Even though they belong to the same parent company, we can consider the Acura MDX and Honda Pilot being rivals. How come? Well, the Pilot SUV is one of the best-selling vehicles in the family. On the other hand, the MDX is a luxury crossover. They belong to different classes. But, these two models are sharing a lot of similar or the same features. Buyers sometimes want to buy Acura rather than upper trim of the Honda Pilot. Well, the bosses are happy to see these two grow together. That means the customers are recognizing quality.
For the upcoming season, we can choose between 2019 Acura MDX and 2019 Honda Pilot. Both models will introduce a new portion of changes that will make them more appealing. Better, stronger, fuel-friendlier, crossovers will fight for more sales. That is the only thing that will make them number one SUV in the company.
2019 Acura MDX vs 2019 Honda Pilot Specs
Two crossovers are continuing to use the same drivetrain as before. Honda’s reliable partner in the last couple of years is a 3.5-liter V-6 engine. Of course, both 2019 Acura MDX and 2019 Honda Pilot, as two flagship models will use it. But, the luxury SUV gets more from the mill – 10 hp and 5 lb-ft of torque. Total for Acura MDX is 290 hp and 267 pound-feet.
While the MDX uses a nine-speed automatic transmission, the 2019 Pilot will keep a six-pace gearbox. The one Acura is using is optional from its sibling. This change impacts the mileage. Two SUVs can return 22 mpg combined, but do not forget that Pilot is slightly less powerful.
2019 Acura MDX vs 2019 Honda Pilot Dimensions
Only slight differences are between 2019 Honda Pilot and 2019 Acura MDX. Wheelbases have the same length, but Acura is slightly longer overall. On the other hand, Pilot is higher and wider. We are talking about two inches of maximum gap. Of course, that inch will bring more headroom for a higher vehicle, and more legroom for the longer one. Well, we must give credits to 2019 Honda Pilot here because it has a model that can take eight passengers.
2019 Acura MDX vs 2019 Honda Pilot Features
Being in the same family means models will share its features and systems. For example, both 2019 Acura MDX and 2019 Honda Pilot are very safe crossovers. The luxury SUV receives 5/5 stars on NHTSA tests in all categories. The standard offer includes ABS brakes, curtain, side, driver, and passenger airbags. There is a lot more in additional packages, especially in Acura MDX. But, it will make the SUV cost a fortune.
More seating spots cut the legroom. However, 2019 Honda Pilot can offer more space for cargo. Behind the third row, we will get 1.5 cubic-feet more than 2019 MDX can take. The configuration of the new Pilot allows 1,500 pounds of towing capacity. Maximum load the Honda’s SUV can take is 5,000 lbs, while 2019 Acura MDX remains at 3,500 pounds.
2019 Acura MDX vs 2019 Honda Pilot Price
Of course, the premium crossover will cost more. But, does it offer enough for $15,000 price difference. The base 2019 Honda Pilot will cost $32,000. On the other hand, the new 2019 Acura MDX will be close to $47,000. Although being a luxury model, it offers great practicality. Furthermore, there is no too many premium features and unnecessary details on the MDX.
On the other hand, for $15k we can upgrade our Pilot with the latest Elite package. There, buyers are getting a panoramic sunroof, captain chairs with heating, and Wi-Fi hotspot. The leather steering wheel and rear seats will make this version of 2019 Honda Pilot SUV as luxurious as it is Acura MDX.
Well, the new Pilot will also come in a hybrid variant. It was an advantage of the Acura MDX. For the upcoming year, this SUV adds a special A-Spec trim level. It is not as expensive as these versions with Advance and Entertaining package, but its driving skills are much better.