Honda Pilot vs Acura MDX

Honda Pilot vs Acura MDX

The 2022 Honda Pilot and 2022 Acura MDX are both 3-row crossover SUVs that share a lot of features. As you search for the perfect ride to get you and your family around Gulfport, Long Beach, and Biloxi, Mississippi, you may find yourself considering both models.

At Pat Peck Honda, we want to enhance your research with this 2022 Honda Pilot vs. Acura MDX head-to-head comparison. Read on to weigh these options against each other and choose the one that meets your needs best. Contact us if you want to learn more!

2022 Pilot vs MDX: Interior Space

Honda Pilot vs Acura MDXThe 2022 Pilot and 2022 MDX are designed with your comfort and convenience in mind, which shows in the interior of both vehicles. Whichever way you slice it, you’ll have more available passenger space in the Pilot, though.

The Pilot seats up to eight people (seven with 2nd-row captain’s chairs), while the MDX only fits seven (six with 2nd-row captain’s chairs). You may appreciate having the extra capacity when it’s needed most.

The Pilot’s 3rd-row seat has 31.9 inches of legroom—which is more spacious than the rearmost seat in the MDX, which offers just 28.1 inches (30.9 inches when the second row is slid forward).

Overall, the 2022 Pilot offers more space for you and your family or friends, with 151.7 cubic feet of passenger volume. In comparison, the Acura MDX only offers 139.1 cubic feet of passenger space.

Under the Hood: Performance Specs

The Honda Pilot and Acura MDX are propelled forward by very similar engines. Each offers a 3.5L V6 that puts out just over 260 lb-ft of torque as well as nearly 300 horsepower. With those numbers, you’ll have no problem conquering the highways and passing others along the way.

As evenly matched as these two SUVs are in terms of performance, it’s worth noting that you’ll have better fuel economy with the 2022 Honda Pilot. With its EX-L, Special Edition, and Touring trim levels, the Honda Pilot gives you an EPA-estimated 20 city/27 highway MPG.1 At best, the Acura MDX gets and EPA-estimated 19 city/26 highway MPG. While it sounds like a small difference, that extra gas mileage adds up over time.

Cargo Volume

Honda Pilot vs Acura MDXYou’ll find plenty of flexibility in the 2022 Pilot or MDX, since their seats can be reconfigured to give you whatever combination of passenger and cargo space you need. Behind all three rows, they each have over 18 cubic feet of cargo volume. With the third-row seats folded down, though, the Pilot offers 55.9 cubic feet of cargo volume, while the MDX has just 48.4 cubic feet.

At most, the Honda Pilot provides 109.2 cubic feet of cargo volume. The maximum cargo volume inside the 2022 Acura MDX is just 95 cubic feet.

2022 Honda Pilot vs Acura MDX: Choose Your Midsize SUV

If you’re shopping for a crossover SUV to get you around the Gulfport, Long Beach, and Biloxi, MS, area, we hope our 2022 Honda Pilot vs. Acura MDX car comparison was helpful to you. Which of these vehicles has more of what you’re looking for?

While the two are well-matched in many respects, we really think you’ll like the extra space for passengers and cargo that you’ll find in the Pilot. Schedule a test drive at Pat Peck Honda and decide for yourself!


120 city/27 highway/23 combined mpg rating for 2WD trims. 19 city/26 highway/22 combined mpg rating for AWD trims. Based on 2022 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.



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