Subaru Ascent vs. Competition

The Subaru Ascent Goes Head-to-Head
with the Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander, and Ford Explorer

The Subaru Ascent is the newest addition to the Subaru lineup and offers a highly versatile driving experience for family and adventurous drivers alike. If you've been looking for an SUV to accommodate your family, then you will be pleased to find out how the Ascent strikes a balance between interior comfort and family-friendly features.

While the Subaru Ascent offers plenty of impressive features, it faces competition from SUVs like the Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander, and Ford Explorer. We compare the key aspects of each model so that you can have a better idea of which SUV will serve you best.

Subaru Ascent vs. Honda Pilot

Subaru AscentHonda Pilot
SafetyThe Ascent earned the IIHS Top Safety Pick+, which is the highest possible rating.The Pilot earned the IIHS Top Safety Pick.
Stability and TractionThe Ascent comes with standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and comes with additional rugged features like X-MODE®, Active Torque Vectoring, and Hill Descent Control.If you want AWD for the Pilot, you will have to pay extra.
InteriorThe Ascent delivers significantly more cargo space with a maximum of 86.5 cubic feet. The Pilot offers slightly more passenger volume but only has cargo space of 73 cubic feet.
Technology The Ascent offers Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ smartphone integration for every trim level.The Pilot makes you pay extra for a higher trim level if you want smartphone integration.

Subaru Ascent vs. Toyota Highlander

Subaru AscentToyota Highlander
SafetyThe Ascent has the upper hand with an IIHS Top Safety Pick+. The Highlander earned Top Safety Pick rating.
Smartphone IntegrationThe Ascent comes with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ as part of its STARLINK™ Multimedia System.The Highlander doesn't offer either Apple CarPlay® or Android Auto™.
TechnologyThe Ascent offers a 6.5-inch touchscreen.The Highlander comes with a standard 6.1-inch touchscreen.

Subaru Ascent vs. Ford Explorer

Subaru AscentFord Explorer
SafetyEyeSight® Driver Assist Technology comes standard for the Ascent. The Ascent also has been rated higher by the IIHS for its safety.If you want driver assistance features for the Explorer, you will have to pay more.
Interior DesignBoth models offer available panoramic moonroofs, but when it comes to space and comfort, the Ascent delivers more. The Ascent offers 153.5 cubic feet of passenger room and a maximum of 86.5 cubic feet of cargo spaceThe Explorer offers 151.7 cubic feet of passenger room and a maximum of 81.7 cubic feet of cargo space.

TechnologyThe Ascent comes standard with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™.Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ are only available with an optional multimedia system for the Explorer.

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