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2020 Acura MDX

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2020 Honda Pilot

2020 Acura MDX vs Honda Pilot

2020 Acura MDX


2020 Honda Pilot
290-hp 3.5L V6

Standard Engine

280-hp 3.5L V6
9-speed automatic transmission


6-speed automatic transmission

Safety System

Honda Sensing
20 mpg city/27 mpg highway*

Fuel Efficiency

19 mpg city/27 mpg highway
132.7 cubic feet

Max Passenger Space

152.9 cubic feet
90.9 cubic feet

Max Cargo Space

83.9 cubic feet

If you’re in the market for a reliable, safe, and advanced SUV to take your Hartford and West Hartford commute to the next level, then the 2020 Acura MDX or 2020 Honda Pilot might be for you! But what are some of the unique differences between the MDX vs. Pilot? Acura of Avon is here to break down these two models in terms of performance, safety, and luxury features to help you determine the right SUV for your next adventure.

Honda Pilot vs. Acura MDX: Engines & Fuel Economy

In terms of performance, the MDX and Pilot both feature a strong 3.5L engine configuration along with sturdy front-wheel drive. With its base engine, the MDX earns 20 mpg/city* and 27 mpg/highway.* The Pilot, on the other hand, earns 19 mpg/city and 27 mpg/highway. You’ll have additional power thanks to the standard nine-speed automatic transmission in the MDX as opposed to the six-speed automatic transmission that comes with the Honda Pilot. With this additional component, the MDX is able to deliver 290 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque, while those who opt for the Pilot will only produce 280 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque.

Honda Pilot vs. Acura MDX: Safety Features

Safety is another important factor to SUV drivers, and you’ll be able to enjoy the standard Honda Sensing suite which offers driver assist features such as lane departure warning and a collision mitigation braking system across all Honda models. You can also access all these features as well as a rearview camera and optional blind-spot monitoring with the Acura MDX lineup. These models have many of the same features, but they diverge when it comes to their respective ratings from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The Acura MDX earned a five-star rating in frontal crash tests**, while the Honda Pilot only earned only four stars.

Honda Pilot vs. Acura MDX: Luxury Features

To round out your ride, the 2020 Acura MDX offers drivers some unique amenities that you won’t find in higher trim levels like the Honda Pilot Touring and Elite. These are just some of the stellar interior features you can enjoy with the 2020 MDX:

  • Eight-speaker sound system
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • HomeLink
  • Sports seats with a premium leather-trimmed interior
  • 12-way power front seats
  • 50/50-split third-row seats
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • Up to 90.9 cubic feet of cargo room (vs. 83.9 in the Pilot)


Discover the Acura MDX and More Luxury SUVs at Acura of Avon

Now that you’ve compared the MDX vs. Pilot, you can see how the MDX compares to other models like the Acura RDX, Toyota Highlander, or Audi Q7. Come to Acura of Avon to see  your favorite MDX or Pilot trim level in person. We have a great selection of new and used Acura MDX models for sale to meet your driving needs and fit your budget. Contact us today for more finance auto information and to schedule a test drive at our dealership near Manchester and Berlin!



*Based on 2019 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack age/condition (hybrid only) and other factors.

**Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) New Car Assessment Program. For additional information on the 5-Star Safety Ratings program, please visit www.safercar.gov. Model tested with standard side airbags.

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