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What are the Differences Between 2019 Honda Pilot & 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

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Often thought of as a minivan built on an SUV platform, the Honda Pilot offers generous interior volume, functional cabin design, and a plateload of standard high-tech and safety features. This model will appeal to all who want lots of room for the family without having to sacrifice the upscale, modern look of a contemporary crossover. The 2019 Honda Pilot gets some new standard safety features, and the price bump over last year's offering is minimal.

The 2019 Acura MDX is quite affordable, but it suffers just a bit in the areas of passenger comfort and package options. In many people's minds, taller is better, and comfort ranks just behind safety and security. This is where the MDX falls a little short of the Honda Pilot. Below, the differences between the two models are explored further.

Interior Design

There's no mistaking the intention of the designers when one climbs aboard the 2019 Honda Pilot. This vehicle is as spacious as a minivan, but it's much more heavily appointed than what one finds on the interior of a typical van model. The use of space is optimized to the fullest, and cubbies and pockets are everywhere. The third row of seats is spacious enough for two adults, a big selling point. Few competitors, the 2019 Acura MDX not being one of them, can compete with the Pilot's second- and third-row elbow room. The Elite trim comes with second-row captain's chairs, and this increases the comfort level even further. The 2019 Acura MDX has a lower roofline than does the Pilot, and this makes for a slightly cramped feel. The third row is tighter and not suitable for adults. Headroom is lacking except for the driver and front passenger.

2019 Honda Pilot Interior

Standard Safety Features

Both of these models have ramped up the safety features list for 2019. The 2019 Honda Pilot comes with standard forward collision warning, emergency automatic braking, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and LED headlights. The Honda LaneWatch blind-spot system is standard on all but the base LX trim. Previously, buyers had to purchase an expensive package in order to get these features on the lower trim versions, but that's now a thing of the past. The modest price bump of less than $600 over last year's models is certainly worth it considering that the entire safety suite is now included on the base trim, minus the LaneWatch. The 2019 Acura MDX boasts the standard AcuraWatch safety suite, but it's not a complete package. Buyers get forward collision warning, lane departure and road departure warning, and adaptive cruise control, but some of the other safety systems are standard only on the uplevel trims. There are no additional safety systems that come standard for 2019.

2019 Honda Pilot Exterior

Package Options

One can think of the trim levels on the 2019 Acura MDX as packages. Three are available, but they are the only three ways this vehicle can be purchased. On the other hand, the 2019 Honda Pilot is available in a total of five trims, and these can be further customized to suit the buyer's personal taste. The list of high-tech features has been expanded on the uplevel trims, and buyers can choose one of several package options that include even more goodies on the entertainment and infotainment front. A special navigation package and a rear entertainment package are available.

The 2019 Honda Pilot is a good choice for those who haul around the entire family plus cargo. There's plenty of horsepower and lots of interior space to spread out and relax. See the new models at Proctor Honda, and call ahead to schedule a test drive. You'll be impressed at how this model compares to the popular Acura MDX.

*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.