When we compare the 2020 Acura MDX's and the 2020 Honda Pilot's specifications and ratings, the 2020 Acura MDX has the advantage in the areas of fuel efficiency, reliability and base engine power. The 2020 Honda Pilot has the advantage in the areas of typical lower range of pricing for used cars, resale value, interior volume and overall quality score. Based on this comparison of the 2020 Acura MDX's and the 2020 Honda Pilot's specifications and ratings, the 2020 Honda Pilot is a better car than the 2020 Acura MDX.
2020 Acura MDX vs. 2020 Honda Pilot Pricing
A used 2020 Acura MDX ranges from $29,123 to $40,999 while a used 2020 Honda Pilot is priced between $26,560 to $38,794.
2020 Acura MDX vs. 2020 Honda Pilot Resale/Retained Value
Looking at the 5-year depreciation rate for both models, the 2020 Acura MDX loses 53.7 percent of its value and the 2020 Honda Pilot loses 44.4 percent of its value. This means the 2020 Honda Pilot retains 9.4 percentage points more of its value and has the advantage of higher resale value versus the 2020 Acura MDX.
2020 Acura MDX vs. 2020 Honda Pilot Quality Rating
The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Acura MDX is 8.8 out of 10 while the Honda Pilot's quality rating is 8.8 out of 10. This results in the Acura MDX being ranked 1 out of 24 Best Luxury 7-Seater SUVs and the Honda Pilot being ranked 2 out of 21 Best 7-Seater SUVs.
2020 Acura MDX vs. 2020 Honda Pilot Reliability Rating
iSeeCars’ Reliability Rating for the Acura MDX is 9.4 out of 10. For the Honda Pilot the reliability rating is 9.1 out of 10. This gives the Acura MDX a slight advantage in reliability compared to the Honda Pilot.
Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison
For engine performance, the 2020 Acura MDX’s base engine makes 290 horsepower, and the 2020 Honda Pilot base engine makes 280 horsepower. The MDX is rated to deliver an average of 23 miles per gallon, while the Pilot is rated to deliver an average of 22 miles per gallon. Both have a highway range of 527 miles. The MDX uses premium unleaded, and the Pilot uses regular unleaded.
Passenger Space Comparison
While both models are crossover/midsize SUVs, the 2020 Honda Pilot has the advantage of offering more front head room, front shoulder room, rear head room, rear shoulder room, rear leg room, and cargo space. The 2020 Acura MDX has the advantage in the area of front leg room.
Safety Ratings Comparison
When comparing crash test ratings from NHTSA, both the 2020 Acura MDX and the 2020 Honda Pilot have the same average safety rating of 5 out of 5 Stars.
The Acura MDX and Honda Pilot are two fine examples of midsize 3-row SUVs, though they appeal to entirely different audiences. The MDX frolics in the luxury end of the pool and costs about $10K more than the Pilot. While that price difference is significant, the MDX has upscale styling, higher-grade materials, more standard technology features, and sportier driving dynamics. The MDX has a better warranty, too. Both SUVs employ a 3.5-liter V6 engine, but the MDX has slightly more horsepower, and its transmission has one additional gear. However, the Honda manages marginally better fuel economy than the Acura. The Pilot can accommodate eight passengers, whereas the MDX seats only seven. Front-row occupants will likely prefer the MDX, but those in the second and third rows will undoubtedly appreciate the Pilot’s extra space and more comfortable seats. While the Pilot performs admirably in NHTSA and IIHS safety tests, the MDX aces them with top scores in all areas.