The 2018 Acura MDX vs Honda Pilot Comparison

 When you're browsing for the right SUV to add a little space and style to your adventures around the Mission Viejo, Laguna Niguel, and Aliso Viejo areas, you're probably considering multiple models like the 2018 Acura MDX or the 2018 Honda Pilot. Both these spacious and impressive SUVs have grown in popularity, but when the choice is yours, which SUV do you go with? If you're having trouble, don't worry, our team of experts at Norm Reeves Acura of Mission Viejo is here to help you.

Continue reading to learn the similarities and differences between the Acura MDX vs. Honda Pilot, so you can make the right choice when considering which SUV is best suited for you.

Acura MDX vs Honda Pilot Specs

Both the Acura MDX and Honda Pilot come equipped with respective 3.5L V6 engines. Both engines feature Variable Cylinder Management™ which helps boost the fuel efficiency by adjusting between using all six cylinders to only three during normal driving. The Acura SUV, equipped with a 9-speed automatic transmission, can deliver 290 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque. The Honda SUV falls close behind with 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque, and features a 6-speed automatic transmission.

Another major factor to consider when purchasing your SUV is the ability to tow materials for when you're at capacity with your cargo in the interior. Conveniently, both vehicles offer a 3,500-pound towing capacity when they're equipped with FWD. When the vehicles feature AWD, the towing capacity boosts to 5,000 pounds. However, the MDX, when fitted with AWD, also includes the Automatic Transmission Cooler, to help prevent the transmission from overheating during peak performance.

The performance abilities are close, but it's the Acura MDX that offers the strongest engine abilities out of the two.

Media & Technology

These full-size SUVs come equipped with some pretty impressive features and amenities. The 2018 Acura MDX is outfitted with the 8-speaker Acura Premium Sound System, while the 2018 Honda Pilot features a 7-speaker sound system. Each SUV features a dashboard-mounted touchscreen, with the Honda vehicle featuring a 5-inch display, and the Acura vehicle including the 8-inch On Demand Multi-Use Display 2.0. This screen is much bigger and more responsive to touch rather than the 5-inch display screen included with the Honda Pilot.

Each SUV comes equipped with USB/auxiliary inputs for external media devices, a radio, an MP3-capable CD player, and Bluetooth® hands-free phone and streaming. The Acura MDX features compatibility to Aha™ and Pandora® and includes a 3-month trial subscription to SiriusXM® Satellite Radio. The Honda Pilot offers these same features, but requires some upgrades to include them with the SUV. Each vehicle also offers optional navigation and connection services.

In this category of media and technology with the Acura MDX vs. Honda Pilot, the MDX has a clear advantage.

Cabin Space & Comfort

 The Acura MDX vs. Honda Pilot each offer spacious cabins that include three rows of seating. Each vehicle offers considerable space for their passengers, but it's the MDX that offers the most front legroom with 41.4 inches vs. the 40.9 inches that's included in the front row of the Honda Pilot. Both vehicles offer a decent amount of cargo space, which can be expanded to accommodate for more cargo or larger items by folding down the second and third rows.

Driver Assistance & Safety

As for the comfort, the MDX offers leather-trimmed seating materials while the new Pilot comes standard with cloth seating, which can feature leather after a few upgrades. The driver's seat in the MDX includes the 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat with power lumbar support, which lets you customize your comfort for long trips. The Pilot, on the other hand, features a manual seat adjuster, which can include a 10-way power adjuster after an upgrade.

When it comes to safety, both vehicles offer exceptional protection. The 2018 MDX comes standard with some driver-assisting technology features. The Collision Mitigation System™, Lane Keeping Assist System, Road Departure Mitigation, and Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow are all included with the standard model.

These features use sensors that are mounted to the exterior of the vehicle and will measure the speed, distance, and proximity of objects in your path to give you a heads up when there could be a collision or a road mishap. Some of these features are available with the Honda SUV, but only after a few upgrades.

Each vehicle features the Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ body structure to help protect passengers from the outside and combat the energy generated from a powerful impact. This body structure features front and rear crumple zones and reinforced side beams to help absorb the force of the collision and prevent passengers from feeling the effects. Passengers in each vehicle receive protection from the advanced front airbags, the side-impact airbags, and the side curtain airbags.

Acura MDX vs Honda Pilot Comparison Conclusion

Our team at Norm Reeves Acura of Mission Viejo hopes that this 2018 Acura MDX vs. Honda Pilot SUV comparison helped you see the real differences between these two popular models. You learned that although both vehicles certainly offer a lot to their respective drivers, it's the Acura MDX that has the advantages in each of the categories above. You can benefit from learning more about the new MDX by dropping by our dealership for a closer look. But if you really want to see what it offers, you may want to climb in and take it out on the open road.

Contact our team to schedule your test drive with us at Norm Reeves Acura of Mission Viejo. We're always happy to lend a helping hand to drivers in Mission Viejo, Laguna Niguel, and Aliso Viejo who are looking for the right car. Drop by and see us to get started on the journey towards your next ride!

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