Honda Pilot vs Acura MDX


2021 Honda Pilot vs. 2020 Acura MDX

Starting at $32,250*


Starting at $44,400 MSRP
8 passengers

Seating Capacity

7 passengers
152.9 cubic feet

Passenger Volume

132.7 cubic feet
109 cubic feet

Maximum Cargo Volume

90.9 cubic feet
5,000 pounds

Maximum Towing Capacity

5,000 pounds

Deciding between the Honda Pilot and Acura MDX for an SUV to drive around San Marcos? Both are spacious, well-appointed SUVs, but a comparison of the two with Honda of Escondido will help you decide which is the better choice for you. For instance, a quick match-up of these SUVs shows that the new Pilot:

  • Costs $12,150 less on the base MSRP
  • Seats one more passenger
  • Provides 20.2 more cubic feet of space for passengers
  • Promises 18.1 more cubic feet of maximum cargo volume

Of course, these perks only scratch the surface of where the Honda Pilot excels. Check out this 2021 Honda Pilot vs. 2020 Acura MDX comparison guide for more details.

Honda Pilot vs. Acura MDX: Price

Vista-area drivers often notice the sticker price of an SUV first, and this is an area where the Honda Pilot has a clear advantage over the Acura MDX. The new MDX may be classified as a luxury vehicle, but the Pilot provides plenty of first-class amenities at a much lower price.

  • Honda Pilot: Starting MSRP of $32,250*
  • Acura MDX: Starting MSRP of $44,400

Honda Pilot vs. Acura MDX: Passenger and Cargo Space

Both the Honda Pilot and the Acura MDX promise three rows of seating to accommodate Carlsbad families. However, if you want to give your passengers more room to stretch out, and also need a greater cargo capacity, the Pilot will make more sense. Compare the Pilot vs. MDX interior dimensions below:

Honda Pilot Interior Dimensions

  • Seating Capacity: 8 passengers
  • Passenger Volume: 152.9 cubic feet
  • Cargo Volume Behind 2nd Row: 46.8 cubic feet
  • Maximum Cargo Volume: 109 cubic feet
  • Standard second- and third-row 60/40-split seats

Acura MDX Interior Dimensions

  • Seating Capacity: 7 passengers
  • Passenger Volume: 132.7 cubic feet
  • Cargo Volume Behind 2nd Row: 45.1 cubic feet
  • Maximum Cargo Volume: 90.9 cubic feet
  • 50/50-split third row and 60/40-split folding second row

Honda Pilot vs. Acura MDX: Safety Technologies

These SUVs come equipped with their respective safety suites: Honda Sensing® on the Honda Pilot and AcuraWatch™ on the Acura MDX. With either model, Poway-area drivers can look forward to the likes of Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keeping Assist System, Collision Mitigation Braking System, and Road Departure Mitigation System. The Pilot, though, includes the following additional safety features unavailable on the MDX:

  • Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR): Informs the driver of posted speed limit signs so they can adjust accordingly.
  • Honda LaneWatch™: Displays the lane in your passenger-side blind spot on the touchscreen interface when the right turn signal is activated.
  • Auto High-Beam Headlights: Flips between high and low beams automatically based on weather conditions and oncoming traffic.

Test Drive the Honda Pilot Today at Honda of Escondido!

Ready to experience all that the 2021 Honda Pilot has in store and pick out your favorite Honda Pilot colors? Get in touch with Honda of Escondido to schedule a test drive! Make sure to apply for financing online before you visit. We want to put you behind the wheel of this capable and well-equipped SUV today!

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