Subaru Outback vs Honda Pilot

The Subaru Outback vs The Honda Pilot


New SUV models come in all shapes and size, which can make it hard to big one that will meet all of your needs. Two popular SUVs among Mercer Island, WA drivers are the Subaru Outback and the Honda Pilot, each with their own unique style and offerings. But which SUV is right for your life throughout Sammamish and beyond? 

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Powertrain & Performance: 

No matter where the road may take Sammamish drivers the Subaru Outback is ready for adventure. There are two BOXER engines to choose from that both come standard with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive with X-Mode and Hill Descent Control. The 2.5L four-cylinder generates 182 horsepower, can tow 2,700 lbs. and gets up to 33 highway mpg. While the 2.4L turbo BOXER can tow up to 3,500 lbs. and has 260 horsepower. While the V6 powering the Honda Pilot is slightly more powerful with 280 horsepower it can only tow up to 3,500 lbs. with the standard 2WD. The available all-wheel-drive is an extra $2,000 and give the Pilot the ability to tow up to 5,000 lbs. The Pilot also only gets 27 highway mpg.   

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  


As if Bellevue drivers didn't have enough to love about the Subaru Outback with standard safety and capable performance, the Outback also has a number of other amazing features. Like standard roof rails with crossbars that are built-in and fold out and lock into place when you need to mount a cargo box or roof rack. The Subaru STARLINK multimedia system with standard 7-inch or available 11.6-inch touchscreen display includes Apple CarPlay & Android Auto on every model. There is also 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity available in the Outback and up to 4 USB ports to keep everyone charged and connected. The Hands-free Power Rear Gate with lock and memory height functions makes accessing the cargo area easy when your hands are full. Every feature we just mentioned is either available for an additional cost, exclusively offered on select trim levels or not available on the Honda Pilot.   


The most significant difference between the Subaru Outback and the Honda Pilot is price and what you get for your money. The Subaru Outback is well-equipped, to say the least and starts at just $26,645. To get a Honda Pilot with all of the same features as the base model Outback you will need to spend an extra $5,000 in addition to the Pilot starting at $31,550 and that is almost a $10,000 difference to give similar capability and features.

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