2020 Honda Pilot vs Acura MDX

2020 Honda Pilot If you’re looking for a three-row SUV to drive through the Atlantic City and Egg Harbor areas, then you’re lucky to have so many great options to choose from. Two of the area’s most popular models in the class are the 2020 Honda Pilot and Acura MDX.

To help you decide which of these great vehicles is going to be the right fit for you, the team at Boardwalk Honda put together this Honda Pilot vs. Acura MDX comparison.

2020 Honda Pilot vs Acura MDX: Powertrain and Handling Features

If you want a powerful engine and capable handling, there’s no doubt about it-you’re in great hands with either the Honda Pilot or Acura MDX. Both vehicles come with the following features:

  • Available 9-speed automatic transmission
  • All-wheel drive available
  • 3.5L V6 engine

Both sport a 3.5L V6 engine that generates over 280 horsepower. They also both have the ability to tow up to 5,000 pounds when properly equipped. Plus, they each give you an available 9-speed automatic transmission.

If you’re staring down a snowy winter morning commute, you’ll probably like that both SUVs have an available smart all-wheel drive (AWD) system. This system actively monitors your driving conditions and automatically redistributes torque among all four wheels to help you maintain traction.

You might find your traction control a bit more optimized in the Pilot, however, thanks to the available Intelligent Traction Management System. This includes drive modes that help you maintain control.

If your model has front-wheel drive (FWD), this system includes a snow mode. With AWD, this system includes a Snow/Sand/Mud mode that helps you travel over difficult terrain. Since the MDX doesn’t offer a similar system, it might struggle a bit more with certain conditions.

Interior Specs: Honda Pilot vs Acura MDX

2020 Honda Pilot

Whether you’re driving the Honda Pilot or Acura MDX, you’ll have plenty to enjoy about the interior. For example, they both include available heated seats to help you warm up after cleaning snow off your car. They also have an available moonroof that lets in plenty of fresh air and sunlight.

Plus, the center stack is built around an 8-inch touchscreen with Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay® compatibility. This is available for both the Honda Pilot and Acura MDX.

If you need to pack up a lot of gear or bring a long a few passengers, you’ll have a bit more space to do so in the Honda Pilot compared to the Acura MDX.

Both are three-row SUVs, but the Pilot can seat a maximum of eight passengers, while the MDX can only accommodate up to seven. These passengers will have more room to move around in the Pilot as well, which has 152.9 cubic feet of passenger volume, compared to 132.7 cubic feet in the MDX.

We also see a difference in the cargo volume:

Cargo Volume

Behind First Row

Behind Second Row

Behind Third Row

Honda Pilot

109 cu ft

55.9 cu ft

18.5 cu ft

Acura MDX

90.9 cu ft

43.4 cu ft

15.8 cu ft

As you can see, the Honda Pilot has more than 18 cubic feet of additional cargo volume and almost three cubic feet more trunk space when compared to the Acura MDX.

The Honda Pilot and Acura MDX: Our Winner

When the team at Boardwalk Honda compared the 2020 Honda Pilot vs. Acura MDX, we found that the Pilot brings more interior space and handling capabilities to the Egg Harbor and Atlantic City areas.

If you want to give it a try for yourself, contact us and test drive the Honda Pilot today!