Compare the Subaru Ascent vs Honda Pilot in Rutland, VT

See How the New Subaru Ascent Compares Against the Competition Here in Rutland, VT

So you've decided a three-row SUV is what makes sense for your family travels around Manchester, Bennington and throughout southern Vermont. But which one is going to be the best fit for your specific needs? You're starting off the right way by heading over to our Rutland, VT Subaru dealership, where the relatively new three-row SUV in our lineup has been impressing family drivers across the past year or so, delivering high-end capabilities, sensible space and tons of excellent technology. Of course we're talking about the new Subaru Ascent, our favorite brand's re-entry into the three-row SUV market. Visit us from Middlebury, VT or Glens Falls, NY or Lebanon, NH today and see if the new Ascent is the right choice for you, and see how Subaru adds more to a family vehicle.

You'll want to take your time researching your options and eventually visiting us in Rutland to test drive the new Subaru Ascent. But you'll also want to consider what other three-row SUVs offer, and comparing the Ascent to another popular option will build your confidence as you seek out the best fit. In this regard, we're comparing the new Subaru Ascent to the latest Honda Pilot, one of the most popular 8-seat SUVs seen out on the roads around New England and northern New York. You'll quickly see what makes the Ascent the superior choice, but ultimately it comes down to personal style and tastes. After reading these comparisons, visit Rutland Subaru and try out the new Ascent for yourself.

New Subaru Ascent vs Honda Pilot Comparison in Rutland, VT

  • The primary advantage Subaru models hold over most of their competitors starts with the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system that comes standard on the Ascent. AWD is basically a necessity here in Vermont and the northeast, as rough winter weather can make the roads here in the Rutland area nearly unpassable when you don't have a properly equipped vehicle. The Pilot offers AWD, but you'll have to spend more for that option, and Honda's system can't match Subaru's high-end take on AWD.
  • Though fuel economy probably isn't a huge priority when shopping for a large family vehicle, you will appreciate how the Subaru Ascent is more efficient than the Pilot, giving you a little extra time on the road between fill ups, and saving you some cash along the way.
  • While the middle and back rows offer similar dimensions in both SUVs, it's the front seats of the Ascent that offer more headroom and legroom than the Pilot that really impress, especially for a taller driver or an adult front-seat passenger riding along for lengthy road trips. For total passenger space inside, the Ascent is slightly more voluminous than the Pilot, which can also be helpful for cargo storage when using the fold-down and reclining rear seats.
  • Even though the Pilot boasts more horsepower from its V-6 engine, the turbocharged four-cylinder in the Ascent delivers more torque, which is especially important with an AWD-capable vehicle, helping you to get going smoothly and easily, no matter what the road conditions are like. When properly equipped, the Ascent can tow up to 5,000 pounds, a far greater rating than the Pilot's max 3,500-pound trailering abilities.
  • For extra layers of utility, the Ascent comes standard with roof rails, another costly add-on you'll need to spend more for with the Pilot, and features nearly an inch and a half more of ground clearance than the Honda SUV. That significant 8.7 inches of ground clearance pairs nicely with the standard AWD and the other capabilities, making the Ascent a useful all-terrain and all-weather vehicle that you'll want here in southern Vermont.
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