2019 Acura MDX vs Honda Pilot near Playa Vista

Compare the Acura MDX to the Honda Pilot at Nissani Bros Acura of Culver City

Finding the right SUV can be a challenge, especially when you enjoy equal measures of comfort and performance. Acura has come up with a decent recipe that blends these features, and more, into a seamless style all its own. When you need a three-row SUV that fits your lifestyle in the Los Angeles area, nothing will quite suit you like the Acura MDX. Swing by our Acura dealership near West Hollywood and we'll show you how it compares to and excels against popular models like the Honda Pilot.


  • Under the hood, both vehicles pack a 3.5-liter i-VTEC V6 engine.
  • The Acura MDX's V6 packs more horsepower and more torque than the Honda Pilot's V6.
  • While both vehicles record the same basic fuel economy, 27 miles per gallon on the highway, the Acura MDX is the only one that's  available as a hybrid model.
  • The Acura's power is filtered through a nine-speed automatic transmission with sequential SportShift while the Honda Pilot's power is filtered through a basic six-speed automatic transmission. The MDX also offers a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission which isn't available at all with the Honda model.
  • Both vehicles are also available with all-wheel drive: an Intelligent Variable Torque Management® system in the Pilot and Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ in the Acura MDX.


  • While the Honda Pilot offers more passenger space, the Acura MDX offers more cargo space for the luxurious adventures ahead.
  • Inside, the Acura MDX offers more basic comfort features than the Honda Pilot like standard leather seats, standard dual power front seats, and a standard sunroof.
  • Keep your friends and family comfortable the with Acura MDX's standard tri-zone automatic climate control system. Honda offers a similar system but you need to shell out some extra dough and move up to a higher trim configuration.
  • Technology-wise, the Acura MDX also comes with more basic features like standard premium radio. Both models are available with an eight-inch touchscreen display but only the Acura offers it standard on every model.
  • The Acura MDX includes Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ integration as standard throughout its lineup. These same features are available with the Honda Pilot but you need to move up a couple of trim levels and spend more money to have them equipped.
  • Safety

    • Safety-wise, the Acura MDX comes with more airbags than the Honda Pilot.
    • When it comes to crash test ratings, the Acura MDX earned a five-star overall frontal crash rating while the Honda Pilot only earned four stars.
    • Communication-wise, the Acura MDX is available with AcuraLink® service. These services send out a notification out if an airbag is deployed, if the SUV has been stolen and even allows you to remotely lock or unlock your vehicle. The Honda Pilot offers a similar service but only on the highest trim levels.
    • Both vehicles also come standard with family-focused safety features like child door locks and an engine immobilizer.

    Experience the Acura MDX Difference at our Dealership Today

    It's one thing to recognize the Acura MDX's superior differences in matters of specs and features offered, but it's another to recognize its superior driving atmosphere and whether or not it's the right vehicle for you. The only way to do that is by getting behind the wheel and experiencing all the Acura MDX has to offer. So, test drive the Acura MDX at our dealership today. We proudly serve the current and future Acura drivers of Playa Vista. If you have any questions regarding our current inventory of Acura MDX models or have any questions regarding our finance center, please feel free to contact us directly either by email or over the phone for more information.

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