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7007 E. Chauncey Ln, Phoenix, AZ, 85054

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Phone Numbers:Sales Hours:
  • Mon - Fri9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Sat9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Sun11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Service Hours:
  • Mon - Fri7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Sat8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • SunClosed
Parts Hours:
  • Mon - Fri7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Sat8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • SunClosed

Acura MDX vs. Honda Pilot

2020 Acura MDX vs. 2021 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

20 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 on the hunt for a full-size SUV in Phoenix, you’ll want to take a closer look between the 2021 Honda Pilot vs. 2020 Acura MDX. While both provide exceptional safety and performance specs, only the MDX comes equipped with the luxury features you deserve. Learn more as we compare the MDX vs. Pilot.

MDX vs. Pilot: Engines & Fuel Economy

When it comes to engine options, comparing the MDX vs. Pilot is a fairly even match. Both SUVs come standard with front-wheel drive and a powerful 3.5L engine, but the MDX gives you an extra boost throughout Scottsdale thanks to a heart-pounding nine-speed automatic transmission that bests the Pilot’s six-speed automatic transmission. This boils down to more horsepower and torque for the MDX, clocking in 290 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque compared to the Pilot at 280 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque.

MDX vs. Pilot: Safety Features

Safety is key in Phoenix, which is why you’ll see many of the same features between the Honda Pilot vs. Acura MDX, including:

  • Lane departure warning
  • Collision mitigation braking system
  • Rearview camera
  • Optional blind-spot monitoring

But while there are similarities, the MDX races ahead when it comes to safety ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The 2020 Acura MDX earned a five-star rating in frontal crash tests** while the Honda Pilot earned only four stars.

MDX vs. Pilot: Luxury Features

One area that even the highest Pilot trim levels cannot beat is luxury features where the MDX leads the way. The Acura MDX interior is lavished with all the latest connectivity and comfort features for a delightful commute through Peoria, keeping you and yours cozy at every turn. You’ll enjoy:

  • Sports seats with a premium leather-trimmed interior
  • Eight-speaker sound system
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • HomeLink
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • 12-way power front seats
  • 50/50-split third-row seats

Plus, your MDX comes with up to 90.9 cubic feet of cargo room vs. the 83.9 cubic feet in the Pilot.

Test Drive the Acura MDX at Acura North Scottsdale

Now that you’ve compared the Honda Pilot vs. Acura MDX, it’s time to test drive the winner at Acura North Scottsdale! Once you’re here, we’ll walk you through everything this stunning SUV has to offer, including how it compares to another Acura standout, the RDX. Save time when you apply for financing from home, and contact us with any questions!

*Based on 2020 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 Model tested with standard side airbags.

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