2018 Honda Pilot 

Starting Price: $31,895 | Price Yours

Above Average: Comfortable ride, reliability, excellent resale value

Below Average: Infotainment interface

Consensus: A smart choice that provides a rewarding driving experience 


2018 Acura MDX 

Starting Price: $45,195 | Price Yours

Above Average: Outstanding safety, handling, reliability

Below Average: Luxury appointments

Consensus: A practical choice in the segment


The Pilot is Honda’s 8-passenger crossover with a carlike drive that appeals to families that don’t want a minivan. KBB’s Midsize SUV Best Buy for 2018, the Pilot carries on Honda's tradition of having great reliability and retaining high resale value. The Acura MDX’s reputation for high reliability and rock-solid safety make it an appealing choice in the luxury SUV segment. The MDX also has a starting price on the lower end from most of its competitors but still considerably higher than its Honda stablemate. There is also the option for a hybrid engine that offers more horsepower and better fuel economy.

Honda Pilot Advantages

Honda Sensing safety suite, 8-passenger capacity option, people space, resale value

Acura MDX Advantages

Acura’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering body construction enables safety that is at the top of the segment, starting price is lowest of luxury SUVs, hybrid option, exterior styling


Proven power performance, carlike driving characteristics, excellent safety and driver-assist features

Final Recommendation

Both offer comparable power, safety and reliability. The Pilot is much more family-friendly with an extra seat and a price tag well below that of the MDX. If you want to step up to a luxury SUV, the Acura is one of the best out there.

  2018 Honda Pilot 2018 Acura MDX
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 3.5-liter V6 3.5-liter V6
Horsepower 280 hp @ 6,000 rpm 290 hp @ 6,200 rpm
Torque 262 lb-ft @ 4,700 rpm 267 lb-ft @ 4,700 rpm
Transmission Automatic, 6-speed Automatic, 9-speed
Fuel Economy 22 mpg (19 city, 27 hwy) 22 mpg (19 city, 27 hwy)
Also Available Automatic, 9-speed 3.0-liter V6 hybrid
Warranty 3 years or 36,000 miles 4 years or 50,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety Rating 5 Stars 5 Stars
Max Seating Capacity 8 7
Wheelbase 111.0 inches 111.0 inches
Overall Length 194.5 inches 196.2 inches
Width 78.6 inches 77.8 inches
Height 69.8 inches 67.4 inches
Turning Diameter 39.4 feet 38.7 feet
Headroom, Front 40.1 inches 38.1 inches
Headroom, 2nd row 40.2 inches 38.3 inches
Headroom, 3rd row 38.9 inches 35.6 inches
Legroom, Front 40.9 inches 41.4 inches
Legroom, 2nd row 38.4 inches 36.6 inches
Legroom, 3rd row 31.9 inches 28.1 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 62.0 inches 61.1 inches
Shoulder Room, 2nd row 62.0 inches 59.1 inches
Shoulder Room, 3rd row 57.6 inches 54.7 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 152.9 cu. ft. 132.7 cu. ft.
EPA Cargo Volume 83.9 cu. ft. 90.9 cu. ft.
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