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2019 Honda Pilot

Starting Price: $32,445 | Price yours

Above Average: Strong resale and reliability, 8-passenger comfort, potent V6 engine, advanced driver safety systems come standard

Below Average: Not very exciting to drive, options grouped by trim

Consensus: A value-rich family hauling machine that, when equipped with AWD, also happens to be quite competent in foul weather and light off-road situations.

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2019 Acura MDX

Starting Price: $45,295 | Price yours

Above Average: Good safety and reliability history, powerful hybrid model, low price compared to rivals

Below Average: Needs more luxury and high tech gadgets, no V8 or diesel option, only seats seven

Consensus: An attractive luxury SUV made all the more attractive by the AWD hybrid version, but still not up the luxury and performance standards set by Audi, Lincoln and BMW.

Although the Honda Pilot and Acura MDX share a similar architecture, the two diverge down very different paths. The Pilot, which has a mild refresh for 2019, is a family vehicle, priced to appeal to minivan owners looking to get out of their minivan. With seating for eight, standard Honda Sensing driver assist and an excellent reputation for reliability and resale, the Pilot is the SUV for those who value, what else, value above all else. The MDX offers a different approach, with a sportier vibe that results in reduced interior room, but a more exciting driving experience. Although nicely equipped, the MDX doesn’t offer the latest in luxury and technology. Then again, the MDX’s price tag isn’t ridiculously out of reach. The MDX Sport Hybrid brings more power and better fuel economy, not to mention more aggressive looks and suspension tuning.

Honda Pilot Advantages

Strong resale, 8-passenger seating, standard Honda Sensing, lots of room for people and cargo

Acura MDX Advantages

Hybrid model, sporty styling, one of the least expensive luxury SUVs in its class, good safety ratings

Similarities

Good reliability ratings, standard driver assist system, strong engine, reserved but attractive styling

Final Recommendation

The Pilot makes a fine family vehicle with seating for eight and a massive cargo hold, plus the Touring trim is almost as luxurious as the MDX. The MDX’s best trim is the Sport Hybrid, which brings more power, better fuel economy and a sportier driving experience along with a touch of eco-friendliness.

See why the 2019 Honda Pilot is the KBB Midsize SUV Best Buy of 2019

  2019 Honda Pilot 2019 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-Spd Automatic, 9-Spd
Fuel Economy 22 mpg (19 city/27 hwy) 22 mpg (19 city/27 hwy)
Also Available Automatic, 9-Spd 3.0-liter V6 hybrid
Specs    
Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 4 years/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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