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Which is Better? The 2019 Honda Pilot or 2019 Acura MDX?

2019 Honda Pilot 2019 Acura MDX Versus

2019 Honda Pilot


2019 Acura MDX

3.5-liter V6


3.5-liter V6
19 city / 27 hwy*

Fuel Economy

20 city / 27 hwy
280 hp


290 hp

Serving Chantilly, Washington D.C., and Ashburn

Since there are four Pilot models that cost less than the starting price of the 2019 Acura MDX, it is smart for shoppers to look at the 2019 Honda Pilot first. In this review, we'll take a look at how the Pilot stands up to its more luxurious cousin.


Frankly, the MDX isn't as big as the Pilot. The Honda has about 20 cubic feet more space for passengers, and it seats up to eight. Although it has a three-row set-up, the MDX seats seven. When you choose the available second-row captain's chairs, the MDX seats six, and the Pilot seats seven. Furthermore, a Pilot has a slightly bigger cargo hold than its rival.

Premium vs. Luxury

The Pilot is well known for its durability and quality. Handsome materials are used to cover the seats and decorate the cabin. A luxury-like ride quality is achieved through Active Noise Cancellation and Active Control Engine Mounts. In addition to this premium attitude, Pilot features are similar to the MDX. Both have full touch screens and multi-view rearview cameras on every model. On the Pilot EX-L models, Apple CarPlay provides extensive connectivity for your iPhone. Google Maps and many other features are available with standard Android Auto and your Android-based phone. If you want a leather interior, you can step up to a leather-clad Pilot and still save extra money over the Acura MDX. This level of savings continues across a long list of amenities. Shoppers can enjoy a tri-zone climate control system and second-row sunshades on the EX-L. Two rows of heated seats and a hands-free power liftgate are standard on the Touring. Your kids will like panoramic sunroof and a rear entertainment center.

Safety and Crash Avoidance

The MDX has AcuraWatch, while the Pilot has Honda Sensing. These are the same basic features, although the Pilot is still saving you money on the base model. A Collision Mitigation Braking System has a forward collision warning to tell you when traffic is slowing. It also has an autobrake just in case you can't stop the Pilot in time. Paired with these systems and low-speed follow, Adaptive Cruise Control makes it easy to handle your busy commute. For even more safety, Lane Keeping Assist includes a warning and a straightening function to keep your Pilot in the lane lines. Road Departure Mitigation is an exclusive system found only on Hondas and Acuras. When the Pilot drifts toward the side of the road, the system responds with a warning. if it drifts off the road, the system reduces speed and tugs at the wheel.

Finding the right SUV for your family starts with a test drive of the 2019 Honda Pilot. You'll find a selection at Honda of Chantilly.

*19 city/27 highway/22 combined mpg rating for 2WD 6AT models. 18 city/26 highway/21 combined mpg rating for AWD 6AT models. 20 city/27 highway/23 combined mpg rating for 2WD 9AT models. 19 city/26 highway/22 combined mpg rating for AWD 9AT models. Based on 2019 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.

Current Inventory

There are currently no 2019 Honda Pilot AWD EX-L 4dr SUV for Sale in inventory


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NHTSA Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s New Car Assessment Program ( Model tested with standard side airbags (SAB).