Cardinal Honda

531 Route 12
Directions Groton, CT 06340

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The Right Midsize SUV for Your Family's Needs: The Honda Pilot vs The Subaru Ascent

The Honda Pilot has been a tried and true choice by families for many years now, thanks to its innovative safety features, three rows of seating, and flexibility where comfort and convenience are concerned. While the Honda Pilot has enjoyed a status as a leader among midsize SUVs, one competing model from the Subaru brand may prove to be a worthy challenger in terms of family-friendliness, efficiency and overall dependability: the new Subaru Ascent. Despite its popularity, the Subaru Ascent still falls short in a variety of important ways, so let us show you the advantages that the Honda Pilot has over the Ascent, so you can decide which is the better choice for your daily drive. The new Honda Pilot is available for purchase or lease at Cardinal Honda in our new inventory and we are located at 531 Route 12 in Groton, CT less than 10 minutes outside of New London!

Performance and Capability

  • If you are looking to tow a boat or small camper out to Niantic River near Waterford, then you might appreciate the V6 engine of the Honda Pilot, which generates up to 280 horsepower and enables the Honda Pilot to tow up to 3,500 pounds with standard front wheel drive.
  • If you equip the Pilot with available all-wheel drive, you will find this SUV can tow up to 5,000 pounds. While the Subaru Ascent comes standard with all-wheel drive, this midsize SUV can only tow up to 2,000 pounds and its horizontal four-cylinder engine generates 260 maximum horsepower.
  • Likewise, the Honda Pilot comes available with trailer hitch pre-wiring should you need it, though this feature is unavailable on the Subaru Ascent.

Steering and Maneuverability

  • The Honda Pilot comes standard with variable-assisted power steering, which offers excellent maneuverability when parking at low speeds in Norwich, with reduced steering assist at higher speeds for optimal stability.
  • While power steering is a standard feature on the Subaru Ascent, it is not as intuitive and provides less assistance when needed.
  • Aiding the maneuverability of the Honda Pilot is its lower curb weight. The Honda Pilot weighs in at 4,036 lbs. While the Subaru Ascent weighs in at 4,430 lbs., which makes it the less adept midsize SUV at steering and efficiency.

Interior Space and Convenience

  • Interestingly, the Subaru Ascent actually measures an inch or two longer than the Honda Pilot, yet the passenger volume of this midsize SUV is less evenly-distributed with 60 inches of shoulder room in the second row and 57 inches in the third row.
  • Both of these SUVs seat eight in their base trim levels, but the Honda Pilot provides up to 62 inches of second-row shoulder room and up to 58 inches of third row shoulder room.
  • The Honda Pilot also makes access to the second and third rows quite easily with second-row 60/40 split-folding bench seats and a standard third-row split bench third row seat.
  • These convenient and accessible seating configurations are unavailable on the Subaru Ascent.

Check Out the Honda Pilot Today!

The Honda Pilot is a convenient and comfortable choice for families all throughout Connecticut and Rhode Island; it is available for your purchasing or leasing pleasure at Cardinal Honda. If this midsize SUV sounds like the right choice for you and your growing family, then come check one out today and test drive the new Honda Pilot at our Groton, CT Honda dealership. We are less than a 20-minute drive outside of Westerly, RI and we look forward to meeting you!

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