2020 Honda Pilot vs Acura MDX

2020 Honda Pilot

The 2020 Honda Pilot and 2020 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, you may find yourself considering both models.

At Pat Peck Honda, we want to enhance your research with this car comparison. It sets up a 2020 Honda Pilot vs. Acura MDX head-to-head, so you can weigh these options against each other and choose the one that meets your needs best. Contact us if you want to learn more!

2020 Pilot vs MDX: Interior Features

Honda Pilot Interior

The 2020 Pilot and 2020 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, with 31.9 inches of legroom, is also more adult friendly than the rearmost seat in the MDX, which offers just 28.1 inches (30.9 inches when the second row is slid forward).

Though the variation may seem small, it may make the difference between “kids only” seats and those that fit adults, too.

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 roughly 280 to 290 horsepower. With those numbers, you’ll have no problem conquering the highways around Gulfport, Long Beach, and Biloxi.

As evenly matched as these two SUVs are in terms of performance, it’s worth noting that test drivers have found the MDX’s standard 9-speed automatic transmission slow to shift at times. The Pilot’s standard 6-speed automatic has earned a better reception (and a 9-speed is available in the Pilot if you prefer).

Passenger Volume

Honda Pilot Interior Cabin

You’ll find plenty of flexibility in the 2020 Pilot or MDX, given their standard 60/40 split-folding rear seats. However, there’s no way around the fact that the Pilot simply has more passenger volume.

The Pilot blows the MDX out of the water, by offering up to 153.1 cubic feet of passenger volume. The MDX only offers 132.7 cubic feet.

2020 Honda Pilot vs Acura MDX: Choose Your Midsize SUV

If you’re shopping for a crossover SUV, we hope our 2020 Honda Pilot vs. Acura MDX car comparison was helpful to you. So, 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!