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2018 Acura MDX

2019 Acura MDX

2018 Honda Pilot

2019 Honda Pilot

2019 Acura MDX vs. 2019 Honda Pilot

2019 Acura MDX


2019 Honda Pilot
290-hp 3.5L V6

Standard Engine

280-hp 3.5L V6
Honda Sensing

Safety System

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

Honda Pilot vs. Acura MDX

In the market for a powerful, spacious full-size SUV near Red Bank? Then you’ll want to compare the 2019 Acura MDX vs. 2019 Honda Pilot. When you look at them side-by-side, you’ll see that the MDX is the stronger and more well-equipped option. Now it’s your turn to compare the Honda Pilot vs. Acura MDX.

MDX vs. Pilot: Engines & Fuel Economy

Front-wheel drive and 3.5L V6 engines power the MDX and Pilot.

The Pilot gets a standard six-speed automatic transmission while the MDX sports a nine-speed automatic. The MDX coaxes more power from its V6 engine; it generates 290 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque vs. 280 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque from the Pilot.

The MDX is also more fuel-efficient on Freehold streets. With its base powertrain, the MDX earns 20 mpg city/27 mpg highway.* The Pilot, on the other hand, earns 19 mpg city/27 mpg highway.

MDX vs. Pilot: Luxury Features

When it comes to interior comfort and technology, the 2019 Acura MDX moves to the top of the list. Even at the base level, it offers more than Asbury Park drivers would get on the Honda Pilot Touring and Elite. Here are a few highlights from the Acura MDX interior:

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

MDX vs. Pilot: Safety Features

The 2019 Honda Pilot comes standard with Honda Sensing, which includes driver assists like lane departure warning and a collision mitigation braking system. You’ll also get features like a rearview camera and optional blind-spot monitoring.

Of course, the Acura MDX offers all those features as well. What sets them apart is safety ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In NHTSA frontal crash tests, the 2019 Acura MDX earned a five-star rating.** The 2019 Honda Pilot earn four stars.

Test Drive the Acura MDX at Acura of Ocean

If you’re ready to know more about what the Acura MDX SUV can offer your family, contact our Acura to schedule a test drive in Ocean. You can also check out more comparisons like the Acura MDX vs. Toyota Highlander.


*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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