Comparing the 2020 Acura MDX vs. the 2020 Honda Pilot, in Santa Monica

When shopping for a full-size SUV that is also agile and modern, there is no better place to explore inventory than here at Nissani Brothers Acura. We offer a large selection of new 2020 models that we think will truly cater to the needs of Culver City drivers, who need a luxury SUV fit for different day to day errands, vacations and business trips.

One of our most popular SUVs is the Acura MDX, and it's made some serious upgrades for 2020. The 2020 Acura MDX is commonly compared to the Honda Pilot, another three-row SUV. But we think that you'll find more enjoyment with all the new 2020 Acura MDX has to offer.

Let's explore what sets these two SUVs apart, so when it comes time for you to narrow down your search, you'll have your eyes on the MDX.

Differences in Exterior Design

If you are looking for something more modern, sleek and sharp than the Acura MDX is the better fit for you. The 2020 Honda Pilot keeps its round shape that isn't as refined as that of the MDX. The 2020 Acura MDX features a stunning "shield grille" with bold LED lighting. You'll find more chrome accents and eighteen-inch wheels as standard!


While the Honda Pilot does offer LED headlights, the grille is simple and doesn't have the same effortless presence as the Acura MDX. Both models include higher trims, but the Acura MDX offers more standard than the Honda Pilot. If you want the same level of luxury on a Honda Pilot, you'll have to go up several trims just to meet the standard MDX.

Interior Design

We spend hours in our vehicles every week, so why not choose a model that makes you feel right at home, surrounded by the things that make you feel connected and comfortable.


The 2020 Honda Pilot comes with aluminum accents, center touchscreen, LED cabin lighting, and large center console.

The 2020 Acura MDX offers more detailing and an updated two-tiered infotainment screen, that is not provided on the Pilot. On the top screen, you'll have navigation and settings. The lower display shows your radio features, HVAC controls, and music. The overall aesthetic is warm and minimalistic so that you can settle into an uncluttered interior.

Engine Options and Mechanics

You'll want to feel just as good as you look. The 2020 Acura MDX packs in power with robust engine options, similar to the Honda Pilot. Both models feature a 3.5-liter V6 engine. You can choose from either FWD or all-wheel drive on both the MDX and Pilot. But where the two stand apart is the overall power capabilities.

The 2020 Acura MDX produces up to 290 horsepower and 267 pound to feet of torque with the same engine as the Pilot, which can only pump out 280 horsepower and 262 pound to feet of torque.

On the Honda Pilot, you'll have either a six- or nine-speed automatic transmission. The 2020 non-hybrid Acura MDX features a smoother nine-speed automatic transmission.

If you choose the MDX Hybrid you'll have the capability to reach 321 horsepower and 289 pound to feet of torque in the optional 3.0-liter V6 engine!

The 2020 Acura MDX is the clear choice over the Honda Pilot if you are looking for a more powerful, more luxurious three-row SUV. We encourage you to visit our showroom to give one a test drive and feel for yourself the smoothness of the drive. The new Acura MDX will make an impression from West Hollywood to Los Angeles. Visit us today to pick yours out!

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