The Family SUV Feud: Subaru Ascent vs Honda Pilot vs VW Atlas

2019 Subaru Ascent

2019 Honda Pilot Exterior Beauty

Comparing The Subaru Ascent To The Honda Pilot And Volkswagen Atlas

Finding the perfect new SUV can be difficult. The current SUV market is saturated with many like-minded vehicles, all of which offer impressive features, designs, and powertrains, and it can be hard to sort through even your favorites to see which one best fits within your preferences, budget, and style.

Here at Metric Subaru, we believe, if you're looking for a large SUV that offers up to seven or eight seats, that you should choose the Subaru Ascent. This gorgeous SUV is a newer addition to the Subaru family and is packed with the features, safety, and infotainment tech that you're searching for. It also has plenty of power, in order to tow along your camper or trailer, and contains a stunning exterior design that will leave everyone you pass in awe. That being said, the Ascent does come with its fair share of competitors; mainly the Volkswagen Atlas and the Honda Pilot. Here's a closer look at how these three models compare.

2019 Subaru Ascent


All three vehicles contain starting MSRPs that are right within the $30,000 range, but once you get up to the higher trim levels, you'll discover quite the difference in price. The Subaru Ascent is less expensive than the Pilot and Atlas in the higher trim levels, even though you'll find that they each contain similar features and technological programs.

The Ascent is also more affordable to drive around the city. It includes a better miles-per-gallon rating for city miles and similar highway ratings, which will help keep more gas money in your pocket as your driving the kids to their many various events and practices.

2019 Subaru Ascent

2019 Honda Pilot Exterior Profile Beach


If you're looking for a midsize SUV, you're interested in a lot of space. All three models have enough seats for seven people, but both the Subaru Ascent and the Honda Pilot can contain up to eight, if you so desire. The Ascent also offers more over-all legroom than either competitor and comes with quite a bit more cargo room than the Pilot.

2019 Honda Pilot Interior Cargo


The Subaru Ascent only offers one engine, the 2.4-liter DOHC turbocharged engine, but it's already as good, if not better, then the higher trim's engines in the Honda Pilot and VW Atlas. It produces more over-all pounds-feet of torque than both competitors and also contains up to 5,000-pounds of towing capacity (the Honda Pilot only offers up to 1,500-pounds and the Atlas comes with 5,000-pounds, but only in the top trim levels). More towing power means more items you can bring along for the ride.

Something else the Ascent has standard that the Pilot and Atlas don't is the famous included Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. Both the Honda and VW models do have all-wheel drive systems available, but for an added price. This standard all-wheel drive system will help New York drivers get through any inclement weather, rough terrain, or bumpy roads with ease, no matter which trim level you can afford.

Other Standard Features

Each of these outstanding SUVs come with a plethora of included or available features that won't just make your life that much easier, but will also help you stay focused, keep you relaxed and entertained, and will let you allow your driving experience to be outstanding, no matter how short or long that may be. Here are a few of the Subaru Ascent's standard features that you'll find will cost more money in both/either the Honda Pilot or the Volkswagen Atlas.

  • Safety Tech - The standard EyeSight Driver Assist Technology in the Subaru Ascent comes with Pre-Collision Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keep Assist and Sway Warning, and Pre-Collision Throttle Management. The Honda Pilot includes a similar Honda Sensing® program standard, but it doesn't include Sway Warning or the Pre-Collision Throttle Management and the VW Atlas only has standard Blind Spot Monitor and Front Assist.
  • Infotainment Tech - These days no vehicle is complete without a suite of entertainment and information technological programs, features, and devices strewn throughout the cabin. These three SUVs are no different. Each offers their own version of infotainment system with many available technological bonuses and benefits, but, when it comes down to the base model, the Subaru Ascent has more standard than anyone else. It comes with both Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ connectivity as well as standard Pandora® integration, which means you can plug in your Android or Apple smartphone and play your music off of them or you could listen directly from your Pandora® account. The VW Atlas does include Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ as a standard feature, but doesn't even offer Pandora® and the Honda Pilot only has them available.
  • Cupholders - We know what you're thinking - why do I need to know about cupholders? When you don't have enough room for all of the many drinks your family will need on your next road trip, you'll be glad we answer this question. The Subaru Ascent has heard parent's cries and has added 19 cupholders for every size cup, bottle, mug, and big gulp you may need. The VW Atlas comes close with 17 and the Honda Pilot only offers 16.

Stop By Metric Subaru To Take Our New Subaru Ascent SUV For A Test Drive

If you'd like to take a closer look at the Subaru Ascent for yourself, then feel free to visit our Metric Subaru dealership to get behind the wheel. Explore the added space, discover the many technological and safety features, and experience driving around Huntington, NY, for yourself. When you're ready to find a way to take the new Ascent home with you, allow our financial team to go over your many leasing and loaning options, and we'll get you back out on the road in your brand-new Subaru Ascent soon!

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