2020 Ascent Dubuque IA

Compare the 2021 Subaru Ascent and 2021 Honda Pilot in Dubuque, IA

While families in the Manchester, IA, and Galena, IL, areas have several options in the three-row SUV segment, the Subaru Ascent and Honda Pilot standout for the bold style, spacious accommodations, and long list of features. While these two models offer similar experiences at first glance, a closer look reveals the Subaru Ascent to be the better value. Here's a quick comparison of a few key attributes.


The Ascent and Pilot have similar power numbers on paper. The Ascent's turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine generates 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque. The Pilot's 3.6-liter V-6 has the edge for horsepower (280) but falls behind on torque (262 pound-feet.) The Ascent's new continuously variable automatic transmission delivers smooth gear changes and excellent low-end torque, while the Pilot's six- and nine-speed transmissions aren't as precise.

Additionally, while the Pilot offers an available traditional all-wheel-drive system, the Ascent, like all Subaru models, comes standard with the surefootedness of the automaker's signature symmetrical all-wheel-drive system on every trim.

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Both the Ascent and Pilot offer similar interior dimensions, with the Subaru taking a slight edge in cargo capacity (86 cubic feet to 83.8 cubic feet. However, when comparing refined touches, the Ascent wins handily. The Ascent expertly blends premium wood trim and leather upholstery and exhibits complementary hues of brown, black, and beige. The Pilot's interior, while organized, clean, and competent overall, its appearance is uninspired with over-done black colorways, and rubberized plastic surface.


Both Ascent and the Honda Pilot include a full suite of advanced driver-assistance technologies as standard equipment on all trims. However, the Ascent includes features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, tri-zone automatic climate control, and roof rails on the base trim. You have to pay extra to get these on the Pilot.

Test Drive the Subaru Ascent near Lancaster and Platteville, WI

For more information about the Subaru Ascent and its available features and finance options, contact the team at Riley Subaru. If you'd like to experience for yourself what separates the Ascent from the competition, schedule a test drive and visit us in Dubuque for a closer look. We'll be happy to assist you.

  1. Riley Subaru

    4455 Dodge St
    Dubuque, IA 52003

    • Sales: 563-588-2326
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Riley Subaru

4455 Dodge St
Directions Dubuque, IA 52003

  • Sales: 563-588-2326
  • Service: 563-588-2326
  • Parts: 563-588-2326

Showroom Hours

  • Monday 08:00am - 08:00pm
  • Tuesday 08:00am - 06:00pm
  • Wednesday 08:00am - 06:00pm
  • Thursday 08:00am - 08:00pm
  • Friday 08:00am - 06:00pm
  • Saturday 08:30am - 02:00pm
  • Sunday Closed