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2021 Honda Pilot vs. 2020 Acura MDX

2021 Honda Pilot vs. 2021 Acura MDX

2021 Honda Pilot

vs.

2021 Acura MDX

$32,250 MSRP*

Starting Price

$44,500 MSRP**
V6

Engine

V6
20/27***

Peak EPA-Estimated
Efficiency (City/Highway)

20/27****
18.5 Cubic Feet

Cargo Space Behind
the 3rd Row

15.8 Cubic Feet
55.9 Cubic Feet

Cargo Space Behind
the 2nd Row

43.2 Cubic Feet
109.9 Cubic Feet

Cargo Space Behind
the 1st Row

90.9 Cubic Feet

We’ve compared the 2021 Honda Pilot vs. 2020 Acura MDX to show you exactly how a standard 3-row crossover matches up against a luxury model. While both offer their own benefits, we’re firmly in the Pilot’s camp. To find out why, read on to compare:

  • Trims and Prices
  • Power and Efficiency Specs
  • Interior Dimensions

Pilot vs. MDX: Trims and Prices

While drivers can clearly anticipate a difference between Acura and Honda starting prices, it’s still surprising to see just how much more the MDX costs.

2021 Honda Pilot trim levels range between:

  • 2021 Honda Pilot LX: Priced at $32,250 MSRP*
  • 2021 Honda Pilot Elite: Priced at $48,420 MSRP*

2020 Acura MDX trim levels range between:

  • 2020 Acura MDX Standard: Priced at $44,500 MSRP**
  • 2020 Acura MDX Entertainment with Advance Package: Priced at $60,250 MSRP**

Pilot vs. MDX: Power and Efficiency Specs

You’ll find a V6 engine fitted as standard with both the Honda Pilot and the Acura MDX. The Acura is more powerful, but the difference between engine specs isn’t as wide as you might imagine:

  • 2021 Honda Pilot Power: Up to 280 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque.
  • 2020 Acura MDX Power: Up to 290 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque.

The MDX also fails to earn its higher price point with stronger efficiency scores. You’ll make up to an EPA-estimated:

  • 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway with the 2021 Honda Pilot LX CVT**
  • 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway with the 2020 Acura MDX Standard FWD.

Pilot vs. MDX: Interior Dimensions

Drivers are attracted to the 3-row crossover SUV segment for their blend of practicality and power, so it’s disappointing to see the Acura MDX come up short when it comes to cabin space. It only provides seating for 7 vs. up to 8 with the Pilot, and it carries significantly less in all configurations.

When it comes to cargo space, you’ll find:

  • Up to 18.5 cubic feet behind the 3rd row of the Pilot vs. 15.8 in the MDX.
  • Up to 55.9 cubic feet behind the 2nd row of the Pilot vs. 43.2 in the MDX.
  • Up to 109.9 cubic feet behind the 1st row of the Pilot vs. 90.9 cubic feet in the MDX.

Find Your Next Crossover by Visiting Cookeville Honda Today

Whether you want to find out how our latest new vehicle specials can help take your money further or feel like arranging a test drive, feel free to get in touch today.

Disclaimers: 

*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $1,045.00 destination charge, options and accessories. Dealers set own prices.

**Prices shown do not include taxes, license or a destination & handling charge. Destination charge for ILX, TLX and RLX is $965.00, NSX is $1800.00 and MDX and RDX is $995.00. Actual vehicles/accessory costs, labor and installation vary. Please consult your selected dealer.

***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.

****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 models only) and other factors.

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