2020 Acura MDX Transparent

Acura MDX

2020 Honda Pilot Transparent

Honda Pilot

2020 Acura MDX vs. 2020 Honda Pilot

290-hp 3.5L V6

Standard Engine

280-hp 3.5L V6

Safety System

Honda Sensing
9-speed automatic


6-speed automatic
20 mpg city/27 mpg highway

Fuel Efficiency

19 mpg city/27 mpg highway
90.9 cubic feet

Max Cargo Space

83.9 cubic feet

A full-size SUV like the 2020 Acura MDX or 2020 Honda Pilot can make all the difference to your Asheville and Hendersonville commute. Whether you’re looking for a fuel-efficient ride, a model built for safety, or plenty of interior features, only one of the vehicles is right for you. Learn more with this MDX vs. Pilot comparison from the automotive experts at Apple Tree Acura!

Honda Pilot vs. Acura MDX: Performance Specs

When it comes to performance, you’ll find that the MDX and Pilot both come with front-wheel drive and a 3.5L V6 engine. However, the MDX is paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission that produces 290 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque, while the Pilot only comes with a six-speed automatic transmission that offers 280 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque. The MDX is also more fuel-efficient than the Pilot as it has a 20 mpg/city* and 27 mpg/highway* rating, while you only get a 19 mpg/city and 27 mpg/highway rating behind the wheel of the Pilot.

Honda Pilot vs. Acura MDX: Safety Features

Safety is another factor when considering an SUV, and in the Acura MDX and Honda Pilot you’ll find similar features such as lane departure warning, collision mitigation braking system, a rearview camera, and optional blind-spot monitoring. Where the two models differ in terms of safety is by their safety ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) as the Acura MDX earned a five-star rating while the Honda Pilot earned a four-star rating.

Honda Pilot vs. Acura MDX: Interior Features

Drivers also want an SUV that comes with plenty of interior features to keep you connected and comfortable. With the Acura MDX, you’ll have many more interior features than higher Pilot trim options like the Honda Pilot Touring and Elite. Some of the standout interior features of the MDX include:

  • Eight-speaker sound system
  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™
  • HomeLink
  • Sports seats with a premium leather-trimmed interior
  • 12-way power front seats
  • 50/50-split third-row seats
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • Up to 90.9 cubic feet of cargo room (vs. 83.9 cubic feet of cargo room in the Pilot)

Get Behind the Wheel of an Acura MDX for Sale at Apple Tree Acura Today!

Now that you’ve compared the MDX vs. Pilot, you can check out more comparisons to see how the MDX holds its own against other models like the Infiniti QX60, BMW X5, or Acura RDX, or compare the Acura MDX vs. Lexus GX. We have a great selection of new MDX models for sale so you can find the model and price that meets your needs. Contact us to learn more about our financing and leasing options with a member of our sales team and schedule a test drive near Johnson City!

*Based on 2019 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack age/condition (hybrid only) and other factors.

**Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) New Car Assessment Program. For additional information on the 5-Star Safety Ratings program, please visit www.safercar.gov. Model tested with standard side airbags.

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