The Subaru Outback vs The Honda Pilot


The Subaru Outback and Honda Pilot are both leaders in their respective brands, with both offering a lot of safety, value, and capability - but how do they compare to each other and which is better for your life in the Seattle area? Both have a great deal of popularity, but find themselves at odds when it comes to their capabilities and standard equipment. We want to show you all the strongest advantages of the Subaru Outback, so we compared it to the Honda Pilot crossover here at Michael's Subaru of Bellevue. Shoppers will find our dealership here on SE Eastgate Way, just a 10-minute drive outside of Issaquah, WA.

Michael's Subaru of Bellevue

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Powertrain & Performance

While the Honda Pilot proves itself formidable, in terms of capability, drivers in Sammamish may find themselves paying extra to enjoy this capability. The Honda Pilot offers one standard 280-horsepower V6 powertrain and a standard 2WD system that gives this SUV a towing capacity of 3,500 lbs. The available all-wheel-drive of the Honda Pilot increases the towing capacity to $5,000, but you will find the AWD begins at the higher price. The Subaru Outback offers two available engines, giving this crossover a towing capacity anywhere from 2,700 lbs. to 3,500 lbs. The Outback also comes completely standard with Subaru Asymmetrical All-Wheel-Drive, providing better traction for the winter months in Redmond, VA.

The standard engine of the Subaru Outback also makes this SUV a more reliable choice for daily commuters in Seattle, WA. The Honda Pilot travels an EPA-estimated 18 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway, whereas the Outback travels up to 26 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway.

Advanced Safety Features:

Issaquah drivers will find that the Subaru Outback and Honda Pilot both have a number of standard safety features. However, Subaru EyeSight Driver Assist Technology is proven to reduce rear-end collisions that result with injuries by 85% in a recent study by highway officials. EyeSight can also bring the Outback to a complete stop and the Pre-Collision Throttle Management cuts power to the engine to minimize any impact force. The Outback also offers several other safety features that aren't available on the Honda Pilot. Like LED Steering Responsive Headlights, Automatic Collision Notification, Stolen Vehicle Recovery, SOS Emergency Assist, Reverse Automatic Braking, and Subaru DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation System. Which monitors the driver and will alert them to either take a break or bring their attention back to the road if they exhibit signs of distracted or drowsy driving. 


While the Subaru Outback and Honda Pilot are two different types of SUVs with different seating capacities, the Outback offers impressively spacious interior space. In fact, the Outback offers more ground clearance, more rear headroom, more front and rear legroom.

    Subaru Outback:
  • Headroom Front/Rear: 40.1/39.1 inches
  • Legroom Front/Rear: 42.8/39.5 inches
  • Total Passenger Space: 109 cubic feet
  • Seating Capacity: 5
  • Cargo Space: 32.5 cubic feet
  • Maximum Cargo Space: 75.7 cubic feet
  • Ground Clearance: 8.7 inches
    Honda Pilot:
  • Headroom Front/Rear/3rd: 40.1/40.2/38.9 inches
  • Legroom Front/Rear/3rd: 40.9/38.4/31.9 inches
  • Total Passenger Space: 152.9 cubic feet
  • Seating Capacity: 7 or 8
  • Cargo Space Behind 3rd: 83.9 cubic feet
  • Maximum Cargo Space: 83.7 cubic feet
  • Ground Clearance: 7.3 inches


The Subaru Outback has all the right features for a fun outdoor adventure to Rattlesnake Mountain near North Bend. One of the many popular features of this contact crossover the raised roof rails with integrated crossbars, which convert the roof into a functional rack that can hold 150 lbs. of equipment. The standard SUBARU STARLINK™ Multimedia System supports Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™, both of which are absent from the base trim level of the Honda Pilot. While the Honda Pilot can be equipped with a roof rack, this is a customizable feature that must be purchased additionally.


Drivers near Mercer Island, WA looking to save will appreciate the Subaru Outback, which begins at a starting price almost $5,000 cheaper than the Honda Pilot. With all Outback trims, you also enjoy Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive for the best traction control in any driving condition. The base version of the Honda Pilot which features AWD costs $2,000 more than the 2WD version.

Test Drive a Subaru Outback Today

You will find the newest Subaru Outback for sale or lease here at Michael's Subaru of Bellevue. If this new compact crossover sounds like your next SUV, then we invite you to schedule a test drive and visit us today to learn more. Our dealership is conveniently less than 25 minutes outside Snoqualmie. We hope to see you soon!