added to the higher-level trims. The Limited trim gains LED fog lights, which are not offered with the Honda Pilot. Roof rails are also included with the Subaru Ascent, along with an assortment of fine colors.

If you're ready to get behind the wheel of the 2021 Subaru Ascent at Subaru of Gwinnett, don't hesitate to contact Subaru of Gwinnett to arrange an online test drive. Simply tell us which trim level of the Ascent that you want to take for a spin, and we'll have your car ready and waiting when you arrive. With the convenience of our online test drive, you don't even have to step into a dealership to test out your favorite car. A test drive can be simply and easily set up right from home using a device that provides a connection to our website.

To schedule your Subaru Ascent online test drive, don't hesitate to contact the friendly and helpful staff today at Subaru of Gwinnett.

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