Explore Lihue in the Right SUV. Is it the 2020 Honda Pilot or 2020 Subaru Ascent?

Living in Lihue gives you instant access to some of the most beautiful terrain you'll find anywhere on Kaua'i.  So, you need a crossover that will help you explore the island with comfort and ease.  A midsize SUV should do the trick.  Plenty large enough for your family with ample room to carry any supplies you need to bring along for a day out.  Two solid contenders are the 2020 Honda Pilot and the 2020 Subaru Ascent.  King Auto Center in Lihue wants to compare these two models to help you determine which would be the best bet for your family adventures.

The 2020 Honda Pilot is building a reputation of being the SUV drivers turn to for an elegant and comfortable ride.  The spacious cabin gives you room to carry eight people in the standard configuration.  Optional captain's chairs in the second row adjust your seating to seven people.  The 2020 Honda Pilot comes in six trim levels: the base LX, the upgraded EX, the leather-clad EX-L, the upscale Touring, the top-level Elite and the all-new and stylish Black Edition.

The Subaru Ascent is in its sophomore year, following its 2019 release.  It fits eight riders with the standard second-row bench.  The available second-row captain's chairs give you the option of seating seven people.  You'll find four trim levels of the Subaru Ascent: The base trim, the mid-level Premium, the Limited is trimmed with leather upholstery and top-tiered Touring.

Performance Comparison

2020 Honda Pilot: Powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine, the 2020 Honda Pilot is more fuel-efficient than you would expect from a midsize SUV.  280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque move this athletic machine.  The six-speed automatic moves power to the front wheels.  All-wheel drive is available for the driver who is looking for a more adventurous drive.  A nine-speed automatic is found in the Touring trim.  The Intelligent Traction Management system helps you conquer any terrain, like mud and sand.

Fuel-efficiency is a highlight of the V6 of the 2020 Honda Pilot.  You'll appreciate its ability to get an EPA-estimated 19 mpg while traveling around Lihue and 27 mpg on the highway.  The nine-speed automatic lands you an estimated 20 mpg in Lihue.  The 2020 Honda Pilot is capable of a smooth and easy ride on even the more curvy roads around town.

2020 Subaru Ascent: Equipped with Subaru's standard Symmetrical All-wheel drive, the Ascent moves with the help of one of the smallest engines in its class.  The 2.4-liter four-cylinder pumps out 260 horsepower.  The EPA-estimated 21 mpg in the city and 27 on the highway are impressive despite the added weight of the all-wheel-drive system.


The infotainment technology for both the 2020 Honda Pilot and Subaru Ascent include some of the same features.  USB ports, Bluetooth and smartphone integration, is available in both models.  You'll find an eight-inch touchscreen and Wi-Fi hotspot in both models, as well.

2020 Honda Pilot: Only Honda offers the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System.  This unique system gives drivers 3D renderings of buildings, terrain, and lane guidance as you glide through Lihue.  How many SUVs allow you to adjust temperature and other features through your smartphone?  That is a possibility with the CabinControl App on the 2020 Honda Pilot.  One-touch second-row folding seats make loading and unloading passengers simple.

Subaru Ascent: One feature available through the Ascent is the STARLINK Entertainment Anywhere package.  It gives your passengers two iPad and Bluetooth headphones and connects to the in-cabin Wi-Fi to give them ways to pass the time on your long drives across the island.

Safety You Can Count On

2020 Honda Pilot: Each 2020 Honda Pilot is loaded with the Honda Sensing suite of safety features.  Forward Collision Warning, Road Departure Mitigation and Lane Keep Assist are just a sampling of the protection package.

Subaru Ascent: Subaru's Eyesight package brings you similar features and pre-collision throttle management and a head-up display.  More safety features are available for a little extra.

Both the 2020 Honda Pilot and the Subaru Ascent provide Lihue drivers with some great features, powerful engines, and a sense of adventure.  King Auto Center is fond of the 2020 Honda Pilot and can't wait to get you behind the wheel of this excellent SUV.  Visit us and take a test drive.  We know you'll fall in love with it as well.



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