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Honda Pilot vs Acura MDX

Honda Pilot vs Acura MDX


The midsize family SUV can serve multiple purposes. It can be the perfect vehicle for your daily commute and helping the family get to all of their destinations. It can also serve as a great vehicle for taking to the outdoors and loading up everything you need for a vacation.

Whatever your purpose, two great examples of this are the Honda Pilot and Acura MDX. This article will compare the two vehicles and take a closer look to help you identify the right one for you. At Northside Honda, we are dedicated to serving drivers around the San Antonio, Schertz, and Alamo Heights, TX, areas.


Honda Pilot Interior Space

Honda Pilot vs Acura MDX Interior

Having enough space inside an SUV for everyone—and everything—is important for a more comfortable ride on your travels.

The 2021 Honda Pilot delivers on this with 152.9 cubic feet of passenger volume, compared to 139.1 cubic feet in the Acura MDX. Both vehicles have three rows of seating—and front passengers get 40.1 inches of headroom, and 59.1 inches of hip room, in the Honda Pilot. In the Acura MDX, front passengers get 38.5 inches of headroom, and 59.3 inches of hip room.

Additionally, the amount of cargo space you have can go a long way. The Honda Pilot has 16.5 cubic feet behind all three rows of seating. Folding down the third row expands that to 46.8 cubic feet. Folding the Pilot’s second- and third-row seating maximizes your cargo space to 83.9 cubic feet. The Acura MDX has 16.3 cubic feet behind the third row. This can be expanded to 39.1 cubic feet behind the second row—and a maximum of 71.4 cubic feet behind the first row.


Honda Pilot Parked

Safety Features for Extended Protection

Any time you are on the road with your family, your first priority is reaching your destination safely and keeping your passengers protected. Both of these vehicles have come equipped with safety features designed to take protection to the next level.

Honda Sensing® technology provides such features as its Collision Mitigation Braking System™, Lane Keeping Assist System, and Road Departure Mitigation System to help drivers remain focused on the road and their surroundings. The Acura MDX provides these features as well.

Both vehicles also have advanced front airbags, 3-row side curtain airbags with rollover sensor, and an Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure. However, the Honda Pilot has a more advanced airbag system, providing SmartVent® Front Side Airbags and a Seat Belt Reminder for both front passengers.


2021 Honda Pilot Engine Specs

Honda Pilot vs Acura MDX Engine and Performance

For any family vehicle, finding something that is reliable and capable is every car owner’s desire. They are looking for a vehicle that gets them where they need to go in all situations, and that can do so without any problems.

Both of these vehicles have similar engines and fuel economy that help you navigate around town and get you to all of your daily stops. Both the Honda Pilot and Acura MDX have a V6 engine, and get over 280 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque.

Finally, both vehicles provide sensible fuel economy. The Honda Pilot gets an EPA-estimated 20 city/27 highway MPG.1  The Acura MDX gets an EPA-estimated 19 city/26 highway MPG.2


Schedule a Test Drive Today

Choosing a family vehicle like the 2021 Honda Pilot or the 2021 Acura MDX is really up to your own personal preferences. To see which one is right for you, we recommend getting behind the wheel, taking a test drive, and getting the full experience.

You can schedule a test drive of the 2021 Honda Pilot at Northside Honda, helping drivers near San Antonio, Schertz, and Alamo Heights, Texas, hit the road with their families in a reliable and safe vehicle.

120 city/27 highway/23 combined mpg rating for 2WD trims. 19 city/26 highway/22 combined mpg rating for AWD trims. Based on 2021 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

2Based on 2021 EPA mileage ratings. FWD MPG 19 city / 26 highway / 22 combined. SH-AWD® MPG 19 city / 25 highway / 21 combined Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.


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