2019 Honda Pilot vs Acura MDX
One of the best ways to get around the Centennial, Aurora, and Denver areas is from behind the wheel of a new crossover. These versatile vehicles continue to be among the most popular in the country, and for good reason. They’re surprisingly spacious, yet easy to drive. With so many options to choose from, however, you’ll have to do some research to find the right one.
Among the greatest crossovers is the 2019 Honda Pilot. While it has plenty to offer, the Acura MDX has numerous exciting features in its own right. Both can get the job done, but only one can be better suited for your needs. Find out which in our comprehensive 2019 Honda Pilot vs. Acura MDX comparison.
As you might expect, you’ll find plenty of interior space no matter which of these crossovers you opt for. If you really want to get the most out of your interior, however, the Pilot provides greater opportunity. The most obvious example of this is with total seating capacity. While the MDX can fit seven passengers comfortably, the Pilot has room for eight, with 20.2 cubic feet more passenger volume.
When you dive into the numbers, you can really see just how much more space the Pilot has to offer. Your rear passengers will have a much better time with the Pilot since they’ll have 1.8 inches more legroom in the back compared to MDX passengers. The Pilot is superior in terms of cargo space as well. At most, the MDX can offer 90.8 cubic feet of space, but the Pilot pushes its limits all the way to 109 cubic feet.
Both crossovers feature generally the same kind of engine. Each is equipped with a 3.5-liter V6 that offers impressive power. It’s important to note, however, that the Pilot tends to get more mileage out of its engine for less cost. The MDX requires premium gasoline in order to function at its peak, while the Pilot works just fine with regular unleaded.
While the engines are remarkably similar, handling tends to favor the Pilot. Most Pilot models feature drift compensation steering, which automatically compensates for those harsh road conditions that can cause you to drift. All-wheel drive helps, too, of course, but only the Pilot has both AWD and drift compensation steering. As if that wasn’t enough, the Pilot also requires less distance to come to a complete stop from both 70 and 60 MPH.
When it comes to safety features, Honda and Acura tend to go the extra mile for their drivers. The Honda Sensing® suite and AcuraWatch come with a plethora of driver assistance features designed to keep you and your passengers safer. The difference is that Honda Sensing® is standard on every model, unlike AcuraWatch.
Additionally, the Pilot tends to rate better in crash tests. While both crossovers here earned a full five stars in front-seat and rear-seat safety ratings, you can see the Pilot outperformed when you get into the numbers. For example, front collisions in the MDX at the testing speed of 38.5 MPH inflicted 113 Gs of abdominal force on passengers, while the Pilot inflicted just 101 Gs. Similarly, spine acceleration for rear seat passengers in the Pilot is reduced by 10 Gs compared to the MDX.
2019 Honda Pilot vs Acura MDX Verdict
While both vehicles in our Honda Pilot vs. Acura MDX comparison were impressive, the 2019 Honda Pilot tends to have more to offer. If you live in the Centennial, Aurora, and Denver areas, you can experience the Pilot for yourself at Mile High Honda. Get in touch with us today, and we’ll be happy to schedule a test drive for you.