The Subaru Ascent: Setting Standards in Its Class

Since Midsize SUVs were introduced, they instantly became a favorite for many families in the Pittsfield area. They offer roomy and comfortable interiors at a more affordable price than the traditional full-size SUVs. Midsize SUVs tend to be lighter than the full-size SUVs, making them very fuel-efficient. The Subaru Ascent and the Honda Pilot are some of the most popular models in the midsize SUV class.

The Ascent is a versatile, well-rounded, and competent car by the Japanese automaker Subaru. It is a trendy family car serving a wide range of people across North Addams. It features a bold and stylish design that is highlighted by the striking suave front grille. The Ascent has a well-laid-out and elegant interior that comes equipped with a wide range of tech features.

It can comfortably accommodate eight people and provide ample legroom for all. The higher-end trims spot more premium materials for the finishes and upgraded overall features, including power-adjustable front seats, premium leather upholstery, and heated rear seats.

The Honda Pilot has also built a reputation for itself as an affordable 3-row SUV. The popular Stephentown, NY family SUV is built to offer a spacious interior and an assortment of convenience tech. The Pilot provides ample ground clearance, which helps it easily transition from an everyday use car to an adventure off-roader. Like many automobiles in the class, it is equipped with the latest safety features available in the market.


The Subaru Ascent comes standard fitted with the signature Subaru Starlink infotainment system with a 6.5-inch touchscreen display that Bennington, VT drivers appreciate. The system also includes and a four-speaker audio setup with two rotary knob controls for easier tuning and volume adjusting. For the top-end trims, you get a larger 8.0-inch touchscreen and 6-speakers for the sound system. The Ascent also features a second display fitted on top of the dashboard that shows vital information about the car, including tire pressure and mechanical problems.

In summary, the Subaru Ascent features several tech features such as

  • The SUBARU Starlink infotainment system
  • A 6.5-inch touchscreen with rotary knob control
  • Standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility
  • Standard Bluetooth connectivity
  • A Wi-Fi Hotspot

The Honda Pilot base trim comes with a smaller five-inch display screen infotainment system with no touchscreen functionality, the system is pretty basic, and most of its competitors offer better in and around Austerlitz, NY. The higher trims, however, feature an eight-inch touchscreen, satellite radio, Apple Carplay, Android Auto, and several USB ports.


The Midsize SUV is powered by a potent 2.4-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that is mated to continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). This powertrain melds perfectly to generate an impressive 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque.

The Pilot draws its power from a 3.5-liter V6 engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission to make 280 horsepower. This potent powertrain delivers ample power to push the SUV on rough terrain but takes away from the fuel economy ratings. Despite the larger engine, the Pilot does not give a higher power to weight ratio. It feels somewhat sluggish under hard acceleration. The Ascent, on the other hand, is agile and responsive. On hard acceleration, the potent powertrain combines wonderfully to give an outstanding response.

Safety Features

The safety of the driver and occupants in any of their models remains a top priority for Subaru. They load the latest safety feature and drive assist tech on their cars, and it is no different with the Ascent. The Subaru Ascent features several safety features such as

  • Standard lane-keeping assist
  • Standard automatic emergency braking
  • Standard adaptive cruise control
  • Available blind-spot monitoring
  • Available rear-cross traffic alert

The Honda Pilot is also with an assortment of standard and available safety features, which do well to the driver's confidence. However, most of the safety features are only available at higher trim levels.

See the Subaru Ascent at Haddad Subaru

All in all, Subaru continues to make significant improvements to the Ascent. Subaru lovers in and around New Lebanon, NY, as well as new buyers, will adore and appreciate the Subaru Ascent. Though is bears multiple similarities to the Ascent, the Pilot falls behind in terms of safety, reliability, and performance.

If you're in the market for a capable and reliable mid-sized SUV that is spacious, capable, and robust, visit us here at Haddad Subaru to speak to our friendly sales staff.